Documentary on Royal Chicano Air Force to show in El Prado

By Kathy Córdova
Posted 5/9/19

Independent video producer and writer Steve La Rosa plans to present his documentary "Pilots of Aztlan: Flights of the Royal Chicano Air Force" at 7 p.m. Saturday (May 11) at Las …

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Documentary on Royal Chicano Air Force to show in El Prado

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Independent video producer and writer Steve La Rosa plans to present his documentary "Pilots of Aztlan: Flights of the Royal Chicano Air Force" at 7 p.m. Saturday (May 11) at Las Pistoleras Instituto Cultural de Arte, 1219 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, in El Prado.

The event is part of a New Mexico tour with the documentary. The Royal Chicano Air Force (despite its evocative name) is a Sacramento-based art collective founded in 1970 to express the goals of the Chicano civil rights and labor organizing movement of the United Farm Workers. The art space first featured a silkscreen operation to create posters to promote art, cultural and community events. The arts became alive through a bookstore, art, poetry and music exhibit space for visual artists and murals (community art) throughout Sacramento. La Rosa documented the work of the Royal Chicano Air Force, including the history and success of the program.

In the early 1970s, La Rosa began his career at KCRA-TV in Sacramento, working as program producer and feature reporter.

In 1987, La Rosa left the television station in favor of founding his own firm, La Rosa Productions. He provided his clients with various services such as marketing, advertising, publicity and video production. His clients included individuals and organizations from commercial, private, government, corporate and nonprofit entities.

La Rosa received two Emmy nominations, a Telly Award and Hometown USA and Mountain Network Silver awards for several different documentaries, including recollections of four Japanese-American interviewees and the Royal Chicano Air Force.

Saturday's screening of the documentary is free to the public.

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