Sundance surfs the down economy

Besides expressing her concern about how the current recession is affecting the sales of film titles :cry: , 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. 8)


“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.


La Mission, Reviews and Interview

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.

Benjamin Bratt: Interview and Performance from 2009 Sundance Film Festival

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

Cast and Crew of La Mission at Queer Lounge

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

Hometown Hero: Bratt Brothers & La Mission

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