New SF Film Festival to Screen Alumnus Rob Fatal's "La Bamba 2"

Rob Fatal's "La Bamba 2" premieres April 13 at the Victoria Theatre

Fewer than six months ago we reported alumnus Rob Fatal (MFA 2012) had completed his first feature film, La Bamba 2: Hell Is a Drag, which came to fruition as his Graduate Program in Fine Arts thesis. (Look for the CCA all-star crew listed in the credits!)

Fatal was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Berkeley FILM Foundation, which was instrumental in finishing post-production on the film.

New SF Underground Short Film Festival

Now La Bamba 2 will have its world premiere on April 13 as part of the San Francisco Underground Short Film Festival, produced by Joshua Grannell (aka Peaches Christ. The festival venue is the Victoria Theatre in the Mission, and marks the filmmaker's debut in the national and international film-festival circuit.

"I feel like I've found a home for the kind of work I want to make," says Fatal, "both with Peaches Christ and her film festival and with the filmmakers I've met here in the Bay -- particularly my friends at CCA. Films that are intelligent, irreverent, trashy, fun, hilarious, powerful, emotional and meaningful.

"Both Peaches and the people I've met and resonated with in the film community have inspired me deeply. I feel so lucky to be making film and video art in this time, in this place with these people."

About La Bamba 2

La Bamba 2 is a sequel to La Bamba, the 1987 biopic about the Chicano musician Ritchie Valens. The film, an unauthorized parody/sequel, features Fatal as the protagonist who must save his soul from a jealous gang of rock stars. (Maybe it's easier if you watch the trailer . . . )

For event details, including purchasing tickets, visit the Peaches Christ website ».


Read Rob Fatal and the Making of La Bamba 2: Hell Is a Drag for more, including behind-the-scenes photos, written by alumnus Matthew Harrison Tedford (MA Visual and Critical Studies 2011).