Mauricio Acosta, president and CEO of MAZDOC

MAZDOC: With Crossing the Line we want to tell how US rock was influenced by Mexico
14 de junio de 2016

Mauricio Acosta, president and CEO of MAZDOC, told PRODU they are pre-producing Crossing the Line, cultural musical documentary that tells the story of rock in the 50’s and 60’s and how Mexico influenced rock in the US. “This project began two years ago when we heard the story of Javier Batiz, one of the great Mexican rock stars of the 70’s, guitar teacher of Carlos Santana when he was 15 or 16 years old. That is when the Tijuana sound was born. It is a mix of latino sound with classic American rock. I was interested in the story. We met Javier and realized he was a great character. The documentary narrates how the Mexican rock star went in the 1970’s from Mexico to Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and from there to Canada,” explained Acosta to PRODU. The Canadian Development Fund finances the documentary, in which the Canadian production company Prairieboy Production with the director Charles Konowal take part. He has extensive experience in musical documentaries. It is a 90-minute project with a 120-minute version for cinema. Mauricio Acosta, Jorge Lebrija, Jorge Requena and Orlando Braun are responsible for the executive production. “We already started conversations with several channels in Latin America and Canada that are interested. It was presented to Netflix and there is a first idea that could work out,” said Acosta. Mauricio Acosta, nominated to the Emmy in 2015 for the documentary Narco-Tec, is represented by Uno Productions.