Plática: A Conversation with Chicano Film Pioneer Efraín Gutiérrez
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 -
2:30pm to 3:45pm
Online via Zoom
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 RTF Assistant Professor of Practice, Miguel Alvarez with and introduction by University Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Radio-Television-Film, Dr. Charles Ramírez Berg. The event is hosted by the University of Texas at Austin Latino Media Arts & Studies Program, and is co-sponsored by the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, the Department of Radio-Television-Film, the Latinx Pop Lab, and the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.
A link to the film will be provided to all registrants 48 hours before the event. We hope that everyone will enjoy watching the film before the plática/talk, courtesy of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.
A recording of the discussion is available on the UT Austin Latino Media Arts YouTube channel.