Run, Tecato, Run
with bonus short La Onda Chicana

Written and directed by Efraín Gutiérrez
Produced by Josephine Faz

Currently unavailable.


Chicano Cinema and Media Art Series, Volume 10
May 2018. Originally released January 1979.
86 minutes


Run, Tecato, Run (Run, Junkie, Run) depicts a junkie's efforts to break his heroin habit in order to reclaim and raise his daughter. Produced for $60,000, the film explores the connections between the Vietnam War, drug addiction, and crime and juxtaposes them to Mexican-American family, culture, and spirituality. It stars Efraín Gutiérrez, Arturo Castillo, and Josie Gutiérrez (Josephine Faz).

Run, Tecato, Run is the last of three low-budget social-problem films that Gutiérrez released in the 1970s. Please, Don't Bury Me Alive!/Por Favor, No Me Entierren Vivo! (1976), his first film and the first Chicano feature produced, was followed by Chicano Love Is Forever/Amor Chicano Es para Siempre (1977).

Bonus short: Gutiérrez's La Onda Chicana (18 minutes, 35 seconds, color) captures the sound and feel of 1970s Chicano/Tejano music. The film, shot in Port Lavaca, Texas, in 1976, showcases some of the leading bands of the time, including Little Joe y La Familia, Snowball and Company, Los Chachos, and La Fabrica.

Efraín Gutiérrez is a self-taught San Antonio filmmaker. His grassroots production and distribution strategies allowed his films to outperform Hollywood releases in several cities, inspiring filmmakers in Mexico who focused on U.S.-Spanish-language theaters and Chicano filmmakers working on English-language independent features.