‘Cesar Chavez’ Screens For Farm Workers At Labor Union’s Historic Birthplace: Photos

By | Tuesday March 25, 2014 @ 8:32pm PDT

Diego LunaThree days before the movie’s national release, an audience of about 1,000 farm workers is seeing Diego Luna‘s biopic about the legendary civil rights leader and union organizer at the site where their union began in the 1960s. Cesar Chavez is getting an outdoor screening tonight at the Forty Acres outside Delano, CA, which is depicted in the film and now is a National Historic Landmark. Luna introduced the movie, which stars Michael Pena as Cesar Chavez alongside America Ferrera — who is at the screening — Rosario Dawson, Gabriel Mann and John Malkovich. The film scripted by Keir Pearson and Timothy J. Sexton won an Audience Award at SXSW this month after premiering at Berlin. It also screened at the White House last week. Lionsgate is releasing the pic from Pantelion, Participant Media, Televisa Cine and Image Nation. Participant is advocating for a national day of service on Cesar Chavez Day, March 31, which is a state holiday in California, Texas and Colorado. Here’s how the scene looked tonight:

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SXSW: Audience Award Winners Are Announced With ‘Cesar Chavez’, ‘Before I Disappear’ & HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ Among The Faves

SXSW 2014The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced their Audience Award-winners today including wins for Diego Luna‘s biopic Cesar Chavez in the narrative spotlight and the Emmy Rossum-starring drama Before I Disappear in the narrative feature spotlight.  Also getting a crowd-pleasing boost before its April 6 HBO premiere is Mike Judge’s Silicon Valley which took the Episodic award.  Last year’s winner in the narrative feature competition was Short Term 12 which was released by Cinedigm and had some awards buzz this past fall.  The SXSW Jury Awards were announced on Tuesday with the Grand Jury Prize going to Fort Tilden and the  The Great Invisible, Margaret Brown’s look at the oil industry’s secretive world in the wake of the Gulf Coast disaster, earning the top documentary prize. Below are a list of the SXSW Film Festival Audience Award winners: Read More »

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