Friday, 14 May 2010 08:01

Age, cultural and lifestyle collide in the new movie “La Mission,” starring Jesse Borrego and Benjamin Bratt.

The film have a fund-raising benefit screening Thursday 5/13 in Austin’s Santikos Theater. Borrego is also in town this weekend for two acting workshops and a video shoot(details below).

Synopsis: Growing up in the Mission district of San

 Francisco, Che Rivera (Bratt)  has always had to be tough to survive. He's a powerful man respected throughout the Mission barrio for his masculinity and his strength, as well as for his hobby building beautiful lowrider cars. A reformed inmate and recovering alcoholic, Che has worked hard to redeem his life and do right by his pride and joy: his only son, Jes, whom he has raised on his own after the death of his wife. Che's path to redemption is tested, however, when he discovers Jes is gay. To survive his neighborhood, Che has always lived with his fists. To survive as a complete man, he'll have to embrace a side of himself he's never shown.”

Complete synopsis below.

Local action.
Native San Antonio actor Jesse Borrego, who also stars in the film, is here this Saturday hosting two acting workshops - "Art of Acting in Front of the Camera," 9 a.m.-noon,  and "Working Behind the Camera," 1- 4 p.m.
The workshops are scheduled at the SA FilmWorks Institute, 5309 Wurzbach this Saturday, May 15.
For details call (210) 888-4549.

Borrego is also participating in a video shoot this Sunday for the song “Mariposa Traicionera,” on Roger Velasquez’s new CD. Velasquez said the filming starts at 1 p.m. inside the farmers Market area at Market Square.

“It is a public place and is it free and the public is invited to attend,” said Velasquez. More: Roger Velasquez reloaded: new CD, new inspiration 

"La Mission," relates a familiar story of father-son conflict within San Francisco's Mission District, where working-class minorities struggle to keep from being crowded out by privileged carpetbaggers.

From Austin360:

“Writer/director Peter Bratt doesn't appear to possess any kind of original storytelling sensibility, but he does have his brother Benjamin, whose presence is compelling enough to convince us his character - the ex-con, recovered alcoholic Che - is meatier than he is on the page.

“A bus driver who has kept in fighting-trim shape since his lawless youth, Che's capacity for anger is these days tempered by love for his son and by pride in the low riders he builds with buddies.

“That love for his son Jesse isn't all-accepting, though, and Che explodes when he learns the high school boy is gay - scaring Jesse away from home and upsetting the equilibrium in a neighborhood already threatened (in Che's eyes, anyway) by outsiders.

“The drama of reconciliation, with a side dish of romance between Che and the hipster who has rented an apartment upstairs, is a tired one, though Peter Bratt's script stretches things out to the point that it actually becomes plausible that the family will never reunite. Its leading man aside, the only real flavor comes from the movie's palpable enjoyment of the culture Che clings to - particularly vibrant in a sequence featuring what must be some of the finest hydraulic-equipped vintage autos in the Bay Area.”