Dan Guerrero wanted to tell the story of his father, legendary Chicano singer-songwriter Lalo Guerrero, for years before eventually taking the initiative to tell it himself. A television producer for musical specials, the younger Guerrero had footage of his father on camera telling his story, shot over a decade ago in anticipation for when some sort of definitive project would take off.
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Thus the documentary Lalo Guerrero: The Original Chicano. An informative, tell-all television film, it tells the story of the singer's life in vivid detail from his early upbringing in Tucson to his musical career that spanned over six decades. "My father's story was in my head, but everything I needed in terms of clippings, photos, etc. were in my closet," Guerrero told the Weekly. "Whereas, someone from the outside doing it would've had to do a tremendous amount of research, find out things. I already knew it."
It wasn't until Nancy De Los Santos, Guerrero's co-producer and co-writer, stressed making the film themselves, did Guerrero push to make it happen. The doc made its debut on PBS and was screened at various Latino film festivals in the US and Mexico and won acclaim from the Imagen, Alma, and the Cine Golden Eagle Awards, to name a few. This Thursday, Bowers Museum and OC Film Fiesta will host a special screening of the film as part of OC Film Fiesta's teaser screenings series leading up to the film festival's opening in September. More »