Weaving The Past: Journey of Discovery has extended its exclusive engagement at Pasadena’s Laemmle Playhouse 7 through Thursday, August 28. The film, which received an Accolade International Film Competition Award of Merit and The Indie Fest Award for Documentary Feature and Editing, is a personal story straight from writer/director/producer Walter Dominguez’s soul.
“Facing certain imprisonment and death by execution, my grandfather and his comrades escaped across the open U.S.-Mexico border and began a new a life as laborers laying railroad tracks in the wide expanses of the American West and then eventually as miners in Arizona,” said Dominguez, who produced Weaving The Past with his wife, actress Shelley Morrison. “The work at the mines in Arizona, where discrimination against Mexican laborers was rampant, caused them to begin unionizing Mexican miners, and then from their base of operations in the U.S. becoming major players in the growing movement to overthrow Porfirio Diaz, which ultimately succeeded – at great personal cost and death.”
Weaving the Past: Journey of Discovery is an insightful and thought provoking look at the importance of tracing one’s roots while also continuing to forge one’s own path.
“I had a wonderful director, years ago,” said Morrison, whose work includes a highly successful run on Will & Grace and the film Mackenna’s Gold. “My roots are in the theater, and this wonderful director . . . I was doing a Tennessee Williams play and he said, ‘Of course it’s important (to believe). If you don’t believe, then the audience won’t believe it. But let the audience do some of the work, that’s what they’ve come here for.'”
In the following clip, Morrison and Dominguez talk about taking the audience on their own journey of self-discovery and why it’s important for them to not spell everything out for the viewer (Dominguez elaborates on a scene that was cut from the movie).
For ticket information please go to Laemmle’s official page or call (310) 478-3836.