Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Film I'm in Screening at DeYoung this Friday

I know I haven't updated in forever. I promise after the housing crap, I'll let it all out.

In the meantime...

A film I'm in "Corn in the Front Yard" directed by Al Lujan is screening this Friday Oct 6th at 6:30 at the newly reopened de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park as part of their exhibit: Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge as Collected by Cheech Marin. It will be screened as part of the Resisting Humor film series in the Koret Auditorium and is cosponsored by the Mexican Museum. Live Music by Son Borikua and no host bar open. Question-and-answer session with some of the Directors follows the screening.

The de Young museum, a favorite of San Francisco residents and visitors since 1895, is located at 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive in the heart of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

October 6
In the Koret Auditorium
6:30 p.m.
Film Series #3: Resisting Humor
Co-presented by the Mexican Museum.

Columbus on Trial, Lourdes Portillo, 1992, 18 min.
In this political satire featuring the comedy trio Culture Clash, sharp dialogue, physical comedy, and state-of-the-art video techniques are used to dramatize a mock trial of Columbus in a present-day courtroom with a “Spanish-by-way-of-Mexico” judge presiding. Columbus on Trial hits on the complexities of Latino identity in America while slicing into the kitschy consumer icons and buzzwords that stand for racial and ethnic identity in contemporary society.

Corn in the Front Yard, Al Lujan, 2001, 11 min.
A male nurse attends to a woman who had major plastic surgery paid for by her gay son. Meanwhile, a hysterical Latino real-estate queen laments the loss of the neighborhood, as she herself becomes a mover and a shaker.

Why Cybraceros?, Alex Rivera, 1998, 5 min.
Rivera’s film is based on an actual promotional film produced in the late 1940s by the California Growers Council titled “Why Braceros?” Using footage from this old industrial film, it briefly lays out the history of the Bracero Program in the United States. The piece takes a sharp turn as the narrator advocates a futuristic Bracero Program in which only the labor is imported to the United States. The workers themselves are left at home in Mexico, as they telecommute to American farms over the high-speed Internet.

Ozzy Goes to the Alamo, Jim Mendiola and Ruben Ortiz Torres, 2001, 5 min.
Mendiola and Torres claim this film to be “the world’s first Chicano 3-D movie.”

Lupe & JuanDi from the Block, Fulana Collective, 2003, 5 min.
Inspired by la Virgen de Guadalupe, San Juan Diego, and Nuestra Señora de J-Lo, this music video was created to answer such burning questions as: What’s up with these designer Virgen de Guadalupe jeans?; How come el Indio Juan Diego became a white man for his saintly Vatican image?; Is the Pope concerned about losing the Latino market?; and, Are we fooled by the props G-Loop’s got? Is she, is she, Lupe from the Block?

Larry Landia, Karim Scarlata, 2005, 17 min.
This is a wry and visually compelling story of a young Mission resident Chicano, Larry, who fancies himself an eagle warrior as he grapples with love, the legacy of colonialism, the metaphysics of basketball, and the sacrifices one must make in life in order to make relationships work.

Question-and-Answer Session with Lourdes Portillo, Karim Scarlata, and Al Lujan, 20 min.


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