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Santa Rosa's Juan Carlos Arenas stars in 'Mendoza Line'

  • Comedian Juan Carlos Arenas, a 35-year-old winery construction worker, was born in Mexico and grew up Santa Rosa. He studied theater at Santa Rosa Junior College before going on to appear in television commercials. He is starring in the independent film, "The Mendoza Line," about a minor league baseball player in the U.S. without legal documentaion. 2014

''The Mendoza Line," a new independent film starring Santa Rosa comedian and actor Juan Carlos Arenas, will screen at 8 p.m. April 25 at the Roxy Stadium 14 in Santa Rosa.

The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Arenas and the film's writer and director, Nathan Kaufman of Sacramento.

In the film, Arenas plays Ricardo Perez, a hopeful minor-league baseball player who is in the United States without legal documentation.

"This opens up the immigration issue in a different way," Arenas said. "It looks at the person behind the issue."

In the movie, Ricardo is struggling through his third year in the low minor leagues as a back-up catcher, barely hitting above the "Mendoza Line." (The Mendoza Line is an informal baseball term for a batting average of .200, considered a minimal level of competence.)

"The Mendoza Line" takes place a few days after the June amateur baseball draft when less successful minor league baseball players will be released to make way for the incoming recently drafted prospects.

Ricardo is confronted with the possible end of his baseball dream and the fact it may be time to re-adjust his priorities and move on with life.

Arenas, a 35-year-old winery construction worker, was born in Mexico and grew up in Santa Rosa. He studied theater at Santa Rosa Junior College before going on to appear in television commercials.

He previously appeared in a small role as a chef in the 2012 independent movie "Trattoria," which was filmed in San Francisco.

"Mendoza Line" was filmed last year in Marysville, and will be shown May 7 at the Sacramento International Film Festival.


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