Those who know Sam Lerma's work already know he's one of San Antonio's most promising filmmakers. Shorts like Lilia and Trash Day are proof of his attention to detail and his artistic ambition—he's not into merely trying to entertain you. But his Kickstarter video for Squeezebox, his next short, makes me think he might be working on his best movie yet and hope he will eventually be able to turn it into a full-length feature film. It promises to be an ode to conjunto music but in his uniquely poetic way.
"This is a big film in a short film format," Lerma told the Current. "It's an ambitious project, but I'm certain we can pull it off. We want it to be the best it can be, and are hopeful to get it into production this fall."
Tonight at the Guadalupe Theater ($10, 8pm, 1301 Guadalupe, kids under 10 free) he will be hosting a conjunto dance fundraiser featuring Max Baca & Los Texmaniacs, Retoño, La Naturaleza de Santiago Garza, Los Hermanos De León, conjunto Hall of Famer Eddie "Lalo" Torres, Anita Paiz y su Conjunto and Conjunto Puro Corazón.
"[At the fundraiser] we will also be shooting a couple of scenes through the night, so whoever attends can take part in that as well," said Lerma. In addition, there will be door prizes and his team will raffle items like T-shirts, posters, art inspired by the film and an accordion from Hohner Music.
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