Wednesday, April 7, 2010

SUPER-CONGRATS to the Neighborhood Film Project filmmakers!

Posted on Wed, Apr 7, 2010 at 1:31 PM

Way to rock, filmmakers of SATX!

Read the Artifacts article here.

The finalists for the Neighborhood Film Project are as follows, with the winner from each category in boldface, and indication of whether he/she is a student.

***Note to all NFP filmmakers: if you send me a link to your film online, I'd be happy to put it on our website! Send links to***

Way to go!


Julian Moreno-Peña, Echoes of the Eastside (student)

Dora Peña, Eastside Express

Bryan Anthony Ramirez, Bugsy - Hometown

Isaac Rodriguez, Tales From the Eastside

Ruben Rodriguez, My Project: East of Downtown


Erick Cantu, Post Cards

David J. Diaz, The San Antonio North River Neighborhood (student)

Frank Leal, River City Ride

Andrew N. Lu, North River Walk

Tyler McCardle, How to Spend a Day in San Antonio for Under $5


Ismael Leiva, Barbero

Gabriel Luna, Nuestro Legado

Evita Puente, Los Tres Reyes Cantan Al Westside

Alejandro Rodriguez, Mi Comunidad (student)

Ray Santisteban, West Side: Murals y Mas

Here are some comments by some of the awesome local auteurs:

Julian Moreno Pena, winner in the Student Category for Echoes of the Eastside Neighborhood, sent me the following information regarding his film:

“Echoes of the Eastside is inspired by growing up on the Eastside of town. I've lived here nearly my whole life and recognize the beauty many seem to miss. My film is a music video with original music production by myself and visuals that truly show the personality of this side of town. I'm really excited about being a finalist. I take a lot of pride in my film and its a great feeling to be recognized for it.”

Alejandro Rodriguez, winner in the Student Category for Westside Murals y Mas Neighborhood, sent me the following information regarding his film:

The film follows the main character "Jaime" a breakdancer on his journey through the westside. Jaime's destination is a local youth church where he will meet up with others who share the same passion for dance.

With the city spending money to renovate and expand certain parts of the city, I felt like the Westside has been over seen. I decided to showcase murals that were done by everyday people, not necessarily traditional artist. My inspiration comes from the streets and the people themselves.

Everyone has a story, but you can't influence another if you don't share it.

I'm honored to be a finalist, so thank you very much for the opportunity to be a part of this competition.

Bryan Anthony Ramirez, winner in the Non-Student Category for Echoes of the Eastside Neighborhood

My vision with Hometown was to show people what they often look at, but never really see. To share the impact that the East Side of San Antonio has on the individuals that call it home.

Hometown takes you into the lives of the individuals that love San Antonio. Too often people and places are taken for granted, overseen and often ignored. Hometown shines light on the pride and love that people have for their neighborhood, and brings the positive view that Bugsy raps about.

Hometown is an original record by local hip hop artist Bugsy. When he played it for me and informed me that he was looking to make a music video out of it, and wanted me to produce and direct it, I couldn't be more excited. Bugsy and I took a trip to all the places he holds deep in his heart, even attending a Sunday afternoon cookout at his Grandma's house. The passion he has for the East Side, and his amazing music really made this video a great work of art.

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