Special Film Screening of Coming-of-Age Comedy Colma: The Musical
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Rita Moreno has had a storied career. From her Oscar-winning portrayal of Anita in the film adaptation of West Side Story to her challenging role as a prostitute in Carnal Knowledge, from her stint on the children's TV classic Electric Company to her late-career triumph in HBO's controversial series Oz, she's an actress with chops. Now this powerhouse performer shares her story, in conversation with Jan Yanehiro, director of the School of Multimedia Communications at the Academy of Art. She'll talk about being a Hollywood survivor, starting with her tumultuous childhood, to her career rise from "utility ethnic" to award-winning star, her explosive romance with Marlon Brando (and less-than-explosive romance with Elvis Presley) and finally finding peace with her choices and her life. Now 81, Moreno is still going strong -- she recently concluded a sold-out run of her one-woman show, Life Without Makeup at the Berkeley Repertory Theater, and makes frequent appearances on TV in such shows as Law and Order, In Plain Sight and Happily Divorced. She also authored Rita Moreno: A Memoir. Learn More
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“A giddy, unexpected pleasure…”_ -LA Weekly_
“An irresistible coming-of-age charmer…” --Village Voice
“An unexpected delight…” _-Variety_
Special Jury Prize at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival and the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
Presented by CATS: Contemporary Asian Theater Scene.
Set in the suburban town of Colma, where the dead outnumber the living 1500 to 1, Colma: The Musical takes the music of H.P. Mendoza and weaves it into a fresh personal look at the ups and downs of early adulthood.
Best pals Rodel, Billy, and Maribel find themselves in a state of limbo; fresh out of high school, they are just beginning to explore a new world of part-time mall jobs and crashing college parties. As newfound revelations and romances challenge their relationships with one another and their parents, the trio must assess what to hold onto, and how to best follow their dreams.
Billy is an aspiring actor with big dreams, but there is nothing big about Colma. When he is cast in a local play, his mundane routine of dead-end mall jobs and late-night, small-town romps with Rodel and Maribel are challenged by glimpses of a bigger life.
Rodel can be the life of the party – if he feels like it. But at home, with his brother in prison, he carries the pressure of being the “good kid" in his family. Rodel’s relationship with his father is fading as their communication has been reduced to screaming at each other across the house. However, a secret Rodel keeps from him will force a confrontation, for better or worse.
Maribel loves a party, especially crashing them. Helping Rodel and Billy land fake IDs, she is constantly trying to get them into the “in” parties. When the friendships between the three become challenged, she does what she can to keep them all together; but she begins to wonder if the only thing permanent in her life is Colma.
Colma: The Musical has 13 musical numbers featuring all original music by H.P. Mendoza and is Richard Wong’s feature directorial debut. It has been awarded the Special Jury Prize at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival and the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. The film just added Hawaii’s Film Festival award to its many other international and LBGT festival accolades (San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles). Check out colmafilm.com to see what the excitement is about!
Producer/director Richard Wong and songwriter/lyricist H.P. Mendoza, who also plays the character of Rodel in the film, will be discussing the movie after the screening.
Note: This film contains mature content.
About the Ticket Supplier: Contemporary Asian Theater SceneCATS (Contemporary Asian Theater Scene) is a San Jose based, non-profit organization committed to presenting Asian Pacific American arts in Silicon Valley, by providing high quality, thought-provoking, educational and innovative programming which communicates Asian Pacific American experiences to all communities.
CATS is funded by the city of San Jose, Arts Council Silicon Valley, California Arts Council, Community Foundation Silicon Valley, Applied Materials, Packard Foundation, Lucia Cha, our generous donors, volunteers, and audience.