UTPA alum shows his first feature film
Murmurs of excitement surrounded the Student Union Theater as over 30 people waited for the premiere of Jose Lamos’ film, Potosí. The attendees quietly talked amongst themselves as some went around and took photos of the crowd.
The film features an 82-year-old grey-haired man who herds goats and stays away from the injustice by living on the outskirts of town, a father who wishes to escape his city for the benefit of his family and a mother who suffers from a physically and verbally abusive relationship. Through their stories, Lamos portrays the violence the residents of the city endure on a day-to-day basis.
The lights at the front of the stage dimmed. Lamos, who is a graduate from the University, walked up to a microphone and smiled at the crowd. He introduced himself and gave the audience a warning.
“This is a rough cut of the film,” Lamos said. “What that means is that it has a lack of the original audio mix. The subtitles are off and there is no color correction.”
With that, he walked away from the microphone. The theater darkened and the film began.
As the film proceeded, the audience watched in silence, for over two hours, as the story followed three people in Mexico.
With the progression of the film, the audience witnesses how the story of the three people intertwine with one another. Through actions and consequences, the film shows just how tight of a grip the violence has on the city.
“It all comes down to when a county has a lack of education,” Lamos said, describing the idea behind the film. “That country becomes a weapon in the hands of the bad.”
Lamos walked back up to the microphone when the lights returned after the movie had finished. Looking into the crowd, he began talking about some of the things the film lacked and what he hoped for it in the future.
“Like I said, it’s not finished yet,” Lamos stated. “We still got about three months before we can start sending it out to the United States and European film festivals like Cannes and Sundance.”
Pedro Garcia, a local 51-year-old director and producer for stage plays, was in attendance. Garcia knew Lamos as an actor in one of his earlier plays.
“I had an idea of the film,” said the Pharr native. “(Lamos) mentioned it a little on Facebook. It is a very courageous film and it made me feel a certain sentiment for the people of the country.”
Lamos ended the premiere by taking comments and answering questions posed by the remaining audience members. Lamos took pride in this film since it was his first feature movie.
Having had gone through the entire process of creating his film, from funding to finding the actors who were going to bring the characters to life on screen, Lamos was glad to get a large positive response from the audience.
“I hope you liked it,” Lamos concluded. “This film shows what I’ve been able to overcome as a writer and a producer.”