Portillo curates "Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA" project

Lourdes Portillo is curator of oral histories for “From Latin America to Hollywood: Latino Film Culture in Los Angeles, 1967-2017,” the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' contribution to the Getty Foundation's “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA” project, an ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art involving forty institutions across Southern California, each presenting thematically linked exhibitions and programs designed to celebrate the region’s vibrant cultural history.

“From Latin America to Hollywood: Latino Film Culture in Los Angeles, 1967–2017” will be a series of film screenings, filmmaker panel discussions, and online content to be presented in late 2017. The project examines the shared influences of Latino and Latin American filmmakers and the work they created or presented in Los Angeles during the past half-century.

Lourdes' experience and expertise also were called upon in the selection of twelve notable filmmakers with whom she conducted oral-history interviews in Los Angeles, Mexico City, and London, with further interviews in São Paulo, Brazil. These interviews have become the heart of the "From Latin America to Hollywood" project.