New York Mayor Declares Law & Order Day

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has marked the 20th anniversary of Law & Order by honouring the U.S. cop drama with its own day.

The TV hit, created by Emmy Award-winning producer Dick Wolf, follows the lives of a group of police officers and prosecutors as they solve crimes in the Big Apple.

The series is currently in its 20th season and Bloomberg has officially recognised the long-running show for highlighting the city by declaring 23 September Law & Order Day.

Actor Anthony Anderson, who joined the show in 2008 as Detective Kevin Bernard, admits it was a proud day for the cast and crew, and jokes that they should be granted special privileges on Law & Order Day.

He says, “It’s big and I’m not sure what it means for us as a holiday, but since we are all police officers on the show we get free doughnuts for the day across the city every September 23rd. No, no. It’s just a piece of paper.”

The star reveals the cast and crew celebrated the honour with a party earlier this week – and were joined by former Law & Order stars including Angie Harmon and Benjamin Bratt.

And Anderson can understand why the show has been so successful over the last two decades.

He adds, “There was a load of old cast members there… some I didn’t know. But while I was there, I realised why it’s been so successful for 20 years, it’s because of the love that was there, it was like a family reunion.”

By | Friday, September 25, 2009

An Update on “La Mission” at the American Indian Film Festival

On Saturday, November 7, 2009, Peter and Benjamin Bratt will be in attendance of the 34th American Indian Film Festival for a Q&A session after the special screening of “La Mission” and will be available for interviews.

Press Release – 10.15.2009 – Film Festival Highlights (.pdf)

American Indian Film Festival: La Mission

And here is a review of “La Mission,” writte after its screening at the Austin Film Festival last Monday:

Film Review: La Mission

Benjamin Bratt Returns to “Law & Order”

Benjamin has signed on to reprise his role as Det. Rey Curtis on “Law & Order” in an episode set to air later this season (as if I needed another reason to keep watching L&O ;) ).

Exclusive: Benjamin Bratt returns to ‘Law & Order’

Benjamin Bratt Returns to ‘Law & Order’ As Detective Reynaldo Curtis

“La Mission” at the American Indian Film Festival

“La Mission” will play at the 34th Annual American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco on Saturday, November 7, 2009, at Landmark Embarcadero Center Cinema.

For further details and to buy tickets, please see

I take the occasion to share an interview with Benjamin, published on Frontiers in L.A. shortly before “La Mission”was shown at the Outfest 2009.


Benjamin Bratt discusses his role in the opening night film La Mission.

by Lawrence Ferber

In La Mission, a Latino ex-con living in San Francisco’s Mission district, Che Rivera (Benjamin Bratt), discovers his beloved teenage son, Jesse (Jeremy Ray Valdez), is gay and has a boyfriend, which causes a shattering conflict between the two. Written and directed by Bratt’s brother, Peter, La Mission premiered to standing (and teary-eyed) ovations at January’s Sundance Film Festival. Benjamin, who also served as producer, discusses the film.

FRONTIERS IN L.A.: Che represents such a dichotomy—a warm, good person, yet hardwired to react with violence and fury towards his son’s homosexuality.

BENJAMIN BRATT: It would be all too easy to demonize Che. Peter wanted to illuminate both characters’ journeys. Jesse probably has the more difficult journey, which is in the face of fear, potential rejection, violence and even death, to reveal who he is to the person he loves the most, with the likelihood of losing that relationship. On the other side of the coin you have someone who has an equal fear of losing the person he cherishes the most. Che can’t help but see Jesse as a direct reflection of who he is as a man. And if he’s gay, which is feminine, he’s “less-than.” Calling someone a faggot or bitch is to feminize them. That speaks to misogyny. That’s the lesser of the species. But that’s how most men are socialized. Doesn’t matter if you grew up in the Mission or Des Moines.

You and Peter grew up in and around the Mission district, and employed a lot of locals for the film’s production. Did anyone involved share Che’s disgust regarding the gay aspect?

There was an incident when we were shooting the scene outside the house and Jesse was getting a beat down [from Che]. Some homies pulled up and asked, “Why is he getting the beating?” We didn’t hide the storyline from anyone, in fact we encouraged people to understand what it was about, and when they discovered why he was receiving the beating in the context of the story [their reaction] was, “good, shit, he deserves it.” But the community could not have been more supportive.

Frontiers in L.A., Volume 28, Issue 5

“La Mission” To Open the 6th Annual Artivist Film Festival

“La Mission” – directed by Peter Bratt, and starring Benjamin Bratt, Erika Alexander, Jeremy Ray Valdez, Jesse Borrego and Talisa Soto Bratt – is set to open the 6th Annual Artivist Film Festival on Tuesday December 1, at 8:00 pm

Artivist is the first international film festival and awards dedicated to addressing Human Rights, Children’s Advocacy, Environmental Preservation, and Animal Rights. Its mission is to strengthen the voice of advocate artists – “Artivists” – while raising public awareness for social global causes.

