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2013 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Diego Luna’s Chavez

With a docu J.C. Chavez (2007), a short Revolución (2010) and his feature film under his belt – Abel (Sundance ’10), full fledged actor-filmmaker-producer Diego Luna’s sophomore, $10 million production began filming in April and is will most likely be in distributor Participant Media’s wishes to release the film at a socially conscious festival. Park City happens to be the lieu where Luna premiered Abel and countless other items as an actor, so we’re thinking an early fest 2013 premiere is in the cards for Chavez. The mostly English project features Rosario Dawson, Gabriel Mann, America Ferrera and Michael Peña in the lead role (see pic above).

Gist: Written by Keir Pearson, the inspirational story of Cesar Chavez, the celebrated Mexican American activist who, at great personal cost, put the shameful treatment of his fellow field workers on the map. He took their cause to the powerful Californian land-owners, the state government and beyond. A complicated man with a mission, Chavez never gave up. His extraordinary journey changed the history of unionism, labour conditions and the civil rights movement forever.

Production Co./Producers: Mr.Mudd’s Russell Smith, Lianne Halfon and John Malkovich, Pablo Cruz, Larry Meli and actor Gael García Bernal

Prediction: Premieres section

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).


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