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

WHEN: March 5, 2016 @ 7:00pm 
WHERE: California Theatre | 345 South First St., San Jose, CA 95113
COST: $20 –>Buy Tickets
Rita Moreno receives the Maverick Spirit Award at this special Cinequest event, which also features the World Premiere screening of Remember Me, a film in which she stars.
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 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 Cinequest’s 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.

“To say Rita Moreno has been significant to the world is an understatement. Her tireless work as an artist and her desire to inspire us in a multitude of ways make her a necessity. Her work can easily speak for itself. And speak it does—truthfully, passionately, and with loads of impact.” – Michael Rabehl

Remember Me
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.

Image courtesy of Cinequest.