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Blood Stains
Director: Blake Vaz

Leaving  his band and girlfriend behind to become a star in America, an  ambitious singer meets a mysterious hitch-hiker who can turn his dream  into a nightmare.

Laz, a musician from the border land of El Paso/Juarez, always believed his destiny was to become a famous rock star.
Unfortunately,  neither his bandmates nor his girlfriend believe in his hopes and  dreams. Frustrated, he leaves it all behind for a shot at stardom. With  only his Mother’s blessing, Laz leaves to Los Angeles for his shot at  the American Dream.
It  is on the road to Hollywood that he encounters a mysterious man.  Stranded in the middle of the Arizona desert, he asks Laz for a ride to  Los Angeles, in return he will cover all expenses on their way there.  But is there something else behind this chance encounter?

On their Journey, Laz must make a choice and discover how far he is willing to go for a shot at his dream.

Hexit Strategy
Director: Arturo Portillo

A  simple-minded man buys occult supplies to put a hex on someone who did  him wrong but he ends up botching the whole thing and pays dearly for  it.

My Friend Richard
Director: Chris Hanna

A young man comes to terms with his own power during a conversation with an old friend.

Act of Contrition
Director: Jonathan Gonzalez

A  sociopathic teenager named Justin is planning a school shooting with  his friend Eric but confides his feelings about wanting to kill to his  Step Father Frank, who has killed while touring in Afghanistan. Now  Frank must confess his traumatic past to Justin in hopes of saving his  future.

Director: Mark Martinez

Based on The DC comic character Blue Beetle:
After  finding an ancient artifact, a high school senior tries to juggle his  find and his life not knowing it will change forever.

Director: Jorge Barahona

A man's life passes before him as he gives into the indomitable force of idleness.

Where Do We Go From Here
Director: Chris Hanna

A recently deceased young man engages an intriguing woman in conversation, as he awaits his judgement.

Director: Nikki Shadden

Created by students at Grand Canyon University, "Begin" is a short film documentary that follows four young artists as they attempt to seek fulfillment through their chosen crafts.

Borderline Madness
Director: Justin Smith

An  Anaheim Chili and a Mexican jalapeno fall in love and have a difficult  time navigating the complicated and broken U.S. immigration system.

Detective General Emma
Director: Keith Pullen

Chuck-Norris-as-a-cop meets a severe challenge: someone who knows actual laws.

Night Shift
Director: Michael Head

A struggling police officer faces a desperate circumstance at his moonlighting security job. Based on true events.

Are You Volleyball?!
Director: Mohammad Bakhshi

A  group of Arabian spoken asylum seekers arrive to an English spoken  country border and can't keep going. They conflict with border soldiers  everyday till a deaf-mute baby becomes a catalyst for better  communication between two groups.

Director: Mael Le Mée

Aurore, a sixteen years teenage girl, discovers her body with her friends… With a supernatural finger.

Rest Stop
Director: Stephen Baxter

When  a mild-mannered English professor, John Dykstra, faces a challenge that  shakes him to his core, he has to make a choice - leave an innocent  woman to die, or summon his alter-ego, the hardboiled mystery writer  Rick Hardin to save her.

Director: Just Philippot

A  disturbing cloud takes shape somewhere in the west. It slowly goes  toward the center of the country, throwing the population on the roads.  In view of the inexorable arrival of the cloud, it is the global panic.  This cumulus is acid.

Director: David Blue Garcia

Javi  (Patrick Mackie), lives and works in the fields of South Texas with his  grandfather Arturo (Hector Uribe, No Country For Old Men). Secretly,  Javi plans on escaping South Texas with his Mexican girlfriend, Lorena (Mayra Leal, Machete). But when Arturo’s cancer takes a turn for the worse Javi’s plans are put on hold.

Desperate  for money, Javi crosses into Mexico and meets with Lorena’s brother,  Adelio (Adrian Gonzalez, VIDA, STARZ) an up and coming member of a  cartel. The cartel offers Javi $10,000 to walk across the border wearing  a cast made of cocaine - but there’s a catch.

First they will break his arm.

For  the sake of his grandfather, Javi resorts to the unthinkable. TEJANO  becomes a story of survival, as Javi evades the border patrol, swims the  Rio Grande river and overcomes the border wall only to find out that  the cartel has different plans for him.

