Brownsville, Texas

Brownsville is located at the southernmost tip of Texas, on the northern bank of the Rio Grande, directly north and across the border from Matamoros, TamaulipasMexico.  During the late 1970s through the early 1990s, Brownsville was a major hub in the production of Mexican films.  As a result, the city established The Brownsville Border Film Commission for the sole purpose of supporting the film, television and commercial productions industries.  Spearheaded by Brownsville's Film Commissioner Peter Goodman, the city has been championed by Hollywood legends Mel Gibson and Robert Duvall as an ideal place to shoot films.  


Lobo Films has worked closely with the commission in providing production services in all areas of development, pre-production, production and post. 

Brownsville's Film Living Legends 

Kris Kristofferson is an American Legend born and raised in Brownsville, Texas.  He is  known for his gravelly voice and rugged good looks and a string of country music hits, notably “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” “For the Good Times,” and “Once More with Feeling.”  He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004.  He won numerous awards, among them the Songwriters Hall of Fame Johnny Mercer Award (2006) and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2014).   Kristofferson also gained a reputation as a movie actor landing his first small role as a singer in The Last Movie (1971), directed by Dennis Hopper. His first notable performance was in Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973), in which he played the notorious outlaw Billy the Kid opposite James Coburn.  He played the romantic lead in Martin Scorsese’s Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974), opposite Ellen Burstyn; The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea (1976), opposite Sarah Miles; and A Star Is Born (1976), opposite Barbra Streisand. The latter was a breakthrough film for Kristofferson, earning him a Golden Globe for his performance as an aging alcoholic musician. 


He was nominated for an Oscar in 1984 for Best Music / Original Music Score for the movie "Songwriter" starring himself and Willie Nelson.



Kris Kristofferson

Kris Kristofferson wearing the greatest T-shirt ever made.



"You can leave Brownsville...but you can never get Matamoros outta your soul.

Julian Schnabel

Julian Schnabel was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1951.  He moved with his family to Brownsville, Texas in 1965 where he spent most of his formative years and where he took up surfing and resolved to be an artist.  In the 1980s, Schnabel received international media attention for his "plate paintings"—large-scale paintings set on broken ceramic plates.  He directed Before Night Falls, which became Javier Bardem's breakthrough Academy Award-nominated role, and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, which was nominated for four Academy Awards. He has won the award for best director at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, Golden Globe, as well as BAFTA, a César Award, two nominations for the Golden Lion and an Academy Award nomination.





The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Trailer

Movies filmed in Brownsville



Director: Emilio Aragon


Producers: Christopher Bates and Bill Wittliff

Cast: Robert Duvall, Jeremy Irvine, Luis Tosar, Angie Cepeda & Joaquin Cosio



Director:  Adrian Grunberg



Len Blavatnik

Vicki Christianson

Cast: Mel Gibson





Carmen Marron

Producers :

Sandra Avila​

Carmen Marron


Executive Producer:

Hector Salinas


Rico Rodriguez,

Ivonne Coll

Justin Machado


Director: Rene Rhi


Justin Feldman

Emanuel Negrila


Director: Beto Gomez



Jamie Camil

Omar Chaparro

Adal Ramones

Jose Yenque

Cecilia Suarez


Director:  Javier Chapa


Rafael Amaya

Adam Jacobo

Karyme Lozano

Watch Robert Duvall talk about Brownsville

Watch Peter Goodman talk about Mel Gibson's Film 

Johnnie Walker and Actor Wilmer Valderrama visit Brownsville for National Camapign

Actor Wilmer Valderrama in downtown Brownsville

Adrian Gonzalez, Bianca Marroquin, Wilmer Valderrama and Del Castillo

Many Thanks to Sergeant Albert de la Rosa and the Brownsville Police Department for their support.

Actors Adrian Gonzalez and Wilmer Valderrama

San Benito Bridge
Boca Chica Beach Road
Actor Wilmer Valderrama
Downtown Brownsville
South Padre Island
Charro Days
Downtown Alley
Border Fence
Courthouse Exterior
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LOBO FILMS does not represent any of these actors. You can get in touch with them by reaching their managers or agents on their IMDB profiles. 

Bianca Marroquin

Bianca Marroqufn is a Mexican musical theatre and television actress known as the first Mexican actress to have a starring role on Broadway and one of the youngest actresses to play Roxie Hart in a Broadway prod­uction of Chicago. Marroquin was born in Monterrey, Mexico and raised in the twin border cities of Matam­oros, Tamaulipas, Mexico and Brownsville, Texas, where she studied ballet, jazz, flamenco, and tap at Bellas Artes Academy. She became part of the Mexico City cast of Beauty and the Beast, so she decided to move to Mexico City and start her professional theatre career. She performed in Mexican productions of several Broadway musicals: Rent (1999-2001 ), The Phantom of the Opera, and Chicago, which landed her an invit­ation to perform as Roxie Hart, with George Hamilton as Billy Flynn, at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway. Afterward, she returned to Mexico City to close the Chicago season and join The Vagina Monologues Mexican cast. TV shows: Mira Quien Baila -Awards: Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production. 

