POSTED: Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 11:38am
UPDATED: Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 7:08pm
EL PASO- The Plaza Classic Film Festival in downtown El Paso is coming to a close this weekend, but not before showing a local independent film, Border Lords II.
We spoke with the two key people who made the movie possible and what it means to them to be a part of the festival. Border Lords II, a crime drama, continues where Border Lords left off.
"Border Lords I, we started in 2002. Border Lords II, we started in 2008 and Mark Love and I, we put in endless hours in producing, planning this movie," said Border Lords II director Billy Townes.
Townes says the film is about a family struggling for power within illegal trade in the U.S./Mexico underground.
"It’s our own fictional story. We like to know it's not based on anything that's going on. It's our own fictional story and we had a lot of fun with it," said Townes.
Townes, talked to us about the film at the Pike Street Market in downtown El Paso, which, in the movie, was a mob hangout.
"Gino Cortez supposedly owns the Pike Street. This is the front for the Cortez family business and we shot about three or four scenes here," said Townes.
Although actors and crew members traveled from different parts of the country to take part in the movie, the majority are from the Sun City.
“I think that people when they watch this, and knowing that it's from El Paso and the producers and the majority of the actors are from El Paso, they're going to be very impressed with the type of caliber of talent that we have in this town,” said Border Lords II executive producer Mark Love.
Love says it's an honor to be a part of the Plaza Classic Film Festival. "When a festival such as this one comes along and says, 'We want to put your film in the festival', that kind of gives you a sense, they're recognizing the work we put into this," said Love.
As far as what the future holds for the fictional Cortez family... "Everybody keeps on asking me about the continuation on Border Lords. The only thing I do is, I do this (shows three fingers)," said Townes.
Border Lords II is showing at El Paso Museum of Art at the Art Energy Auditorium. It takes place this Sunday August 14th at 2:30 p.m. It's free.