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One Day in the Lower Rio Grande Valley

Ambassador Spotlight: Javier Antonio Avellan

Flanagan's Table from Lobo Sucio Creative on Vimeo.

Who are you and what is your profession?
My name is Javier Antonio Avellán and I am a filmmaker and storyteller.
 
Can you tell us a little about your background and upbringing?
I was born in Valencia, Venezuela and moved to Houston, Texas at age 2. I graduated from the University of Texas RTF Program in December of 2011. 
I had a loving upbringing in a family made up of people with big hearts. My mother, Mele, taught me to sew, my father, Javier, taught me to follow through, my older sister, Melissa, taught me patience, and my younger brother, Juan Pablo, taught me compassion. 
 
What inspired you to become a filmmaker?
My Tia Lily, Tio Joaquin, and Jurassic Park.
 
Who or what do you most admire?
The love I share with my family. My fiance Sabrina Renee, my daughter Raaven Sequoia, Cana and Amadaeous the dogs, and Cedric the snake.
 
What do you love about Austin, Texas?
I love the opportunities that are present in Austin. The support to follow my calling lies there and it has provided me with a home for my family. Also, Ramen Tatsu-Ya.

What do you fear most for Austin?
I create in order to uphold the community of strong people that reside within it. Daily, positive and creative people find a way through the fear and negativity that is present. To lose that spark would be to lose the heart of Austin.

What do you hope for Austin in the next 20 years?
I hope that Austin continues becoming the city that it already is: a creative, innovative, and world-changing beacon. I create in order to fulfill that vision.
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Featured Ambassador: Anlo Sepulveda

Yakona World Premiere Trailer from Yakona on Vimeo.

Who are you and what is your profession?
I am Anlo Sepulveda, a filmmaker from Austin, TX.

Can you tell us a little about you background and upbringing?
I grew up in Corpus Christi and Belize, pretty much in water.  I can hold my breath for about 5 minutes and wish I had gills. 

What inspired you to become a filmmaker?
I went to a drive-in theater and watched Star Wars. That pretty much did it.

Who or what do you most admire?
Raw nature.

What do you love about your city?
It is artistically vibrant and culturally rich.

What do you fear most for your city?
Development that impacts the the aquifer in a negative way.

What do you hope for city in the next 20 years? 
I hope we build a bicycle highway.
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