Hidden Chicano Cinema
Film Dramas in the Borderlands
Publication Year: 2013
The book highlights “film moments” in this region’s history including the “filmic turn” ushered in by Chicano/a filmmakers who created new ways to represent their community and region. A. Gabriel Meléndez narrates the drama, intrigue, and politics of these moments and accounts for the specific cinematic practices and the sociocultural detail that explains how the camera itself brought filmmakers and their subjects to unexpected encounters on and off the screen. Such films as Adventures in Kit Carson Land, The Rattlesnake, and Red Sky at Morning, among others, provide examples of movies that have both educated and misinformed us about a place that remains a “distant locale” in the mind of most film audiences.
Published by: Rutgers University Press
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Hidden Chicano Cinema addresses a series of ?film moments? that are at once a set of cultural encounters between filmmakers, film as a technol-ogy, and the people of the communities that became the subjects for vari-ous film depictions. Thus, the ?film drama? I reference in the subtitle also refers to ?the drama of filmmaking,? something which is as much about ...
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More than once I have recalled an exchange among graduate students in my seminar ?Critical Regionalism: Discourses on the Southwest.? Early one semester students brought forth their ideas regarding the ethnic and cul-tural make- up of the Southwest. From the discussion that ensued I learned that some newcomers to the region were working from the assumption ...
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...it is just past three in the afternoon, the hour the gospels record as the moment Christ was nailed and left to die on the cross. The year is 1888, nearly two millennia after that crucifixion. Charles F. Lummis is the man with his head draped by the black cloth of a Prosch camera obscura. He has just completed a successful New Mexican safari hunt in search of elu-...
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...the successor in film to Charles Lummis?s vengeance narrative is the 1936 road show exploitation film The Lash of the Penitentes, produced by Mike J. Levinson and shot by Roland C. Price. Also released as The Penitente Murder Case, the film opens with journalist George Mack beseeching his editor at the Metropolitan Syndicate to let him go to New Mexico and uncover ...
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...in contrast to Native Americans, who have been the subject of a great many ethnographic films and photographic surveys, there is a comparatively small amount of ethnographic materials related to the Mexican Ameri-cans of the Southwest before the 1960s.1 As a rule, the visual ethnogra-phies that do exist, at best, are ad hoc assessments of Chicano material ...
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Governor David F. Cargo, a Republican who began his first term in office in January 1967, was largely responsible for the creation of the New Mexico Film Commission in 1970. Cargo had long been an advocate of selling New Mexico as an ideal location for Hollywood to make movies, and the Film Commission provided numerous inducements to filmmak-...
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...land loss has historically been the latent grievance of the nuevomexi-cano. Therefore it comes as no surprise that the Chicano movement of the 1960s, a broad- based social movement aimed at redressing the exclusion of Mexican Americans from educational and employment benefits? and a myriad other social concerns? would become closely identified with Reies ...
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Danny Lyon arrived in New Mexico around the same time John Nich-ols was making his way to Taos. Like Nichols, Lyon emigrated from New York after having spent ten years working as a staff photographer for the Student Non- Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). His time at SNCC involved Lyon in a number of major actions in the civil rights move-...
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...the commitment to record the group experience of Chicanos from an insider vantage point and in the service of a documentary impulse repre-sents a decided turn in the cinematic representation of Mexican Ameri-cans, a move which also makes it appropriate to speak of a number of documentary and independent film projects ushered in by the Chicano ...
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...it has come time to ask what might be profitably learned from stringing together a comparison of a handful of difficult- to- locate films and pro-ceeding to analyze them on account of two elements: first, they happened to be filmed in the Southwest Borderlands, and second, they present and in some instances re- present mexicano/Chicano/Hispanic stories. In some ...
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A. GAbriel Mel?ndez is a professor of American Studies at the Univer-sity of New Mexico and was the department chair from 1999 to 2008 and again from 2010 to 2013. Mel?ndez?s teaching and research interests include Borderlands cinema and critical regionalism. He has authored a number of books and scholarly articles on Mexican Americans and Borderlands expres-...
Page Count: 288
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Latinidad: Transnational Cultures in the United States
Series Editor Byline: Edited by Matthew Garcia, Marivel Danielson, Roxanne Doty, Douglas Massey, Catherine Ramírez, Néstor Rodríguez, Claudia Sadowski-Smith, and Angharad Valdivia