Meet the cast and crew of the highly anticipated El Paso film script El Pavo Bravo this weekend.

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This weekend, the El Paso community can meet the actors and musicians behind El Pavo Bravo (The Brave Turkey), an award-winning, bilingual dramedy feature film script co-written by Border Theatre ensemble Austin Savage and Roland Esparza.

The screenplay was submitted "for fun" to The Black List, an annual survey of the "most-liked" motion picture screenplays not yet produced, and it won.

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Sponsored by Hornitos, El Pavo Bravo won along with four other scripts, including submissions from New Orleans, Australia, and Los Angeles - taking home $15K each.

Since then, Savage and Esparza have been swept up in a whirlwind of possibilities filming a proof of concept short that will be screened in the festival circuit this year, attracting even more Hollywood eyes and funds in the hopes of getting picked up for a full-length feature.

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El Pavo Bravo has been getting so much buzz that even the Sundance Institute Labs invited both Savage and Esparza to take part in its intensive residency program that pairs up-and-coming artists with experienced mentors.

The team has also been fundraising nonstop to match their winnings to help with production costs and even received a nice $2K donation match from the Paso Del Norte Foundation last month.

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The script, which has also been getting some Hollywood eyes, is set in El Paso and Juarez, centered around one man, a luchador who carries the legacy of his predecessors and who has aspirations of playing in a band.

Following the death of his best friend, the legendary luchador abandons wrestling before the biggest match of his career and takes up music to try and win back his long-lost love.

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The film also includes a soundtrack featuring original music by local musicians such as Jim Ward (Sparta), Our Friend The Mountain, Emily Davis, Omar Cuellar, and artwork by local artist Wyndi Soto.

This weekend you can join the Pavo party at Mona Bar of Modern Art, where the team will host a meet and greet fundraiser featuring live music by The Hot Bachs, Omar Cuellar, Our Friend The Mountain, and Reginald Fairweather. Plus, you can meet and take photos with the film's featured actors, Abe Bueno-Jallad and Jessica Meraz.

El Pavo Bravo merchandise created by Mother of All Branding will also be available, and they will also be raffling off some of their custom El Pavo Bravo masks.

If you cannot attend, you can still help support this local project by making a tax-deductible donation HERE.

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