Film premieres in the Rio Grande Valley are relatively rare events. On March 22, the Carmike in Edinburg will host the first official showings of a new motion picture, produced locally, at special 5 and 7 p.m. showings.

Titled The Red Queen, this action-adventure script is the product of a special summer project by University Theatre Productions of The University of Texas Pan American. The story concerns a young woman who goes in search of her Central American forbears and runs into mystery, intrigue and “the Red Queen.”

In addition to several professional actors, the cast and crew consist of UTPA theatre-television-film students, faculty and local residents. The story is set in a variety of countries but was all filmed locally in Valley locations.

Carmike is sponsoring the initial showing as a fund raiser for two groups, The Children’s Miracle Network and to the UTPA theatre-television-film program of the Communication Department.

Tickets are available through the University Theatre Box Office by calling 956-381-3581 for $8 for UTPA students, faculty and staff, $10 for everyone else. They will also be available the day of the opening at Carmike.

Dr. Jack R. Stanley, one of the executive producers of the film said,” It isn’t often that we get to see locally the very first showing of a new film. This should be a fun, interesting and exciting event, a touch of Hollywood in the Valley.”

UTPA faculty member David Carren, an experienced Hollywood film and television writer, penned the script, based on an idea by Dr. Stanley. “It was exciting to work on so many aspects of the film, from script development to directing to editing.”

While several of the professional actors will be on site for the showing, former local resident and UTPA graduate, Valente Rodriguez will not be available. “While we are sorry he can’t get away, we are delighted that he is currently involved in filming two major motion pictures,” Carren explained.

“But The Red Queen is a chance to see him in a very different role than the character we know from the The George Lopez Show,” Carren stated. “This guy is a college professor with a murky past. You will see a whole new side of him.”

For additional information, call 381-3581 during regular university hours.