‘Brownsville Bred,’ Director Elaine Del Valle’s Latest Film, Will Have Its World Premiere at SXSW

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Director Elaine Del Valle’s dream has finally come true. “Brownsville Bred,” her most intimate story, will have a world premiere at the SXSW festival.

It reflects the talent, love, and laughter that live in every place, and in all of us,”  Elaine Del Valle tells BELatina News.

Told in a series of vignettes, Brownsville Bred is a coming-of-age drama about Elaine, a spunky young woman who lives with her mother, father, and three half-brothers as one of the only Puerto Rican families in the welfare projects of Brownsville, Brooklyn, in the 1980s New York City. 

Her best friends are her disabled aunt, Elizabeth, and her musically gifted, salsa-loving father, Manny. Elaine idolizes her father and is incredibly proud to have inherited his artistic gifts. For Elaine, life is perfect. But everything falls apart when she discovers that her father struggles with addiction. As a result, Manny must leave her behind to rehab in his hometown in Puerto Rico.


“It has been my long-time dream to realize Brownsville Bred onto the screen,” Del Valle says. “With a trail of award-winning short films that I have directed over the last few years, I find myself ready to tell this, my most intimate story.”

The cast includes Summer Rose Castillo, Javier Muñoz, Karina Ortiz, Susanna Guzman, Kevin Chacon, Neo Vela, Kimora Cuadrado, Gabriela Amerth, Jon Freda, Pierre Jean Gonzalez, and Byron Clohessy.

Elaine Del Valle first received critical acclaim in 2011 when she brought her story to the theater stage Off-Broadway.

The play not only earned her an HOLA award for excellence in playwriting but she was later featured in the PBS documentary “Beating The Odds,” alongside Michelle Obama. She was named a Trendsetter at the annual Multicultural Media Forum.

Now, her story will have a world premiere at SXSW.

The SXSW Film Festival will take place against all odds this March. After being online the last two editions due to the COVID pandemic, SXSW will be held March 11-20, 2022, bringing pivotal stories with it.

“I want audiences to understand that anyone can transcend history, break the poverty cycle, and blaze an inspiring path,” Del Valle said about her movie. “‘Brownsville Bred’ will dignify marginalized voices of color–NOT DESPITE where they come from, BUT BECAUSE of where they come from.”

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