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Media Alert: “Zoot Suit” Director Luis Valdez to receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Mexican-American Film & TV Festival

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Mexican-American Film & Television Festival

The Mexican-American Film & Television Festival is dedicated to promoting and preserving the rich cultural heritage of Mexican-Americans in the United States. We believe that film and television are powerful mediums for telling our stories and sharing our experiences with the world.
The 2nd Edition of the Mexican-American Film & Television Festival will be recognizing the work of the Godfather of Chicano theatre, and film director Luis Valdez (La Bamba) who will be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award.
This year marks the 40 anniversary of the Zoot Suit Riots, and Valdez’s film on the incidents that lead up to the riots, Zoot Suit will be screened on May 21st.
Frank Rodriguez, General Sales Manager for Searchlight Pictures will receive the MACEF President Exemplar Award on Sunday, May 21st.


The Mexican-American Film & Television Festival is produced by the Mexican-American Cultural Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization with the mission to change the narrative by educating the community about the endless positive contributions the Mexican-American people, (Chicano, Chicanx, Latino, Hispanic, Latinx, or 1st generation immigrants), and their rich culture have given to America, which is often unrecognized.

Confirmed Zoot Suit Talent: Director Luis Valdez and cast members Mike Gomez, Sal Lopez, Angela Moya, Marco Rodriguez.
Additional Talent: Annie Gonzalez (Flamin’ Hot), Jesse Garcia (Flamin’ Hot) Producer Moctesuma Esparza (Selena), Actress Alex Meneses (Walker, Women Who Kill), Actors Pepe Serna (Flamin’ Hot, With Love, Life is Art), Enrique Castillo (Mayans MC, Blood In Blood Out), Mauricio Mendoza (Reboot, Promised Land), Laura Patalano (This Fool), Jacqueline Pinol (Bosch: Legacy, Criminal Minds), Producer Yvett Merino (Encanto), Director Jesus Trevino (Gospel Bill, Law & Order), Comedian Paul Rodriguez. Sponsors/Executives: Tim McNeal (Disney), Philip Sanchez (City National Bank), David Lizarraga (Telacu), Frank Rodriguez President’s Award Honoree (Searchlight), Actress/Influencer Lizza Monet Morales.


The two-day festival will run Saturday, May 20th through Sunday, May 21st. Films will screen on both days from 11:00am to 9:30pm.

SATURDAY, May 20, 2023
11:00am – 9:30pm – Screenings

Red Carpet Arrivals
5:00 – 5:30pm – Festival Filmmakers/Sponsors/VIP invited
5:30 – 6:00pm – Cisco Kid Cast

SUNDAY, May 20, 2023
11:00am – 9:30pm – Screenings

1:00 PM – Film Block: Flamin’ Hot trailer and chat with Annie Gonzalez and Jesse Garcia about their upcoming movie

1st Red Carpet Arrivals
3:00 – 3:45 pm – Zoot Suit Cast only/Festival Filmmaker

2nd Red Carpet Arrivals – Illustrious Awards
6:00-6:30 pm – Award winners/Dignitaries/Sponsors/VIP Guests ONLY
6:30-7:00 pm – Luis Valdez/Zoot Suit Cast/Sponsors/VIP Guests ONLY

Harmony Gold Theater
7655 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

*Secured underground parking is accessible via driveway from Sunset Boulevard. An adjacent lot for overflow parking is located behind the building and can be accessed from Stanley Avenue.

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