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Silvia Leavitt Cristina Castro, es una cinematógrafa mexicana/nativo Americana, ella ha estado viniendo al Festival de Sundance por muchos años y en en su corazón ha estado nutriendo un sueño. Castro junto con Elia Esparsa so

Sol Dance Film Festiva, a dream come true

Cristina Castro, a Mexican/Native American filmmaker, has been coming to Sundance for years and in her heart, she has been nurturing a dream. Castro, together with Elia Esparsa, are the co-founders of this dream that is becoming a reality: a festival Sol Dance — a two-day event that celebrates Latino and Native American filmmakers and their films and screening favorite film picks of 2006. The dates are Jan. 22 and 23, at the brand new Dolce’s Zermatt Resort and Spa in Midway. We are so fortunate that we know about it. My luck started with my friend Claudia Mejia, long-time resident and advocate for our Latino community of Summit and Wasatch counties, who told me about this event and her involvement in the public relations.

I had the opportunity to talk to Castro, and this incredible visionary told me: "This is not my festival, this is the people’s festival and it has taken on a life of its own." She expressed to me that she had felt in the last few years that Sundance hasn’t had enough entries from the Latino and Native American population or other nationalities. Since noticing that, she has been wanting to promote the filming experience to others, bringing a wider range of flavors and cultural experiences for the public to enjoy.

Cristina’s home is in California, where she has been involved with the filming industry for many years, serving her community through different nonprofit organizations, fundraising and other service activities that empower people. I’m looking forward to meeting Elia Esparsa, who is now on her way to Utah.

Cristina shared with me that she is so thankful for the support of wonderful people that have embraced her and this festival with a lot of excitement, such as our governor Jon Huntsman Jr., the Mexican Consulate, local leaders and business people in our communities.

One of the most committed supporters is Enrique Sosa. He is one of the owners of "SingleLatina.com" a matching service bringing romance to lonely people, including a TV show, a magazine and virtual parties. Enrique is originally from Argentina and the United States has been his home for 23 years. He told me that he is very happy to be part of Sol Dance.

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All those that are working very hard as we speak are very thankful to Zermatt Resort for giving Cristina, Elia and the people of Utah the opportunity to have this event at their great facilities in Midway — just 20 minutes from Park City.

The highlights of Sol Dance are: Screening of 12 films, a filmmaker luncheon on Jan. 22, indie film screenings, both days. An exposition lounge will feature selected indies films screened at the "Menudo Mix Urban Lounge," where filmmakers will relax and talk about their projects.

Jan. 23, director Betty Kaplan will be the keynote speaker, presenting "The Hollywood in All of Us" with a photo exhibition by Roger G. James. They will have a fireside lounge script reading and a mariachi band. SingleLatina.com will have a live band and DJ, performances by two finalists from "So You Think You Can Dance" hit TV show, a live broadcast with a radio DJ attending and an online Web cast. This is so wonderful, I hope that you can take the time and participate in the first Sol Dance Film Festival and give your support to this great event.

You can get more information on their Web site, http://www.rocksoldance.com. More events are being added as new sponsors sign on.

I hope you are keeping warm and remember to maintain your house’s temperature high enough to keep all the pipes in good working condition.

Thousands of visitors are in town, let’s be more patient and cordial. Let’s go places earlier so we aren’t rushed. I’m at 513-0900 or sleavitt@pcschools.us.