Viva Cinema: 600 Millas

Texas Spirit Theater | R | 85 min. | Drama, Thriller

February 17, 2018 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Join the Bullock Museum for a screening and conversation about the film 600 Millas (600 Miles).

Two young men are earning money by running weapons across the Arizona-Mexico border, but they are discovered by an ATF agent who attempts to apprehend them.  600 Millas (600 Miles) exposes the chase and its aftermath. 

Event Details

In 600 Millas (600 Miles), two young gun smugglers cross paths with a federal agent whose botched apprehension of them is only the beginning of the story. 600 Millas (600 Miles) is Gabriel Rapstein's debut feature film. 

Viva Cinema celebrates the modern cinema of Mexico and beyond. The Museum is proud to highlight acclaimed films in partnership with Cine Las Americas that feature the rich tradition of Spanish-language movie-making. Films in the Viva Cinema Series are presented in Spanish with English subtitles. This evening's program includes a film screening and Q&A with award-winning journalist, Melissa del Bosque and moderator, Cine Las Americas Festival Director, Jean Anne Lauer. Come early at 6pm for a welcome reception with cash bar.

Please note: Entrance for this screening will be at the IMAX lobby doors.

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Film Credits

Rating: R
Suggested age: 18+
Starring: Tim Roth, Kristyan Ferrer, Mónica Del CarmenNoé Hernández
Writers: Gabriel Ripstein, Issa Lopez
Director:  Gabriel Ripstein 
Runtime: 85 min.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Release year: 2015

About the Film

Gabriel Ripsten debuted as a director with 600 Millas (600 Miles). The film stars Tim Roth and it won the Best First Feature prize at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival. It also received the Best Mexican Film award at the 2015 Guadalajara Film Festival, the Best Director Award at the Thessaloniki Film Festival, and the Best First Feature prize at the Lima Film Festival and at the 2016 Mexican Academy Awards.  It has participated in more than 25 international festivals.

About the Filmmaker

Gabriel Ripstein comes from a family of filmmakers. Prior to directing 600 Millas (600 Miles), Gabriel was Senior Vice President of Production for Sony Pictures’ International Motion Picture Production Group where he oversaw the studio’s feature film development and production operations in Russia, India, China, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Mexico. During his tenure at Sony, Gabriel oversaw the development and production of over 20 feature films. As a producer, Gabriel worked with filmmaker Michel Franco on the films Chronic (Palme d’Or for Best Screenplay at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival) and April’s Daughters (Jury Prize, Un Certain Regard, 2017 Cannes Film Festival). He was also executive producer of Lorenzo Vigas’ film From Afar (Golden Lion, Best Film, 2015 Venice Film Festival). As a screenwriter, Gabriel has written over ten features and two television series, and he recently directed two episodes for the third season of the Netflix series Narcos.

About the Guest Speaker and Moderator

Guest Speaker

Melissa del Bosque is an award-winning journalist and Lannan reporting fellow with The Investigative Fund. She is the author of Bloodlines: The True Story of a Drug Cartel, the FBI and the Battle for a Horse-racing Dynasty. She has written about the U.S.-Mexico border since 1998 for various media outlets, including the Guardian, and Time. Her work has also been featured on Democracy Now, PBS, MSNBC, the BBC, and NPR. She has reported on topics including border militarization, economic inequality, the plight of unaccompanied migrant children in Mexico, and asylum seekers in the United States.

In 2016, del Bosque won the Hillman Prize for her investigative feature “Death on Sevenmile Road” about the militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border. In 2015 del Bosque’s four-part series with the Guardian on migrant deaths in South Texas won an Emmy and a National Magazine Award. Her 2012 investigative feature about massacres in the Juarez Valley, Mexico, was a National Magazine Award finalist and won awards from both the Association of Alternative News Media and the Pan American Health Organization.


JEAN ANNE LAUER has promoted the development and exhibition of Latinx, Iberoamerican, and Indigenous film and media since 2004. She first discovered her passion for the field when working with the International Pitching Market at the Guanajuato International Film Festival (Guanajuato, Mexico, 2004 through 2013). Since then, Jean has also worked with Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (Austin, TX, 2008 to present), and with Fantastic Fest (Austin, TX, 2013 to present). Currently, she is Festival Director of Cine Las Americas and a Professor, Adjunct, at Austin Community College in the Dept. of Philosophy, Religion, and Humanities. Along with building a professional résumé and working with filmmakers in the US and abroad, Jean completed her Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin in the Dept. of Radio-Television-Film. Her research focuses on contemporary Mexican Film History, and the relationships between Film Festivals and other sectors of the Film Industry.

About Cine Las Americas

Cine Las Americas is a multi-cultural, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Austin, Texas. Specializing in Latinx and Indigenous film and video, Cine Las Americas promotes cross-cultural understanding and growth by educating, entertaining and challenging diverse audiences through film and media arts. The Cine Las Americas International Film Festival will celebrate its 21st edition May 2-6, 2018, and the organization also hosts film screenings regularly throughout the year. More info:

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The Texas Spirit Theater on the Museum's second floor hosts original film series, artist talks, lectures, live music performances, and daily showings of multi-sensory films.

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