Lobo Films is a Los Angeles-based company with ties to the city of Brownsville, Texas involved in the development, production, and distribution of motion pictures and television content.
Rene Rhi grew up in the sister cities of Matamoros, Tamaulipas and Brownsville, Texas. After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin with degrees in Journalism and Spanish in 2000, he joined the Cross Border Institute for Regional Development (CBIRD) where he was involved in economic policy and sustainable business development along the US-Mexico border. Rene returned to the University of Texas to pursue a Masters in Media Studies in 2006.
While at UT, his research focused on New Media and Communication Law and Policy, Digital Consumer Behavior and US Latinos and the Media. His 65-page thesis report entitled 'AN INTERACTIVE MODEL: CREATING AND EVALUATING FILM AND TELEVISION CONTENT FOR MINORITIES IN THE UNITED STATES', primary focus is the creation of a detailed framework for the sole purpose of evaluating films and television content to understand and evaluate the different types of ideologies and possible interactions between immigrants and the host society. In 2007, he was hired by the prestigious Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio as the youngest ever director of CineFestival; the oldest Latin film festival in the US.
Through partnerships he forged within the Texas film community, Rene was awarded the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts Scholarship and enrolled in the MFA film program at the University of Southern California. While at USC, he founded the Latino Film Association and concentrated in Motion Picture Production, Finance, Sales & Distribution. Rene was awarded Panavision's New Filmmaker Program and Kodak Student Film Awards in 2011 to shoot his 26-minute Super 16mm thesis film "Bordando La Frontera." The short film screened at more than 100 Film Festivals around the world, won 24 awards and was picked up for international distribution by Shorts HD (The Short Movie Channel).
Wanting to gain more experience on professional movie sets, Rene began working in independent films immediately after graduating from USC starting from the bottom of the ladder as a location production assistant. He worked his way up to Assistant Location Manager, Location Manager, Unit Production Manger, Line Producer, and Producer. He also worked for the American Film Market and Celsius Entertainment; a London-based content sales agency, where he was involved in the International distribution, acquisitions, and financing of independent films.
Languages: English, Spanish & Italian
Philip Hodges is a director based in Los Angeles. He attended Harvard University, where he was a member of the Lampoon and the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. He received his Masters from the USC School of Cinematic Arts in 2010. With a diverse body of work consisting of animation, live-action drama, documentaries, experimental shorts, music videos, and commercials, his films have screened at numerous festivals and art shows.
In 2015, Philip launched and directed Snapchat's first original series, which has garnered over 80 million views per episode. As part of the 2015 YouTube Music Awards he directed Shamir's "Call It Off", which was voted among the TOP 25 VIDEOS OF THE YEAR by The Huffington Post. He is in development with Disney and Nickelodeon on his first feature films.
He is represented by the William Morris Endeavor Agency. Phil will direct "Los Perros" in the summer of 2017 in the city of Brownsville, Texas.
Languages: English & German
Justin Feldman graduated from Emory University with a joint degree in History and Psychology in 2004. He moved to Los Angeles and began working in the production department on music videos and commercials for industry leaders like Partizan, MARS Media/HSI, RSA, and advertising firms like Saatchi, Ogilvy & Mather, and TBWA Chiat Day. After returning to pursue an MFA at the School of Cinematic Arts at USC, he graduated in 2009 and began working
as a producer and programmer at MN et America, an offshoot of Korea's most popular music television network where he produced several shows. A fluent Mandarin speaker, Justin has spent the past three years in Beijing as the vice president in charge of production for Base Media, the original content division of China's largest post/VFX firm. Justin helped to oversee the company's first original slate of content, from initial acquisition and concept creation and provided a legal and strategic framework to build future slates of both localized and international focus. These initiatives culminated in content sales to Tencent Media for 'Fog Zone,' a long form series with feature quality visual effects to be delivered on a premium digital video subscription platform, akin to Netflix in the US or iRoko in Africa. Justin and his team were awarded the 2014 Emmy award for outstanding special effects in a supporting role, presented to Starz original series 'Black Sails'. He recently enrolled in the UCLA Anderson School of Business Executive program and is a consultor for several Chinese companies. He is based in Los Angeles and Beijing.
Languages: English and Mandarin
Emanuel Negrila was born in Romania and immigrated to the United States at the age of five. He grew up in Sacramento, California where he became interested in music when he began playing the saxophone and trumpet in 4th grade. After performing with numerous bands and orchestras, Emanuel enrolled in the audio production program at the University of Sacramento and graduated in 2000 with degrees in music production and sound
engineering. Eager to help his parents and 11 brothers and sisters, Emanuel founded Silver Star Foam, a highly successful architectural molding company, and S&N Construction; a company that specializes in historical homes restoration. Handing the companies to his brothers, his love for film led him to the University of California Santa Barbara where he emerged himself in cinematography.
He graduated in 2004 with degrees in Film Production and Media Studies. To further his craft in film, Emanuel enrolled in the graduate program at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in 2007. Under the tutelage of some of the most prominent Hollywood producers, directors, and cinematographers, Emanuel won several awards as a director of photography for numerous thesis projects. Immediately after graduating in 2010, Emanuel began investing heavily in film equipment and founded Light Tower Productions . His film equipment rental company has been involved in numerous independent films, documentaries and music videos and content for The Disney Channel.
Aside from film production, helping people has always been a huge part of Emanuel's life. As a child of immigrants, who lived behind the communist iron curtain, he became deeply involved in personal stories and the humanitarian struggle. He has been involved in several philanthropic organizations and has build houses for orphans all around the world. Emanuel's passion is telling personal stories and capturing and creating images that portray, inspire, mesmerize and motivate the human soul.
Languages: English & Romanian
Gonzalo Gomez is a Mexican-American writer and producer from Matamoros, Tamaulipas. He finished high school in Brownsville, Texas, and later received a Law Degree from the University of Monterrey in Mexico. At the same University, Gonzalo got involved in theatre and participated in several plays in lead and supporting roles. Shortly after college, Gonzalo moved to Los Angeles to work in the motion picture industry.
He has worked as producer on various short films and has worked with Comedy Central and Comedian Jeff Ross.