The Imperial Valley's inaugural Film and Arts Festival will be this weekend. Two friends of mine will be featured: Raul Celaya and Daniel Gibson. Raul was the executive producer for the film That Evening Sun, starring Hal Holbrook. The movie is beautiful and should be recognized as some of Hal Hobrook's finest work. Holbrook's late wife, the inimitable Dixie Carter, also appears in the film.
On the art side, Daniel Gibson will be showing his work. He is an exceptional graphic artist whose work I was fortunate to have on the cover of my book Death of a Mexican and Other Poems, along with the calacas that appeared before each section. Daniel and I also collaborated on a VisPo piece that was published in the summer 2008 issue of Rattle. Be sure to check it out--it's pretty cool.
Also, Ernesto Yerena (another Centro native) will be presente as a guest artist. He's currently producing righteous-gente-work with his socially conscious/brilliant pieces. Check him out here.
For anyone in the area, please try to make it. You won't regret it!