Benjamin Bratt: Pictures and Civic Interests

Benjamin’s commitment to causes supporting the rights of American Indians is well-known. I’m sharing a few pics of Benjamin – that I’ve also uploaded to this site gallery – taken at a sidewalk rally held on May 4, 2007, as part of campaign for the cleaning up of toxic waste from the Peruvian rainforest. The rally was organized by EarthRights International (ERI), Racimos de Ungurahui, and Amazon Watch (AW), three nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations defending human rights and the environment.

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La Mission at Sundance Film Festival 2009, part 2

La Mission (aka Mission Street Rhapsody) screening time and locations at Sundance Film Festival 2009 are as follows:

  • Mon. Jan 19 8:30 p.m. – LAMIS19PN Prospector Square Theatre, Park City
  • Wed. Jan 21 2:30 p.m. – LAMIS21LA Library Center Theatre, Park City
  • Fri. Jan 23 noon – LAMIS23ED Egyptian Theatre, Park City
  • Sat. Jan 24 9:45 p.m. – LAMIS24BN Broadway Centre Cinemas V, SLC.

Hopefully, someone can go and see it and report back.

Here is  the movie page at the festival web site:

La Mission

And here is the link to a blog entry that doesn’t say anything new about La Mission, if compared to what already appears on the Sundance Festival web site, but it displays a picturee of Benjamin from the movie:

http://festival.sundance.org/2009/film_events/films/mission

A&E Posts Best Year in Network History

According to a press release, “A&E is wrapping up the best year in the network’s history among all key demographics, ranking number 5 in adults 25-54 and 6 in adults 18-49.”

They can thank productions featuring Benjamin, as “2008 marked A&E’s reintroduction of first-class original scripted drama beginning with the two-night epic event “The Andromeda Strain,” produced by Ridley and Tony Scott, which averaged 2.7 million viewers adults 25-54 and 2.4 million adults 18-49, ranking as the #1 cable mini-series on the year and garnering 7 Emmy® nominations.

The first scripted drama in six years, “The Cleaner” staring Benjamin Bratt premiered in July. In its first season, on a weekly three telecast cume basis “The Cleaner” averaged 4.2 million total viewers, 2.4 million adults 25-54 and 2.2 million adults 18-49 in primetime. “The Cleaner” has become A&E’s number one original drama in network history among adults 18-49 and 25-54, roughly doubling the audience of the previous two series in those demos.”

The whole article can be found at

A&E Posts Best Year in Network History

“The Andromeda Strain” received Emmy nominations for

  1. Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or a Movie
  2. Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries,  Movie, or a Special
  3. Outstanding Miniseries
  4. Outstanding Make-Up for a Miniseries or a Movie (Non-Prosthetic)
  5. Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing  for a Miniseries or a Movie
  6. Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or a Movie
  7. Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or a Movie.

The 60th Primetime Emmy® Awards and Creative Arts Emmy® Awards Nominees are…

Law and Order’s Success

I’ve been meaning to post the link to this blog entry since I first read it last Sunday, but it’s only now that I got around actually doing it.

Law and Order’s Success

I think the blogger makes an interesting point when mentioning that watching cops and lawyers catching the bad guys while downplaying how their jobs impact their family life, how they feel about their co-workers, and how they cope with what torments them is the reason why L&O is successful.

BTW, did you know that L&O is the longest running primetime drama currently on American television? Now in its 18th season, L&O is actually the second longest running primetime drama in the history of television after “Gunsmoke” (that ran from 1955 to 1975).

Sad Anniversary

Today, it is one year since the death of Benjamin’s 20-year-nephew died in a car crash. Sudden death, especially of a young person, is always difficult and the pain never really goes away, but I hope that the Bratts – who are a very close-knit family – were able to find comfort and support in one another in coping with their loss.

Mission Street Rhapsody at 2009 Sundance Film Festival

“Mission Street Rhapsody” (or “La Mission”, as it is listed on the festival site and press releases) – a movie directed by Peter Bratt and starring Benjamin – will premiere at 2009 Sundance Film Festival – running January 15-25 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah – in Spectrum section.

To quote what appears on Sundance Film Festival website, “La Mission / USA (Director and Screenwriter: Peter Bratt)—A traditional, Latino father in San Francisco’s Mission District struggles to come to terms with his teenage son’s homosexuality. Cast: Benjamin Bratt, Erika Alexander, Jeremy Ray Valdez, Talisa Soto Bratt, Jesse Borrego. World Premiere.”

2009 Sundance Film Festival Announces Films in the Premieres, Spectrum, New Frontier and Park City at Midnight Sections