Bless Me, Ultima Opens Nationwide Today, 2/22!

I read the (once banned) book, written by Rudolfo Anaya, when I was about 19 years old and dreamt of what it would be like to see it on the big screen. I think I remained in the ‘Ultima zone for the next 20 years of my life; taking a deep interest in healing, herbal remedies, and spiritual awakenings. Now, thirty three years later, I actually got to see the film! And, it did not disappoint. Bless Me, Ultima is entirely captivating. I fell in love with the character, Antonio (again), who was played by Luke Ganalon. Although Ganalon was only nine years old when he made the movie, his performance was stunning! Ganalon tackled profound concepts that one might not expect a child of his age to grasp with such intuitive depth: trust, healing, fear, bigotry, the occult, good conquering evil, death, and the spiritual bonds within the temporal and eternal realms. This 9-year-old boy served it up with pure-hearted brilliance.

I recently had the opportunity to interview both Luke Ganalon and Benito Martinez. Martinez plays Antonio’s father, Gabriel. He delivers his strong, proud, and compassionate character like a soulful cello. Below are some highlights of their personal, life altering experiences working on Bless Me, Ultima which also stars the true Grande (not a Diva, simply larger than life), Miriam Colon, who breathes her spirit into the beautiful Shaman, Ultima.

“…the stature of Grapes of Wrath and To Kill a Mockingbird.” – Roger Ebert

Learn more about Bless Me, Ultima and locate your nearest theater where it opens today, February 22, 2013!



About Light Stream

Casandra Moreno Lombera is an author, blogger, and Emmy nominated television producer who grew up in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Denver communities. In junior high school, she promised her single mother that she would get straight A’s in order to graduate early and help her relocate to Aurora, Colorado. She did… and though women and Latinas were scarcely visible in television, she dreamed of a future in broadcast journalism. From an early age, Casandra wanted children and loved to write. She began her career in television (writing and reporting on camera) at the age of 18. She also began raising two very successful children as a single mom. Throughout her career, she became an award winning, television producer/program creator (receiving both the Imagen and Golden Eagle Awards); was executive producer of both public affairs and children’s programming at KWHY-TV, Channel 22; and worked on camera hosting public affairs talk shows for many years. More distinctive opportunities came her way, however her desire to write children’s books and to blaze new trails in the publishing world became irrepressible. Her dreams today focus on empowering youth, writing (particularly about God’s love for them), and raising money for the impoverished through organizations like Hope Worldwide Throughout her life, she has been passionate about hands-on giving to the community and has received many forms of appreciation (including a congressional commendation) for her efforts. She has served on several boards including Communications Bridge Institute, training disadvantaged youth in television production; St. Anne’s, building futures for at risk teens and unwed mothers; HOPE, Hispanas Organized for Political Equality; the American Diabetes Association fund raising committee; and the Consumer Advisory Committee for the California Contractors State Licensing Board. Casandra is also a recipient of La Opinion’s 2012 Mujeres Destacadas (Exceptional Women) Award. She is completely smitten with her husband, two children, and four grand babies who inspired Light Riders. Follow her @casandratweets and @Lightersbook on Twitter. Her blog is at Direct Contact:
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