Special Screenings

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Las Movies - The Films of Efraín Gutiérrez

The 17th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival honors the life and work of a pioneer of Mexican American cinema in Texas with this special presentation of the films of Efraín Gutiérrez, with the director in attendance. 


Raised on San Antonio’s West Side, Efraín Gutierrez is a political activist, director and actor in theater and film. During the 1970s he directed and starred in the three feature-length films considered by many to be the first independent Chicano feature-length films made in Texas. The films broke the Mexico City monopoly in Texas Spanish language theaters, while outselling Hollywood blockbusters as Gutierrez travelled the state showing his films. After a two-decade hiatus Gutierrez made the 2000 feature film A LOWRIDER SPRING BREAK EN SAN QUILMAS, and the children’s film BARRIO TALES: TOPS, KITES AND MARBLES in 2008.

Cine Las Americas is fortunate to continue reviving the tradition of local Latino and indigenous cinema in Texas, following our mission to educate, entertain and challenge diverse audiences. The unsung story of the success of Efraín Gutiérrez’s early films is a lesson for Latino and indigenous filmmakers working today in Texas and beyond.

All films presented at the Marchesa Theatre in 35mm restored prints courtesy of the UCLA Film and Television Archive.


Wednesday, April 23 – 4 PM

Thursday, April 24 – 4 PM

Saturday, April 26, – 4 PM

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Please Don’t Bury Me Alive!

¡Por favor no me entierren vivo!

1976, 81 min, Drama

Director in attendance


Chicano Love Is Forever

Amor chicano es para siempre

1976, 101 min. Drama

Director in attendance


Run, Tecato, Run

1979, 86 min. Drama

Opening with the documentary short

La Onda Chicana (1976)

followed by a conversation with
Efraín Gutierrez and
author Gregg Barrios.


Read the article The Return of Chicano Film Pioneer Efrain Gutierrez
written by Melissa del Bosque for the Texas Observer



 

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Please, Don't Bury Me Alive! / ¡Por favor, no me entierren vivo!

A film by Efraín Gutiérrez

USA, Crime/Drama, 1976
81 min, 16mm, Color
Spanglish

Director Efraín Gutiérrez in attendance

Wednesday, April 23 - 4PM

Marchesa

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Read more: Please, Don't Bury Me Alive!

 

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Amor chicano es para siempre/ Chicano Love is Forever

A film by Efraín Gutiérrez

USA, Drama, 1977
101 min, 16mm, Color
Spanglish

Director Efraín Gutiérrez in attendance

Thursday, April 24 - 4PM

Marchesa

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Read more: Amor chicano es para siempre

 

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Run, Tecato, Run

A film by Efraín Gutiérrez

USA, Drama, 1979
86 min, 16mm, Black & White
Spanglish

To be followed by a conversation with director Efraín Gutiérrez and author Gregg Barrios

Saturday, April 26 - 4PM

Marchesa

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Read more: Run, Tecato, Run

 

 

La onda chicana

Efraín Gutiérrez


USA, Documentary, 1976
17 min, 16mm, Color
Spanglish

Director Efraín Gutiérrez in attendance

Documenting La Revolucion Chicana, the film records a portion of an open-air concert in Port Lavaca, Texas, on July 4, 1976. The concert, which showcased Spanish-language rock and popular Tejano music, featured Little Joe y la Familia, Chacha Jimenez y Los Chachos, Snowball & Company, La Fabrica, Esteban Jordan, and other pioneers of Tex-Mex sound. Gutiérrez was one of the first to coin the term “Tejano” and define this music, but decided to make a statement through his insistent use of the word “Chicano.” This action linked the concert and music to the Chicano civil rights movement, which limited the film's distribution at the time of its release.

 

Print Source: 35mm restored print courtesy of the UCLA Film and Television Archive

Saturday, 26 April - 4PM

Marchesa

Screens before the feautre
RUN, TECATO, RUN

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JOSIE FAZ and EFRAIN GUTIERREZ, 1979.  
Photo ©1979 Gregg Barrios.