University Professor and Filmmaker Wins National Recognition with Screenplay ‘Falfurrias’

Published: October 03, 2013

University Professor and Filmmaker Wins National Recognition with Screenplay ‘Falfurrias’

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A screenplay, focusing on an orphan of the Mexican drug war who is smuggled into the United States in search of her dying sister, was the recent winner of the Park Avenue Award in the Drama category of the 2013 New York Screenplay Competition.

The screenplay titled “Falfurrias” by Edward Tyndall, Assistant Professor of Media Production at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, is also an official selection at the Oaxaca Film Festival and a finalist at the Starz Denver Film Festival.

Tyndall’s story centers on the character Araceli, who in order to cross the Rio Grande, teams up with a small-time criminal named Ringo. She must choose between violence and compassion to survive in the borderlands of Texas.

“We’re starting the development of the film now, which may take up to two years to finish,” said Tyndall. “I am excited to have the script recognized and I hope to move forward with making a great film.”

In September, the screenplay was also chosen as a “Second Rounder” for the Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition. The screenplay was selected out of 8,648 entries, a record number of entrants, to go to the second round of judging. Winners will be announced at the conference and festival beginning on Monday, Oct. 28.

“We are excited for this opportunity to network and be a part of the Austin Film Festival because it is one of the top film festivals in the country for its focus on screen writing,” said Tyndall.

 As an award-winning filmmaker and screenplay writer, Tyndall continues to focus on helping students learn what they need to become successful in the field of film.

“I tell students that you need to have a passion to make films,” he said.  “It is all about attention to detail, and commitment. This is a craft that you always work at to develop.”

Tyndall will continue to hone his craft and hopes to begin production on the film by summer 2014.