Red Gringo

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Chile | 2016 | 67 minutes | Miguel Á┬Źngel Vidaurre

After signing with Capitol Records in the early 1960's, Colorado-born singer Dean Reed found success at home elusive, but became a pop sensation in Latin America. While touring Chile, he underwent a surprising political transformation that earned him the nickname "The Red Elvis."

Thursday, June 9, 2016

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Raised on a chicken farm in rural Colorado and blessed with matinee-idol good looks and enough talent to get his foot in the door, no one could have predicted the curious career path of North American singer Dean Reed. Signed with Capitol Records in the early '60s and groomed for bubblegum-pop stardom, numbers like "My Summer Romance" find modest success in the U.S. but are massive hits in Latin America. In 1962, with hopes of cashing in on his international popularity, Reed begins touring to a giant following across South America, where he learns of the brutality and repression of U.S.-supported regimes. As his Latin fame rises, he undergoes a surprising and unlikely political transformation. Director Miguel Ángel Vidaurre's self-described "pop memory exercise" is a treasure-trove for history aficionados—a colorful, whirling kaleidoscope of archival footage centering on "The Red Elvis"'s political awakening and eye-opening scenes of what was really happening in Latin America during the Cold War. Old photographs, interviews, concert footage, and other unpublished material are effectively used to chronicle Reed's career as a pop superstar with a social conscience up to his mysterious 1986 death outside East Berlin.

Director Biography
Chilean filmmaker Miguel Ángel Vidaurre has won awards for his Oscuro-Iluminado (2008), Limbus (2009), and the documentary Marker 72 (2012). He is currently working on the television series "The Children of the Führer."

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  • Original Language Title: Gringo Rojo
  • Director: Miguel Á┬Źngel Vidaurre
  • Principal Cast: Dean Reed, José Roman, Gonzalo Planet
  • Premiere Status: North American Premiere
  • Country: Chile
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 67 minutes
  • Producer: Paulina Obando
  • Screenplay: Miguel Ángel Vidaurre
  • Cinematographers: Tomás Yovane, Vicente Mayo
  • Editors: Paulina Obando, Chloé Billebault, Ximena Faunes
  • Music: Dean Reed, 2K12 Estudios
  • Filmography: Marker 72 (doc, 2012); Limbus (2009); Oscuro-Iluminado (2008) ; Corazon Secreto (2007)
  • Language: Spanish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP