Zorro Rescues Santa Ana From Itself (by Kicking Off Adventurous OC Film Fiesta) Tonight
And yet, Douglas Fairbanks will be on the big screen again tonight, in his classic 1920 silent film The Mark of Zorro, kicking off the second annual, 16-day--and, most important--FREE OC Film Fiesta.
Through Sept. 18, OC Film Fiesta aims to enrich Latino and cultural pride in Santa Ana with events and screenings at the historic Yost Theater, Santa Ana Public Library, Calacas, Original Mike's and Santa Ana Senior Center.
The Mark of Zorro will be shown downtown and outdoors, in the lot next to 120 W. Civic Center Drive, where in addition to the swashbuckling there will be a display of vintage 1920s automobiles and music from the Roaring '20s. Why, it's almost like Santa Ana's white again! The fun begins at 7 p.m., the movie at dusk.
Speaking of credits, cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa's work will be honored 4 p.m. Sunday with a screening of the Mexican Golden Age classic Bugambilia, which stars Dolores del Rio and Pedro Armendariz, at Fourth and French streets. Figueroa, del Rio and Armendariz's talents are also on display in John Ford's 1947 thriller The Fugitive starring Henry Fonda. It screens with The Mark of Zorro Sept. 17 at The Yost.
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But for this second year, the event has expanded beyond Latino culture, partnering with the Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association to expand screenings to include short films from the Vietnamese International Film Festival and Minh Duc Nguyen's award-winning feature Touch.
For the complete schedule, visit www.ocfilmfiesta.org.
OC Film Fiesta concludes Sunday, Sept. 18, with a free red carpet screening at The Yost of the new comedy White Knight, which stars Saving Private Ryan's Tom Sizemore as a jailed Ku Klux Klan leader who learns lessons about tolerance from his Mexican farm labor organizer cellmate played by Nacho Libre's Hector Jimenez. Director Jesse Baget is scheduled to join Jimenez and co-star Olga Segura on the red carpet. Or should I make that carpet de rojo?