Red Mesa

Ilana Lapid

USA, Coming of Age Drama, 2009
17 min, 35mm, Color
Spanish, English with English subtitles


Unable to share her beloved grandfather's dreams for her future, Lynn charts her own path by seeking love beyond familiar borders. Caught in the crossfire of her love for her grandfather and her secret love with an undocumented worker, she must decide which borders she is willing to cross. Set on a cattle ranch on the US-Mexico border, Red Mesa, winner of the Best Short Film award at Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival in 2009, is a cinematic exploration of love, loyalty, and coming of age through the struggle with difficult choices.


Austin Premiere


Ilana Lapid, Artist in Residence at Slifka Center at Yale, is a filmmaker, writer and arts-educator interested in exploring the personal faces of global conflict. Ilana was born in New York City, spent her childhood in Jerusalem and Ottawa before moving to Las Cruces, New Mexico. She has a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University, with a focus on International Relations and Middle Eastern studies. She has produced three award-winning USC thesis films and directed 11 short films, for which she was awarded both the Jack Nicholson and the John Huston Directing Awards from USC.


Producer: Vineet Dewan
Screenwriter: Ilana Lapid
Cinematographer: John DeFazio
Editor: Franklin Peterson
Sound Design: Chris Brenner, David Lankton
Music: Sasha Ivanov
Cast: Tom Bower, Jessica Spotts, Gabriel Rivera

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