Thisfunktional Magazine Volume 02 Issue 1 June 2015 - Page 11

Magazine PAGE 10 M ino film ‘Please, Don’t Bury Me Alive’ him to tone it down. They wanted another version of Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez, that was not who Gutierrez was. In 1971, Gutierrez was inspired by the Chicano movement and Luis Valdez who had a Chicano theater in LA. He went back to San Antonio and started the Chicano theater there. “Luis Valdez invited us to join Theatro Nacional de Aztlan, which was a loosely organized organization of all the Chicano theaters in the United States,” Gutierrez said. Gutierrez began to ask prominent Chicanos in theater and Hollywood, such as Ricardo Montalban, Luis Valdez and Anthony Quinn, about making a Chicano film. They all thought it would be too hard. “I told Sabino (Garza), ‘let’s just film it Sabino.’ I want to film something about the chicano movement,” Gutierrez said. In 1972 Alex put some distance between the friendship that Gutierrez and him had due to the people Alex was surrounded by. “My best friend (Alex) was going through some drug problems,” Gutierrez said. “He was my best friend from high school.” His friend Alex had pushed him out of the bad life because Gutierrez showed potential from early on. Gutierrez said he never stopped treating Alex like the friends they were in high school. After a near death experience, Gutierrez said he realized that Alex had his best interest in mind. “Please, don’t bury me alive” is based on the injustice Gutierrez saw when Alex was arrested for drug possession. “I’m not saying what Alex did didn’t do what he did. He got busted,” Gutierrez said. “He tried to make quick money, it didn’t work out, but he was set up.” Gutierrez will be helping out his son to produce a new film, written by Gutierrez about 20 years ago, by touring the west coast screening his films. “This is a film I want to see made, even if it’s not me directing it,” Gutierrez said.