Besides expressing her concern about how the current recession is affecting the sales of film titles , Cathleen Rountree (a globe-trotting film festival enthusiast, who covers film festivals for various venues, in addition to teaching Writing and Multicultural Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a series of film studies courses) expressed her appreciation of the high quality of films shown at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and included “La Mission” in the list of her favorites.
“La Mission,” starring a superb Benjamin Bratt and taking place in San Francisco, tells the story of redemption imbued with the curative power of Aztec tradition.
Here is another (positive) review of La Mission, from Reuters this time:
“Mission” captures conflicts of Latino community
Those interested in American history may like to learn about the book the readings at The People Speak event held at the Sundance Festival were taken from and its author.
Zinn: A voice for the powerless
I am reposting here links to two reviews and an interview with Benjamin and Peter Bratt that Kati found (thanks for sharing, Kati!) so that they get the attention they deserve.
AMC – Blogs – AMC News – Sundance 2009 – For La Mission, Benjamin Bratt Takes Direction From His Brother (Interview with Benjamin and Peter Bratt)
SFFS blogs Sundance: “Everything Strange and New” times two; “La Mission” in the mountains
Boxoffice > The Business of Movies > Movie Reviews > La Mission
A snippet can be found at
“La Mission” at the Library
(same site as the ‘”La Mission” in the mountains’ article).
Hopefully, with all the positive reviews that it is receiving, La Mission will be distributed soon in theaters so that more people than those who could go to its screenings at the Sundance Film Festival will have the chance to see it.
I’ve just the received the link to a blog entry by someone (a photographer, not a film critic) who was at a screening of “La Mission” at Sundance Film Festival. It is good to read what the public has to say about movies.
Sundance: La Mission < < Highlights and Shadows
Basil Shadid of Being MEdia Productions published an 8-minute excerpt from an interview he did with Benjamin (and Peter Bratt) for the MovieMaker Magazine and a taping of one of Benjamin’s performances from The People Speak event at the Sundance Film Festival.
The MovieMaker interview is at
Live From Sundance: La Mission (YouTube)
2009 Sundance Film Festival – Day 9 (being MEdia Productions)
Live From Sundance: Benjamin Bratt & La Mission (MovieMaker Website)
Benjamin’s performance from The People Speak event is at
The People Speak – Sundance Film Festival – Benjamin Bratt
Yesterday (Saturday, January 24, 2009) night, Benjamin announced the World Cinema Audience Awards at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
Details about the awards night and a list of winners can be found at
Awards Celebrate 2009 Storytellers
A video recording of a panel with Peter Bratt, Benjamin Bratt, Erika Alexander, Jeremy Ray Valdez and Jesse Borrego, and John Amaechi discussing “La Mission”, held at Queer Lounge, Park City, UT, on January 20, 2009, is to be found on YouTube. Mark that the discussion has been split into seven parts.
Cast & Crew of “La MISSION” at Queer Lounge: Part 1
Cast & Crew of “La MISSION” at Queer Lounge: Part 2
Cast & Crew of “La MISSION” at Queer Lounge: Part 3
Cast & Crew of “La MISSION” at Queer Lounge: Part 4
Cast & Crew of “La MISSION” at Queer Lounge: Part 5
Cast & Crew of “La MISSION” at Queer Lounge: Part 6
Cast & Crew of “La MISSION” at Queer Lounge: Part 7
I’m posting a couple of snippets about Benjamin from the Sundance Festival.
Bratts go back to their roots
Bratt tells of working with brother
And here is a short clip featuring Benjamin (et al.):
Radar Online: Tea Leoni, Billy Bob Thornton & Benjamin Bratt
Pictures of Benjamin (and the ‘La Mission’ cast) from the Sundance Film Festival 2009 are starting to show up on the Internet.
I uploaded some to this site gallery. Here is the link to one
for the others, please explore the gallery.
I’m sharing a blog entry by a lady from San Francisco, mentioning ‘Follow Me Home’ and ‘La Mission’. She had the chance to meet Peter Bratt at a special screening of ‘Follow Me Home’ and she sounds proud of his and Benjamin’s effort to truthfully depict the area where she lives and experiences that she can relate to.
Hometown Hero: Bratt Brothers & La Mission