FREE – Thu. Oct. 10, 7pm at WKAR | Join the conversation as WKAR presents a free screening of the American Masters documentary examining the life and career of renowned actor Raúl Juliá. Q & A with filmmaker Ben DeJesus. | RESERVE SEATS HERE
Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage | Evening with WKAR
Thursday, October 10 at 7 p.m.
Explore a warm and revealing portrait of the charismatic, groundbreaking actor’s journey from his native Puerto Rico to the creative hotbed of 1960s New York City, to prominence on Broadway and in Hollywood. Filled with passion, determination and joy, Juliá’s brilliant and daring career was tragically cut short by his untimely death 25 years ago, at age 54.
Following the film will be a Q&A session with Ben DeJesus, producer/director of the American Masters documentary. John Valadez, filmmaker and MSU professor of practice in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, will be the host and moderator. WATCH LIVE: Raúl Juliá - Conversation and Q&A
American Masters - Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage
is a co-presentation of VOCES and American Masters.
FREE WITH RESERVATION
This event is free, but registration is required. | RESERVE SEATS HERE
Communication Arts & Sciences Building, WKAR TV Studios, 404 Wilson Road, on the campus of Michigan State University.
Parking is free after 6 p.m. in the adjacent Trowbridge Road parking ramp.
Parking address: 1149 Red Cedar Road, East Lansing, MI 48824
The Doc Lab at MSU • MSU Office of Cultural & Academic Transitions • MSU Chicano/Latino Studies Program
More About American Masters - Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage
This film examines the life and career of the inspiring, renowned actor, Raúl Juliá. Told in his own voice through archival interviews and intimate home videos, along with the words of those who knew him best, the film traces his personal and professional journey while showcasing rarely seen clips of his theater performances and scenes from his cinematic career. Ever-present as a backdrop throughout Raúl Juliá’s story is the cultural landscape of the entertainment world, and the boundaries he broke. Raúl Juliá with his big personality and distinctive accent, amassed a varied body of work that stands the test of time and helped pave the way for Latino actors today.
About Ben DeJesus
As an award-winning documentary filmmaker, episodic TV director, and music video veteran, Ben DeJesus has created over 100 hours of content including television, branded, music, and digital. DeJesus began his career as a stage actor before interning at MTV, where he became one of the original producers and writers of the iconic series MTV Cribs. His passion for pop culture, music and theater has fueled his work since. Currently, DeJesus is a director for Bunk’d, the top-rated sitcom on Disney. He also recently directed the PBS documentary John Leguizamo’s Road to Broadway. In his debut as a Broadway producer, DeJesus was nominated for a Tony Award for John Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons, which is currently touring nationally. He has over 15 years of experience specializing in the Latinx, urban, and youth markets.
About John Valadez
John J. Valadez is a Peabody Award winning filmmaker who has written, directed and produced many nationally broadcast documentary films. John’s films have tackled such diverse subjects as the false imprisonment of a leader of the Black Panther Party, Latino poets in New York City, gang kids in Chicago, the history of affirmative action, segregation in America’s schools, Latinos in World War II, the evolution of Chicano music, Latino civil rights, and the genocide of Native Americans in the Southwest.
Produced by Latino Public Broadcasting, the acclaimed PBS documentary series VOCES features the best of Latino arts, culture and history and shines a light on current issues that impact Latino Americans. Devoted to exploring the rich diversity of the Latino experience, VOCES presents new and established filmmakers and brings their powerful and illuminating stories to a national audience. VOCES is presented by PBS SoCal and supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
About American Masters
American Masters, THIRTEEN’s award-winning biography series, celebrates our arts and culture. Launched in 1986, the series set the standard for documentary film profiles. The series is a production of THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET and also seen on the WORLD channel.