The San Pedro International Film Festival (SPIFFest) celebrates its 5th anniversary presenting one of the South Bay’s largest film festivals from October 6-16, 2016 in San Pedro’s Historic Waterfront District.

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October 15 Dark Progressivism: On Rupture and Rebellion reveals the creative and social forces behind some of the most important artists today like Saber, Cryptik, Defer, Big Sleeps, Gajin Fujita, Prime, Patrick Martinez, Chaz Bojórquez,  and Chuey Quintanar.

The festival will spotlight expanded multimedia programming including art, music and the latest technology innovations in virtual reality.

The festival kicks off October 6th during San Pedro’s First Thursday Artwalk with an art exhibition in conjunction with the documentary Dark Progressivism, directed by Rodrigo Ribera d’Ebre.  The film covers LA’s history of murals, tagging and street art born during the urban upheaval of the 80s and 90s.

The film screens October 15 as part of an evening of programming presented with the San Pedro Waterfront Arts District in the historic Warner Grand Theatre.*

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October 15 Playing Lecouna, a performance-based tribute to legendary Cuban pianist Ernesto Lecuona.

A screening of Playing Lecuona follows, the stunning documentary film that explores Cuban pianist & composer Ernesto Lecuona’s influence through the lens of three of the maestro’s most well-known jazz pianist descendants:  Chucho Valdés, son of renowned bandleader and composer Bebo Valdés;  Gonzalo Rubalcaba, a Cuban from the generation after Chucho;  and the Dominican Michel Camilo.

October 8th
SPIFFest presents its first tech event with a look at Virtual Reality and its applications in cinema and entertainment, featuring a panel discussion and demo of the latest works by some of today’s top VR innovators including Oscar winning visual affects artist Kevin Mack (What Dreams May Come, 1999)

October 14
Music store Alva’s hosts a music showcase  with innovative master of styles, John Heussenstamm (Surf Punks, Deniece Williams).  Live music follows with his Blues Fusion Trio, featuring special guest jazz pianist Ron Kobayashi (Mel Tormé, Peter Frampton, Tom Scott).

Photos courtesy SPIFFest PR Office