Larry LaRue

It's a good week to check out Latino Film Festivals

It can be tough to find Latino films in the Northwest, but this week a pair of film festivals will honor Cuban-Amercan director Leon Ichaso - and both are in Tacoma.

The University of Puget Sound's ninth annual Hispanic Film Festival offers Ichaso's film, Paraiso at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in McIntyre Hall. Admission is free.

A day later, Ichaso will be a busy man.

UPS will host a forum, “Leon Ichaso: A Life in Film,” at 4 p.m., Thursday, in the Tahoma Room of the university’s Commencement Hall. Ichaso's appearance is free.

A few hours later, Ichaso will cross town to be part of the fifth annual Seattle Latino Film Festival, which is coming to Tacoma for the first time. Ichaso's film, El Cantante, will be screened at the Washington State History Museum at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets to that event are $15 and include a Q & A with the director, a reception with Ichaso and an after-party hosted at the Encore Nightclub. Must be 21 to attend.