Platica: A Conversation with Chicano Film Pioneer Efraín Gutiérrez
September 21, 2021
4:30 pm – 5:45 pm
About the Event:
Join the Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, the Department of Radio-Television-Film, the Latinx Pop Lab, and the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center for a discussion with director, Efraín Gutiérrez.
Efraín Gutiérrez was born on the Westside of San Antonio and his first feature, Please, Don’t Bury Me Alive!/¡Por Favor, No Me Entierren Vivo! (1976), is considered to be the first Chicano feature film. In 2014, it was added to the National Film Registry, a list of “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” films, selected for preservation by the Library of Congress. Gutiérrez’s other features from the 1970s include Amor Chicano Es Para Siempre/Chicano Love is Forever (1977) and Run, Tecato, Run (1979), and his work explores the struggles of working-class Chicanos in South Texas. Gutiérrez will talk about the resourcefulness it took to get these films made and what it was like for South Texas to see itself in movie theaters, on the big screen. Gutiérrez’s passion for storytelling and for his community promise to make this plática/talk something you won’t want to miss.
The conversation will be moderated by filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of Radio-Television-Film, Miguel Alvarez with an introduction by University Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Radio-Television-Film, Dr. Charles Ramírez Berg. The event is being co-sponsored by Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, the Department of Radio-Television-Film, the Latinx Pop Lab, and the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.