The stories of our lives start at home. Most of us share fond and sometimes turbulent stories with friends and relatives which stay with us. They mold us to whom we are, and where we will go in life. As a Motion Picture Director, Peter Bratt decided he wanted to share his life experiences and if you have a brother, that happens to be a Mega Movie Star too, why not have your Carnal help you share your dream. Benjamin and Peter Bratt grew up in the Mission District in San Francisco California. The story they now share in a major motion picture which has a few characters we all know or know of in our own lives.
La Mission, Character Che Rivera (Benjamin Bratt) has always had to be tough to survive. He's a powerful man respected throughout the Mission Barrio for his masculinity and his strength, as well as for his building of beautiful Lowrider cars. At the same time, he's also a man feared for his street tough ways and violent temper. A reformed inmate and recovering alcoholic, Che has worked hard to redeem his life and do right by his pride and joy; his only son, Jes, whom he has raised on his own after the death of his wife. Che's path to redemption is tested, however, when he discovers Jes is gay. In a rage, Che violently beats Jes, disowning him. He loses his son - and looses himself in the process. Isolated and alone, Che comes to realize his parental pride is meaningless to him, and to maintain his idea of masculinity, he's sacrificed the one thing that he cherishes the most... the love of his son.
To survive his neighborhood, Che has always used his fists. To survive as a complete man, he'll have to embrace a side of himself he's never shown. The story shows that we all must become a complete human being to succeed in life.
During the premier screening of the Movie, I was privileged in interviewing Peter and Benjamin Bratt and saw firsthand, these two Latino Brothers from Northern Califas, blessed with success in front and behind the camera, are extremely proud of their heritage and culture we all share as Latino's. But it is made clear, you don't need to be Latino to appreciate this story, the foundation, which is love for your family, is prolific in any culture.
Thank you both for this opportunity to discuss the Movie "La Mission". In seeing the film, it was great seeing the Lowrider lifestyle on the big screen and seeing our favorite actors playing the good guys, instead of how sometimes Hollywood portrays Lowriders in a negative way. It was enlightening.
As a Lowrider, I am interested in seeing the movie succeed in giving a glimpse of the Lowrider lifestyle to the rest of the Country. But I understand this is from personal experiences, as Brothers growing up the San Francisco Mission District, did you experience or witness the Lowrider lifestyle first hand, or how did this come to be?
Peter Bratt: When we were young teens, you could see the Lowrider Trains (caravans) as far as the eye could see on Mission Street. There were events on the weekends, they were incredible times and celebrations, young people just having fun. We remember those years. We never got into the rides, because all the Lowriders and Homies were cruising their ladies. We'd be standing on the corner wishing we could be in the rides. That was actually part of the excitement though, with people who filled the street just watching the parade of Lowriders going up and down, listening to the music. Back then of course the City put in some ordinances on the street which basically outlawed Lowriding and the Lowrider trains. One of the guys we went to school with... Che, he started one of the first Lowrider Car Clubs in the Mission District during that era and was a guy we looked up to. He is what you referred to as an authentic OG Lowrider Cat. He lives the whole aesthetic. It's a lifestyle; you know right down to the Stacy Adam Shoes, the 1940's pleated trousers, and Pendleton.