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In Esperando a los Bitles, super-fan Ricardo Calderón realizes a dream – a trip to Liverpool, England, birthplace of the Beatles

In Esperando a los Bitles, super-fan Ricardo Calderón realizes a dream – a trip to Liverpool, England, birthplace of the Beatles. Photo courtesy of Diego Graue/Filmaciones de la Ciudad

A new documentary looks at the phenomenon of obsessive fandom, specifically Beatles fans in present-day Mexico. The fact that the Beatles never even performed in Mexico just seems to make their mania that much more intense. The film, Esperando a los Bitles, gives viewers a look at the often amusing excesses of fanaticism, but it does not mock them. Co-director, Diego Graue, says he wanted to take an anthropological approach to the subjects of Bitles. Indeed, the over-the-top behavior of the central figure, Ricardo Calderón beatlemaniac extraordinaire, fan club president and rabid collector of Beatles memorabilia – reveals his devotion to be a source of joy and liberation in his life. The Mexican Beatles tribute band, Grupo Aleph, is also featured.

Esperando a los Bitles will be shown at the Phoenix College Latino Film Festival on March 22, 7 p.m., on the PC campus. Diego Graue, will be present for a Q&A, along with Beatles authority, ASU’s Mike Shellan. Find out more at esperandoalosbitles.com

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