The collection consists of papers related to two films by filmmaker Luis Meza, the short
Who Gets to Water the Grass? (1986) and his feature film
The Staccato Purr of the Exhaust (1996). Various work prints, Beta tapes, VHS tapes, final film prints and screening cassettes are also a part of the collection.
Born in Mexico, Luis Meza came to the U.S. as a young boy and grew up in the Highland Park district of Los Angeles. Meza attended
Loyola Marymount University, majoring in Communication Arts where he made his first narrative short film,
Who Gets to Water the Grass? After working at entry level jobs in the film industry, he attended UCLA in the Master's program for Film and Television
writing. He participated in the Walt Disney Writer's Fellowship, during which he wrote and developed material with executives
at Hollywood Pictures and was also invited to the Sundance Institute as a screenwriting fellow. Meza's feature film, which
he wrote and directed,
The Staccato Purr of the Exhaust, was selected by the Sundance Film Festival in 1996.
1.2 linear feet
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