Adrian Gonzalez

Adrian Gonzalez was born in Brownsville, Texas. He is a graduate of the prestigious Northwestern University School of Theatre. He is an actor, known for Your Family or Mine (2015), The Bridge (2013) and August (2011 ). 

J. Francisco Rodriguez


“Francisco” was raised in Brownsville Texas and began studying acting at The University of Texas at San Antonio. After moving to Los Angeles,  he began studying with masters like Lesly Kahn and Ivana Chubbuck. H e has, since then, starred/co-starred, in productions such as Newsroom, True Detective, New Girl, American Crime, 20th Century women, and Hometown Hero.  In addition, Francisco also wrote, produced and starred in the short film “Acting 101” for which he received a number of nominations and awards.

Emauraude Toubia

Emeraude Toubia is a Mexican-Lebanese actress who currently plays Isabelle Lightwood in the popular hit show Shadowhunters.  She was born in Vancouver, Canada and raised in Brownsville, Texas. 

Toubia started to professionally train in classical ballet, flamenco, lyrical, and belly dance. At only fifteen years old, Toubia's love for the stage led her to compete in a series of pageants.  She has since been named Miss South Texas, Miss Rio Grande Valley America and Miss Brownsville Teen.  In 2008,  she participated in Nuestra Belleza Latina placing first runner-up.   As a result of her success, she went on to star in multiple commercials for brands such as Maybelline, JC Penney, State Farm and Sony, among others.


In 2009, she joined the second season of Model Latina, finishing in fifth place.  She was then a semifinalist in Miss Texas USA 2010.  From 2011 to 2013, Toubia served as a presenter for several NBC Universo music and entertainment shows, including The Arena, 18 & Over, and mun2POP.  She co-hosted the mun2 red carpet special for the 2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards.  In 2013, Toubia made her acting debut as Elizabeth on the Nickelodeon Latin America youth telenovela 11-11: En mi cuadra nada cuadra, for which she was coached by Academy Award-nominated actress Adriana Barraza.

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Andrea Marquez

Born and raised in Brownville, Texas, Andrea Verónica has been involved in local dance and theatre since the age of two. She recently graduated from Columbia University with a double major in Theatre Directing and Political Science and is doing her Masters in Journalism at Harvard University. She was involved with various theatre projects in college, starring in Grieving for Fish, The Gift and The Owl Answers and directing The Serpent for her senior thesis. Now, living in Mexico City, Andrea will be in La Fabrica de Santa by Rodrigo Renovales, a Christmas musical that will be touring in all of Mexico and abroad. She is also currently writing and working with Entrelineas on a movie script.


Osvaldo de Leon

 (CEA). He took several courses at Casa Azul such as 'Hacer el humor' and 'Creación de Centro de Educación Artística He left his hometown to begin his acting studies in Mexico City at the [4][3].Matamoros, Tamaulipas, United States and grew up in Brownsville, TexasBorn in personaje con imaginación', just to name a few.  Professionally, he has participated in theater in plays such as, O´Neils 'Ah, Wilderness' (2007), 'Escenas de Amor Shakespeare' (2007), 'Our Town´ by Thorton Wilder' (2006), Shakespeares 'A Midnights Summers Dream' (2005) and 'Othelo' (2009) in which he played 'Casio' a role for which he won the award for Best APT Co-Actor and also ´The Tempest´(2011) beside actors like Ignacio Lopez Tarso. Months later he was for a short time in the staging of 'Sicario', directed by Felipe Fernandez del Paso. Currently working on Arthur Millers "Death of a Salesman" soon to come out in theatre this summer 2012.

In film he was cast in the movie 'La noche de las Flores' (2009), directed by Adrian Burns. In 2012 he will play Tobías in the film Hidden Moon, directed by José Bojorquez.

On television has taken several projects like the telenovelas Juro que te amo (2008) and Palabra de Mujer, among others. He also made a participation in the series Locas de Amor. In 2010, he played the role of Juan Vicente in the telenovela Niña de mi Corazón,[5] which was produced by Pedro Damián. He currently plays the role of Tomás Campos in the telenovela Una Familia con Suerte.[6]

Cidny Vela

Born and raised in Brownsville, Texas, Cindy Vela is an actress, model and alto saxophonist.


Vela attended the University of Texas in Brownsville and became lead saxophonist in both the top jazz and concert bands.  She participated at national and international concerts and competitions in the U.S. and Mexico and opened shows for legends Tito Puente, Celia Cruz and Jose Feliciano. 


