El Muerto, the cult Latino comic book by Javier Hernandez follows the film industry’s fascination with comic book heroes, and is a live action feature film that will be presented during the 14th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival March 8-18. The film El Muerto fuses imagery from the rich mythology of ancient Mexico with the U.S. Latin-influenced culture of today, creating a unique contemporary superhero unlike anything you’ve seen before.
The film stars an amazing cast including Wilmar Val-derrama (That ‘70s Show, MTVs Yo Momma), Tony Plana (Ugly Betty), Maria Conchita Alonso (Desperate Housewives, Saint & Sinners), and Angie Cepeda (Love in the Time of Cholera); all of whom have participated in past San Diego Latino Film Festivals. Tony Plana and Angie Cepeda are scheduled to appear again this year to present the film with El Muerto’s creator, Javier Hernandez, on Saturday, March 17th at 8:00 PM at UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center (off 163 Freeway & Friars Road).
In addition to this special presentation of the film, Javier Hernandez will be joining Hector Cantú and Carlos Castellanos, co-creators of the successful syndicated comic strip Baldo during a panel discussion on Wednesday, March 14 (also @ Ultra-Star) entitled “From Paper to Screen: Getting Comics Produced for Both the Small and Big Screen.”
“Getting the film made from the comic was no small feat,” says Javier Hernandez, “While movie options are seemingly a weekly occurrence in comics nowadays, the actual production, completion and release very well makes this the Muerto Movie Milagro! Creating your own comic is a very solitary exercise, so working with a whole cast and crew of filmmakers was an exciting new experience for me, one that proved to be very rewarding.”
The San Diego Latino Film Festival is also currently exhibiting original works of El Muerto as this year’s at the San Diego Art Institute: Museum of the Living Artist in Balboa Park (1439 El Prado, San Diego) as part of celebration of Latino Comic Illustrators and Animators. The exhibition opened on February 15 and will run through March 18.