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The El Paso Film Festival has grown into one of the largest showcases of independently made narrative and documentary films in the southwest.
David Blue Garcia is an Emmy award-winning Director / Cinematographer based in Austin, Texas and makes a living directing and shooting television commercials, product videos and feature films. David Produced and Directed his first feature film, "Tejano", which had its world premiere at the Dallas International Film Festival. 2018.
Mark Dennis is an American director, editor, producer and composer. His debut feature, Strings, won him Best Director awards at the Tulsa International Film Festival and Long Island International Film Expo (shared with collaborator Ben Foster) and was an Official Selection at the Hollywood Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, Gotham Film Festival, and Ventura Film Festival. Strings also won Audience Awards at the Breckenridge Film Festival, White Sands International Film Festival, and Silver City Film Festival.
Benjamin Jacob Fernandez Foster is a first generation Cuban-American film director and activist who helmed the award-winning independent films Time Trap (2017) and Strings (I) (2011) and produced the social awareness documentary Lunch Hour. Foster's great-uncle was iconic Cuban filmmaker, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, known for Strawberry and Chocolate (1993), Guantanamera (1995), Stories of the Revolution (1960), Hasta cierto punto (1983).
Paul Kramer is a Writer, Director, and Cinematographer based in Sacramento, California. He graduated from San Francisco State University where he majored in Film Production. Paul debuts his first feature film, "You Can’t Say No", which won the Best Director award at the 2018 El Paso Film Festival.
Matthew Ogens is an American film director, creative director, photographer and artist. He directed and produced the feature documentary Confessions of a Superhero, which premiered at SXSW. Ogens also earned three Emmy Award nominations for work he directed for two original series on ESPN (The Life and Timeless).
Just days from signing divorce papers, Hank and Alexandra give their relationship one final shot by playing a game with only one rule: no matter what they ask each other to do, they can't say no.
Desperate for inspiration, Hank takes off on a road trip to visit his eccentric father, Buck (Peter Fonda), in the wine country of Sonoma, California. Finally feeling a sense of freedom on the road, Hank meets Allison (Ingrid Vollset), whose wanderlust represents what Hank thinks has been missing from his life.
This is a story about the search for the American dream on the extreme edge of the nation. For the kids of El Paso’s Bowie high, it’s a dream inspired by family, fueled by sports, and deeply complicated by the US/Mexican border – the fault-line between two worlds.