The end is near. The wait is almost over. The anticipation is coming to a close. After many long hard years MACHETERO will have it’s DIY theatrical release in NYC in June. The film will have a one week release beginning Wednesday, June 12th and running through Tuesday, June 19th. The run will happen in the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center in NYC’s LES (Lower East Side) at 107 Suffolk Street between Rivington and Delancey. Screenings will happen at the Kabayito’s Theater on the second floor of Clement Soto Velez. The film’s running time is 98 minutes and there will be 5 showings a day with screening times at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm and 9pm. Tickets for the screening are $10.
The thought of having someone else distribute this film made me uneasy. i didn’t know if i could trust someone else with it. When i think of the films that had a direct influence on MACHETERO, Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, The Battle Of Algiers and The Spook Who Sat By The Door i think about the fate that these films met when they were distributed. Melvin Van Peebles had to self distribute Sweetback because no distributor would take it on. Gillo Portecorvo’s The Battle Of Algiers was banned in France for its unapologetic anti-colonial view. Ivan Dixon and Sam Greenlee’s Spook Who Sat By The Door was banned by the FBI and all its prints burned for fear it would spark revolution in the streets. Walking in the footsteps of those filmmakers and those films, MACHETERO doesn’t pull any punches. It’s openly critical of the US government’s colonization of Puerto Rico. When i think about it, i don’t think there is a single distributor in the US that would actually put this film in theaters. So when i decided to take a DIY approach to distribute the film, i immediately felt much more at ease.
i grew up in the era of Hip-hop and Punk and so i take my DIY very seriously. i made this film with friends and family. Like minded people who wanted to do something radically different. We put art and ideas at the forefront. We reveled in finding ways to create advantages out of our limitations and didn’t hold back in our artistic approach or in our political point of view. Not doing a DIY distribution campaign would be a kind of betrayal to the spirit that the film was made in. MACHETERO is a film about freedom and what could be more free than DIY? What could be more free than the ability to fail or succeed on your own terms?
The film was made in the community, by people from the community, for people in the community. The only way to continue that communal spirit is to sit with other people in a dark theater as the light streams from a projector onto a screen experiencing cinema as it should be experienced as a community… So i’m asking you to support true independent, anti-corporate, anti-Hollywood, filmmaking… Support Puerto Rican filmmaking… Support Afro-Latino filmmaking… Support artistically and politically radical revolutionary filmmaking… Consider this your invitation to the NYC theatrical release of MACHETERO…
WED. JUNE 12TH – TUES JUNE 19TH
CLEMENTE SOTO VELEZ
KABAYITO’S THEATER (2ND FLOOR)
107 SUFFOLK STREET
NY NY 10002
(BTWN RIVINGTON & DELANCEY)
SCREENING TIMES • 1PM • 3PM • 5PM • 7PM • 9PM
F Train to Delancey Street or J , M , or Z Trains to Essex Street.
Walk to Suffolk Street, make a left.