Directors Charlie Vela & Ronnie Garza are first-time feature filmmakers. They both grew up in the RGV punk scene of the late-90’s/early-00’s and were informed by its strong sense of community and fiercely DIY ethic.
In 2014, they decided to take on the challenge of documenting the history of the scene that helped shape them as artists as it was clear that there was little outside interest in doing so. Without formal training, a crew, or funding they began production, learning along the way, and in 2017 As I Walk Through The Valley will be premiering at SXSW International Film Festival.
It is our hope to amplify stories and narratives about the region that highlight the beauty, creativity, and ingenuity of the people who live in the RGV and foster a shared sense of history. Which in a time when cultures are denigrated and maligned, can be a rebellious and revolutionary act.
Charlie has spent the last 15 years as a record producer, musician, and studio owner in the RGV documenting local music and performing.
Ronnie is an experimental musician (Winter Texan) and democracy activist. He has been and working in video-journalism since 2014 covering issues on abortion access, immigration and border issues. He is working on two additional documentaries about the history of the Rio Grande Valley, Pansy Pachanga (coming 2021) and 11,000 Years of History in the Rio Grande Valley (currently in production).