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San Antonio Film Commission Announces Winner of San Antonio Local Filmmakers Grant

Posted 3 years 131 days ago ago by Javier Flores (WHO)

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Javier Flores, Department for Culture & Creative Development
210-207-6960, javier.flores@sanantonio.gov

San Antonio Film Commission Announces Winner of San Antonio Local Filmmakers Grant

SAN ANTONIO (May 9, 2016) – The San Antonio Film Commission, a division of the City of San Antonio Department for Culture & Creative Development, announces local filmmaker Fidel Ruiz-Healy is the recipient of the San Antonio Local Filmmakers Grant. The matching grant, in the amount of $25,000, will assist Ruiz-Healy with the production of his feature-length motion picture, “Rio Grande City,” which is currently in production and scheduled for completion in 2017.

The San Antonio Local Filmmakers Grant, launched in 2012 by the City of San Antonio, is a competitive grant awarded through an application process. The program supports local filmmakers who have at least $25,000 in funding commitments in place and have a feature-length motion picture in the pre-production stage at the time of the application submission. The grant is intended to help support and stimulate the growth of the local filmmaking community and the production of commercial motion pictures in San Antonio. The program awarded two grants previously to Kevin and Robin Nations for the film “My Dog the Champion,” and Buddy Calvo for his film, “Stage V.”

“The City congratulates District 7 resident Fidel Ruiz-Healy on being selected as the recipient of the Local Filmmakers Grant,” said District 7 City Councilman Cris Medina. “We are proud to continue supporting local filmmakers with resources that encourage the production of films in San Antonio and highlight the neighborhoods, culture and history of our city.” 

“Rio Grande City,” is set in Rio Grande City and Ciudad Rio Bravo – twin towns on opposite sides of the Texas-Mexico border. The fragile peace of both towns is shattered when two miscreants from Rio Grande City are enlisted by a corrupt Texas sheriff to pull off an assassination attempt on a cartel leader. A stylized, absurdist satire about the conflict on the border, “Rio Grande City” is a black-comedy wrapped in a crime caper that highlights the ubiquity of corruption on both sides of the line.

The film’s writer/director, Ruiz-Healy, grew up in San Antonio and relocated to New York City where he studied at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Upon graduating, he founded The American Standard Film Co., an independent production company specializing in developing feature films, music videos, and commercials. He and his partners, Tyler Walker and Jordan Michael Blake, have had their work screened at festivals around the world. Ruiz-Healy’s last film, “A Band of Thieves,” screened at several prestigious festivals, and earned him “Best San Antonio Filmmaker” at the San Antonio Film Festival and “Best Film Shot in Texas” at the Alamo City Film Festival. His first feature film, “The Homefront,” which was produced in San Antonio, is currently entering the festival circuit.

“I’m honored and excited to receive the San Antonio Local Filmmakers Grant, and to be able to shoot another production in the city I love,” said Ruiz-Healy. “It is resources like this that are vital to bringing together a vibrant and growing film community and create work that will help showcase San Antonio as a desirable location for filmmaking.”

The San Antonio Film Commission, a division of the City of San Antonio Department for Culture & Creative Development, has emerged as a go-to resource for filmmakers. As a full-service agency that promotes the art and craft of moviemaking in San Antonio, the film commission provides an array of services available to filmmakers including: location scouting, liaison services, permitting, crew and casting calls, and more. 

For more information about the San Antonio Film Commission, visit GetCreativeSanAntonio.com/FilmCommission. 

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