Bratt brothers bring a little Hollywood to Santa Cruz

Moviegoers and Bratt brothers fans drove classic cars to the event, parking them outside the Nick.
Peter (left) and Benjamin Bratt answered questions during a Q&A following the movie screening.
(L to R) Benjamin Bratt; Jill Esteras, department manager for Latin American and Latino Studies; Peter Bratt; and Jennifer Graham, director of development, Division of Social Sciences
Patricia Zavella, professor and chair, Latin American and Latino Studies, hands Peter Bratt a plaque for supporting the Latin American and Latino Studies scholarship program. (Photos by Carolyn Lagattuta)

Alumnus and filmmaker Peter Bratt (Cowell, politics '86) returned to UC Santa Cruz Friday as part of the local premiere of La Mission, his heartfelt portrait of San Francisco's Mission District, the neighborhood where he grew up.

Accompanying him was his younger brother, television and movie star Benjamin Bratt, who also co-produced the film.

The Bratt brothers visited UCSC Friday afternoon to talk with students, and also appeared for a question-and-answer session after the exclusive screening at the Nickelodeon.

La Mission is now in limited national release after being named a Sundance official selection in 2009. It officially opened in Santa Cruz Friday at the Nickelodeon Theatre in a benefit for student scholarships in the Latin American and Latino Studies Department at UC Santa Cruz.

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UC Santa Cruz grad Peter Bratt returns to premiere La Mission