Cinequest: Maverick Spirit – Rita Moreno with World Premiere screening of Remember Me



Cinequest Film Festival, March 1-13, 2016 will unite 700 world leading artists and innovators with audiences (expected to top 100,000) in the Silicon Valley to experience the fusion of creativity and innovation—and to celebrate and re-imagine storytelling via film and new technologies. (Voted Best Film Festival by USA Today Readers.)





A coming-of-age-at-30 comedy starring the enchanting Rita Moreno (West Side Story, Singin’ in the Rain)

Two self-involved cousins have better things to do than embark on a road trip with their grandmother, Gloria (Moreno). But someone has to take the frail woman to an assisted care facility. Despite such inconvenient circumstances, the two cousins—a risk-averse yuppie and a slacker stand-up comedian—find plenty of laughs along the way. Between detours of drinking and dancing and the transformation of Gloria into her normal, vibrant self, the three family members rediscover their relationship with one another. Heartwarming and riotously funny, Remember Me is on point about the true value of family and what it means to really live. – Nina Zheng

Rita Moreno – Timeless, trailblazer, inspiration—only a few of many words that one could use to describe the iconic Rita Moreno—a vibrant artist who continues to leave indelible impressions on all of us through her life and career as an actor, a dancer, and a singer. Revered as a national treasure (a status that was officially ratified with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, presented to her by President George W. Bush in 2004), Moreno continues to inspire on stage and on screens both large and small.

Rita Moreno is one of a handful of artists to have achieved the “grand slam” in show business: the EGOT—an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. And with our presentation of the Maverick Spirit Award, that makes her the first ever to achieve MEGOT status. In 1961, her turn as Anita in Robert Wise’s classic West Side Story made her a worldwide sensation and garnered her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, becoming the first Hispanic woman to win this honor.

In 1972, Moreno won a Grammy Award for her work on The Electric Company’s soundtrack album—the iconic role for which she also became known as the woman who delivered the show’s catchphrase “Hey, you guys!” A few years later, she won the Tony Award for The Ritz and the two Emmy Awards for The Muppet Show and The Rockford Files.

“She’s still a leading lady of her era, a trailblazer with courage to break through barriers and forge new paths.” – President Barack Obama







Author: Dennis Willis

Dennis Willis is an award-winning producer, TV host, producer, director, editor (he preferred Avid until a torrid affair with Adobe Premiere, and the rest is history), author and film critic (print and radio). Dennis produced and hosted the TV programs Reel Life, FilmTrip, Soundwaves (1983-2008) and produces the annual Soundwaves Xmas program. He is currently the film critic on KGO Radio in San Francisco, and a member of both the San Francisco Film Critics Circle and the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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