By Jazmin Ramirez and Viviana Ramos
On Saturday April 12th, the Tales of Cathedral City Film Festival took place at the Mary Pickford Theater. This event was sponsored by the Cathedral City Public Arts Commission, which advocates performing and visual arts in the community. This was the first year that this festival took place, and was free to the public. Tales of Cathedral City invited five Cathedral City High School D.A.T.A students, who produced short films to be displayed to this public for this competition.
First place went to Jonathan Serna, a senior D.A.T.A student, for “The Takeover”, which focuses on the amazing comeback of the Lions Football team. Serna’s video will be shown in regular rotation before screenings of feature films. Second place went to junior Donnielle Gerell for “Technology In Education.” “I was really excited and shocked to win,” said Gerrell. Third place went to Pedro Pineda and Kevin Valdez, both senior D.A.T.A students, for “Origins,” which focuses on Cathedral City’s founding and history. Honrable Mentions for the festival included “Cathedral City High School” by Marissa Cruz and Cheyenne Whitecotton and “The Mary Pickford Theater” by Julie Meza and Alejandra Escobar.
After the student film competition, the award-winning documentary “Lalo Guerrero: The Original Chicano” celebrated Cathedral City’s own famous musician, Lalo Guerrero and his 70 year long musical career. Special appearances included the producer and director of the documentary, and Lalo Guerrero son’s, Dan and Mark Guerrero, who talked about their father and the experience of producing the film.