Rene Mendez was just a young lad who liked to sing in the shower a few years ago… he then discovered, “chicks dig my singing, guys envy my strumming.” Ok, ok, I made that up but I did meet him when he was just starting out and boy have we seen Rene go places.
Rene is now The Reen. Sister… errr.. brother blog Bordertown Blues (he is a brother but blogs I guess are sisters, no? I don’t know) just covered his benefit concert at the Center for the Arts on Friday.
I asked the Producer/Director, Erik Armenta of Por Fin Productions, to tell me a little more about the work they are about to do.
In the three years of our existence, we’ve produced 2 shorts and a teen show. We are now in production of our first major film called PIRACY. Piracy is a movie about a young girl and her friends made millions bootlegging first run movies to not only north America but China and Europe as well. The movie stars Amanda Gutierrez and Laredo’s very own Rene Mendez. I originally wrote this movie 4 years ago while talking with a Guy that apparently had worked for a piracy Mafia. We had casted this movie two years ago but er were put on hold due to lack of funds. We now have financial backing and we begin filming in March mostly here in San Antonio with stops in destin Florida and Vegas. This will be my first time directing a big film like this. … In fact that’s where I meet rene..he was trying out at a GLEE casting call. I thought he had the look and the talent for the movie. Rene plays a detective assigned to the anti piracy division. We anticipate the movie will premiere in November in San Antonio. Rene has asked to have a Laredo screening which I’m all for it. Our hope is the film gets in a film festival like Sundance or SXSW.
We, his fans and supporters, are very excited for him. For sure this blogger will support getting a Laredo screening of the film once it is out. On his blog, Rene also posted a promo piece he did for the concert coming up, check it out:
You can also find more of his original music on his MySpace page (if you didn’t know, myspace still exists 😛 and many artists use it effectively to share their music). Check out some of his music here. Good luck, buddy!!