Folk Frontera

In sparsely populated Texas towns, folklore looms as large as the landscape, blending Mexican, American, and unmapped myths into something surreal and unique.

woman in the desert wearing red folklorico dress
Independent Lens
Premiere Date
May 25, 2022
14 minutes
Funding Initiative
Short-Form Series and Special Projects
  • Award laurels-r Created with Sketch.
    2022 South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW)-Texas Shorts Jury Award
  • Headshot of Alejandra Vasquez

    Alejandra Vasquez

    Alejandra Vasquez is a Mexican-American filmmaker. Raised in West Texas, Alex directed the short films Folk Frontera, winner of the Grand Jury Award of Texas Shorts at SXSW, and When It’s Good, It’s Good. Alex is currently in production, directing her debut feature about competitive high school mariachi teams in South Texas.

    filmmaker Sam Osborn

    Sam Osborn

    Sam Osborn's debut feature-length documentary, Universe, was awarded Best Music Documentary by the International Documentary Association in 2021. He is currently in production with Osmosis Films on his second feature-length project, Going Varsity in Mariachi.

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    The Film

    Along the U.S.-Mexico border, where the vast wilderness of Big Bend National Park is sliced through with smuggling routes and sparsely populated towns, meanders a road that ventures where even the U.S. Postal Service doesn’t deliver. Permanent residents and wayward pilgrims inhabit towns throughout far west Texas like Candelaria, Marathon, and Del Carmen. In these places, local folklore looms as large as the landscape, sometimes blurring the lines between veracity and a well-told tale. While many of the stories told about border towns focus on political banter, the stories told from within these towns take a far more personal tone. Their relative isolation leaves the towns along this route to craft their own distinctive cultures – blending Mexican, American, and unmapped myths into something slightly surreal and utterly unique.