Finding Aid for the Luis M. Meza Papers 1986-1997 CSRC.0040

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UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
193 Haines Hall
Box 951544
Los Angeles, CA., 90095-1544

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.


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Publication Rights

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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)


Staccato Purr of the Exhaust (1996) 1992-1997

Biographical/Historical note

Working title: You Lose.
Box 1, Folder 1

Casting circa 1993

Scope and Contents note

Talent representative memo

Mambo Casting schedule

Mambo Casting fax

Mambo Casting chedule

Mambo talent information form

Letter to Orlette Ruiz of Mambo Casting

Introduction to story

Casting specs

Casting notice.
Box 1, Folder 2

Cast and crew lists undated

Box 1, Folder 3

Screenplay You Lose 1993

Box 1, Folder 4

Partial screenplay You Lose 1993

Box 1, Folder 7

Key code sheets undated

Box 1, Folder 9

Breakdown sheets 1993

Box 1, Folder 10

Festival programs 1996-1997

Scope and Contents note

Includes: Sundance Film Festival, 1996; Cinefestival, 1996; Newport Beach Film Festival, 1997; Virginia Film Festival, 1996; Denver Film Festival, 1996.
Box 1, Folder 11

Flyers for Sundance screenings 1996

Box 1, Folder 12

Publicity undated

Scope and Contents note

Flyers and postcards for free screening at Laemmle's Santa Monica 4-plex.
Box 1, Folder 13

Publicity undated

Scope and Contents note

Promo stickers, postcards, and business cards.
Box 1, Folder 14

Filming permits 1993

Box 1, Folder 15

Dailies receipts 1993

Box 1, Folder 17

Actor photos, rejects 1993

Box 2, Folder 1

Shooting report undated

Box 2, Folder 2

Actor photos undated

Box 2, Folder 3

Screenplay 1993

Box 2, Folder 4

Camera package receipts 1993

Box 2, Folder 5

Shooting schedule 1993

Box 2, Folder 6

Props list 1993

Box 2, Folder 7

Oneline schedule 1993

Box 2, Folder 8

Cast list undated

Box 2, Folder 9

Shooting schedule 1993

Box 2, Folder 10

Resumes 1993

Box 2, Folder 11

Aimee Peterson continuity notebook 1993

Box 2, Folder 12

One-liners undated

Box 2, Folder 13

Call sheets 1993

Box 2, Folder 14

Lab purchase orders 1993

Box 2, Folder 15

Camera reports 1993

Box 2, Folder 17

Publicity and reviews 1993-1996

Scope and Contents note

Production notes, cast notes, synopsis, credits and press reviews.
Box 4

Film elements and videotapes 1996

General note

Materials archived at the UCLA Film and Television Archive
Box 5

Shooting schedule board and paper copies of board pages 1993


Weathermen and Women (unrealized?) 1992-1993

Biographical/Historical note

This appears to be a project that Meza was developing for a UCLA course.
Box 1, Folder 5

Three screenplays circa 1992

Box 1, Folder 6

Film and TV 434 undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes step outline; synopsis; character sketches.
Box 1, Folder 8

Correspondence 1992

Scope and Contents note

Letters to UCLA staff and faculty Informing of intent to produce narrative short.
Box 1, Folder 16

Panavision rental insurance 1993

Box 2, Folder 16

Shooting schedule 1992-1993


Who Gets to Water the Grass? (1986) 1986

Box 3

Film elements and videotapes 1993

General note

Materials archived at the UCLA Film and Television Archive.