Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

September 16, 2013

Business: Film makers hold open call for actors

Ben Tinsley
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — Gabriel Carmona and Branden Selman, founders of New Age Cinema (or 'NAC') Film Theory, are looking to recruit actors of all ages, races and creeds at an open call audition Sunday, Sept. 15.

These auditions take place at 3 p.m. Sunday at Rancho Grande, 205 South Jackson in Jacksonville. No experience is necessary.

The two filmmakers work as waiters at the aforementioned Rancho Grande Mexican Restaurant. Additionally, they have ties to Robert Rodriguez, the famous American film director screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, editor and musician.

Carmona said he worked as an extra on Machete, a 2010 action exploitation blockbuster film co-directed by Rodriguez.

Landing in the orbit of the director – who is also responsible for such films as Spy Kids, El Mariachi and Desperado – was kind of a dream come true, Carmona said.

With the advent of modern communication tools such as the Internet, it seems the sky is the limit for entrepreneurs hungry for success, Carmona said.

Nac Film Theory's current project – which members have been toiling on for the past two years or so – is a continuing film series titled Caballero. This is Spanish for a “gentleman” or a “horseman.”

The narrative follows an unlikely hero prompted to tackle the injustices of human trafficking – in that horrible shadow world where coyotes escort foreign nationals across the United States border, pledging to bring them to a better life only to throw them into a pit of slavery and prostitution.

The hero of this story, played by Carmona, is out to save people and promote justice.

Caballero currently comes in short incremental episodes, roughly three minutes a piece, on websites such as YouTube.

Ultimately, the film duo said they would like to either compile all the footage into one movie or, even better, create a longer, ongoing series, in the dramatic vein of “Breaking Bad.”

As for the auditions? Carmona and Selman are still in the process of recruiting artists who have talent in film production, cinematography and even screen writing.

NAC Film Theory, which focuses on action, romance, and comedy cinema as well as documentaries, is a dream come true for Selman.

In their own words, Nac Film Theory is made up of  “poets, composers, painters, photographers, and BAD MAMMA JAMMAS!”