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New Orleans & Austin Based Media-Makers Launch “Deep South by Suroeste” Film Exchange

Jerald L. White – New Orleans, LA
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Alejandro Yrausquin – Austin, TX
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New Orleans & Austin Based Media-Makers Launch “Deep South by Suroeste” Film Exchange

Saturday, July 28, 2012
Contemporary Arts Center – Freeport McMoRan Theater
900 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
6:00pm Reception, followed by Film Screenings at 6:30pm

Filmmakers in Austin and New Orleans will soon have a new venue for showcasing their creative talents, thanks to a new film exchange called “Deep South by Suroeste.” The film exchange, also know as DSXSO is the brainchild of two New Orleans based non-profits – Press Street and Charitable Film Network, and the Austin based transmedia collective, Facundo International, Inc.

Deep South by Suroeste will host a free public screening of Spanish and English language short films that focus on the Latino experience in the southwest.  “New Orleans and Austin are the two cultural meccas of the south, They infuse this part of the country with an amazing amount of passion and creativity,” said Sergio Carvajal, Co-founder of Facundo International. “I am specially excited about the quality of films we’re showing on this first installment.   The seven films we are presenting depict a perspective that is usually underrepresented in mainstream media, and are amazing works of art that I’m sure the New Orleans community will thoroughly appreciate.”  

The roster of award winning films includes two Cannes short film selections by Angela Torres (Mexico) and Mario Troncoso (Spain), and impressive works by two of the most important Latino filmmakers to have come out of Texas in recent years, Miguel Alvarez and Maru Buendia-Sientes, and up-and-coming filmmaker Sharon Arteaga from Corpus Christi. Two medium format shorts by South American filmmakers Gabriela Yepez (Peru), and Venezuelan-American Sergio Carvajal will also be featured.  Filmmakers in attendance will participate in a short discussion immediately following the screenings. 

“We’re thrilled to present Deep South by Suoeste in partnership with the Contemporary Arts Center and New Orleans Film Society,” said Jerald L. White, Press Street’s Film Coordinator, and the founder of Charitable Film Network. “Collaborations like ours are important because they support underrepresented filmmakers and promote media that more accurately represents the unique diversity our communities.”

FRENTE NORESTE by Angela Torres Camarena 
Esperanza has to save her family from drug-dealers extortion.  Based on a true story. (11:25 minutes, 2010)

LA PARED by Maru Buendia-Senties
“La Pared” defies the Mexican concept of “Macho” as it explores the nature of human instinct and the concept of action and reaction.” (15:22 minutes, 2007)

CLOWNS NEVER LIE by Mario Troncoso
A schizophrenic street performer, who dreams of performing for a real audience, struggles with his daily reality. (9:35 minutes, 2010)

KID by Miguel Alvarez
In KID a coming-of-age ritual defines the relationship between a 13-year old boy and his estranged father. (12:08 minutes, 2007)

WHEN I GROW UP by Sharon Arteaga
When I Grow Up is about two generations, with two different dreams, and the point where they must intersect.  (9:17 minutes, 2010)

10 Minute Intermission

EL GALLO: PEPE KID by Sergio Carvajal
Pepito is the first episode of the independent series El Gallo; a compendium of tales from the southwest that recount the story of a magical rooster and the dozens of lunatics that are after him.  (45 minutes, 2011)

DANZAK by Gabriela Yepez 
Nina is a 10 year old girl whose life dramatically changes when her father and Master Scissor Dancer asks her to fulfill her last wish. (20 minutes, 2009)

For more information please follow Deep South by Suroeste on Facebook.

Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans is a multi-disciplinary arts center, financially stable and professionally managed, that is dedicated to the presentation, production and promotion of the art of our time.

Charitable Film Network is a diverse community of media-makers, dedicated to connecting and collaborating with non-profits, artists, and activists on noteworthy programs that benefit the community.

Facundo International, Inc.
is a collective of artists and industry professionals dedicated to unveil amazing, engaging, multi-layered, and neglected story worlds through forms that advance the art of storytelling; that free the creators and their creativity, and that bypass the standard channels of financing, promotion and distribution.

