Five films to see during the XicanIndie Film Fest's quinceañera celebration

Su Teatro's XicanIndie Film Festival, now in its fifteenth year, is a pure distillation of what the Chicano culture center offers on its stages all year long. That almost guarantees a curated whirlwind of diverse Latin-American films, filmmaker appearances, parties and world-class live performances, all in the space of four days. But it also means there won't be a boring moment, and that music and humor will be part of the package.

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The festivities will include a musical performance by filmmaker Nicolas Valdez -- also a fine accordionist -- and a late-night cabaret with Culture Clash members Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza (Siguenza is currently in town starring in A Weekend with Pablo Picasso at the Ricketson Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex), along with its full slate of films. Find performance and party details online.

But because films are the heart of the fest, we've singled out five picks; for the full schedule visit Su Teatro online or call 303-296-0219 (tickets are $7 to $10 for regular screenings or $35 for a festival pass; special event admission is $5 to $15).

Inocente, Academy Award-winning short documentary 6:45 p.m. Thursday, April 4, also with the Guatemalan film Justice for My Sister.

Searching for Sugarman 7:15 p.m. Friday, April 5 A Quinceañera Party follows at 9 p.m. at 5th Sun Cafe & Lounge, for a $5 cover charge.

Continue reading for more XicanIndie picks. Homebound 6 p.m. Saturday, April 6 With writer/director/actor (and former Denverite) Fanny Velez and actor Enrique Castillo in attendance.

Delusions of Grandeur 7 p.m. Saturday, April 6

Violeta Went to Heaven 5:45 p.m. Sunday April 7 A tribute to Chilean singer and folklorist Violeta Parra, with a musical performance by Debra Gallegos and Yolanda Ortega of Su Teatro.

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