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Sergio, a former mechanic, is in the middle of a crippling battle with arthritis. When the opportunity arises to fix a longtime family friend's truck, Sergio begins a downward spiral towards denial and self-destructive behavior in an attempt to regain his identity as a working man with purpose. As a result, his struggling relationship with his son is put to the ultimate test. (33 min.; not rated)

Join writer-director Merced Elizondo for a Q&A following the screening. 

Merced Elizondo is a Mexican-American filmmaker that got his start by working on multiple film and television productions all across Texas. In 2017, he launched his career as a writer/director and has gone on to be nominated for an Imagen Award and shortlisted for a Young Director Award at Cannes Lions. In 2021, he was selected as a fellow for the Tomorrow’s Filmmakers Today program, presented by HBO and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. He was also honored as “Person of the Year” by the National Hispanic Institute in 2021.

His latest film, MANOS DE ORO, is a black-and-white short film that stars Julio César Cedillo, who can be seen in Netflix’s Narcos: Mexico, Sicario, and the Cannes-winning drama The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. The film was recently acquired by Argo and has screened at festivals such as the the Oscar®-qualifying LA Shorts International Film Festival, HollyShorts, LALIFF, the Miami Film Festival, Bentonville Film Festival, and the “InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema” event, hosted by NewFilmmakers LA and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Merced is currently developing a proof-of-concept short film for his debut feature, The Mourning Of, which won Silver at the Young Director Award Dreampitch Competition in 2022 (Cannes Lions).

This program is part of Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

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Image courtesy of Merced Elizondo.

Late Night: $20 public; $10 students; Free for DMA Members (some exhibitions require an additional ticket)