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The Man with a Buffalo Head

In a border town, cousins , Moi and Gabby, find themselves stranded in the woods, where they encounter a kind hearted shape-shifting Buffalo Man. As they navigate a dangerous and
unpredictable journey, they are forced to confront their grief and reconcile their friendship to escape the clutches of an evil shape-shifter.

  • Eric Armando Ibarra
    GLAFIRA (Short Film), Rebel Familia (Sizzle Reel for Warner Bros.)
  • Alexandria E. Martin
    The Marsh King's Daughter (Feature), GLAFIRA (Short Film)
  • Natalia Moscoso
    Gucci, Nike, Google Pixel
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  • Genres:
    Dramedy, Magical Realism
  • Completion Date:
    May 21, 2024
  • Production Budget:
    47,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography

Eric Armando Ibarra is a Chicano filmmaker from the Mexican border-town of Chula Vista, CA. After studying film in New York City, Eric started creating video content for places like The FADER, The Players’ Tribune and The Sundance Institute. His original work, spanning from short films to feature scripts, has been recognized by the Los Angeles International Shorts Film Festival, the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival, the NYC International Screenplay Awards, and many more. Eric was a fellow in Warner Bros. Discovery’s 2022 Tomorrow Filmmaker’s Today cohort. In 2024, he was a fellow in Latino Film Institute's Inclusion Fellowship sponsored by Netflix. By focusing on genuine storytelling, with moments of surrealism and dramedy, Eric shines a light on the stories about the transborder and Chicanx communities. He currently resides in Los Angeles where he is in development for his first feature film and TV series.

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Director Statement

About two years ago, I lost two friends and came close to losing two more. Shootings, career pressures, and substance abuse were all to blame in one way or another. During my grieving, two major lessons I learned are: each person deals with grief in their own unique way and in tough times, you have to show up for your community. These are the main themes and reasons why I made this short film.

During the discovery of the New World, colonizers hunted buffalo almost to extinction. Despite this, the buffalo persevered and remains today. In the 1960s, Chicano lawyer/activist Oscar Acosta established the buffalo as a symbol for the Chicanx community because much like the buffalo, no matter what is thrown our way, we remain united and are stronger for it. This short film honors and explores this symbolism.