Documentary Intensive
Over the course of 8 weeks, participants were educated, given guidance, and created beautiful moments to be viewed by the world. These are the stories that were told.
Our Participants (pictured left to right): Samuel Chapa, Alma Montano, Hugo Uribe, Glenda Vallejo, Jose Balderas, Amy Soyosa, Abigail Vela. Not Pictured: Marcos Martinez
The Botanical Gardens: An Urban Oasis
by: Glenda Vallejo, Amy Soyosa, Jose Balderas
This film focuses on the beauty of an urban oasis and the role it plays in the community. We interviewed two former Mcallen Nature Center employees as they discussed their experiences with working in the park.

Glenda Vallejo is an amateur filmmaker based in South Texas. Glenda has been attending film workshops with Entre as well as volunteering. She has also worked at the Mcallen Nature Center as a Supervisor. Glenda finds inspiration in the preservation of natural habitats.Amy Soyosa was born in the Philippines and currently lives in McAllen, TX. She has been a registered nurse for 4 years and is a life-long avid film-enthusiast. Her favorite movies include Amelie, Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, The Royal Tenenbaums and Drive. Amy also enjoys playing musical instruments and cross-stitching.Jose Balderas is a realtor based in South Texas. He enjoys watching comedy specials and listening to podcasts.
A Hopeful Answer
by: Abigail Vela
A Hopeful Answer is a small homage to nature, sustainability, and attempting to find peace of mind. It is a filmmaker's journey of rediscovering what sustainability means with the help and perspective of their community in McAllen, Texas.

Abigail Vela is a writer, poet, artist, and environmentalist. She was born in McAllen, grew up in Palmview/Mission, and graduated from UT Austin with degrees in Theatre & Dance and International Relations & Global Studies. Abigail is a first-time filmmaker: A Hopeful Answer is the first documentary she created and is proud to share with you today.
by: Samuel Chapa & Marcos Martínez
Este proyecto nace de amor, amor hacia nuestra región, amor a nuestra gente, amor a nuestra comida, y amor a nuestros recuerdos. acompáñanos a recordar estoy mordiscos…

This project is born of love, love for our region, love for our people, love for our food, and love for our memories. Join us while we remember these bites...

Sam is a photographer and documentary filmmaker, who’s recent work, a collection of analog photography, chronicles moments throughout the RGV. In service to the RGV, he provides film development services and co-operates @saborneplanta (plant-based food). His photography can be found online at @borderlore_
Nada Nuevo
by: Alma Montano, Hugo Uribe
A documentary about second hand clothing/vintage clothing and the general process that local vendors go through to provide unique pieces for us to style.

Alma is an artist and filmmaker born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley. They are a creative who enjoys the simple act of creating not limited to film- graphic/web design, collaging, crochet and writing the common thread is creating. They have previously worked on short films that have screened at STXIFF. They are currently working on their first directorial debut in the form of a short film, while pursuing other personal projects.

My name is Hugo Uribe, born and raised in mcallen Tx. I’m a filmmaker and film photographer thats looks to blurring the lines between commercial and documentary filmmaking.