Fundraisers aim to send El Paso film crew to Cannes

Friday, May 3, 2013 - 4:17pm


"The Cannes Film Festival is known as the most prestigious film festival in the world."

They're the words of Julian Quimbao, a local filmmaker who received a text message that would change his life.

"Out of nowhere, I got a text from my director saying, hey, Cannes just changed their mind and said we were accepted," he said.

Julian, along with partners Aaron Madrid and Carlos Corral is part of a five-member crew that produced "Stop the Pounding Heart" directed by Robert Minervini with cinematography assistance from Diego Romero.

It's a 98-minute docu-drama that made it into the list of some of the most notable films in the world. The crew is limited in what they can say about the film due to festival rules, but they did say it's a story based of out Texas. 

"It's gonna be a little but about loss and love, a little bit of politics," Quimbao said. "There's no actors, no one who's forced into a situation forced to act upon something, these are all real people."

For these filmmakers the excitement of their docu-drama being internationally recognized is a hypnotizing fairytale in itself.

"Thinking about it right now, somehow we're involved in the biggest way possible," said sound mixer Aaron Madrid. "It's kind of amazing.. it's actually...very amazing."

While the big news is still soaking in for these locals, they have one main priority:

"I'm honored to represent El Paso," Quimbao said. "The idea is really just to get out there and represent El Paso."

Now, they are asking El Paso for help.

"Five people made a film with pennies," Quimbao said."and now we're competing against the biggest movies in the world."

But they'll need more than pennies to get to France in time for the May festival.
The community is invited to celebrate their triumphs in a series of fundraisers kicking off May 3 at La Parada, a monthly social gathering celebrating music and Art.

A second show will proceed May 4 at the Pizza Joint and a third is set for May 9 at the Lowbrow Palace. Members of their art collective, "Maintain"  will be selling art work, music and Maintain merchandise.

Fundraiser information is available on the attached flier, or visit  for more info. 

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