“La Mission” in Sacramento

As “La Mission” opens today in Sacramento and Q&A’s with Benjamin and Peter Bratt are to be held at the Crest Theatre tomorrow (the one after the 11:30 am screening of “La Mission” is sold out, but tickets are still available for the one after the 2:30 pm showing), The Sacramento Bee published a review of the movie:

Movie Review: Benjamin Bratt, man of ‘La Mission’

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What is your character like?

He’s the alpha male major guy… . We wanted to explore what really makes a man like this tick … and within the Latino culture we wondered, what one thing would completely unravel his idea of who he is as a man? When he confronts that, it puts my character into a tailspin.

What was it like to work in the Mission, the neighborhood where you grew up?

We shot the movie in 26 days and it really felt like a community celebration. We hired people from the neighborhood and it created a sense of pride in the process.

Is this a movie a lot of people are going to relate to?

The film is very culturally and geographically specific, but it is a highly relatable film for everyone. There are some pretty heavy themes … but there is also levity in the movie.

What would you like your audience to get out of the movie?

What’s happened in the past week, has been amazing, particularly the Q&A’s after the films. People are emerging from the theaters feeling elated with a sense of pride. In part, that’s because there are so few Hollywood offerings that tell our story.

What are your future projects?

For now, the focus is to roll this film out slowly. We really see ourselves as the little engine that could. Our budget was $2 million – that’s the catering tab for most Hollywood movies.

Actor Benjamin Bratt to screen new film in Sacramento

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