EL PASO — Hollywood will bring its red carpet to the border when El Paso hosts the world premiere of "Bless Me, Ultima" on Monday, September 17, 2012 at the historic Plaza Theatre.
The film is based on the controversial novel and Chicano literary classic by acclaimed author, Rudolfo Anaya. As home to the largest Mexican American student population in the country, El Paso was a natural choice for this historic event. The film will be released in El Paso theatres on Friday, September 21, 2012.
El Paso, rich in Chicano history, culture and art, was chosen by filmmakers to become the first city in the US to debut the film because of its enthusiastic movie audience, energy and passion for all aspects of the film and novel.
“Because of its history, location and the passion shown by the arts community in El Paso we believe that the city is the perfect place to open BLESS ME, ULTIMA to the public,” said Santiago Pozo, Founder & CEO of Arenas, the LA based company that is distributing and marketing the film.
The project has been welcomed with open arms by El Paso artists, politicians, educators and business communities to support and welcome filmmakers and the opportunity.
"BLESS ME, ULTIMA is one of those books that never lets you go. To have Ultima come to life on the big screen in El Paso is a great honor for El Paso. One that I know we won't forget," said Susie Byrd, El Paso City Council Representative.