Latino Film Festival: Esperando a los Bitles/Waiting for the Beatles (2012, Mexico)
Friday @ 7:00pm
Esperando a los Bitles/Waiting for the Beatles (2012, Mexico)
In Spanish with English subtitles
Directors: Diego Graue and Raymundo Marmolejo
Sceenwriters: Diego Graue and Raymundo Marmolejo
Cinematography: Diego Graue and Raymundo Marmolejo
Film Editor: Guillermo Alvarez
Producer: Juan Sarquis and Santiago Fábregas
Distributor: Filmaciones de la Ciudad, Mexico, D.F.
Synopsis: Forty years after the break-up of the Beatles, there still exists a fan base whose devotion to the Beatles has persisted unabated since the 1960s. This documentary explores the breadth and depth of Beatlemania evidenced in Mexico today. At the center of the film is the 57-year-old Ricardo Calderón, life-long Beatles fan, obsessive dealer in Beatles’ memorabilia, keeper of the “House of the Beatles,” and president of a Beatles fan club, Todos Juntos Ahora, whose mission is to promulgate the achievements and memory of the Beatles. A highlight of the film is the realization of one of Calderón’s dreams – a pilgrimage to Liverpool, England. He is accompanied by an entourage of like-minded devotees and a Mexican Beatles tribute band, Grupo Aleph, who will participate in the International Beatleweek Festival. (91 minutes; in Spanish with English subtitles)
Filmmaker, Diego Graue
About: Entrepreneur and filmmaker, Diego Graue, was born in Mexico City in 1984. He studied communications at the Universidad Iberoamericana and later transferred to Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, where he finished a degree in film and media. His film work has focused on diverse aspects of Mexican culture employing an anthropological perspective, but one that sees the lighter side of the behaviors of his fellow citizens. In 2008, Graue founded the independent production company, Filmaciones de la Ciudad, with four associates (Juan Sarquis, Raymundo Marmolejo, Guillermo Alvarez and Santiago Fábregas). He is also the director of Marat Media, a marketing firm in Mexico City.
About: Mr. Shellans is a professional performer and music educator in the Phoenix area. He joined the ASU School of Music in 1985. Shellans received his B.M. in Jazz and Contemporary Media from the University of Arizona in 1979, and his M.M. in Trombone Performance from Arizona State University in 1990. Currently a Senior Lecturer at ASU, Shellans has taught at several Maricopa Community College campuses and Grand Canyon University. Shellans has performed on piano or trombone with a wide variety of entertainers, including The Moody Blues, Sammy Davis, Jr., The Temptations, The Four Tops, Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole and The O’Jays. He has also played in pit orchestras for musicals, such as A Chorus Line, Jesus Christ, Superstar, West Side Story, and many others.
Mr. Shellans has taught 13 different courses to over 48,000 students at ASU. Shellans currently teaches Music of the Beatles, Blues to Heavy Metal, Beatles after the Beatles and Elvis Presley. In 1997, Shellans co-authored the book, Here to Stay: Rock and Roll through the 70s, now in its third edition. A second text, Who is the Greatest: Elvis or the Beatles?, is now available through Barnes and Noble.
Photos below courtesy of Diego Graue/Filmaciones de la Ciudad. Click photos to enlarge.
Main Photos of Grupo Aleph: Courtesy of Grupo Aleph.
Photo of Diego Graue photo credit: Courtesy of Diego Graue.
Photos from Esperando a los Bitles: Courtesy of Diego Graue/Filmaciones de la Ciudad.
Photo of Prof. Mike Shellan: Courtesy of Mike Shellans.