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Tejas Foco Highlight: Early Chicano/a Cinema

by Tony Diaz on 02/08/15

Tejas Foco Highlight:

Early Chicano/a Cinema

2015 NACCS Tejas Foco Conference

Lone Star College-North Harris

Feb. 26-28, 2015

Date: Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

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Session: III 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Room: ACAD 161

85. Monos/Movies desde los Barrios: Early Chicano/a Cinema

Oral histories of Chicano/a cinema of the micro-businesse type that emerged in the barrios of South Texas and Houston, Texas are rare. Only until 2014 have they been discovered that adds to the current body of knowledge of Chicano/a cinema. A handful of entrepreners made cinema available to the masses, mostly drawing from film productions from Mexico and Latin America in the early 30s and 40s. Social and cultural segregation prevailed in the U.S. during this time, and it has been the subject of Chicano film studies. This panel presentation hopes to shed new light on the early history of the Chicano/a community, drawing from video documentaries and oral history as prime sources that have been the efforts of Sembradores de Aztlan Oral History Project, Houston, Texas. Several related questions deem our attention: (1) what was the economic contribution of these barrio-based micro-businesses to current entertainment venues in Houston, Texas and the state of Texas?; (2) how have these films impacted first-generation Mexican Americans in regards to passing on cultural literacy contained in the films with regards to successful film icons of Mexico; and (3) what impact have these films have on current Chicano/a film festivals in terms of programmatic planning and presentations? The panel presentation will be composed of activists of cinema-related micro-businesses and the founder of Cine Cuauhtemoc Pan American Film Festival, the first Chicano-oriented festival in Houston, Texas. The information to be presented will surely impact our view of Chicano/a film history, and it will be a prime source for Chicano/a Studies related to film.

Presenters: Jesus Cantu Medel, M.Ed., Museo Guadalupe Aztlan, Houston, Texas; Dr. Antonio Gonzalez and Daniel Antoon, Chicano/a Studies Network, Houston, Texas

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