In  a series of thrilling and action packed scenes Javi fights his way back  home to reunite with Arturo. Armed with a hunting rifle and a few  pistols grandfather and grandson bravely defend their home in an  explosive shootout with the cartel.

Director: Rio Finnegan
Margot, an agoraphobic housewife yearning for connection, finds relief through an ominous gossip hotline.

Director: Joe Lujan

Short Experimental film shot entirely on the iPhone in Ruidoso, NM

Director: Emery Mulligan

Deep in the heart of the forest lies an ancient evil that demands sacrifice, lest he unleash his wrath.

To Find Illuminance
Director: Frank Quatrone

Faced with two unknowns, a Girl must choose her own fate.

Margaret and Gary
Director: Fredric Lehne

A man and his GPS, fleeing murder and madness, drive into the twilight zone.

Father Lucius
Director: Morse Bicknell

A devoted and handsome young priest strives to deflect unwitting romantic attention from some of his more admiring parishioners.

Radio Audition
Director: Radio Audition

Morton Rolly wants to become the world’s next big DJ but his friend is not buying.

Take Chances
Director: Trae Perry

Music video for Trae Perry's single "Take Chances".
Directed and Edited by Trae Perry.

Chronicles of a BLEEP Year Old Woman - Ballet Class
Director: Angela Atwood

Once  upon a time there was a BLEEP Year Old Woman. One day, she awakens to  her desire, nay, NEED, to dream-come-true (the verb). She quits her  practical, adults-have-these job and follows the tutu. Episode 1 finds  her in Ballet Class where she quickly discovers there ain’t no such  thang as “beginner” in the Gigantic Apple. An aged Kimmy Schmidt meets  New Girl’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

When  society says, "You can't do that because you're too old / too young /  too female," Chronicles counters with, "Why the hell not?" Yes. You.  Can.

Director: Lorraine Toth

Run  is one woman's journey from pain to power. She overcomes lifelong  insecurities and a painful divorce by challenging herself to run a  Marathon. The mental strength carries her across the finish line when  her body begins to break down. She heals herself and her deepest wounds  by crossing the finish line and running towards a new life. Based on the  book titled "RUN" written by Lorraine Toth who also acted and directed  film.

Where Is My Coffee, Ann?
Director: Vera Charukhina

A  young waitress finds herself in a once in a lifetime situation when she  can escape her hard life and troubles by stealing her hated boss's  money. When a simple plan turns into a sequence of unfortunate events  him and her must unite in order to get rid of the mess.

Dak'toká Taíno (I am Taíno)
Director: Alba Enid García

A  young Taíno girl, Marabelí, visits her grandma, Abuela Yaya after  Hurricane María. Marabelí expresses her fears of survival, while Abuela  Yaya comforts and reminds her of their resilient Taíno ancestors and  challenging history. This film warmly reflects in the future of Puerto  Ricans as an indigenous society.

Director: Nicolas Jara

Manuel  (Carlos Flores, Jr) is a gay Latino teen who lacks guidance and  support. Even though his mother, Anna (Virginia Blanco) deeply cares for  him, she is only able to prove and instill her love through video tapes  made from afar. Keeping his sexuality and boyfriend (Connery Morano) a  secret from his homophobic father (Roy Manzanares), Manuel must decide  the life he wants to live or end.

The Real Thing
Director: Brandon Kelley

A soldier returns home to meet his daughter, who transitioned while he was on tour.

Director: Alejandro Montoya Marin

A singer/songwriter must decide to keep following her dream when everything around her is telling her otherwise.

Shy Guys
Director: Fredric Lehne

Two  strangers (2016 Tony winner Reed Birney and newcomer Blake DeLong)  bring the laughs as they confront and resolve one of the most insidious  scourges afflicting mankind - while standing at public urinals with  their willies out. The first film by ubiquitous character actor Fredric  Lehne.

L'incidente Intimo (The Intimate Incident)
Director: Maria DeCotis

Maria  has found her calling helping others as an abortion doula, despite  suffering panic attacks that have plagued her in the aftermath of an  assault. Every day she finds solace in piano playing coming from an  apartment building on her route home. When the mysterious piano player  reveals himself to be Don, a charming struggling comedian, she finds  herself falling for him to the delight and horror of the contradictions  living within her.

Director: Gabriel Savodivker

A  dying father helps his young daughter carry an imaginary mission into  space in order to reunite her with her mother; which leads to an  unimaginable revelation.


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