Run, Tecato, Run

A film by Efraín Gutiérrez

USA, Drama, 1979
86 min, 16mm, Black & White

To be followed by a conversation with director Efraín Gutiérrez and author Gregg Barrios

This film was screened as a part of the 2014 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF17)


Filmed in Texas and California, RUN, TECATO, RUN depicts a junkie’s efforts to get off heroin in order to reclaim and raise his daughter. Based on true incidents, the film explores the connections between the Vietnam War, drug addiction, and crime, juxtaposing these against Mexican-American family, culture, and spirituality. RUN, TECATO, RUN is the last of three low-budget social problem films by Gutiérrez.


Producer: Josefina Faz
Production Companies: Chicano Arts Enterprises
Screenwriter: Efraín Gutiérrez
Cinematographer: Josefina Faz, Efraín Gutiérrez
Editor: Efraín Gutiérrez
Sound Design: Steve Jordan
Music: Steve Jordan, Rio Jordan
Cast: Efraín Gutiérrez, Arturo Castillo, Josie Gutiérrez, Mona-Lisa Gutiérrez

Print Source: 35mm restored print courtesy of the UCLA Film and Television Archive


run tecato Run poster