Film / MediaPresenting

Friday, November 14 @ 7:00 PM*
Saturday, November 15 @ 3:00 PM
Saturday, November 15 @ 7:00 PM
Sunday, November 16 @ 3:00 PM
Sunday, November 16 @ 7:00 PM

*Special conversation and reception with Ms. Colón following screening.


The film, BLESS ME, ULTIMA, is based on the controversial, first award-winning Chicano novel by acclaimed author Rudolfo Anaya.

It is a turbulent coming-of-age story about a young boy, Antonio (Luke Ganalon), growing up in New Mexico during World War II. When a mysterious curandera (healer) named Ultima (Miriam Colón) comes to live with his family, she teaches him about the power of the spiritual world. As their relationship grows, Antonio begins to question his strict upbringing by his parents (Dolores Heredia & Benito Martínez). Through a series of mysterious and at times terrifying events, Antonio must grapple with questions about the nature of divinity and his own destiny.

First released October 19, 2012, the film is written and directed by Carl Franklin (“Devil in a Blue Dress”), the executive producer is Christy Walton, producers are Mark Johnson, Sarah DiLeo and Jesse B’Franklin.

Special Event: On Friday, November 14, a conversation with the film’s star and founder of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, Miriam Colón, will follow the screening.

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Located between 8th and 9th Avenues in Manhattan.


FILM CAREER: Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Ms. Colón debuted as an actress in the 1953 film Peloteros (Baseball Players), starring Ramón (Diplo) Rivero, produced in Puerto Rico. She moved to New York City that same year, and was accepted into the Actors Studio by Elia Kazan after a single audition, thus becoming the Studio’s first Puerto Rican member.

Her film career spans 30 films and over 75 television series and appearances. Between 1954 and 1974, she made guest appearances in television shows such as Peter Gunn and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. She appeared mostly in westerns such as Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The High Chaparral, and Have Gun, Will Travel. She also landed an ongoing role on the soap opera Guiding Light.

Ms. Colón appeared in the 1961 film One-eyed Jacks as “the Redhead”. In 1962, she was featured as the co-star in a teleplay written by Frank Gabrielsen, and produced for the TV series The DuPont Show of the Week. The title of the hour-long episode was “The Richest Man in Bogota”, and it aired on 17 June 1962. It starred Lee Marvin as Juan de Nuñez, and Míriam Colón as “Marina”.

In 1979, she starred alongside fellow Puerto Rican actors José Ferrer, Raúl Juliá, and Henry Darrow in Life of Sin, a film in which she portrayed Isabel la Negra, a real-life Puerto Rican brothel owner. In 1983, she played the mother of Tony Montana (played by Al Pacino) in Scarface. She was also cast as “María” in the 1999 film Gloria, which starred Sharon Stone.