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Called The Big Chili by audiences who saw the play the movie's based on. 4 ex-Brown Beret activists reunite @ funeral of fallen friend

The Last Brown Beret is the story of four Ex-Brown Berets, who gather for the funeral of a fifth Brown Beret.  It has been many years since these four have seen each other, a life time since they challenged thousands of students to “Blow Out” of East Los Angeles High Schools and a lot of water has passed under the bridge since they tried to take over  Catalina Island.  Their effort in the Chicano Moratorium March and rally against the Viet Nam War in 1970 is now just an eerie shadow. A shadow turned into a red-hot riot fueled by the aggression of L.A. County Sheriffs and the LAPD.  This same riot witnessed the controversial killing of bi-lingual Chicano L.A. Times journalist Ruben Salazar at the hands of rogue Los Angeles County sheriffs.

In a garage that one of them has preserved as a shrine to the “Chicano Movimiento” and their vanguard urban revolutionary group, these four Ex-Brown Berets recount these events and revisit those halcyon days.  Through flashbacks and a series of shocking admissions, heartfelt confessions and pointed accusations, we are delivered a vivid portrait of who and what the Brown Berets were and what they tried to accomplish. 

Their story is at once comical, striking and poignant but most of all very Chicano.  Though mellowed with the wisdom of time, the spirit of their activism remains alive.  At story’s end, these four characters may make you laugh and cry but ultimately they will challenge you to learn more about the Brown Berets and their legacy.

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Willie - The last Brown Beret.  Riveted in the past.  Bitter, yet hopeful to recapture their radical past. JoJo -  A sellout (vendido), writer for some nebulous t.v. pilot.  Assimilated.  Fallen radical. Rudeboy – A Vietnam Vet, tragically comical, mentally wounded.  Self medicated.  Humorous. Louie – A socially conscious barrio high school teacher with something to hide.  Socially aware. Frankie – The deceased.  His spirit permeates the proceedings. Anita – Wife of Willie.  Has Masters Degree and is a modern woman.  Remembers her radical days.

The Last Brown Beret, is an indie feature length film, based on an award winning play, titled, The Last Angry Brown Hat. The play was performed 282 times, across the country, to include 187 universities, colleges and high schools. It was performed 4 times at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., and a prop Brown Beret, that was used as a prop, was inducted into the Smithsonian Institute's permanent collection of Chicano Movement artifacts & memorabilia. It sold out huge venues such as Denver's Paramount Theater, Phoenix's Orpheum Theater, San Antonio's Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, amongst many others. University shows include Notre Dame University, Yale University, Amherst University, Princeton, Temple, Northwestern University, DePaul University, USC, UCLA, UC Berkeley, San Jose State, Fresno State, CSU Fresno, CSULA, CSU Sacramento, UC Riverside, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, Sand Diego State, CSU Long Beach, amongst many others. A critical hit, 282 shows, 282 standing ovations. Well over 2 dozen positive reviews in major newpapers, across the USA. A real sense of pride for the Chicano community across the USA. We are making this long overdue movie on the Brown Berets (google for more info). on a micro budget. This movie is based on USA history. It is a fictional narrative drama feature film. Script has won numerous awards. Seeking people, who wish to make this historical movie happen.

Other cast members: Ernesto Vega (Righteous Apples, Archie Bunker's Place), Randy Vasquez (JAG, Saving Private Perez), Vance Valencia (Roswell, Contact) Elpidia Carrillo (Bread and Roses, Predator), Del Zamora (True Blood, Born in East LA, Repo Man).

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  • Back in the late 1960's, the Brown Berets were officially listed by the FBI, as a violent, subversive Mexican-American/Chicano political group. In reality, they were a political advocacy group; dedicated to improving their community, and the lives, and the generations of children's lives to come.

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