This year’s festival will take place December 1-5 at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood (6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA, 90028), home of the American Cinematheque, screening over 40 independent, narratives, documentaries, shorts, and experimental films from around the globe. The festival concludes with the 2009 Artivist Awards – honoring those artists whose exemplary work in their community stands out as a shining example of one person’s ability to change the world for the better, The Artivist Awards have also paid tribute to such highly regarded international organizations as Amnesty International, the Humane Society of the United States, Global Green, Greenpeace, Prevent Child Abuse America, and Child Welfare League of America – on Saturday, December 5.

La Mission Opens the 6th Artivist Film Festival Dec. 1, Festival Dates and Program Announced

Artivist Film Festival & Awards

“Trucker” Opening in Further US Theaters

Here is another list of theaters where “Trucker” (featuring Benjamin Bratt as Leonard Bonner) will be playing at

Starting from Friday, October 23, 2009:

Wilmette Theatre
1122 Central Avenue
Chicago, IL
(847) 251-7411

Plimoth Plantation (to Thursday, October 29, 2009)
137 Warren Avenue
Plymouth, MA

Uptown Birmingham 8
211 S. Old Woodward Avenue
Birmingham, MI
(248) 644-FILM

Athena Cinema
20 S Court Street
Athens, OH
(740) 592-5106

Darkside Cinema
215 SW 4th Street
Corvallis, OR
(541) 752-4161

On  Saturday, October 24th, 2009, and Sunday, October 25th, 2009:

Laemmle’s Playhouse 7
673 East Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA
(626) 844-6500

Laemmle’s Monica 4-plex
1332 2nd Street
Santa Monica, CA
(310) 394-9741

Starting from Friday, November 13, 2009:

Theatre N at Nemours
11th & Tatnall Streets
Wilmington, DE

Lake Worth Playhouse
709 Lake Avenue
Lake Worth, FL

Starting from Wednesday, November 18, 2009:

Hamilton Theater
7 Lebanon Street
Hamilton, NY

Starting from Friday, November 20, 2009:

Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center (to Thursday, December 3, 2009)
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE
(402) 472-5353

Starting from Friday, November 27, 2009:

The Mountain Cinema
Doctorow Center for the Arts, 7970 Main Street
Hunter, NY
(518) 263-2002

Starting from Friday, December 4, 2009:

Cosford Cinema
University of Miami, Memorial Building
Coral Gables, FL
(305) 284-4861

Starting from Friday, December 11, 2009:

Starz Film Center
900 Auraria Parkway
Denver, CO
(303) 820-3456

“Trucker” – Dates and Locations

Finally, a couple of reviews:

Keep on Trucking with Son in Tow

Trucker Doesn’t Put a Thing Wrong

“La Mission” at NMAI, LALIFF 2009, SIFF 2009 & AFF 2009

The National Museum of the American Indian page on Facebook features some pictures of Benjamin taken at the screening of “La Mission” on Friday, October 9, 2009:

Benjamin Bratt at NMAI

A fan shared the pictures he took at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival 2009 on the festival Facebook page, instead:

LALIFF 2009 – La Mission Screening

Moreover, here is a short  interview from the LALIFF 2009 with Jeremy Ray Valdez:

Jeremy Ray Valdez on “La Mission”

I’m also sharing two interviews – one to Benjamin and Peter Bratt and the other to Peter Bratt – from the Seattle International Film Festival. They are not exactly new, but I think I forgot to post them when they came out.

SIFF TV – The Seattle International Film Festival – Benjamin and Peter Bratt at La Mission

SIFF TV – The Seattle International Film Festival – La Mission DIrector Peter Bratt

Finally, I’d like to remind those living in or near Austin, TX, who are interested in seeing the movie, that the Austin Film Festival is hosting a screening of “La Mission” on Monday, October 26, 2009, at 7.45 pm. The venue is the Texas Spirit Theater, 1800 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701.

Austin Film Festival – La Mission

A Report from the Los Angeles Latino Film Festival

Jenee D. – a writer and journalist from Oakland now living in Southern California – was at the screening of “La Mission” at the 13th Los Angeles Latino Film Festival on Tuesday and shares her views on the movie on her blog.

Support This Film – Benjamin Bratt, Erika Alexander in ‘La Mission’

Benjamin Bratt to Guest Star on ABC’s “Modern Family”

Benjamin has been signed on to guest star on ABC’s new comedy series “Modern Family,” playing the ex of Sofia Vergara’s character (Gloria Delgado-Pritchett), and he is set to appear in one episode for now.

Benjamin Bratt is ‘Modern’ man

‘Modern Family’ Hires Benjamin Bratt as Gloria’s Ex