Thoughts on “La Mission”

Teresa, a fellow fan of Benjamin, asked me to post her thoughts about “La Mission” that she had the chance to see.

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I got to participate in a screening and discussion of ‘La Mission’ in October 2009.  Benjamin, Peter, and their co-producer Ms. Patel participated at Washington DC’s National Museum of the American Indian.  The movie was really enjoyable to me; it really feels like Peter’s and Benjamin’s love letter to their old neighborhood.  Thanks to spirited acting, I felt a lot of warmth and connection to the characters and their little corner of the world.  Peter’s script did a great job exploring all the conflicts — at the personal, family, community, and even national level.

The discussion afterward was quite stimulating, too, with many exchanges on the conflict themes, the need for open hearts/tolerance/acceptance, and so on.  Having it at the National Museum of the American Indian was really special to Peter, and he brought out a lot of details around the various ethnic cultures in the film and in the world.  Some discussion came up about the way the film was crafted (including one woman who wanted more info on the scene where Benjamin danced around while ironing some clothes for a night out… we just couldn’t help but enjoy Benjamin’s good looks and good moves!).

It is wonderful that the film has received so much positive attention in the last year!

“Songs from La Mission” CD Release Party Next Sunday

A  “Songs from La Mission” CD Release Party is happening next Sunday, October 31, 2010, at Roccapulco Night Club in San Francisco’s Mission District, with a lowrider show, low and slow fashion show, and Dia de los muertos festival, and La Mission Band playing the songs from the movie live.

Every ticket (costing US$ 20) includes the La Mission CD and is available at Latin Rock Inc. and Julio’s Records (2884 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110).  Proceeds benefit The Chocolate Project.

To read about The Chocolate Project, please go to

http://www.facebook.com/pages/La-MISSION/45609869015?v=wall#!/photo.php?pid=5358030&fbid=436915679015&id=45609869015

Benjamin Bratt at the Premiere of “Latinos Living the American Dream”

On Thursday, October 21, 2010, Benjamin attended the premiere of the documentary “Latinos Living the American Dream” – directed and produced by Eva Longoria Parker in partnership with the Pepsi YO SUMO initiative – at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. Photos can be found at WireImage.

WireImage – Pepsi Presents Premiere Of “Latinos Living The American Dream” – Arrivals

WireImage – Pepsi Presents Premiere Of “Latinos Living The American Dream”

Screening of La Mission with Benjamin and Peter Bratt at The Autry

Photos of Benjamin and Peter Bratt taken during the Q&A session that followed the screening of “La Mission” at The Autry in LA on Wednesday, October 20, 2010, were posted on The Autry National Center’s Facebook page. To have a look at them, go to

Screening of La Mission with Benjamin and Peter Bratt at The Autry

“Piñero” to Show at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (600 Main St., Hartford, CT 06103) will host a “Puerto Rican Studies Association Film Day” on Saturday, October 23, 2010, with four titles produced on, or about, the island.

One of the films shown is “Piñero” – a 2001 biopic starring Benjamin Bratt as Miguel Piñero, an ex-convict who wrote a Tony-nominated play and also poetry that is recognized as an inspiration for hip-hop music – at 11:45 a.m.

For details, go to http://www.wadsworthatheneum.org/do/aetnatheater.php

The Wall Las Memorias “ROJO” Honoring Benjamin and Peter Bratt for “La Mission”

The Wall Las Memorais Project – an organization advancing the health of Latinos – is hosting their annual fundraiser, “ROJO”, at the historic Cicada Restaurant in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, November 17, 2010.

The event will honor Peter and Benjamin Bratt for “La Mission”, as a film contributing to expanding the dialogue and awareness of the challenges faced by gay and lesbian Latinos in today’s society, as they seek harmony between their sexual orientation and strong cultural pride.

ROJO features music, wine and food tasting and brings together community, civic leaders, and a new generation of believers all fighting for the same cause, to celebrate life and hope.

For more information on how you can be a part of the ROJO” experience, please contact The Wall Las Memorias executive director, Richard Zaldivar at rzaldivar@TheWallLasMemorias.org.

The Wall Las Memorias “ROJO” Event

“La Mission” Screening and Q&A with Peter & Benjamin Bratt at The Autry in LA

A screening of “La Mission” is due on Wednesday, October 20, 2010, at 7 pm, at The Autry in Los Angeles.

The screening is to be followed by a Q&A session with Benjamin and Peter Bratt.

The location is at  the Autry National Center-Wells Fargo Theatre, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, Los Angeles CA 90027.

For more information and to make reservations go to http://theautry.org/programs/film/la-mission or call 323-667-2000.