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El Poeta

Synopsis

The story is based on events that took place in South Texas; when, local resident, Reyes Rivera was in his late twenties. He described a man, known locally as the barrio poet, who would hang out at a local bar and while drinking, he would randomly begin to recite poetry or quotes from literature. Reyes was well versed in the man’s performance and began to strike a conversation about theories and stories men their age, normally, weren’t considered knowledgeable in. Mr. Rivera, who was unable to continue his education past elementary because he took on a more responsible role in his family, pursued readings for intellect, enlightenment, and escape.

Inspired by true events, set during the 1960s, “The Poet” tells the story of two Mexican-American men that meet at a small bar and learn they are both fans of poetry and literature.

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Behind the Scenes Gallery

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Cast & Crew

Alfredo Resendez Cast – Reyes
Jamie Garcia
Extra – Flirtatious Woman/Margarita
John Meza Cast – Zaragoza
Joshua/Daniel Castaneda Extra – Montoya Brother #1
Leo Longoria Extra – Montoya Brother #2
Christopher Salinas Extra – Montoya Brother #3
Jesse Escobedo Extra – Bartender/Bar 1
Juan M. Perez Extra – Bartender/Bar 2
Alicia Gallegos Extra – Female Bar Patron
Olivia Ramos Extra – Female Bar Patron
Jane Dare Haas Extra – Female Bar Patron
Lisa Silguero Extra – Female Bar Patron
Malia Perez Extra – Female Bar Patron
Santiago Villalobos Extra – Drunken Guitarist
Patrick Chavera Extra – Male Bar Patron
Ryan Santos
Extra – Male Bar Patron/LONELY DRUNK
Eddie Arevalo Extra – Male Bar Patron
Mark Silguero Extra – Male Bar Patron
Felix Caballero Extra – Male Bar Patron
Taylor Carmona Producer/Director/Writer/Editor
Jonathan Swindle Executive Producer
Cole Wilborn Executive Producer
JENNIFER BRACY
Crew – Production Manager/Producer
CARLOS ISRAEL VILLAREAL Crew – DP/Producer
RYAN EWART Crew – Assitant Director
JAIME GARCIA Crew – Script Supervisor
CARLOS FLORES Crew – Audio
Danielle Garza Crew – Hair/ Makeup
Mariah Massengil Crew – Hair/ Makeup
Julietta Corpus Script Translator
Taylor Magallanez PA
Ellenor Sprague PA
Carlos Hinojosa PA
James Rubin
Lighting/PA/ Camera Op/Composer
Carlos Gonzales Camera Op

A Note from the Director

The Mexican-American (or any hyphenated identifier) experience is, for many, one that is riddled with confusion from both sides of their identity. The Mexican/Mestizo heritage, and language, was discarded and silenced within their own communities; while their hyphenated relation to being American wasn’t enough to have the country, they called home, respect them or their rights.

While Mexican art, literature, and cultural influences are prevalent around the world, those influences rarely stemmed into the lives of their kin across the border. The script is written entirely in Spanish and aims to capture a perspective of Mexican-American culture that is not commonly portrayed through most depictions of Mexican-Americans in cinema.

As an independent filmmaker, and graduate of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, I have an affinity for the unique perspectives of my local community. I aim to capture the history and influences of my heritage by way of visual storytelling and communication in a digital era.

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