It was in college that Cindy started modeling and appearing in local commercials, yet continued her schooling and received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education. She went on to become a middle school band director and helped her students win various awards, all while teaching them the importance of education and the arts.


Vela moved to Los Angeles to continue the work she had started in entertainment. As a print model, Cindy can be seen on covers and spreads for magazines and in international print ads for major companies, some of which include Bio Ionic, Wells Fargo, O.P.I. and Kellogg’s Special K boxes. In Los Angeles, Vela met esteemed fashion designer, Ximena Valero, and it started a great collaboration between the two. Cindy was quickly asked to become a fit model and a runway model for Valero’s fashion shows and was named the “Face of Ximena Valero Fashion.”


As an actress, Cindy has appeared on stage, television and film. Stage works include Father of the Bride, Let the Eagle Fly and The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit, the latter of which was written and produced by award winning author Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451).  Cindy worked on a pilot with directors Robert Ben Garant and Tomas Lennon of Reno 911 and she later played the title role of Desdemona in the award winning film 'Desdemona: A Love Story'.  Cindy created controversy with an internet video called ‘Exhibit B-5’ aka ‘Girl Dies’ directed by Project Greenlight winner Kyle Rankin which had millions searching for answers to her life and identity. To help answer questions, Vela had a sit down interview for MSNBC’s Caught on Camera and Israeli’s Channel 10 TV.


This year, Cindy, can be seen in the action drama film 'Camino' with Zoe Bell and Nacho Vigalondo directed by Josh Waller.

Will Hainley

Will Hainley was born in Brownsville, Tx and is a student at the Saint Joseph Academy.  Will has been acting since the age of 5.  His most recent role on stage has been with The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Bravo Opera Company's in Street Scene, An American Opera in the role of Willy. 


He has also been seen most recently at the prestigious Camille Playhouse in several roles:

Michael Banks in Mary Poppins

Charlie in Willy Wonka

Young Shrek in Shrek the Musical. 


In film, Will made his debut at SXSW in 2016  in the movie Dave.  He has also been in 2 other shorts, Hey Dad and Just Should Why.  Will also does voice over work and modeling.  His hobbies include basketball and reading about history, especially WWII. 

Brownsville International Film Festival

Lobo Films was involved in organizing the first Brownsville International Film Festival.


The Brownsville International Film Festival, or BIFF for short, is a collaborative project bringing filmmakers, artists, musicians, film buffs, and students together to promote film and arts in the

lower Rio Grande Valley (RGV). The festival is the brain child of an eclectic group of individuals motivated to bring attention to film, film history, music, and arts in Brownsville, Texas. 

The aim of BIFF is to promote the growth and exposure of independent film and arts in the lower RGV, while increasing awareness of the RGV’s history and culture. We aim to aid the revitalization of Brownsville to build a better tomorrow for all RGV residents and community members.

BIFF is a small, independent festival that will offer free submissions to filmmakers and free admission to the general public to increase access to the independent works showcased. We, the BIFF Co-Directors (a.k.a. ‘BIFF Bosses’), have partnered with local businesses and projects to bring attention to the revitalization of downtown Brownsville, which has a storied history with the film industry. Endgame (2015), Get the Gringo (2012), and A Night in Old Mexico (2013) are a small sample of the more well-known films shot in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.


Catheline Froehlich spent much of her childhood watching films in French, German, and English. She spent a semester at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst studying French Films, and currently makes short underwater films to promote coastal and marine research and education. Outside of her interest in film, Catheline coordinates artificial reef research at the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley, and promotes local interests downtown by running Nerd Nite Brownsville events monthly.

Catheline Froehlich

Al Alder is a graduate student at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley where he studies fish communities at artificial reefs. Al comes from a creative family of writers that helped culture his interest in film and the arts. His younger brother Nat is a filmmaker based out of Chicago and is one of Al's inspirations for co-organizing the event. In the future, the Alder brothers hope to co-write a movie in the near future that may be showcased at future BIFFs! 

AL Alder

Garret Autrey is a management professional with over ten (10) years of supervising experience, combined with a six (6) year history as a massage therapist who specializes in sports/injury massage techniques. He also has very advanced knowledge of excel, powerpoint, word, access and photoshop. He worked for Autrey Pharmacy from 2001-2013. Garret was part of the team who won 3rd place in the 7th annual UTRGV Business Plan Competition 2016.

Garret Autrey

Rene Rhi

Rene Rhi grew up in the sister cities of Matamoros, Tamaulipas and Brownsville, Texas. Rene is a filmmaker who became the youngest ever director of CineFestival San Antonio in 2007, the oldest Latin film festival in the US. Rene was awarded the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts Scholarship, founded the Latino Film Association at The University of Southern California, and worked for the London-based American Film Market and Celsius Entertainment.