In this series, new and seasoned filmmakers create powerful new works that span across comedy, drama, and documentary.
THE FIRST COWBOY Based on historical events, this epic story recounts the collision of two powerful and equal cultures, the Mexicans and Americans, told through the eyes and lives of two families, the genteel Southern Palmers and the educated and progressive vaquero ranchers, the Velascos. It narrates the initial mistrust, the slow and reluctant interaction, the affections which formed between them, the agreements made, and the eventual betrayal, followed by dehumanizing domination. All playing out against the backdrop of tumultuous times, culminating in the Texas Revolution and its aftermath.
OH GREAT, RILEY'S DEPRESSED AGAIN Riley’s self-medication of choice right now is weed and lots of it. As she sits in her car trying to find the energy to attend an annual brunch hosted by her damn near perfect sister Jasmine, she is visited by Lee, the visual (and more put together) representation of her consciousness. Lee attempts to guide Riley through the brunch, coaching her on how to hide her “crazy” but it all comes to a head when the friend group realizes Riley is, in fact, depressed again. An intervention follows, and Riley is painfully confronted with the reality that no matter how good she thinks she is at hiding her depression, it’s impacting all those that love her. She’s left wondering how is she supposed to handle her pain and the impact it has on the ones she loves the most.
THE LOCKET Amy, a troubled young woman answers an ad to live with a kindly woman, Grace, and her very old - and very odd - mother, Ms. Nan. Amy begins to experience strange occurrences in the house and Grace and Ms. Nan are not quite what they seem.
BAD HOMBREWOOD Guillermo Casarín, an aspiring young filmmaker, came to the United States from Mexico to pursue his dreams of becoming a film director. Now, he is on the verge of graduating from one of the best film schools in the world, but after experiencing racism in the country and film industry, he finds himself questioning his place in Hollywood. Through compelling interviews--such as Academy Award-winning directors Phil Lord, Lee Unkrich, and Guillermo Del Toro, and Melissa Fumero from the Golden Globe-winning show Brooklyn Nine-Nine--and archival footage, Bad Hombrewood reveals the dark side of Hollywood’s history and the challenges Latinx filmmakers face while trying to succeed in the entertainment industry.
PADRE A young priest returns to Sicily to make amends with his dead mother. Grief-stricken, he contemplates the traumatic event that forced him to leave - the mysterious disappearance of his father at sea.