¡Murales Rebeldes! Film Series: The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo
Join the California Historical Society for the third in their ¡Murales Rebeldes!: L.A. Chicana/Chicano Murals under Siege film series. They will be screening The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo and the Director, Phillip Rodriguez, will be on hand to answer questions after the film. The film is 57 minutes.
About the Film:
The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo is a fresh and genre-defying film about the life of radical Chicano lawyer, author and countercultural icon, Oscar Zeta Acosta — the basis for the character Dr. Gonzo in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, written by his friend, legendary journalist-provocateur Hunter S. Thompson.
The author of two groundbreaking autobiographical novels, The Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo and The Revolt of the Cockroach People Acosta’s powerful literary voice, brash courtroom style and notorious revolutionary antics made him a revered figure within the Chicano movement of the 1960s and 70s and offered one of the most brazen assaults on the status quo and white supremacy seen at the time. Yet Acosta is more known for his turn as Thompson’s bumbling sidekick in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas than for his own work exposing racial bias, hypocrisy and repression within the California justice system.
Channeling the spirit of the psychedelic 60s and the joyful irreverence of “Gonzo” journalism, The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo shows Acosta’s personal and creative evolution playing out against the backdrop of a society in turmoil. From his origins in segregated rural California, to his stint as a Baptist missionary in the jungles of Panama, to his radicalization in the Chicano movement of the late 60s, and finally to his mysterious disappearance off the coast of Mexico in 1974, director Rodriguez offers a vision of a complex figure at once wholly unique, and emblematic of a generation.
Relevant now more than ever, The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo explores issues of racial identity, criminal justice, politics and media representation, while revealing the personal story of a troubled but brilliant man coming to terms with his identity and finding meaning in the struggles of his people.
To learn more, visit PhillipRodriguez.co.