OC Film Fiesta continues tonight through Sunday in downtown Santa Ana with a classic film from the Mexican Golden Age about politics and integrity, an award-winning documentary that features interviews with some of the last surviving members ofEmiliano Zapata
's army,Walt Disney
in South America,Marlon Brando
all Mexed up and much, much more.
And now for something completely different . . .
For tonight, Santa Ana is also the site of a very different screening. It's the documentary 8: The Mormon Proposition, which is about the influence of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the initiative that outlawed same-sex marriage in California.
Since we've already given OC Film Fiesta some love, we'll start with the Mormons.
's documentary, which previously screened at Sundance and the Newport Beach Film Festival, is an eye-opener, revealing the Mormon church has been heavily embroiled in a secretive, decades-long campaign against LGBT human rights. It screens at 7 tonight not in a Mormon temple but the Church of the Foothills, 19211 Dodge Ave. (at Newport), Santa Ana. Call 714.544.1319 for more details.
OC Film Fiesta continues a half hour earlier tonight withEl Compadre Mendoza
, a classic film from the Mexican Golden Age about an opportunistic landowner who wants to be everyone'scompadre
. Rosalio Mendoza entertains government officers with his best cognac and then breaks out the mescal for the rebels. But everything changes for Mendoza after he marries an impoverished young beauty. A pot-luck reception follows tonight's 6:30 screening at CALACAS, 324 W. 4th St., Santa Ana.
The Fiesta continues 2 p.m. Thursday with Short Film Showcase, which is part of the Santa Ana College student body's "Hispanic Heritage" celebration, followed at 3 p.m. byFrancesco Taboada Tabone
's award-winning documentaryLos Ultimos Zapatistas
, which features interviews with some of the last surviving members ofEmiliano Zapata
's army. The flicks roll in the college's Phillips Auditorium, 1530 W. 17th St., Santa Ana.
That same evening, the Fiesta's Latino Short Film Program includesPaul Bobadilla
's award-winning dramaTijuaneros
, which is out of Chapman University and is about anaspiring photographer who snaps the death of his best friend in Tijuana. This program begins at 5 p.m. at
Original Mike's at Main and First in Santa Ana.
The previous screening lingers into the Happy Hour at downtown developerMike Harrah
's restaurant and watering hole, which is great because the drink specials should lighten the mood in time for the 7 p.m. screening there of the 1986John Landis
, which starsChevy Chase
and Garden Grove's ownSteve Martin
. They play a trio of silent movie stars who are mistaken for actual revolutionary heroes by villagers threatened by the menacing El Guapo, played to the hilt byAlfonso Arau
Over at the Fiesta Twin on Fourth Street in Santa Ana at 2 p.m. Saturday, an award-winning documentary recalls Walt Disney's historic 1941 trip to Latin America--and its director will be at the screening to recall makingWalt & El Grupo
will take audience questions about his film on the studio titan and his animators making the South America journey, which served as the visual inspiration for the animated featureThe Three Caballeros
(which screens later in the Fiesta) and influenced Disney animation for decades to come.Walt & El Grupo
is presented "in glorious 35mm" at Fiesta Twin Cinemas, 305 E. 4th St., Santa Ana.
Over at the nearby Yost Theater at 6 p.m. the same day, artistEloy Terrez
will introduce a documentary about him.Roberto S. Oregel
'sEloy Take Two
ventures into the Los Angeles artist's creative mind and exposes his work, which includes the celebrated mural of Mexican-born actorAnthony Quinn
on the Victor Clothing Building in LA. One thing we discover in the documentary is comedy legendCheech Marin
is an art collector--just like Steve Martin. The Yost is at 307 N. Spurgeon Ave., Santa Ana.
At 7 p.m. Saturday at the Yost, Emiliano Zapata's nephew,Alfredo Zapata
, introducesElia Kazan
's 1952 drama (written byJohn Steinbeck
It features Quinn and, in the title role and infamously in brown face,Marlon Brando
. Here's a fun fact: while his parents separated briefly, Brando moved with mother to Santa Ana, where he attended Lathrop Junior High School.
Back at the Fiesta Twin at 2 p.m. Sunday, it's that aforementioned screening ofThe Three Caballeros
, which starsDonald Duck
and his two Latino amigos, the MexicanPanchito
and BrazilianJose Carioca
, heading south of the border. It's also screened in glorious 35mm.
OC Film Fiesta wraps up at 9 p.m. Sunday at the Yost with
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' two-hour, HD documentaryThe Storm that Swept Mexico
, which explores the legacy of the Mexican Revolution of 1910. Period photographs, some of the earliest motion pictures, contemporary footage and interviews with participants and historians contribute to create an engaging cinematic experience. This Orange County premiere is co-sponsored by the Mexican Consulate in Santa Ana.