Sundance hit film to be screened at Tempe, West campuses

March 18, 2013

Independent filmmaker Aurora Guerrero will visit the Valley for two screenings of her movie “Mosquita Y Mari,” which has earned acclaim at the Sundance, Guadalajara, and San Francisco International Film Festivals. In addition to the screenings, Guerrero will lead a master class focusing on independent filmmaking. All three events are free and open to the public.

“Mosquita Y Mari” will be screened at 6 p.m., April 2 in room 230 of the Memorial Union on ASU’s Tempe campus, and at 7 p.m., April 3 in the Kiva Lecture Hall on the university’s West campus. The master class is set for 4 p.m., April 3, also in the Kiva. R.S.V.P.s for the class are requested at but the class will be open to the public as space permits. Mosquita Y Mari Download Full Image

“We are extremely pleased to bring this talented Latina filmmaker to the Valley,” said Ilana Luna, assistant professor of Latin American studies in ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. “Anyone with an interest in the filmmaking process will be fascinated by Aurora’s stories of how her career in the field has unfolded.”

Guerrero has more than a decade of filmmaking experience. She has directed award-winning short narrative films. Based on the strength of the script for “Mosquita Y Mari,” her first feature-length script, Guerrero was awarded the 2005 Sundance/Ford Fellowship and the 2005 Paul Robeson Development Grant. She was selected to participate in the 2005 Sundance Native/Indigenous Lab, 2006 Tribeca All Access Filmmaker Program, and 2009 Film Independent Producer’s Lab.

“Mosquita Y Mari” also was awarded the 2011 SFFS/KRF grant, LG Cinema 3D Fellowship, and the 2012 Sundance Institute/Time Warner Foundation Fellowship for post-production. Her accomplishments as an emerging writer/director earned Guerrero a slot in Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film.”

Guerrero’s film is a coming of age story that focuses on a tender friendship between two young Chicanas. Yolanda and Mari are growing up in Huntington Park, Los Angeles and have only known loyalty to one thing: family. Growing up in immigrant households, both girls are expected to prioritize the well-being of their families. Yolanda, an only child, delivers straight A's and the hope of the American Dream while Mari, the eldest, shares economic responsibilities with her undocumented family as it scrambles to make ends meet.

The Rotten Tomatoes film review website gives “Mosquita Y Mari” a 91 percent positive rating. According to the Hollywood Reporter, “It’s a robust work of self-discovery for two girls at the most awkward and confusing years of their young lives, and a testament to Aurora Guerrero’s storytelling prowess.”

Guerrero’s visit to the Valley is sponsored by Entre NosOtr@s, a cross-campus collective of ASU faculty, graduate and undergraduate students who are working together to foster awareness of transnational Latin American, Chicano/a and Latino/a studies and social justice movements.

This event is made possible by sponsorship from ASU Libraries; Barrett, the Honors College at the West campus; the Committee for Campus Inclusion; Comparative Border Studies; the Graduate and Professional Student Association; the Institute for Humanities Research; New College’s School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies; the School of Social Transformation and the Women & Gender Studies department.

ASU to engage Sun Devil community in mascot costume update

March 18, 2013

Arizona State University will ask its students, alumni, sports fans, faculty and staff to share their thoughts regarding the updated mascot costume that will make its debut at this fall’s first football game.

The university released an updated version of the costume for its beloved mascot, Sparky the Sun Devil, on March 1. Since that announcement, the university has received feedback from some of its constituents about the design of the head and face of the mascot costume. Sparky Download Full Image

ASU is not changing the official image of Sparky. It will continue to use the iconic 1946 drawing on facilities, banners, and on merchandise and apparel. An updated contemporary version of the character will be used in comic books, children’s books, animated films, and on merchandise and apparel designed to reach younger audiences.

“Sparky is one of the best-loved mascots in collegiate athletics,” said Rocky Harris, senior associate athletic director for external relations. “The university is proud that so many people are passionate about him. We have listened and now we want to give members of the Sun Devil nation the opportunity to provide their input on some of the costume’s features.“

The university is developing an online program that will enable members of the Sun Devil community to pick the features of the costume’s head and face. For example, the program is expected to offer a choice between maroon and black horns, different sizes and shapes for the eyes, face shape choices that include a less prominent chin, and options for the moustache and goatee. All features offered will be consistent with the identity of Sparky.

The online program is planned to be available from April 22 to May 5, 2013. The university will notify students, alumni, season ticket holders, donors, faculty and staff for whom it has current email addresses when the program is available.

Sun Devils will be asked to choose their preferred features and submit their selection to the university. Each person will be able to vote once. The university will tabulate the results and reveal the fans’ choice for the costume on Sept. 5, 2013, at the first football game of the season. If there are close calls between some of the features, the university may present a set of three to five combined images for final review and selection.

new and old sparkySparky’s costume has been updated more than a dozen times since 1946, when a Disney artist named Berk Anthony drew the original character.

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