Miguel Canales learns that his young daughter has a brain tumor and needs surgery. Running out of options, he decides that his only choice to pay for the operation is to work in the United States. After paying a considerable fee, a smuggler agrees to guide him through the desert. As they attempt the perilous desert crossing, they come across Tammy, a disoriented 9-year old girl. Tammy brings them to the sight of a grizzly car accident where her mother is pinned inside the vehicle. Miguel wants to help the girl and her mother, but is threatened at gunpoint by his companion. Miguel must make the choice: continue his journey or stay with the girl and lose the chance of helping his family.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
Rene grew up in the sister cities of Matamoros, México and Brownsville, Texas.
He double majored in Journalism and Spanish (University of Texas at Austin) and after working several years in the marketing sector and Univision, he went back to the University of Texas and completed a Master of Arts in Media Studies.
In 2006, he was hired to be the curator for the 29th annual “CineFestival” in San Antonio, the oldest Latino Film Festival in the US.
While at CineFestival, he met numerous filmmakers and producers who encouraged him to learn the technical and business aspects of cinema resulting in his enrollment at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. While at USC, he founded the Latino Film Association and was president for two years.
He completed his M.F.A. in 2011 and his currently in the development stages of his first feature film.