The Last Brown Beret: Chicano Coming-of-Age Indie Film

Apertura Showcase, American Cinematheque & Eastside Arts Initiative presented at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre, June 14

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: June 8, 2017

The Last Brown Beret: Chicano Coming-of-Age Indie Film

Actor/writer/director Del Zamora has spent the last several years working tirelessly to bring the award-winning play, "The Last Angry Brown Hat," to the big screen. On June 14, 2017, Apertura Showcase in association with the American Cinematheque and with the support from the Eastside Arts Initiative presents, "The Last Brown Beret," a work-in-progress film at 7:30PM at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre, located at 6712 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood, CA, 90028.

The evening begins with the screening of Philip Rodriguez's documentary, "Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle," about the mysterious death of the beloved L.A. Times journalist during the Chicano Movement, followed by "The Last Brown Beret," and capped with a brief Q&A with the director and cast. Guests will be treated to an open bar and tacos.

"The Last Brown Beret" cast includes Daniel Edward Mora (Willie), Vance Valencia (JoJo), Randy Vasquez (Louie), Del Zamora (Rude Boy), Linda Lopez (Anita/Willie's wife), Karen E. Wright (Teri/JoJo's wife) and Ingrid Oliu (Consuelo/Frankie's widow) and David Castro as the deceased Frankie, in a film that has been compared to the classic, "The Big Chill."

The film is adapted from Alfredo Ramos' "The Last Angry Brown Hat," the tale of four ex-Brown Berets: Willie, who owns his own welding shop; JoJo, a successful TV writer; Louie, the youngest, is a high school math teacher; and Rude Boy, a Vietnam vet with major PTSD, which escalates with his alcoholism. The men have not seen each other in years, each having moved on in different directions. There is a lot to catch up with and when Willie pulls out his old brown beret from a box of treasures, old wounds are opened as they remember Frankie, a Brown Beret and activist they all looked up to.

As the four surviving Brown Berets bury an old friend they are forced to confront the anger and radicalism of their youth and accept how much their lives have changed with the responsibilities of adult living and how some have had to conform against the very society they once fought against. The movie is told against a backdrop of the late 1960s, early 1970s Chicano Movement and the National Chicano Moratorium.

While, "The Last Brown Beret" is based on American history, it is a fictional narrative/ drama feature film. Tickets can be purchased HERE -- $12 general admission or $8 for American Cinematheque Members. Purchase includes free beverages and tacos.

A Rampage Productions and a Con/Safos Production
"The Last Brown Beret" Work in progress, 2017 / 93 min. USA
Producer & Director: Del Zamora
Director of Photography: Hilda Mercado / Screenplay: Del Zamora
Executive Producers: Del Zamora, P.G.A., Daniel Rojo, P.G.A. / Co-Producers: Christopher Longo, Karen E. Wright, Jenna Urban / Editors: Emmanuel Salgado, Christopher Longo
Based on the Alfredo Ramos play, "The Last Angry Brown Hat"

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