On March 28, 2014, Pantelion Films – the joint initiative of Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) and Televisa – and Participant Media present Cesar Chavez, the powerful cinematic portrait of the legendary activist made by Diego Luna and Michael Peña (End of Watch and Crash, several Academy Awards winning Lionsgate film), starring America Ferrera (Ugly Betty, End of Watch)Rosario Dawson (Sin City, Seven Pounds) and John Malkovich (In The Line of Fire, network and network 2, Summit Entertainment).
Cesar Chavez is the Chronicle of the birth of a modern American movement: the film tells the story of the famous leader of civil rights and trade unionist, and its division between his duties as husband and father, and its commitment to ensure farmers a living wage. Chavez, passionate but soft-spoken, adopted non-violence in their struggle against the greed and prejudice to restore dignity to the people. Chavez encouraged millions of Americans of all walks and who had never worked in the field to fight for social justice. Its triumphal journey constitutes an exceptional testimony of the power and the ability of individuals to change the world.
The producers of Cesar Chavez are Canana Films, owned by Diego Luna, Pablo Cruz and Gael García Bernal, John Malkovich, Lianne Halfon and Russell Smith, Mr. Mudd. Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King, of Participant Media, exerted as Executive producers.
Pantelion Films is the first of the large Latino Hollywood studios and the new face of the Hispanic entertainment. It is a synergistic partnership between Lionsgate and Grupo Televisa. Pantelion offers an inexhaustible source of original and exciting films, with actors, directors and screenwriters Latin top-level Hispanic viewers. Pantelion produces and acquires films ranging from romantic comedies and dramas which go directly both to Hispanics that predominantly use the Spanish as a Latino acculturated to family films. Pantelion was founded three years ago and his films include the recent feeling Instructions Not Included el filme in Spanish more box-office of us history.USA , Pulling Strings, my father’s House and From Prada to Nada.
Participant (participantmedia.com) is a multinational entertainment founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll and concentrated in the making of feature films, television, advertising and digital content, seeking to encourage social change. More than forty Participant films include Good Night, And Good Luck, Syriana, An Inconvenient Truth, Food, Inc., Waiting For Superman, The Help, Contagion and Lincoln. Through his films, their campaigns for social action, TakePart.com and Pivot digital chain, and its new television network for members of the generation Y, Participant aims to entertain, encourage, and empower individuals to take action.
During the past eight years, Canana has opened its doors to new talent: actors, screenwriters and directors that have captivated international audiences with films that offer a new perspective on Latin America.
Bandolier has produced more than one dozen films, including films of Gerardo Naranjo Drama/Mex, I’m gonna explode and Miss Bala, the most recent of them and highly applauded by the critics; the directorial debut from documentaries Diego Luna with J.C. Chavez, Abel, and their upcoming and highly anticipated movie, Cesar Chavez (currently in post-production phase), which is based on the life of the legendary Union Leader Cesar Chavez; the debut as director of Gael García Bernal deficit; I just want to walk, Agustín Díaz Yañes; Cochochi, and Jean Gentil, Israel Cárdenas and Laura Amelia Guzmán; and without name, Cary Fukunaga, in co-production with Focus Features. Among the other titles of Bandolier are cephalopod, directed by Rubén Imaz; Revolution, a film of episodes directed by ten contemporary Mexican Directors (Carlos Reygadas, Fernando Eimbcke, Patricia Riggen and Rodrigo García); among others and Come Out And Play (2012), which had its premiere at the International Film Festival of Toronto, in the section Midnight Madness. Canana most recent productions include the second film of Michael Rowe (winner of the Cannes Golden camera in 2010), The Well, which had its premiere at the International Festival of Morelia and who will participate in the Rome Film Festival; and paradise, Mariana Chenillo, which had its premiere at the International Film Festival of Toronto, at the San Sebastian Film Festival