SHOWCASING FILMS AND WORKSHOPS FROM THE UNITED STATES AND MEXICO
The film tract of the Crossroads Festival is hosted in part by Actor RJ Mitte of AMC’s ‘Breaking Bad,’ the Brownsville Film Society, Tecnológico de Monterrey – Escuela de Arte Digital, Universidad de Monterrey, the University of Texas at Austin School of Communication Radio, Television & Film, University of Southern California School of Film. Screenings will premiere local and international films, some showcasing for the very first time.
Mauricio graduated from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts where he studied Communications. He started his acting career in the short film in 2007 “Si Tu No Estas”., After that he made some appearances in films like “Raíces Torcidas”, “Amar A Morir”, “Cantinflas’, “Una Última Y Nos Vamos”, “Purasangre” and more recently “Ni Tu Ni Yo”.
As a writer, he has been behind projects such as the television series “El Diez”. He has worked as a producer on projects such as “Rosario Tijeras” in 2005, El Diez, the Universus television series, Una Última y Nos Vamos, No Manches Frida, Purasangre and Ni tu ni yo. Argüelles is the founder of Epoca Films along with director Noé Santillán-López
Born in Mexico City, Roberto has been acting in theatre, film and television for more than 30 years.
His most prominent roles include: ““Amores perros” , “Frida” , “21 Gramos”, “Una última y nos vamos” y “Lo que algunos soñaron”. In Television, he has participated in Mexican soap operas and American TV series like: “The Romanoffs”, “The Bridge”, “True Detective”, “The Unit” and “Agents of Shield”.
In the world of theatre, he has been fortunate to act in Mexican and American plays: “La muerte de García Lorca”, “Quíntuples”, “La Señorita Julia”, “Macbeth” y “La reina de Leenan”.
Carlos Corral is a Texas filmmaker with true grit. With more than 12-years of experience working on a variety of high-profile television, documentary and feature film productions, he is among the most prolific personalities in the West Texas film scene. Known mostly as a location sound mixer, his credits include producer, editor and writer — just to name a few.
Through his company, MindWarp Films, Carlos realizes his own story-telling passion by producing and participating in documentaries and narratives that tackle issues such as immigration, domestic abuse and politics. In his latest venture, Carlos is the Artistic Director of the El Paso Film Festival. With the support of the El Paso Filmmakers organization, the Paso Del Norte Community Foundation and his company MindWarp Films, the festival will give movie lovers a chance to see original films by regional filmmakers on the rise.
Carlos’ most recent body of work includes Running with Beto, directed by David Modigliani, where he served as one of the Location Sound Mixers. The film will have its world premiere at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival. Other works include Home + Away, directed by Matt Ogens, which Carlos served as Location Sound Mixer.
DIRECTOR NICHOLAS WENGER
Nick Wenger is a writer, director and editor currently living in Los Angeles.He earned
his bachelor’s degree at UCLA, where he majored in Psychology, but spent most
of his time working for the school’s closed-circuit TV station. He later attended USC’s renowned School of Cinematic Arts, where he earned his MFA.After school, he focused his attention on commercials.
Working with MoFilm Agency out of the UK, he directed prize-winning content for Chevrolet, Durex, Johnny Walker, KPMG, and others. His work was honored at the World Cup in Sao Paulo and at the Cannes Lions Festival. He has been the recipient of the Panavision New Filmmaker Award, the W3 Award and the Communicator Award.Nick recently dipped his toe into directing television, helming the live-action segments for the wacky kids’ show Mack & Moxy, which airs on PBS networks and streams on Netflix. He was lucky to work with some amazing guest stars, including Keegan-Michael Key, Kal Penn, Matt Lucas and Jim Carrey.
He has edited commercials and branded content for a long list of clients, including RSA/Cornetto’s “Cupidity” campaign which won the Silver Lion.In 2018, Nick directed a short film called The Kid, which is hitting the festival circuit now. It’s a sci-fi action piece that serves as a proof-of-concept for an exciting feature that
he’s currently writing.
DIRECTOR ELIAS A HINOJOSA
Elias A. Hinojosa is known for his award-winning directorial debut short film, Lullaby (2018) which screened at SXSW, The National Film Festival for Talented Youth and The Video Art Experimental Film Festival in New York City, among others. Lullaby also won ‘Best Film’ at the 512 Film Festival and ‘Best Director’ & ‘Most Eccentric Short’ at the Austin Under The Stars Film Festival. Elias is also a skilled actor, writer and emcee. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
DIRECTOR BRENT MCHENRY
Brent McHenry is an award-winning Los Angeles-based director, creative producer, and lover of Story + Light + Movement + Music. Residing in Los Angeles for over 10
years, Brent has helmed productions for countless clients, agencies, artists, and fellow filmmakers.
While sharing love for multiple genres, his true passion lies in visually stunning, emotionally provocative, character-driven narratives (and the occasional absurd comedy). Because of repeated, unsupervised exposure to Star Wars and Jurassic Park at an early age, Brent plans to one day venture to the outer reaches of space and/or recklessly joyride through a minimum security dinosaur theme park in a 1993 Ford Explorer with Jeff Goldblum riding shotgun.
Philip Hodges is a film director based in Los Angeles. With a diverse body of work consisting of animation, live-action drama, documentaries, experimental shorts, music videos and commercials, his films have screened at numerous festivals and art shows. His focus is on children-friendly content for emerging media platforms.
Philip launched Snapchat’s first original series, which garnered over 80 million views per episode. As part of the YouTube Music Awards, his video for Shamir was voted among the Top 25 Videos of the Year by The Hungton Post. He has worked with an array of global brands, and is currently in development with Disney on his first feature film.
