The Femme Frontera filmmaker showcase is coming to Café Mayapan on Saturday, March 25. The fundraiser includes a screening of six films made by regional female directors involving topics like living on the border, immigration and family.
Filmmaker Angie Tures founded Femme Frontera last year, screening the films at El Paso’s Alamo Drafthouse in August and at the Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles earlier this year. She directed “Memory Box,” one of the movies that will screen at Saturday’s fundraiser.
“At first, I made the showcase so I can premiere my short film, but I felt that it would be more fun if I got my friends involved,” Tures said. “Luckily, they all had finished films they wanted to show and they all had similar themes.”
Tures said she also saw the showcase as an opportunity to show “the world what life on the border really is like.”
Personal circumstances impacted her film “Memory Box.”
“At first, it started as a full-length script, but I felt that it wasn’t getting anywhere and decided to rework it to make it into a short film instead,” Tures said. “While I was working on that though, an uncle who I was very close to suddenly passed away. When Dia de los Muertos came around, me and my family went to visit my uncle’s grave. We were talking about what he would be doing if he was still with us. ‘Memory Box’ really helped me cope with his death even when I was still grieving.”
Proceeds from Saturday’s showcase, which cost $12 in advance and $15 at the door, go towards travel expenses to take the show on the road. Tures said she hopes to expand the showcase and take film submissions statewide and eventually nationwide. She also wants the showcase to eventually grow into a film festival that includes workshops to help aspiring filmmakers.
A recent press release from nonrofit La Mujer Obrera outlined the films that will screen Saturday:
“Child of the Desert”
A film by El Paso native Iliana Sosa, “Child of the Desert” tells the story of Elia, a carefree yet troubled military mother who forms an unlikely connection with an undocumented immigrant in the heart of West Texas. The film won multiple awards at the 2012 USA Film Festival.
Born in Juarez and raised in El Paso, filmmaker Laura Bustillos Jáquez’s “Undocumented Freedom” documents Beto, a 26 year-old man who was brought to the U.S. illegally as a child as his family fled human trafficking. She is currently working closely with attorneys, community leaders and artists in New York City on an eponymous full-length version of “Undocumented Freedom” to cover multiple stories.
In the film “La Catrina,” a farm worker grieving her husband’s death becomes La Catrina, the Dia De Los Muertos figure of death, and journeys towards him through the landscape of the harvest. This film was created by Ilana Lapid, a film professor at NMSU, and was selected for the 2016 Women In Film and Television International Showcase.
A film by filmmaker and ACLU editor Jazmin Harvey, “Overland” is a story about exploitation, perseverance and burning away the stereotypes that surround undocumented women.
“The Appleseed Project”
A documentary directed by Yennifer Lucero, “The Appleseed Project” captures stories of women creating music in our binational community. Her approach lets musicians and their songs speak the loudest.
A film by Angie Reza Tures, “Memory Box” tells a story about Julieta, age 19 and recently deceased, as she experiences the afterlife for the first time at a Day of the Dead celebration. This film was recently selected to be part of the 2016 EQUUS Film Festival in NYC.