1860 South Texas, ten miles east of the Rio Grande River. Fernando, a Tejano, has helped runaway slaves, Celeste and her autistic son Rody by heading into Mexico from Houston Texas. Fernando has fallen in love with Celeste and they desire a life with freedom in Mexico. However; Texas Rangers, Adam, and Hunter, not only capture Celeste and Rody but apprehend Fernando. Fernando's fate is uncertain. The southern underground railroad existed and many slaves found their freedom crossing the mighty Rio Grande River.

  • Carlos Moreno Jr
    Habanero, Sweet Blight, Pepito's America
  • Carlos Moreno Jr
  • Carlos Moreno Jr
  • Carlos Moreno Jr
    Key Cast
  • Angela Nesbitt
    Key Cast
  • Zac Titus
    Key Cast
  • Rob Salerno Jr
    Key Cast
  • Nicholas Walker
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Western
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 4, 2014
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Miles Watkins Summer USC
  • Las Vegas International Film Festival
    Las Vegas
    United States
    August 2, 2014
    Las Vegas International Film Festival
Director Biography - Carlos Moreno Jr

Carlos Moreno Jr. is a prolific and seasoned actor and filmmaker with credits in over 70 Hollywood and independent movies and television shows.

Born in McAllen, Texas and raised in the small nearby town of San Juan, the son of farm workers dreamed of becoming an actor from an early age. To pursue his goal, Carlos studied the craft at the University of New Mexico and later moved to Los Angeles, where he furthered his studies under the direction of acting maestro Milton Katselas at the Beverly Hills Playhouse.

His credits extend from television shows such as “ER,” “Dexter,” “Major Crimes,” “Difficult People” and “Huge In France” to feature films like “Transformers,” “Delta Farce,” “Frank and Lola,” and “Happy Feet.” He played four voices in the Oscar-winning animated film “Coco.”

Carlos is also a filmmaker in his own right, writing, producing, and directing twelve short films. He is currently in post-production on his latest short, “Numb.” His directorial debut film “Habanero” won him the Rayo Del Sol Award from CineSol Film Festival in his native state of Texas, while “Sweet Blight” earned him the Audience Award from the California Women’s Film Festival. His recent short “Panacea,” a minimalist futuristic drama about the difficult choices in life, played festivals in Hollywood and Los Angeles as well as the Latino Filmmakers Network’s showcase during the Sundance Film Festival and can be rented/purchased on Amazon , iTunes, and Google Play.

In recent years, Carlos has led acting workshops back in his home state as a way to give back to his community.

Also, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Carlos produced a public service announcement thanking children for helping in the fight against COVID-19 and reminding them about how to protect themselves. For the project titled “We’re All In This Together,” he brought together the “Little Voices of ‘Coco,’” a group of actors that voiced many characters in the Academy Award-winning animated film “Coco.” The video, available in both English and Spanish, is being made available to schools nationwide and in Latin America.

Currently, Carlos is developing “Pepito’s America,” an episodic sitcom series based on the world-famous Pepito from “Pepito Jokes”. You can currently see the mini shorts series of 'Pepito's Bolero' and ‘Picasso’ and Pepito's Hood Luck Hollywood Tours at Carlos is also gearing to direct his first feature film “No, Güey Jose" and hoping Agua-Libre can be a full feature in the future.

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Director Statement

The immense challenges as a minority in the Film Industry makes me a stronger artist. As a minority my acting teacher once told me that I have to know more than my fellow thespians because it's harder for us. He was right.