Monday, February 20, 2006

A Day With Sergio Arau and Yareli Arizmendi at CSU Monterey Bay

Sergio Arau and Yareli Arizmendi

This Tuesday, February 21st at Cal State University, Monterey Bay, Sergio Arau and Yareli Arizmendi will be leading a lecture and discussion on "Images of Latinas/os in Film and Media".

The husband-and-wife team will lead the free event at 7 p.m. in the University Center ballroom.

Together they wrote the screenplay for the film "A Day Without A Mexican." Arau also directed the movie; Arizmendi is the star.

In today's Monterey Herald, Marc Cabrera reports that "were it not for the couple's shared vision, the surprising indie hit "A Day Without A Mexican" would have just been a funny idea that Arizmendi had shared with her husband, who was also the film's director."

"There is some competition when it regards whose idea was that," said Arizmendi over the phone from a Los Angeles studio, where she and her husband are working on individual projects. "I was the one who said the line, 'What California needs is a day without a Mexican.'

"I can't say that I thought of it all," she clarified. "But it's very nice because he gives me credit all of the time for that moment."

Arizmendi gives a preview of Tueday's lecture: "There's going to be a lot of interaction with the audience. When all things are said and done, people want to ask a lot of questions," she said. "When you're watching the film, obviously it'll bring a lot of humor, but there are also a lot of questions that are brought up. This is going to be the time to ask them."

"Images of Latinas/os in Film and Media" by Yareli Arizmendi and Sergio Arau, co-writers of "A Day Without A Mexican" • When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 • Where: University Center Ballroom, CSU-Monterey Bay •
More info at:
"Images of Latinas/os in Film and Media"

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