OUR PICK: Fidel Ruiz-Healy
The last thing filmmaker Fidel Ruiz-Healy, 26, wants to do is make a movie just for the sake of it. Even with the $25K-grant he received last year from the San Antonio Film Commission to produce his upcoming satirical comedy Rio Grande City, Ruiz-Healy wants to create something with staying power. “I don’t want to make a bargain-bin-DVD-crime movie,” he said. “I want it to be good.” Instead, Ruiz-Healy, who earned his degree in 2014 from NYU and founded The American Standard Film Co., is splitting his time between San Antonio and New York, working hard to lock down more funding. Recently, he made a road trip from El Paso to Brownsville to do ground-level research in the area and make sure the script was genuine and accurate. He hopes to start production on Rio Grande City in late summer or early fall. Besides his upcoming feature, Ruiz-Healy finished making the festival circuit rounds with his first feature, The Homefront, and short film, A Band of Thieves. He was also the cinematographer on What a Beautiful World This Will Be, a short that screened at the Slamdance Film Festival in January.