Sun Belt Express
|Sun Belt Express|
|Directed by||Evan Buxbaum|
|Edited by||Beth Moran|
|Distributed by||Marvista Entertainment|
Sun Belt Express is a 2014 American independent comedy-drama film, written by Evan Buxbaum, Chance Mullen, and Gregorio Castro, and directed by Evan Buxbaum. Starring Tate Donovan, Rachael Harris, Ana de la Reguera, India Ennenga, Miguel Sandoval, and Stephen Lang, the project had its world premiere on June 11, 2014, at the Champs-Elysees Film Festival.
Former ethics Professor Allen King (Tate Donovan) has some problems. After being terminated for plagiarizing the work of a student, he hits a personal rock bottom. To survive and get the cash he needs to cover his ex-wife Margaret's (Rachael Harris) expenses, he ends up shuttling illegal immigrants across the border and into Arizona from Mexico. On his most recent trip, he is accompanied by his pregnant Mexican girlfriend Anna (Ana de la Reguera) and his teenage daughter Emily (India Ennenga). While still south of the US border and with three undocumented immigrants supplied by human trafficker Ramon Velazquez (Miguel Sandoval) stuffed in the trunk of the car, the party crosses paths with crooked US Border Patrol officers Rick (Stephen Lang]) and Cass (Michael Sirow).
- Tate Donovan as Allen King
- Rachael Harris as Margaret King
- Ana de la Reguera as Ana
- India Ennenga as Emily King
- Miguel Sandoval as Ramon Velazquez
- Stephen Lang as Border Patrol Officer Rick
- Oscar Avila as Rafi
- Michael Sirow as Border Patrol Officer Cass
- Robert Buxbaum as Pat
- Greg Eichman as Jack
- Mario Moreno as Julian
- Chance Mullen as Josh
- James Ning as Wei
- Lisa Radecki as Professor
- Emma E. Ramos as Emma
- Brenden Wedner as Jimmy
- Arturo Castro as Miguel
- Deborah Chavez as Miguel's Mother
The project filmed for almost a month in 2012 at New Mexico locations in Belen, Los Lunas, Socorro and Albuquerque, with some financing obtained through crowdfunding campaigns at IndieGoGo and Kickstarter. In July 2012, Indiewire listed the project as its "Project of the Day".
Awards and nomination
- 2013, while in post-production received 'US In Progress' award at the American Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland
- 2014, Audience Award Nomination as 'Best American Feature Film' at Champs-Elysees Film Festival
- 2014, Won 'The Grand Prix Award: Dramatic' at Chelsea Film Festival
- 2015, Won 'Festival Award - Best Actor' for Tate Donovan at Chelsea Film Festival
- 2015, Won 'Festival Award - Best Actress'for India Ennenga at Chelsea Film Festival
- 2015, Won 'Festival Award - Best Supporting Actress' for Ana de la Reguera at Chelsea Film Festival
- 2014, nominated for 'New Visions Award - Main Feature Film Award' at Bahamas International Film Festival
- 2015, Won 'Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking - Editing' for Beth Moran at Newport Beach Film Festival
- Gomez, Adrian (October 10, 2014). "Filmed in NM, 'Sun Belt Express' premieres at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved July 29, 2015.
- van Hoeij, Boyd (July 3, 2014). "'Sun Belt Express': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 29, 2015.
- Jagernauth, Kevin (May 30, 2014). "Exclusive: Travel Down 'Sun Belt Express' In Trailer For Comedy Starring Tate Donovan & Stephen Lang". Indiewire. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
- staff. "Sun Belt Express". IndieGoGo. Retrieved July 29, 2015.
- staff. "Sun Belt Express". Kickstarter. Retrieved July 29, 2015.
- staff (July 24, 2012). "Indiewire Project of the Day: 'Sun Belt Express' An Illegal Immigration Road Trip Movie". Indiewire. Retrieved July 29, 2015.
- Vlessing, Etan (April 21, 2015). "Former Continental Media Partners Form New Film Venture". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 29, 2015.
- Clark, Ashley (November 4, 2013). "Polish Progress: American Indies in Wroclaw". Filmmaker Magazine. Retrieved July 29, 2015.
- staff. "2015 CFF Winners". Chelsea Film Festival. Retrieved July 29, 2015.