'B.O.O.S.T' filmmakers want to use Crossroads as movie location
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A Los Angeles film company has its cameras focused on the Crossroads.
Two Crossroads residents and Lone Stars Entertainment are scouting the area for locations, resources and investors to begin filming their next project. Victoria native Cosme Espinoza III and Jeremiah Ocanas, of El Campo, are in the pre-production stages of "B.O.O.S.T.," which is set to begin filming in June.
The movie is based on a script written by Ocanas that has been transformed into a screenplay by Gabriel Lopez de Dennis.
Ocanas pulled from his personal experiences to tell the story of a South Texas family and its struggle to make things work.
"I saw a cycle that was being passed down and was passed down to me," Ocanas, 33, said about the story.
He remembers having an uncle who was arrested in Victoria for stealing construction equipment. The film will tell that story and the story of many other Hispanic families.
Ocanas grew up in a family in which the kids at a young age started having children. He became a 17-year-old father and had a son who also became a dad at age 16.
"It's really important to bring the story to not only our community and Hispanic men but to all people out there who are dealing with internal struggles that want help and don't know how to ask for it," Ocanas said.
He filmed "Homebound" in El Campo in 2011 and said this opportunity to bring another film to the area will help the Crossroads branch out for more films.
"Who knows where we can go from there?" he said. "I believe there is space in the film world for films that are Texan related."
The script attracted producer Lopez de Dennis because of all the themes in the story. The movie depicts a very strong family relationship between men and their children and that is something she feels is important for other people to know.
"With this piece, my hope is that we touch people's lives," Ocanas said. "At the end of the day, it's a love story; it's a father-son story."
Espinoza and Ocanas have been meeting with businesses in the area that are looking to invest money or resources to bring "B.O.O.S.T." to the silver screen. The two met at a Latino film festival in Hollywood, where they started a conversation about bringing another film to the Crossroads.
"It has a genuine South Texas feel to it," Espinoza, 30, said. "Not just a Latino story but one that has a positive message."
Espinoza was born and raised in Victoria until his family moved to Austin. He currently works at The Nielson Co. in Los Angeles but has been acting and producing short and independent films.
It was a perfect collaboration to work together because Victoria is a big part of South Texas, he said, and is continuing to grow.
For the businesses interested in working with Lone Stars Entertainment, Espinoza said there is more than just an opportunity to be in a movie.
"They'll have a chance to show that they stand by their community," he said.
While the film is still in pre-production stages, Lopez de Dennis said the company is dependent on the community where it films. They are looking for places to shoot the movie, businesses to invest in the film, construction equipment to use in the film as well as other materials used during the production stages.
"We've got a lot of people who are willing to help us to get what we need, to get it made on a low budget," she said.