UCSC undergraduates' film to be screened
at Reel Work film festival
A film by two UCSC undergraduates about trailblazing Mexican
American journalist Ruben Salazar will be screened during the
Fourth Annual Reel
Work May Day Labor Film Festival April 24-May 1, in Santa
Filmmakers Leilani Montes and Victoria Fong collaborated on
the 15-minute documentary Since Salazar. The film is
a tribute to Salazar, whose reporting for the Los Angeles
Times and KMEX-TV 34 established him as an influential voice
for the Mexican American community in California until his untimely
death in 1970.
Salazar was covering the Chicano anti-Vietnam War moratorium
in East Los Angeles when he was killed by a tear gas projectile
fired by a sheriff's deputy. Since Salazar is among the
films that will be screened Wednesday, April 27, beginning at
7 p.m. in the Kresge Town Hall on the UCSC campus.
The Reel Work May Day Labor Film Festival began in 2002 to
increase awareness of the labor movement. Each year, the festival
presents a mix of rare and well-known critically acclaimed films,
with screenings on campus and at several community venues. A
is available. Admission to all events is by donation.
Major festival cosponsors include the UCSC Community Studies
Department, Community Television of Santa Cruz County, the Nickelodeon
Theatre, Community Printers (represented by GCIU Local 388),
and the Monterey Bay Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO.
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