Animator’s vision comes alive on screen

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LAS CRUCES, NM (KTSM) – Film fanatics, grab your popcorn! The Las Cruces International Film Festival is already underway featuring filmmakers from all over the world.

The event is giving one NMSU graduate the chance to introduce his first animated short film about a duck and his companion. 

Carlos Tejeda has an eye for animation and is working hard to chase his dream. 

“I just want to be able to make a living out of doing what I love… which is entertaining an audience and telling stories. As soon as I can do that, I’ll be happy until I die,” Tejeda said.

Six months ago, the NMSU Alumnus felt inspired to create a story he truly believed in – titled Duck-A-Cola.

“This is a story about a duck that is different from all the other ducks. And the other ducks don’t like him. So they decide to leave him alone there. Since he’s different, he has his only companionship which is soda,” he explained.

The unique idea behind the story is easy to see, but the Borderland native has a specific crowd he’s looking to entertain.

“I had an audience in mind, which was children. And I wanted to do something that changed them,” said Tejeda. “The main thing that I want kids to know with this short film is that it doesn’t matter who you are. Just do what you feel like. We all are different and you have to embrace your abnormalities. You have to embrace who you are.”

Tejeda and 11 other filmmakers are graduates of NMSU’s Creative Media Institute, which is something that organizers love to share with Film Festival attendees.

“When I see current students working the festival, and I see past students Alumni with films in the festival – as a teacher and as the executive director of film festivals it’s the most rewarding thing in the world,” Executive Director of the Las Cruces Film Festival Ross Marks said.

“There’s a lot of talent around. In Cruces, the Borderland. There’s a lot of talent and good people. Please, please, please help people like us. People that are pursuing their passion. So that we can all make a living out of this,” Tejeda implored.

Duck-A-Cola will be screening at the Las Cruces International Film Festival Friday at the Cineport Theater at 5:23 p.m. The festival runs through Sunday

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