Philip is an honors graduate from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and Harvard College, where he was an illustrator for the Harvard Lampoon humor magazine.
FILM SCREENINGS (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO)
SHORT BLOCKS SECTIONS WILL BE COMPOSED OF AWARD WINNING
STUDENT AND ALUMNI FILMS FROM:
Monday’s Short Blocks
DIG – Director Phil Hodges – 10 Minutes
“Dig” is the story of a young boy who attempts the impossible: digging a hole to China! On his pursuit toward his lost love Sun on the other side of the world, Doug encounters three disgruntled puppets: Marvin the promiscuous Rabbit, Dr. Archibald Hayes the Worm, and Merlot the French Weasel. Each animal shares a loveless outlook on Doug’s journey. Will love find a way? Find out!
THE CASE OF THE MISSING GARDEN GNOME – Director Alberto Belli – 16:32
Seamus Biggs, a hard-boiled private eye who likes to work alone, reluctantly teams up with his estranged ten-year-old daughter, JILL, to rescue a missing garden gnome in an adventure that pits them against a femme fatale, a group of gun-toting Gnome Liberators, and each other. As they work together to solve this unique case, Seamus discovers that maybe having a partner isn’t so bad after all.
SUMMER MUSIC – Director Phil Hodges – 3:25 Minutes
After a breakup with his girlfriend, Blue writes a song to try to win his love back.
BULLIES – Director Daniel Bydlowski – 28 Minutes
Eugene, a shy 10-year-old boy, is bullied every day until he discovers a secret underneath the school that keeps him safe, but there is a price to pay.
Tuesday’s Short Blocks
THE GOOD NIGHT SHOW – Director Charlie Schwan – 15:57 Minutes
Sure, being a virgin isn’t the end of the world…but when it’s actually the end of the world in the summer of 1978, it becomes a pretty big deal. The Goodnight Show follows paltry tragic hero Samuel’s quest to get laid. Experience heartbreak, discomfort, and psychedelic riffs in this vibrant, stimulating short.
THE KID – Director -Nicholas Wegner – 5:43 Minutes
On the streets of downtown Los Angeles, a woman and a young boy fight to protect something both highly valuable and extremely dangerous.
ORIGIN – Director David Parella – 13:10 Minutes
An Astronaut from an interstellar colony returns to Earth to discover why they lost contact.
WIDOW – Director Elias A. Hinojosa – 9 Minutes
A semi-true story about an agoraphobic lamp hoarder who finds herself trapped between life and death.
40 MINUTES OVER MAUI – Directors – Josh Covitt and Michael Feld – 13:56
In the middle of a peaceful Hawaiian vacation, a couple has to grapple with a crisis that may not only forever affect their lives, but also all of humanity.
Short Film Block 2
TV SMUGGLER 12:17
EN PAZ DESCANSE 23:09
EL HOMBRE BUENO – Jose Luis Solis – 15:35 Minutes
Wednesday’s Short Blocks
Short Blocks from the University of Texas at Austin
LUPE – Director Marisela Campos – 11:53 Minutes
A Mexican-American Woman struggles to come to terms with her husband’s new job at an Immigration Detention Center.
STREET FLAME – Director Katherine proper – 12:04 Minutes
A crew of motley teenagers commemorates their friend Jinx on their own terms.
AUTOPISTA NORTE – Director Andrés Torres – 12 minutes
An undocumented teen in the US contemplates the idea of returning home for good.
THREE AUGUST DAYS – Director Madli Lääne – 21:30 Minutes
The coming-of-age film “Three August Days” follows a complicated friendship between an Estonian girl Eva and a Russian boy Kir during the fall of Communism and the rise of Capitalism in the Soviet Union.
MONDAY FEBRUARY 24TH – Brownsville Performing Arts Center
4:00 – 5:00 PM – Short Films Block 1 (University of Southern California)
5:15 – 6:15 PM – BFS Presentation (Workshops, Film Academy)
6:30 – 7:30 PM – Red Carpet/ Opening Reception – Space Carpet
7:30 – 9:30 PM – Special Feature Screening with Actor RJ Mitte
9:30 – 9:50 PM – Q & A
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 25TH – Brownsville Performing Arts Center
3:00 – 4:00 PM – Short Films Block 1 (University of Texas at Austin and USC)
4:00 – 5:00 PM – BFS Workshop – Film Festival Strategies by El Paso Film Festival Director Carlos Corral
5:00 – 6:00 PM – Short Films Block 2 (Tec de Monterrey and UDEM)
6:00 – 6:20 PM – Q & A
6:30 – 7:30 PM – Red Carpet/ Opening Reception
7:30 – 9:00 PM – Standing up for Sunny Screening with actor RJ Mitte
9:00 – 9:30 PM – Q & A
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 26TH – Brownsville Performing Arts Center
4:00 – 5:00 PM – Short Films Block 1 (University of Texas at Austin)
5:00 PM – 5:20 PM Q & A
TSC PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
6:30 – 7:30 PM – Red Carpet/ Opening Reception
7:30 – 8:00 PM – TSC Mariachi Band Performance
8:00 – 9:30 PM – Una Ultima Y Nos Vamos Screening
9:30 – 9:50 PM – Q & A Actor Mauricio Arguelles and Roberto Medina
TSC PERFORMING ARTS CENTER is located at 90 Taylor Avenue, Brownsville, TX 78520
Brownsville Performing Arts Center is located at 543 E. 11th, Brownsville, TX 78520
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