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Award-Winning TV Series “Between Borders” about 3 immigrants and their stories told in partnership

New Mexico Filmmakers and Canela Media Release Compelling Three-Part Series, "Between Borders"

“Between Borders” takes viewers on a mesmerizing journey with three main characters navigating the immigration process, each facing their own unique challenges. As they approach the border, they encounter obstacles that forever transform their lives. Julian Nuñez, a native of New Mexico and the Writer and Executive Producer shares his personal connection to the story: “Having grown up on both sides of the border, we have firsthand experience with this familiar narrative. Our friends, family, and colleagues have encountered or are currently experiencing immigration issues. It is our responsibility to share their stories, and partnering with Canela Media provides a platform to connect with audiences who resonate with these tales.”

This groundbreaking production unites aspiring filmmakers, actors, and crew members from diverse locations, including Las Cruces, NM, El Paso, TX, Juarez, MX, and Mexico City.

Production of “Between Borders” began in late 2022 and has since gained significant recognition through successful screenings at festivals worldwide. The series has been showcased at renowned events such as the Las Cruces International Film Festival and XicanIndie, earning accolades including “Best Web Series” at the New York International Film Awards and the Florence Film Festival. Additionally, it received the esteemed “Best Feature Film” award at the 2023 Mexican American Film & TV Festival in Los Angeles.

The outpouring of support from the community has been overwhelming. With the backing of local businesses and the invaluable assistance of Drew Mayer-Oakes from the El Paso Film & Creative Industries, the filming process proceeded smoothly, ensuring a successful and timely completion. Tony Marquez, the Director of Photography, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “This production has been our most challenging and rewarding project to date. We had the opportunity to take risks, explore new creative avenues, and capture the essence of the Southwest, bringing it to life on the screen for the world to behold.”

Nuñez and his team take pride in their partnership with Audpop, a company that connects independent filmmakers with opportunities to create and produce authentic content. The collaboration between Audpop and Canela Media was announced at the Interactive Advertising Bureau NewFront 2022 – SPICE IT UP Conference, where filmmakers and New Mexico State University Alumni Julian Nuñez, Alfonso Loya, and Tony Marquez captured the attention of Canela Media with their short film “De La Luz,” shedding light on the immigration crisis in the Southwest.

The series made its exclusive premiere on Canela.TV, a free streaming service available in both Spanish and English. Canela Media offers viewers Live Channels, Video on Demand, and a diverse range of original programs, ensuring an engaging and immersive viewing experience.

More Info on the Creators

Julian Nuñez, Executive Producer & Writer

Filmmaker and marketing specialist from Columbus, NM with experience ranging from country music, documentary films, real estate, and digital marketing. Julian who earned a bachelor’s degree in Creative Media and Digital Filmmaking from New Mexico State University wrote and produced ‘De la Luz’ a film spotlighting the immigration crisis in the southwest.

Alfonso Loya, Director & Writer

Filmmaker and singer/songwriter was born and raised in Cd. Juarez, Mexico. At the age of 12, he moved to the U.S. At 17, he began writing songs and playing guitar, piano, harmonica, violin, and drums. Alfonso studied film at New Mexico State University where he directed and scored a few short films. After obtaining his Digital Filmmaking Degree he co-founded Cadence Films, a production where he produces music videos and short films. Alfonso was the Director for ‘De la Luz.”

Tony Marquez, Director of Photography & Writer

Tony Marquez is a cinematographer, film director, and actor born and raised in El Paso, TX. He has worked on a wide range of projects, short and feature films, music videos, and commercials. Tony, studied at New Mexico State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in digital Filmmaking. He is a co-founder of Cadence Films where he continues to tell stories through his cinematography. Tony is known for the cinematography in “De la Luz.”

About Canela Media

Canela Media is a leading, minority-owned technology driven company offering brands a complete ecosystem to connect with multicultural audiences starting with its free streaming platform service, Canela.TV, which enriches the new generation of U.S. Latinos with free access to unique, culturally relevant content. In addition to TV content, Canela Media offers a unique blend of music programming through Canela Music featuring emerging and established Latino artists, Spanish-language Children’s content through Canela Kids and sports programming through Canela Deportes.

Canela Media’s large scale in premium Spanish-language sites, combined with the company’s proprietary data, provides in-depth knowledge and understanding of how to establish meaningful and culturally relevant connections with the new mainstream – Hispanics across the U.S. and Latin America.

Headquartered in New York, Canela Media is ranked as the fifth largest Hispanic ad-focused company and the only female and minority-owned certified digital company.

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