WKAR welcomed community members for a free screening and discussion around the VOCES and American Masters film Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage. More than 65 people attended the evening event at the WKAR studios on Thursday, October 10, as part of Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations.
One attendee shared, “Thank you so much for treating us to a stellar film!”
The film explores the life and career of Raúl Juliá, the charismatic, award-winning actor and humanitarian known for versatile roles on stage and screen, from Shakespearean plays to The Addams Family.
Thanks to funding received from Latino Public Broadcasting and local partners (MSU The Doc Lab, MSU Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions, and MSU Chicano/Latino Studies Program), WKAR was able to reach out more extensively to the local community. This support also allowed WKAR to welcome the filmmaker, Ben DeJesus, for an exclusive, post-film discussion moderated by John Valadez, filmmaker and MSU professor of practice in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences.
The audience was thrilled to be able to hear the backstories from DeJesus, see the famous musicians and actors interviewed in the film, and hear about special film bloopers.
“This was a great event! Very informative and uplifting,” said one community member.
The event was educational for those who were not as familiar with Raúl Juliá’s extensive body of work as well as inspiring to those who were already Raúl Juliá fans.
“Great to see PBS sharing and supporting Hispanics,” said one audience member.
To view more pictures from the event, visit the WKAR Facebook page.