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Finding Aid for the Luis M. Meza Papers 1986-1997 CSRC.0040
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  • Title: Luis M. Meza Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: CSRC.0040
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.2 linear feet (3 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1986-1997
    Abstract: 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.
    Creator: Meza, Luis M.


    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Library and Archive for paging information.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. All requests for permission to publish must be submitted in writing to the Chicano Studies Research Center Library. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Luis M. Meza Papers, 40, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Luis M. Meza, 2006. Deed of gift on file at the CSRC archive office.


    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.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of papers related to The Staccato Purr of the Exhaust (1996). There are also papers related to an apparently unproduced student project at UCLA.

    Separated Materials note

    The contents of Boxes 3 and 4, consisting of film elements and videotapes of Meza's films, are housed at the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Meza, Luis M. -- Archives
    Mexican American motion picture directors and producers--Archives
    Screenwriters --United States--Archives.
    Staccato purr of the exhaust (Motion picture)
    Who gets to water the grass? (Motion picture)