Film: The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo
An innovative, genre-defying look at the life of radical Chicano lawyer, author and countercultural icon Oscar Zeta Acosta. Best known for his volatile friendship with legendary journalist-provocateur Hunter S. Thompson, who used him as inspiration for the character Dr. Gonzo in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Acosta was himself the author of two groundbreaking autobiographical novels, The Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo and The Revolt of the Cockroach People. His powerful literary voice, brash courtroom style, and notorious revolutionary antics made him a revered figure in the Chicano Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The film weaves archival footage and images with dramatized portrayals of Acosta, Thompson, and other key figures and moments of the era. Presented in partnership with New Mexico PBS as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series.
2018; Philip Rodriguez; English; 57 minutes; not rated (suggested R rating).
Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show
Accompanying the screening will be a discussion by National Hispanic Cultural Center staff about upcoming events and exhibits relating to issues raised by the film, including Because It’s Time: Unraveling Race and Place in New Mexico, a forthcoming exhibit in the Center’s Art Museum; the 25th Annual César Chávez Day March and Fiesta, presented in partnership with Albuquerque’s Recuerda a César Chávez Committee; and People Powered: New Mexicans and Social Movements, a photo exhibit curated by Humans of New Mexico on display in the Center’s History and Literary Arts Building. Refreshments will be served after the film.