The First Latino Theatre Initiatives Play

La Lente Maravillosa was the first play produced by the Latino Theatre Initiatives, led by Eric Wiley at the University of Texas Pan-American (now UTRGV). This was a spanish children’s play we put together and performed around the Rio Grande Valley.

When they attempted to take the play to Mexico to perform it at elementary schools, Eirc Wiley and his team met a lot of resistance, and received many warnings to not attempt such a feat, due to the high violence rate of the cartel in the Texas-Mexican border.

This sparked the initiative’s interest, and led to our award winning production called “Crawling with Monsters” which has been performed at Fringe Festivals across the nation. I was a part of the first tour of this play as well when it was performed at the New Orleans Fringe Festival

1 minute in – behind the pole-dancing pig

The Big Dream with Little Balls

During our Summer Internship at the University of Texas Pan-American (now UTRGV), actor Valente Rodriguez, a former alumni of the school, came to direct an original film entitled Big Dreams, Little Balls. The project was about a series of college students fantasizing about what they would do if they won the lottery, going through a series of dream sequences, ending with their favorite school janitor actually winning it.

Here’s a documentary the local media made covering the “behind the scenes” of this production

It was a great pleasure working with Valente and the rest of the team. It was my second time working on a feature-film – first time as a Cinematographer. Also, Valente was really into my crazy-long curly hair, and gave me a part in the movie as a spiritual guru. Would have been great if this project was able to go through Post-Production. Now it’s just gone… like tears in the rain.