News from San Antonio's filmmaking front, and El Cine looking for YOUR local movie project happenings

Kudos to director Ya’Ke Smith, who will be going to Cannes for the second time in his career. His award-winning short, Katrina’s Son (2010), will be screened at Cannes’ Short Film Corner. This is no smally — when it comes to good films, Cannes is still the world’s most prestigious festival, and Smith has been there twice. This year’s festival falls on May 11-22. I hope I get to talk to Smith before that.

This one hits even closer to home: Six out of the 13 Emergencia Youth Film shorts at Austin’s 14th Annual Cine Las Américas International Film Festival (which started on April 21 and ends on April 28) came from San Antonio. So congratulations are in order for two young directors from the Mustang Cinema Club: Noel Robles (Motivation), and Lennon R. Maldonado (Sugarcoat). The other four are from SAY Sí (, where my wife works), and they are Joscelyne Ponder (Ça Va Bien), Samuel Jiménez and Mickey Martínez (The Dream Collector), Tyler McCardle (Variance), and Emileigh Potter (We March). Cine Las Américas is a well-established and serious film competition; go to if you want more info.

Wanna be in a film? There are still some roles available for Piracy, a 100 percent made-in-San Antonio film directed by Erik Armenta, who said he will start shooting in May and/or June. The trailer was presented at a mixer last Saturday, and the movie involves a girl who pirates movies the old way: filming them at the movie theater. She becomes huge and, after a while, everyone’s after her: the pirated movie mafia, the CIA, and an FBI agent who falls for her (never heard of that one before). The movie stars Amanda Lynn Gutiérrez and René Méndez, and is co-starred by John Lambert, Violet Sáenz-Arocha (she also co-produces with Tasha Nuncio), and Loki Wolfe. The director of photography is Darren Abate, who was the DP for the local flick The Powderkids (2010), directed by Buddy Calvo (from rock band Phonolux). If you’re interested in auditioning for one of the parts, email Armenta directly at [email protected].

So, dude … Where is your movie?

Email news, trailers, pics, scripts, calls for auditions, or anything else related to your local movie project to [email protected] (write EL CINE in the subject line).

Thanks, and no, I won’t end the column by saying “that’s a wrap.”

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