Two very different films about young people in L.A.’s Eastside communities--Emmy Award-winner Jon Wilkman’s documentary, “Chicano Rock: The Sounds of East Los Angeles” and excerpts from “Lola’s Love Shack,” the new comedy from popular KPFK “Pocho Hour of Power” personality Patrick Perez--will be presented at the third annual Lummis Day film benefit event at 7:00 pm, Saturday, March 23 at the historic Highland Park Ebell Club, 131 S. Avenue 57 in Los Angeles. Both filmmakers will present their films and will answer questions from the audience.
Tickets for the event are $15 and may be purchased via Paypal at www.LummisDay.org, at the door or at Antigua Cultural Coffee House, 3400 North Figueroa Street and Galco's Old World Grocery, 5702 York Boulevard. All proceeds will help support the 8th annual Lummis Day: The Festival of Northeast Los Angeles. For more information, call 818-535-9178.
The event is presented by public radio station KPFK 90.7 and the Lummis Day Community Foundation.
Narrated by Edward James Olmos, “Chicano Rock: The Sounds of East Los Angeles” tells the inspiring story of how generations of young Mexican Americans created a unique musical voice and in the process found and proudly expressed their cultural identity.
This lively and award-winning film combines interviews, rare archival film and photographs with exuberant music by such legends as Lalo Guererro, Ritchie Valens, Cannibal and the Headhunters, Thee Midnighters, El Chicano, Tierra and Los Lobos. The film was produced, written, directed and edited by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Jon Wilkman, who has made films for CBS, HBO, PBS, the History Channel and A&E, among many others, and has taught at both UCLA and USC.
In the comedy, “Lola’s Love Shack,” a long, hot barrio summer looms for three high school friends, who set off on a quest to become men. Their hunt takes them through industrial Eastside streets and many misadventures as they seek out the legendary “Lola’s,” a place of urban mythology. Filmmaker Patrick Perez has worked at directing, writing and producing film and new media for 15 years. He became active in theater while growing up in Southern Calfiornia and continued writing and acting at Columbia University. He later earned his MFA in production/directing from UCLA. A Northeast L.A. resident, he can be heard each Friday afternoon on KPFK’s “Pocho Hour of Power.”
Lummis Day takes its name from Charles Fletcher Lummis, who joined the L.A. Times as the newspaper's first city editor in 1876. A prolific writer and photographer, Lummis was also one of the city's first librarians, founded the Southwest Museum and helped introduce the concept of multi-culturalism to Southern California. The 8th Annual Lummis Day: The Festival of Northeast Los Angeles will be presented on Sunday, June 2 by the Lummis Day Community Foundation and sponsors including the neighborhood councils of Northeast Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information and updates, visit www.LummisDay.org