Hispanic Heritage Film Festival 2019: Mariachi Gringo

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  • Date: Sep 21st, 2019
    Time: 7:30pm

To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15th-Oct 15th), the Midwest Theater is hosting a Hispanic Heritage Film Festival. This film is one of three screening the weekend of Sept. 20-22. All three films have free admission, and will include door prize drawings.

This event was made possible by the following sponsors: Pahlke Law Group, Scottsbluff Landscaping, Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Avila’s Trucking, Zac and Cristina Karpf, Steve Frederick and Maria Pineda, and La Bamba Imports & Novelties.

In partnership with the Lied Scottsbluff Public Library and the Gering Public Library, a display in the Midwest Theater lobby will provide resources for further reading for Hispanic Heritage Month, as well as information about getting a library card.

Running Time:1H 47MIN

A stifled, small-town man stuck in a dead end life, runs away to Mexico to be a mariachi singer. MARIACHI GRINGO is a musical tour-de-force exploring the reality of “following your dreams” across cultural, personal, social and geographical borders. Mexico, Guadalajara in particular, is the film’s real star: warm, diverse and, thanks mostly to all the food on screen, sensual.” –New York Times review

Starring: Shawn Ashmore, Martha Higareda, Lila Downs, Kate Burton, Tom Wopat, Adriana Barraza
WINNER BEST FILM / MEJOR PELICULA – Guadalajara Int’l Film Festival
WINNER BEST ACTRESS / MEJOR ACTRIZ – Guadalajara Int’l Film Festival
IMCINE’s selection (Mexican Institute of Cinema) for Golden Globe Award consideration
HONORABLE MENTION – BEST ACTOR – Nashville Film Festival
WINNER SILVER SpIFFy – Spokane International Film Festival
WINNER AUDIENCE AWARD – Spokane International Film Festival
WINNER BEST FILM – CineSol Film Festival

**The film director, Tom Gustafson, will Skype in from New York City for a Q&A after the film.**

MARIACHI GRINGO is Tom Gustafson’s second feature film. His feature directorial debut, the critically acclaimed musical fantasy, WERE THE WORLD MINE, won 26 awards screening at over 150 festivals worldwide. The New York Times chose it as Critics’ Pick, calling it “Movie Musical Magic.” Among Tom’s awards for it were the Heineken Red Star Award and the Scion First-Time Director Award. Other directing credits include a side-show inspired short film, THE NEED, a short musical film, FAIRIES and the controversial short mockumentary film, REVELATIONS. Tom has worked as Location Casting Director on many blockbuster films, including MAN OF STEEL, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN II & III, THE GOOD SHEPHERD and THE DARK KNIGHT. Tom is the founder of SPEAKproductions and resides in Harlem, NYC.

At some point in life, we all come to a crossroads. Feeling like we’ve lost our way, we search for truth. For purpose. We dream of running away to start a new life. Of exploring a culture, a vocation, a geography that isn’t our own. It’s easy to ‘talk’ about
following a dream. Cliché even. But the reality of doing so is very different. Not all of us are brave enough to make a change. In Mariachi Gringo, we tag along on the journey one such brave young man takes into Mexico as he searches for himself. Not the Mexico that the American media has brainwashed us with. The real Mexico. Our film isn’t about drug cartel violence or illegal aliens crawling across the Arizona desert. It’s about family, friendship, music, food and love. It’s about new experiences. It’s about exploiting opportunities that come our way. It’s about perseverance. Following an ongoing passion to tell stories that are often overlooked, our goal for Mariachi Gringo is to celebrate a culture that is too frequently maligned and to explore the reality of following a dream.
Tom Gustafson & Cory Krueckeberg