Thursday, September 8, 2011


A prestigious panel of judges from Houston's prestigious film and art community collectively awarded me, Rachel Estrada, the top video honor of Best Music Video at the Senorita Cinema Film Festival, led by Stephanie Saint Sanchez. The now award winning music video, features "Possessed By the Beat" a song by music artist MaxXandaux, produced by Houston producer extraordinaire BL ACK CAT.

The distinguished panel of judges included native Houstonian Alfred Cervantes, Deputy Director of the Houston Film Commission. Another judge was producer and director, Mary Lampe, Executive Director of Southwest Alternate Media Project. Lampe also serves on various grant panels around Texas. Another judge was Dr. Tish Stringer, anthropologist and media maker, film lecturer and Film Program Manager at Rice University Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts is also the Film and Video Tech. Executive Director of Lawndale Art Center, Christine Jelson West was also on the judging panel. West, also a native Houstonian has a long history of working with the Orange Show Center of Visionary Art; Texas Visual Art Online and like Lampe, West serves on various art boards around the state.  Academic and independent media consultant, Margarita de la Vega-Hurtado, was also on the panel. Vega-Hurtado spent several years as the Executive Director of Flaherty International Film Seminars. Judges said "it moved well." One said "during the screening, the judges couldn't take their eyes off of it."

It was nice to have MaxXandaux (right above) on site to share the joy of my winning moment.

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