10 Things About Moisés Esparza & the San Diego Latino Film Festival

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“Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself.”

The San Diego Latino Film Festival is one of the largest and most respected film festivals in the world. Moisés Esparza, Exhibitions Manager of Media Arts Center San Diego is producing this year’s 11 day celebration featuring over 160 films from Latin America, the United States, and Spain.

10 Things About Moisés Esparza & the San Diego Latino Film Festival

#1. I was born in San Luis Potosí, Mexico but I moved to San Diego when I was six years-old. I grew up in Pacific Beach, which is still my favorite neighborhood in the city!

#2. Every day I challenge myself to be an active listener as I’ve learned it is an imperative skill to ensure success both professionally and personally.

#3. I visited Yosemite this year and it was such a life-affirming experience. It’s a great place to disconnect from outside responsibilities and contemplate your own place in the universe without spiraling into an existential crisis.

#4. Every year I think about training for a marathon– maybe 2020 will be the year I finally get serious about it!

#5. I actually enjoy taking the “long way” to get places if it means avoiding the freeway. Driving through city streets is one of life’s great pleasures for me.

#6. I ask myself if the challenges I’m facing in a particular moment will be relevant in an hour, a day, a month or a year. Most of the time the answer is “No” and I am able to relax. If I’m having a particularly challenging day, I’ll go to a boot camp or cardio class and sweat out the frustration. Then, I buy a cookie and everything is okay.

#7. I’ve been most surprised by how the birth of my nephew transformed my life, for the better. I think it’s made me more patient, caring, and loving.

#8. I remind myself that it’s impossible to be right all the time. It’s okay to be wrong. It’s humanizing, humbling and a great impetus for personal growth.

#9. Sometimes the minutiae of producing a film festival gets in the way of remembering why we have the event every year. Whenever I feel like I’m losing sight of this goal, I talk to filmgoers, check in with staff or sit in on a movie to help me re-focus and not let trivial details get in the way of accomplishing our mission.

#10. Teaching filmmaking tools to younger generations is a great way to create social change and enrich communities by creating progressive discourses about pertinent issues.

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March 12 – 22, 2020
Weekdays films begin at 4 pm, Weekends at 11 am
AMC Fashion Valley 18
7037 Friars Rd., San Diego

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Esteban Villanueva