Welcome to RGV Film Commission


Our mission at The RGV Film Commission is to create new jobs and increase the economic vitality of the region by developing a profitable film industry. This is accomplished by positioning the region to attract and assist studio and independent features, print, television, new media, short films, student projects, and TV advertising to the Rio Grande Valley, by providing technical, location and talent guidance, referrals, and networking opportunities.

RGV Film CommissionFilms Shot in South Texas

Los Scavengers (2008)

A film shot in Monte Alto, co-written by valley celebrity Valente Rodriguez.



The Red Queen (2008)


The Red Queen is a story of young woman, Gabby Salinas, searching for the identity of her deceased mother. The young woman longed her entire life to find a connection with her mother who died during her childbirth.  These feelings lead Gabby on her quest to find her maternal lineage.



Mason Dixon (2008)


  • Audience Award for Best Feature at the 2008 McAllen Art & Film Festival
  • 2008 Breakout Filmmaker
  • Official Selection at the 2008 Southern Winds Film Festival
  • Official Selection at the 2008 CineSol Film Festival



Bitter Memories (2008)



Harvest of Redemption(2007)


  • Official Selection at the Chicano Film Festival
  • Best Foreign feature at the International Family Film Festival
  • Official Selection at Cine en Corte

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Harvest of Redemption is a coming of age story inspired by a true story that occurred in the Rio Grande Valley during the 1920’s.  The film takes you through a young Latino’s struggle as he grows up and attempts to overcome the resentment of witnessing the brutal murder of his father. His journey through his life includes love, hate, faith, revenge and ultimately redemption.


Cinco de Mayo, the Battle (2007)

Directed by Paul Miller of California

Shot in mainly in McAllen, Tx


The Thing About Love (2007)


  • McAllen Film Festivals 2007

The Monitor: http://www.themonitor.com/onset?id=4327&template=article.html


Dead Letter (2007)


  • Audience Award for Best Film by a student at the 2007 McAllen Film Festival

Monitor: http://www.themonitor.com/news/emmy_7574___article.html/film_won.html


Viva Zapata (1952)

Starred Marlon Brando and Anthony Quinn, pieces shot in the Historic District of Roma, Tx.


  • 1953 Anthony Quinn Won an Oscar for Best Supporting Role
  • 1953 Marlon Brando nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role
  • 1953 Won BAFTA Film Award for Best Foreign Actor, Marlon Brando
  • 1952 Marlon Brando won Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival


“In 1909, Emiliano Zapata, a well-born but penniless Mexican Indian from a remote province, Morelos, comes to Mexico City to complain that their arable land has been enclosed, leaving them only in the barren hills. His expressed dissatisfaction with the response of the President Diaz puts him in danger, and when he rashly rescues a prisoner from the local militia he becomes an outlaw. Urged on by a strolling intellectual, Fernando, he supports the exiled Don Francisco Madero against Diaz, and becomes the leader of his forces in the South as Pancho Villa is in the North. Diaz flees, and Madero takes his place; but he is a puppet president, in the hands of the leader of the army, Huerta, who has him assassinated when he tries to express solidarity for the men who fought for him. Zapata and Villa return to arms, and, successful in victory, seek to find a leader for the country. Unwillingly, Zapata takes the job, but, a while later, he responds to some petitioners from his own village with no more reassurance than had Diaz years before., Realizing that with power his idealism has gone, he returns with them to Morelos – specifically to investigate their complaints against his brother Eufemio. New leaders take his place, and, egged on by the always surviving Fernando, they decide that Zapata is a threat to their regime.”

-Courtesy of IMDB

Local Celebrities

Catherine Hardwick

Hardwick was raised in McAllen, Texas then graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. Originally an architect, Hardwick decided to pursue a graduate degree in film production at UCLA. A few of her successes include Thirteen, The Nativity Story, and Twilight.

Valente Rodriguez

Rodriguez was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley.  Upon graduation from the University of Texas-Pan American he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career.  Valente is best known for his role as Ernesto Ernie Cardenas in the George Lopez sitcom and is considered by many the most famous actor of the Rio Grande Valley.

 JoJo Henrickson

Hencrickson was raised in the Rio Grande Valley.  He moved to Los Angeles where he delved into writing, acting, and directing.


  • GB:2525
  • Ladron que Roba Ladron
  • Stump the Band
  • The Barrio Murders


  •  GB:2525
  • Stump the Band
  • The Barrio Murders
  • Placas



Cinco de Mayo: The Battle directed by Paul Miller

Shooting the film ‘Cinco de Mayo, the Battle’ in the Rio Grande Valley was a wonderful experience.  The local crew hired was eager and hard working and the local businesses and citizens were extremely helpful and willing to go the extra mile to facilitate my vision for the film.  A variety of locations, all with unique looks, were available most were just miles from each other.  In addition, the Film Commission was very helpful in aiding us with all our production needs.  I was so impressed by my experience in the Rio Grande Valley that I’ve written another script I intend to film in the same area!

The Red Queen directed by David Carren

The success of this film, which was set in several countries, was achieved because we shot it entirely in the valley. This diverse area helped to represent each particular setting of the film.