Local filmmakers Johnnie Hector, from left, Fernando Urquides and Rick Ortega appear in “Mexicants,” which was filmed in 2013. Hector and Ortega both appear in the short film chosen to be the music video for the Moby song, “Almost Home.” (Courtesy Photo)
A taste of Roswell’s film talent is going international.
A short film produced by local filmmakers was chosen to be the official music video for a song by recording artist Moby.
The short film was shot locally in December, said actor Johnnie Hector, of Roswell.
The video was written and directed by Duck Brown, and features Hector and local actor Rick Ortega as astronauts.
“Moby is international,” Hector said. “This is a project that will get international exposure, it’s not just a New Mexico or even a U.S. project.”
The contest was sponsored by Genaro.tv and the local film was chosen by Moby to be the official video for the song “Almost Home,” which is from the artist’s 11th studio album, “Innocents.”
The film was one of six finalist videos before being picked as the winning entry.
The video follows the adventures of two children playing astronauts and the struggle for survival of two astronauts following an explosion of their spacecraft.
“I was so impressed with the creativity and quality of all of the videos submitted to the Almost Home competition,” Moby posted on the website moby.com. “But I ended up choosing this one because of it’s emotional quality and also because it involves astronauts and outer space!”
Besides winning $6,000 and being chosen the official video for the Moby song, the film is also in contention for a 2013 Genero Award and in the running for $50,000 in awards.
Hector said it only took about two days to shoot the astronaut parts of the film. The contest was announced in October and the winning film was announced on Feb. 5.
“We were very excited,” Hector said. “We still don’t really know what this means. Moby is so much bigger than Roswell, or New Mexico. He’s huge.”
Hector, 39, is no stranger to acting, having appeared in numerous feature films, including the Academy Award- winning “No Country For Old Men” (2007) and more recently, the action film, “Force of Execution” (2013).
Hector and his partners, Ortega and Fernando Urquides, have been working together on projects since shooting their short film “Mexicants” last year.
Hector, Ortega and Urquides have created a website, desperadostv.com, to showcase their work. Besides working to complete filming of their initial project, “Mexicants,” the trio is looking to shoot the feature film, “For Who I Am” in Roswell in April.
“We hope to shoot this film in a couple of weeks, and once people see what we can do, we hope to get funding to finish ‘Mexicants.’”
The filmmakers produced a short version of “Mexicants” last year, but it wasn’t a short film — rather a segment of the complete film, not unlike a chapter from a book.
“People have said we should have changed the pacing, but that isn’t what we were about,” Hector said.
Hector has worked in the film industry for more than 15 years as both an actor and director, but he still has a regular job and is still a regular guy.
“I don’t want to be a big deal, I am just me, and I want to stay humble.”
He said his partners, Ortega and Urquides, are also humble guys who want to make a difference with their art.
The film “For Who I Am” will tell the story of two brothers with divergent interests — one brother is an artist, the other is a businessman — who come to appreciate each other more while taking a road trip.
Hector wrote the screenplay, and said in some ways, the story reflects his own life.
“My father wasn’t sure about my wanting to be an actor, but when ‘No Country For Old Men’ won at the Oscars, he was really proud,” Hector said with a grin.