With Special Guest



Edward James Olmos has unexpectedly canceled his Loft Film Fest appearance. His son, Michael D. Olmos, will  introduce the screening of Selena. We apologize for the inconvenience.

“Brings freshness and heart to the life story of Selena Quintanilla, with a star-making performance by Jennifer Lopez.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

The vibrant, music-filled drama Selena tells the story of the Grammy Award-winning Mexican-American star from South Texas whose life tragically ended just as she was taking Tejano where it had never gone – into mainstream America.  Pulsating with Selena’s own voice on the soundtrack and made with the participation of her family, the film brims with authenticity and excitement, recreating the early life of Selena Quintanilla (Jennifer Lopez), a young woman who dreamed big and had the talent and ambition to back it up.  With the support of her musician father Abraham (Edward James Olmos), the wildly-charismatic Selena finds success, hits the road in a band bus named Big Bertha and performs at concerts that become electrifying events, along the way scoring hits like Amor Prohibido, Como La Flor and Bidi Bidi Bom Bom.  Seeking mainstream stardom, Selena begins recording an English-language album which, tragically, she would never complete. (Dir. by Gregory Nava, 1997, USA, in English/Spanish with English subtitles, 127 mins., Rated PG)

Thanks to our community partners, SAAFWomen’s Studies Advocacy Council (WOSAC)UA Department of Gender and Women’s Studies ZIA Records, Tucson Women’s Commission, UA Center for Latin American Studies,  Confluence Center for Creative Inquiry, Floor Polish Studio & YWCA Southern Arizona.