Held February 1-4, 2018, the first MSU Latinx Film Festival (LxFF) was a hit! Directed by Professor Scott Boehm, the festival organizing committee included Professor Miguel Cabañas, as well as Ph.D. Candidates José Adrián Badillo Carlos, Claudia Berrios-Campos, Judit Fuente Cuesta and Osvaldo Sandoval. The festival included films from Bolivia, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Spain, the United States and Venezuela screened to packed houses at MSU, The Robin Theatre and Studio C! and visits from three invited directors. With continued institutional and community support, the biennial film festival is on course to become a fixture of mid-Michigan film culture.
As part of LxFF, Professor Boehm also directed a short film about DACA called What Happens To A Dream Deferred that focuses on José Adrián Badillo Carlos and Osvaldo Sandoval in the wake of the Trump administration’s decision to rescind DACA. Since debuting at LxFF, the film has won prizes at the Capital City Film Festival and the Tulipanes Latino Art & Film Festival, been a finalist for an award at the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival, and been selected to play at CineFestival - San Antonio, the country’s longest running Latino film festival, as well as at the 2018 Latina/o Studies Association Conference in Washington D.C.