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The Short Films of Xavier Tavera

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 7:00pm
  • Doors at 6:30pm!
  • Movie Starts at 7:00pm!
  • Cost: suggested donation of $5-$20 goes directly to Grupo Soap del Corazon 
  • Please bring friends and BYOB. Admission is usually by donation unless noted. 

Casket Cinema and Grupo Soap del Corazon presente!

Join us for a special second December screening of the short films of Mexo-Sotan filmmaker Xavier Tavera. We will be showing four of his lyrical works ranging from; a lovely song for goats and human performers (“Goats in Woods”), to colorful moments of inspired Latin dance (“El Pachuco Rojo" ), an intense portrait of former Minnesota artist Martin’ Gonzalez (“Contretemps”), and finish with a funky bio pic of Northeast Minni-Pepin artist/poet Dougie Padilla (“Lucky Dougie Padilla”).

Come early to see on the Casket studio walls a small exhibition of Tavera's photographs and mono-prints by Dougie Padilla.

Special Guest

Special guests will the filmmaker Tavera and actors/subjects from the films shown. They will be present after the screenings for a salon Q & A hosted by Dougie Padilla.

Xavier Tavera

Xavier Tavera, born in Mexico City in 1971 and based in Minneapolis since 1996, is a conscientious and thought-provoking photographer who has made compelling portraits of people from all walks of life; however, he is best known for his nuanced portraits of members of the Latino community. These powerful pictures challenge our notions of race, gender, and class by subverting stereotypes and capturing the humor and pathos in identity itself. Viewers who carefully examine these images can expect to question their own assumptions, biases and prejudices.

Tavera is interested in telling a story about the people in his images, in a manner not unlike the work of August Sander, Edward Weston or Diane Arbus. Details of the immediate environment and iconic objects strategically contribute to the narrative. Mining similarly rich terrain as Mexican photographers Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Hector Garcia and Enrique Metinides, Tavera is particularly well-versed at the expressions of Mexicans and Latino-Americans. However, he focuses more broadly on issues related to immigrant culture.


Casket Cinema
681 17th Ave NE Studio #145
Minneapolis, MN 55413

(Enter from rear of building, near sculpture parking lot)

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