Brownsville Olé, Wednesday 6 April, 2011
Mexican Silent Cinema Series
The Brownsville Historical Association, working with the Mexican Consulate in Brownsville and the Agrasánchez Film Archives are proud to announce the Mexican Silent Cinema/ Ciclo del Cine Mexicano Silente Series to be held in April and May at the Historic Alonso Building. These screenings are free to the public and a new movie will show every Thursday, beginning at 6:30pm. The movie premier dates are April 7, 14, and 28, May 12 and 19, 2011. This series was made possible through sponsorships from the Mexican Consulate, the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Brownsville Historical Association, historian Rogelio Agrasánchez, Jr., the Agrasánchez Film Archives, and the UNAM Filmoteca. The Agrasánchez Film Archive, headed by Rogelio Agrasánchez, Jr., is a significant repository of collections linked to the history of Mexican cinema, dealing mainly with its sound era. Rogelio Agrasánchez Jr. is the owner, curator, and only sponsor. The archive is located in Harlingen, one of the largest cities in the Rio Grande Valley, in Texas. However, its permanent site is yet to be considered. Because it is a private source, it is not open to the public. Still, its assets have been made available to researchers, authors, film festivals, museums and other organizations since 1991. The collections are partially cataloged, and only a small percentage of them has been digitized so far. Cataloging is advanced enough as to allow an efficient search for materials related to a specific subject or film in particular. The Archive is entirely independent from the Agrasánchez Film Library, which is a motion picture business belonging to other members of the Agrasánchez family .The Archive is not -and has never been- involved in film licensing of any kind, its purpose being only educational and cultural. The Historic Alonso Building is located at 510 E. Saint Charles Street and is managed by the Brownsville Historical Association. For more information on BHA programs and exhibits please call 956-541-5560.