"The Red Queen," a feature length film shot in the Rio Grande Valley, will premier in Edinburg's Carmike Cinema Sunday, March 22 at 5 and 7 p.m.
The project is the 17th feature film produced through the Department of Communication at The University of Texas-Pan American and the first to use Hollywood actors along with Valley locals.
The screening is the opening event for FESTIBA (Festival of International Books and Arts) 2009, which runs March 22-28 on the UTPA campus.
"The Red Queen" stars UTPA alumnus Valente Rodriquez ("The George Lopez Show"), Estephenia LeBaron ("The Alamo"), and Harley Jane Kozak ("Parenthood"). Kozak and LeBaron will attend a reception before the premier and be available for interviews and autographs.
The film was produced as part of the Pan American Summer Television program. "The Red Queen" was filmed in San Juan, South Padre Island, McAllen, Roma, and Edinburg, including the Arts District Business Center and the Port Isabel pier. Most of the cast and crew consisted of UTPA students.
"The Red Queen" is an action-filled thriller that focuses on a young woman's search for the true identity of her deceased mother. Associate Professor David B. Carren directed from his screenplay, which was based on a story conceived by Jack R. Stanley, UTPA professor of communication. Carren's credits as a writer/producer include "Star Trek, the Next Generation," "Walker, Texas Ranger," and "Diagnosis Murder."
Emmy-winning editor and UTPA alumnus Stephen Escobar edited the film, which is a Jesco Entertainment Presentation of a co-production between the University's Theatre Department and Green Queen Productions. Marian Monta, Carren and Stanley are the executive producers.
Tickets are available at both the Carmike and the University Theatre Box Office. Price is $8 for students and faculty, $10 otherwise.