College of Liberal Arts

CMAS Latina/o Media Makers Series presents Jim Mendiola

Tuesday Apr 11, 2017 5:30 PM | Belo Center for New Media (BMC 5.102)

The Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) is proud to present the Latina/o Media Makers series, showcasing Latina/o film and media makers who have contributed importantly to Latina/o visibility and media production.

Join us for Part 3 of the series featuring Jim Mendiola on Tuesday, April 11th at 5:30 p.m.

Jim Mendiola is an independent filmmaker, writer, and film programmer. His award-winning film short Pretty Vacant (1996), about a Sex Pistols-obsessed Chicana punk rocker, made a major contribution to Latino independent film with its contemporary heroine and edgy, naturalistic style. His later films include Come and Take It Day (2002) and Speeder Kills (2003). As a programmer, Mendiola curated the film program at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and he currently directs CineFestival in San Antonio. Along with Cruz Angeles, Mendiola co-created the Latino Screenwriting Lab, an annual workshop produced in partnership with the Sundance Institute. Mendiola’s current project is the documentary Making Viva Max, which explores the controversial production of a 1969 Hollywood comedy that revised the legend of the Alamo. Mendiola in Making Viva Max takes a less-than-serious moment in pop culture to ask a serious question: Who owns history? And what are the ramiļ¬cations of that control? Mendiola is currently an artist-in-residence at The University of Texas at Austin where he is writing a book on the history of U.S. Chicano/Latino independent filmmaking.

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