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Victoria filmmakers wins awards at 72-hour film competition

By Camille Doty
Aug. 14, 2012 at 3:14 a.m.
Updated Aug. 15, 2012 at 3:15 a.m.

Director David Soliz describes his short film "Avenue D," which he made  in 72 hours, as a "family dramedy."

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David Soliz passed the 72-hour film challenge with award-winning colors Sunday from the jurors and the audience.

The 40-year-old Victoria native received the Cultural Vision award and Best Story award at the South Texas Underground Film competition awards ceremony.

Soliz turned the weekendlong production into a timeless masterpiece by keeping true to his Mexican roots.

The 24 independent filmmakers had from Aug. 2-5 to make their films. Then the jurors judged them. The awards ceremony was Sunday in Corpus Christi.

He started working on the concept with his wife, Beth Vianes-Soliz, on their way back to Victoria from Corpus Christi where the competition was headquartered.

The couple's earnest effort was a valuable investment.

"The story captured them and wouldn't let them go," he said the jurors commented.

Soliz's film, "Avenue D," focuses on three young women from Silver City involved with the Chola lifestyle.

Although they are not a part of a gang, they are in the school of hard knocks. Smily, Flaca and Guera, played by Stephanie Arceo, Elisha Licerio and Emily Peña, battle their own vices.

Anthony Pedone, one of the celebrity jurors, said Soliz made Victoria proud with such a genuine film. "It was such an honest story. You can't fake that," he said.

The Austin FilmWorks alum entered the only Victoria-based film, but he received nothing but film love from his Corpus Christi competitors.

Soliz said he plans to collaborate with other independent filmmakers on future projects.

Soliz has premiered previous projects at festivals in Austin, New York, Boston and Germany.

He plans to make the film feature-length because it's so valuable to him.

"This will go on to other film festivals. I have no doubt," he said.

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