Sundance: Pivot, Univision Partnering for Chavez Protest Documentary ‘Cesar’s Last Fast’

The Wrap
By Josh Dickey | The Wrap

Pivot, Participant Media’s TV network, and partner Univision are in final negotiations to acquire Sundance U.S. documentary entry “Cesar’s Last Fast,” the story of Cesar Chavez’ final protest. The deal comes ahead of the film’s Sunday premiere at the Temple Theatre.

“Cesar’s Last Fast” follows the late labor leader’s quest to bring attention to pesticide use in the 1980s and its dangerous impact on farm workers. Chavez went on many fasts to highlight farm workers’ rights; his last action, during which he subsisted on only water for more than a month, advocated for grape farmers and was captured on film.

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Pivot and Univision Acquire Exclusive U.S. TV Rights To ‘Cesar’s Last Fast’

Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014
Original Documentary About Famed Labor Organizer Marks First In Joint Venture Between Univision News and Participant Media’s TV Network

Park City, Utah-January 18, 2014– Pivot, the cable network from Participant Media targeting Generation Y, and Univision News, the award-winning news division of Univision  Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America, have acquired the U.S. TV rights to ‘Cesar’s Last Fast’ from Richard Ray Perez and Lorena Parlee in advance of its world debut at the Sundance Film Festival. The deal marks the first of ten documentaries to be co-produced or acquired by Pivot and Univision News (and Latin World Entertainment) as part of a previously announced alliance. The documentary will premiere simultaneously in English and Spanish on the two networks – Pivot and the Univision Network– respectively. The announcement was made today by Evan Shapiro, President, Pivot and Isaac Lee, President of Univision News and CEO of Fusion.

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El hombre tras el líder

By Patricia Prieto

‘Cesar’s Last Fast’ muestra la imagen humana de César Chávez

El líder campesino César Chávez falleció el 23 de abril de 1993 de un paro cardiaco en Arizona, estado que lo vio nacer. Desde su muerte, su vida y lucha por hacer valer los derechos de los trabajadores del campo y mejorar sus condiciones laborales ha sido tema de muchas obras.

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“Cesar’s Last Fast”: An Interview with Producer/Director Richard Ray Perez

By Kathleen Wells

Richard Ray Perez produced and directed the seminal political documentary Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election, which The Los Angeles Times called “a riveting story about the undermining of democracy in America.”

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Hammer Museum, Sundance Institute Present “Cesar’s Last Fast”

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 Cesar’s Last Fast: New indie looks at Chavez’s faith

By Carla Bastos

As part of the Sundance Film Institute’s little-known “Work in Progress” effort, a screening of the still-in-production documentary Cesar’s Last Fast took place in Los Angeles last week.

The film’s focus is Cesar Chavez, a Mexican-American farm worker who rose to the heights of labor leader, revered civil rights activist, and co-founder of what became the United Farm Workers union.  Chavez died in 1993.

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Q&A with Richard Ray Perez: The director of “Cesar’s Last Fast” discusses his inspiration for the film

By Arit John, The Daily Bruin

Tonight, the Hammer Museum and the Sundance Institute will come together to screen an unfinished version of director Richard Ray Perez’ documentary “Cesar’s Last Fast,” which follows the last few days of Cesar Chavez’s 36-day “Fast for Life” in 1988. The Daily Bruin’s Arit John spoke with Perez about his inspiration for making the film.

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