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The Frida Cinema is proud to announce GutiFest, our first-ever film series selected by a guest programmer! This special guest series has been programmed by OC’s very own Gustavo Arellano!
Gustavo is author of Orange County: A Personal History and Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and host of its daily news podcast “The Times,” and has been an essayist and reporter for various publications and a frequent commentator on radio and television. He was formerly editor of OC Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Orange County, California, and penned the award-winning “¡Ask a Mexican!,” a nationally syndicated column in which he answered any and all questions about America’s spiciest and largest minority. Gustavo is the recipient of awards ranging from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies for Best Columnist to the Los Angeles Press Club President’s Award to an Impacto Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition, and was recognized by the California Latino Legislative Caucus with a 2008 Spirit Award for his “exceptional vision, creativity, and work ethic.” Gustavo is a lifelong resident of Orange County and is the proud son of two Mexican immigrants, one whom came to this country in the trunk of a Chevy.
July 17, 7:30pm – Post-screening Q&A with Jeanette Goldstein!
July 18 & 21
Directed by James Cameron | 1986
When a lifepod containing Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is found by a salvage crew over 50 years later, she finds that terraformers are on the very planet they found the Xenomorph species. When the company sends a family of colonists out to investigate her story—all contact is lost with the planet and colonists. They enlist Ripley and the colonial marines to return and search for answers, all after finding a traumatized girl named Newt (Carrie Henn) who slowly becomes the responsibility of Ripley.
Join us for our Monday, July 17th screening as we welcome Gustavo Arellano for an In-Person Q&A with Special Guest Jeanette Goldstein, who portrays Aliens’ iconic Private Vasquez!
The Apartment – Jul 19 & 20
Directed by Billy Wilder | 1960
C.C. Bud Baxter (Jack Lemmon) is a minor clerk in a huge New York insurance company, until he discovers a quick way to climb the corporate ladder. He lends out his apartment to the executives as a place to take their mistresses. Although he often has to deal with the aftermath of their visits, one night he’s left with a major problem to solve, and it may or may not involve Fran (Shirley MacLaine), a woman he’s secretly infatuated with.
Gustavo Arellano will be doing an in-person introduction to the July 19th @ 7:45PM screening.
Apocalypse Now: The Final Cut – Jul 21 – 23
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola | 1979
At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard (Martin Sheen) is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, “does not exist, nor will it ever exist.” His goal is to locate – and eliminate – a mysterious Green Beret Colonel named Walter Kurtz (Marlon Brando), who has been leading his personal army on illegal guerrilla missions into enemy territory. So begins a swiftly psychedelic and nightmarish journey into the heart of darkness.
Gustavo Arellano will be doing an in-person introduction to the July 22nd @ 6PM screening.
The Karate Kid – Jul 21 – 23
Directed by John G. Avildsen | 1984
Daniel (Ralph Macchio), a fatherless teenager, arrives in Los Angeles and becomes subject to bullying by a gang of karate students after striking up a relationship with Ali (Elizabeth Shue), the gang leader’s ex-girlfriend. When Daniel asks Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita), a master of martial arts, to help him learn karate, it becomes all or nothing when Daniel takes to the task of defeating his bullies.
Gustavo Arellano will be doing an in-person introduction to the July 21st @ 7:15PM screening.