Dandelions is a short musical film whose cast is made up of six student actors from a week-long summer Youth Acting Activity Camp and four other members of the community. The film is based on a script by Pedro Garcia, artistic Director of Teatro Nuestra Cultura.

According to Garcia, the film’s director and camp instructor, “Dandelions was an experiment in musical filmmaking.” Garcia adds that Dandelions “is a story of a man on the verge of abandoning his kids, pitted by mystic reaction.” The short film was shot last summer in McAllen.

Loren Haskins, a 14-year-old student of Garcia’s, spoke about his character in Dandelions.

“He came with a bad childhood — a hard start to life. Someone with a bad past and can’t really get over it.”

The objective of intensive acting training classes is for students to learn acting for film and/or theatre by learning how to build their characters, as well as auditioning skills to get those roles.

“You learn to internalize the words to say them correctly …You have to keep it steady and smooth,” Rubette Flores, a 12-year-old acting student of Garcia’s, stated in a telephone interview when asked what she considers to be one of the most important keys she’s learned during the acting training.

In all, the production process for Dandelions by Kreazione Kolective and Garcia took approximately three months to complete. Post-production followed with film editing, special effects and addition of musical scores. Principal photography was done by Kreazione Kolective and Erasmo Cervantes whose HD cameras captured the local scene in the McAllen neighborhood. Eddie De la Garza created the original music for the film and shares lyric credits with Garcia. Recently Dandelions won the best music film award at The W.I.L.D. short film festival hosted by STC.

Currently, Garcia is working on his first feature-length screenplay with three other writers including: David Sandoval, Omar Villagomez and Alejandro Garza, tentatively titled The Last Thanksgiving, scheduled to be released in 2009 or 2010.

Also, Garcia invites everyone to the McAllen Creative Incubator on Thursday, January 15 at 7pm where he will showcase four of his earlier film shorts, including Dandelions (8 min. in length). Other films are Top of the Playground (12 min.), America’s Children (8 min), and God’s Garden (8 min.). (8 min.) The screenings will be free of charge, and the cast and crew of Dandelions will be present to receive a copy of their movie and to meet the audience. And persons interested in co-producing Garcia’s first feature film are encouraged to attend and inquire.

For updates and more information on Teatro Nuestra Cultura, the youth and adult acting workshops, or the week-long intensive acting training camps, contact Garcia at (956) 655-9308, or by email at teatronuestra@hotmail.com.