Winning filmmakers at the 2013 San Antonio’s CineFestival will be honored at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 2 at the Premio Mesquite Awards, hosted by “Fame” actor/director Jesse Borrego. Tickets are $12 a person and are on sale now.
And the winners are:
PREMIO MESQUITE AWARDS
Best Narrative Feature: "The Girl"
David Riker, director
(2012, 90 min) Emotionally distraught from losing custody of her son Georgie and running out of options to earn a living to win him back, single mother Ashley (Abbie Cornish) becomes desperate when she loses her job at a local Austin megastore. So when the risky opportunity arises to become a coyote—smuggling illegal immigrants over the Texas border—she takes it. The harrowing experience results in unforeseen rewards and consequences, as Ashley forges an intense bond with a young Mexican girl who forces her to confront her past, accept the mistakes she's made, and look to the future.
Best Documentary: "Tales of Masked Men"
Carlos Avila, director
(2012, 60 min) Thought you knew everything about Lucha Libre? Think again. This dynamic and informative history of Mexican Wrestling goes beyond the kitsch and reveals the countless and meaningful ways in which the sport represents the essence of Mexican culture. Through interviews with wresters, fans, journalists, and hard-core aficionados, as well as amazing footage of colorful fights from Mexico City to Los Angeles, Tales of Masked Men constantly delights as it informs and entertains. From the award-winning director of the acclaimed PBS series “Foto-Novelas.”
Honorable Mention Documentary: "Vincent Valdez: Excerpts for John"
Mark and Angela Walley, directors
(2012, 10 min) Two years in the making, this beautifully shot and perfectly paced short documentary captures the creative process of painter Vincent Valdez, as the artist works on a series of pieces dedicated to a childhood friend, recently lost to war.
Best Short Film: "Have You Seen Marie?"
Ray Santisteban, director
(2012, 6 min) In this moving short documentary, author Sandra Cisneros gives a preview of her upcoming book, “Have You Seen Marie?” And while on the surface the acclaimed writer tells a simple story of a lost cat, this tender and poignant video portrait explores with a delicate touch issues of loss, nostalgia, friendships, and a place to call home.
Honorable Mention Short Film: "El Cocodrilo"
Steve Acevedo, director
(2012, 15 min) A Mexican journalist and a cartel assassin collide in a diner, with tragic consequences for both. Starring Jacob Vargas.
Special Jury Award: "Stable Life"
Sarah MacPherson, director
(2012, 60 min) Stable Life explores the hidden world of racetrack workers, a group comprised largely of undocumented migrants who live and work in the stable areas of tracks around the country. The story follows a family of Mexican horse trainers as they face the prospect of a crackdown on immigrants and the impending closure of the racetrack.