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Mayra Leal to Appear at 14th Annual Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival

Mayra Leal will appear on a panel at the 14th Annual Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival September 15, 2012 film screening at the Star Cinema Grill in Webster, Texas.  She will be featured on a panel “Latinos in Film:  Making Your Big Break Onto the Big Screen” with Director Baldemar Rodriguez of “In Search of the American Dream” (the film we debut at the festival 9/13), Actress, Host, and Spokesperson Nellie Gonzalez, and one other surprise guest celebrity with Hector Luna, Publisher of C47 Magazine moderating.  The film festival begins September 13th thru 16th.  Actor Brandon Smith  of “No Country for Old Men” to attend and receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in feature film.  Other news developing.  For more information, visit:, get your tickets today for the 9/15 screening – panel scheduled from 2:30PM  to 3PM CST.

“El Cascabel” Fight Scene Rehearsal

Actress Mayra Leal

Director Israel Marquez will travel to Houston (from Dallas) this week to rehearse a crucial mixed martial arts fight scene with Actress Mayra Leal, who will play “La Llorona” (The Weepeing Girl). “I hope to introduce a new fighting technique that has never been featured in film for ‘El Cascabel‘ (The Rattlesnake),” says Israel. Although, Mayra has never had formal martial arts training, she is extremely agile and fit. She undergoes advanced cardio training with her trainer three times a week and has years of professional choreographed dance.

Mayra was recently featured in the movie “Machete” as “Chica” who seductively overtakes Danny Trejo who is “Machete” in the latest Robert Rodriguez film.

“Machete” Movie Trailer, Mayra Appears at :30 in the Clip

When it comes to film, she will be able to learn the moves required for the scene in a 3 to 4 hour session. “I wanted to come to Houston before we shoot the action scene, so the movements are automatic in her mind and I can learn more on how to direct her for this style.”

Special thanks to Owner/Instructor Larry Escher of Texas Krav Maga for the use of his facility in Katy, Texas for this rehearsal and the Houston Film Commission for their assistance in helping our production team to locate a facility.

The producers will be inviting a few visitors to attend a special viewing of the training. If you are in the media or interested in sponsoring this production, please contact Andy Valadez, Associate Producer, at or call 713.560.3348 for times and location details (invitations are limited).

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