Actress Mayra Leal from “Machete” to Appear in Texas-based Movie Short “El Cascabel” (The Rattlesnake)

Director/Writer Israel Marquez of Cascabel Films Bringing a Bad Brood to Dallas, Texas

Dallas, Texas (December 27, 2010) – Filmmaker Israel Marquez will begin principal photography for “El Cascabel” in Dallas, Texas at Robbie’s Sports Bar and Grill in February 2011.  The short film is the second for the director and differs greatly from his award-winning “Haley’s Angel” based on the true story of child abuse and shot on Main Street in Grand Prairie, Texas this summer near Dallas. “The people of Grand Prairie and the greater Dallas community have been so supportive of my work in film and other Texas filmmakers. We are really excited about our next feature with a strong cast for ‘El Cascabel’,” says Israel. 

“El Cascabel” is a tale set in a Texas bar – an assassin’s den. The plot-line features “El Maestro” (the boss) played by Indie Spirit Award Nominee for Best Actor, Pete Castaneda, from San Antonio, and “Cochino” (a hesitant hit man) played by Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Master and Muy Thai Fighter, Johnny Lazanno. The slithery gentlemen discuss a planned strike (over a tequila and fajita lunch) of a once trusted and legendary predator-killer “El Cascabel”, to be played by veteran actor and musician, Abel Becerra.  Both Pete and Abel also starred in the film festival favorite and Spirit Award feature film “August Evening” (shot in San Antonio, Texas).

“Israel and I have joined forces to tell interesting stories in motion-picture and sound,” says Abel, “We are also capitalizing on our passion for music and scoring for film, our experiences in acting for cinema, and have been blessed to attract excellent talent for our upcoming productions.” 

Actress Mayra Leal, from Houston, Texas, has been cast as “La Llorona” (the bosses daughter and trusted personal guardian), a character that will also emerge for a planned sequel to “El Cascabel” and ultimately a feature-length film.  Mayra is known for a stellar career-in- the-making, appearing in the opening scene of the all-star cast of  “Machete” (also shot in Texas) featured opposite Steven Seagal and Danny Trejo who is “Machete”, “The Killing Game” starring Samuel L. Jackson, “Playing House” (a thriller), “Miami Magma” (in post-production shot in Louisiana to release on the SyFy TV Network), the new TV series “El Gallo” (shot in Austin, Texas), and an upcoming movie “Solus” to be shot in Houston, Texas.

“I really enjoyed the script and later discovered how the producers plan to develop my role – I was really pleasantly surprised,” says Mayra. “The graphics team is working on comic character animations of the cast for the opening credits and a unique wardrobe concept for ‘La Llorona’ that I really like,” says Mayra.

“We are honored to have such a great cast for ‘El Cascabel’,” says the director.

This film is being produced by Monica Hernandez Becerra.

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Photos of cast available
Interviews available                                               
Scene clips available by request
Media access to set on days of shooting    (2nd and 3rd weekend in February 2011)

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