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.
Cast & Crew
|Alfredo Resendez||Cast – Reyes|
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|
Extra – Male Bar Patron/LONELY DRUNK
|Eddie Arevalo||Extra – Male Bar Patron|
|Mark Silguero||Extra – Male Bar Patron|
|Felix Caballero||Extra – Male Bar Patron|
|Jonathan Swindle||Executive Producer|
|Cole Wilborn||Executive Producer|
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|
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.