The Watsonville Film Festival will screen documentary on life and work of late artist and teacher Eduardo Carrillo

Santa Cruz, CA – Museo Eduardo Carrillo, one of the United States’ first online museums, in association with LA-based Barefoot Productions, has just completed a short documentary on the life and times of the artist that bears the museum’s name, titled Eduardo Carrillo: A Life of Engagement, directed by filmmaker Pedro Pablo Celedón.

A LIFE OF ENGAGEMENT is the story of an American artist discovering his Mexican cultural heritage. This film expresses the challenges that first generation Americans face everywhere and communicates a positive message about becoming a successful American while preserving one’s roots.

Filmed over 4 years across California and in Baja California, Mexico, it explores the fascinating life of an artist who lived through the tumultuous social changes of the 60s and 70s .

About Museo Eduardo Carrillo

One of the first online museums, Museo Eduardo Carrillo is also the only artist-endowed foundation in the United States to represent a Mexican-American artist. Founded in 2001 by Alison Carrillo, Eduardo’s widow, Museo continues to extend the artist’s work and compassionate legacy into the world through exhibition opportunities for artists and educational resources for youth. A major retrospective of Carrillo’s work will be held at the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA in January 2016.

About Eduardo Carrillo (1937-1997)

Born on April 8, 1937 in Los Angeles, Carrillo attended Los Angeles City College before taking his BA and MA degrees at UCLA. After a year in Spain-studying and painting in the Prado Museum and his first wife Sheila moved to his family’s ancestral home in La Paz, Baja California where he founded and directed El Centro de Arte Regional, a center for the revival and study of regional crafts. The gifted painter and muralist had already enjoyed many solo exhibitions of his bold artworks in both Mexico and southern California before joining the faculty of UCSC in 1972, where he taught a variety of subjects- drawing, art history, ceramics, shadow puppetry, mural, fresco as well as his primary media of oil and watercolor painting- for the last 25 years of his life. Exhibiting his work on both coasts of North America, Carrillo was represented by LA Louver Gallery in Venice, California and at Joseph Chowning Gallery in San Francisco.

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