Excerpts from an interview with Luis Cortazar

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Color, silent 16mm film shot in August 1976 by Mercedes Soberon (on camera) and Ana Montano (director) featuring brief views of Mission muralist Luis Cortazar being interviewed by Sara Ortiz, possibly at La Raza Graphic Center in San Francisco. Produced by the Mission Film Workshop, with permission kindly granted by The Ray Balberan Mission MediaArts Archive to screen on this website. There were no sound elements with this picture reel. Thanks to Ana Montano, MFW for providing cataloguing details for this film.

Luis Cortazar was born in Yucatan, MX. and studied art in MX. Thus, he was very familiar with the Mexican muralists’ techniques and style.  This is evident in his murals at the Bank of America, the mural at the Mini Park and the mural at the “Punjab” restaurant wall on Bryant and 24th St. SF CA (early 1970s) 

Luis collaborated with other Mission artists including Michael Rios and Domingo Rivera (muralists) 

Luis Cortazar married ‘Chata’ Gutierrez who hosted the first Latino Salsa radio program at KPFA.  They had one child—Xochitl Cortazar-Gutierrez born on 1978/1979.

Note: this 16mm film print was re-transferred in 4K (4096 x 2970) using a Lasergraphics ScanStation film scanner, in October 2021. Film shrinkage was measured in October 2021 at 0.30%.

August 1976
16mm color reversal print, silent
Digital Format
mp4 file
Special interest
Copyright Holder
The Ray Balberan Mission MediaArts Archive

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