Professor works with Hispanic talent for horror film

October 22, 2019


EPCC Communication in-structor, Ramon Villa, assisted in Omar Rodriguez Lopez’s independent Horror film, Amalia, putting El Paso on the map. 


Media production instructor, Ramon Villa, at EPCC is one of many creative Hispanic voices behind Omar Rodriguez Lopez’s 2018 film. Amalia, will be featured at the El Paso Film Festival on October 26, 2019.



PHOTO COURTESY El Paso filmmakers

L/R) Mekaelia Davis, Director of Inclusive Economies at Surdna Foundation, Ramon Villa, producer/editor of Disrupted Borders,Alejandra Aragon, Co-director of Disrupted Borders, Cathy Chen, Co-director of Disrupted Borders, Carmen Vicencio, American Documentary, Jason Carranza, Field Producer of Disrupted Borders.



This is not the first time that Villa has collaborated with Lopez on a project. Lopez is the writer, director and producer of the romance and horror, thriller, Amalia. 


This unique feature promotes strong, prominent Hispanic talent behind and in front of the camera. 


Lopez pays tribute to his childhood home, by making the city of El Paso his principle filming location.


Villa was part of the production team that helped bring Lopez’s film, Amalia, to life. 


His passion for film started during his high school years, in which he would write short stories and then film them. 


Villa’s first experience working on a major Hollywood film was at the tender age of 18. He worked as the locations production assistant for the 1969 action thriller, Last Man Standing. 


The positive experience of working on a Hollywood film helped set a strong foundation for Villa’s career in the film industry. 


Villa’s taste in film evolved over time and he turned his focus towards independent films.


“Well, years later…I started making and working with an independent film making crew and you know we’ve gone to different festival around the world and our films are personal films and they have a lot of investments from us.


 Whether it’s our poetry in terms of what we are trying to make or just our heart and soul that we are trying to invest,” said Villa. 


“The difference is…the money that most Hollywood films but in terms of independence freedom to tell the stories they want and I really enjoy that, I really enjoy having the freedom to express what one wants to express.”


Lopez and Villa’s passion, dedication and hard work for the craft of film making is equally matched. 
His early career started off in the music industry, Lopez is a renowned rock musician and highly praised guitarist in the rock world.


His success came with the founding of the popular El Paso band, The Mars Volta, and Lopez would then go on to peruse several other music endeavors after the band’s break up in 2012. 


Lopez brings the same level of camaraderie into his films. 


“I’m a fan of independent films some of the things that I love, like I said are unconventional. 


I love stories that people will see them and they don’t know where they fit because they’ve never seen anything like it…and they don’t know how to use their bias.” Said Villa. 


Villa describes film making as a process with both challenges to overcome and great immense satisfaction after the process is done. 


Villa responded in Regards to Amalia. “Omar Rodriquez Lopez is a musician extraordinary. 


He is a very talented artist and I’ve worked with him since we were young on different projects.


So when he wanted to make Amalia here in El Paso…I was really excited to do this movie because this is the first time we were going to tackle like a horror type film,” added Villa 


“It’s always a struggle to make a movie…but when you have a group of people working together to solve a problems that’s when you start to see the magic behind film making.

Once you see the movie put together again it’s a privilege like I say, it’s a blessing,”  Villa finished.


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