The Calderón family
, whose involvement in Mexican cinema dates back to 1910, built our southern neighbor's first grand movie houses that played the country's first big commercial hits. The Calderón family also produced ficheras
, trashy films that many believe tarnished Mexican cinema.Viviana Garcia-Besné
learned both legacies growing up in the Calderón family, something she now explores in her documentary Perdida
("Lost in Time") that rolls in Santa Ana Saturday afternoon as past of OC Film Fiesta.
Garcia-Besné embarked on a three-year quest to uncover the family film story, which began when her great-great-uncle José U. Calderón
discovered the film industry at the 1904 World Fair in St. Louis, Missouri, continued through the rise of films starring wrestling star "El Santo
" in the 1960s and on to the scandalous, cabaret-themed ficheras
of the '80s.
The founding of the family's film and cinematography business accompanied the Mexican Revolution, and government indifference to maintaining movie houses led to the decline of the film industry and the Calderón family's involvement in it. (Visit Cinematográfica Calderón
to learn more.)
Fortunately, both bounced back, if Perida
can be viewed as a return to form for at least a distant Calderón relative. Garcia-Besné poured over old film reels, photographs, newspaper articles and clips from the family's
film vaults to create her documentary, which ultimately brought her peace about the Calderóns role in Mexican cinema. Find out why at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Santora Arts Building,
Broadway, Santa Ana.
OC Film Fiesta Celebrates Cinema, Music, Food, Latino Jews and Rita Hayworth in Santa Ana
Also playing today . . .
The 1946 King Vidor
classic about a sinister South American casino
boss who finds out his new wife (Rita Hayworth) already knows his right-hand man (Glenn Ford
). Legend has it Hayworth would come to Santa Ana to practice dancing, away from the preying eyes of Hollywood. The Latina was so beautiful, and now for the so sad. Check out this old Santa Ana-datelined clip
, about a conservator being named to handle her estate in 1977, when she was being treated at Hoag Hospital for alcoholism and mental illness. 3:30 p.m. at Santora with an accompanying fashion show
courtesy of Santa Ana's Mi Moda and
Elegante Boutique that is inspired by the 1940s' cinema sexpot.
TASTE OF SANTA ANA
Food is served by Artists Village restaurants, including Memphis Cafe, Chapter One: The Modern Local, Lola
Gaspar's, Calacas Cafe, Country Garden Caterers and Pocho Catering. 6 p.m. at Santora. Tickets are $10.
Playing Sunday . . .
Presented in association with the Anti-Defamation League is this documentary about the European Jews who wound up settling in the border town. Throughout the early
20th century, thousands of European Jews sailed to America to escape
persecution and look for new opportunities, and some wound up in TJ. Director Isaac Artenstein
attends. 1 p.m. at Santora.
The newly restored 1922 silent film is based on Anzia Yazierska
's short stories about an immigrant Jewish
family living in New York City's Lower East Side. Composer and original score restorer David Spear
attends. 2:30 p.m. at Santora.
JEWISH COMMUNITY RECEPTION
Music and a Jewish-Latino fusion menu prepared by Pocho Catering. 4 p.m. at Santora.
Coming up next weekend . . .