Since 1989, the New Orleans film Society (NOFS) has engaged, educated and inspired through the art of film.  This year, 2012, marks the 23rd anniversary of the New Orleans Film Festival.  NOFS hosts special events throughout the year: the French Film Festival, the New Orleans International Children’s Film festival, and other events designed to benefit local film audiences, artists, and professionals.  NOFS partners with local organizations to present monthly film series. NOFS reaches approximately 25,000 people annually through its programming.  NOFS is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Press Street is a New Orleans-based 501c3 literary and visual arts collective formed in 2005 to promote art and literature in the community through events, publications and arts education.

When Sharon Arteaga turned fifteen, she convinced her parents that a video camera was a better investment than the Quinceanera they wanted her to have. She wrote and directed short films using her church youth group as cast, crew, and producers.  She received her B.S. in Radio, Television, Film in 2009. While in school, she produced “Duplex,” a short film which won the Shorts Competition at the Binational Film Festival in El Paso, Texas. Her Undergraduate Thesis “hands.” was an Official Selection for the Imago Film Festival, the Phoenix Int’l Christian film festival, and a Finalist in New York’s Faith Film Festival.  “When I Grow Up” is her first short outside of the school system. It won the TAMI Award at 2010’s Cine Las Americas, an Audience Award at 2011 SXSW Reel Women’s Showcase.  It was an Official Selection to 2011 CineSol and November 2011 Napa Valley Film Festival and screened at the 2010 NALIP conference in Santa Monica, the 2011 Center for Mexican American Studies & Research Conference in San Antonio, and 2011 MALI’s Women’s Film and Performing Arts Conference.  Sharon’s next short is a story about a group of children avoiding checkpoint via an aircraft. She also writes poetry and loves God a lot.  For more information visit:

Miguel Alvarezis an engineer, writer, photographer, and award-winning filmmaker. He has received awards from the Directors’ Guild of America, Panavision’s Emerging Filmmaker program, the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, the Hamptons International Film Festival, the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, and the TexasFilmmakers Production Fund for his previous films, Tadpoles, Veterans, KID and Mnemosyne Rising.  A native of San Antonio, Texas, he currently resides in Austin where he teaches at the University of Texas while completing his first screenplay,La Perdida.  For more information visit:

Maru Buendia-Senties, winner of the Cary Grant Film Award by the Princess Grace Foundation (2007), obtained her MFA in Film Production at the University of Texas at Austin in December 2008, and  worked for 3 years at Troublemaker Studios in the VFX Department since. Her award-winning films showcase her writing and directing as she creates stories that portray deep interpersonal connections and unique idiosyncrasies that connect us all as humans.  For more information visit:

Award-winning Mexican-born film director Angela Torres Camarena is devoted to creating meaningful films that explore social issues from a poetic perspective. Every one of her short films has been selected at international film festivals around the globe. In 2009, she won the Changemaker award by HBO at the Media That Matters Film Festival. Her films draw on her background as a fiction writer and her work in TV commercials and institutional videos.  For more information visit:

Sergio Carvajal is a Venezuelan-American artist, filmmaker, performer and songwriter. He has written and directed an array of narrative, documentary, and experimental shorts which have been featured in festivals such as Tribeca, SXSW, Traverse City, among many others.  For more information visit:

Mario Troncoso is a filmmaker and a public television producer. He was born in Madrid, Spain and is now based in Austin, TX where he works for PBS. He began his film career as a writer before moving to Houston, TX in early 2000. There he soon joined a number of local artists and begun producing videos. With extensive agency and production company experience, Mario has worked on productions across many formats over a period of 9 years ranging from advertising to documentaries and fiction. He has written and directed To My Baby (2005), El Sentido de las Lagrimas (2007), Naïve (2010), Clowns Never Lie (2011), and Ebrima (2012). Mario studied Film Production and Latino Media Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.  For more information visit:

Gabriela Yepes started as a television producer for the Peruvian National Broadcast Service (the Peruvian equivalent of American PBS). In 2004, she received a Fulbright Fellowship and moved to the United States to attend graduate film school. Her short films have screened in film festivals in Europe, Asia and the Americas.  “Gaby” has worked also as assistant director and production manager in films in America and Eastern Europe. She holds a B.A. from the Communications School at the University of Lima, Peru, and an MFA in Film and Video Production from the University of Texas at Austin, USA.  For more information visit: