Edward Tyndall is a documentary filmmaker and the assistant professor of media production at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Now, he can add award-winning screenwriter to that list.
Tyndall received the Feature Screenplay Award for his screenplay "Falfurrias", at the 36th annual Starz Denver Film Festival (SDFF), which was held Nov. 6-17 in Denver, CO. The film festival was recently recognized as the Rocky Mountain region's largest film event, as it attracted more than 50,000 attendees during the festival, and featured 270 films from 44 countries.
"Falfurrias" follows Araceli, a girl orphaned by the Mexican drug war, who embarks on a journey to the United States to reunite with her dying sister. She eventually teams with a small-time criminal who goes by the name Ringo, to help her cross the Rio Grande. In the end, Araceli must choose between violence and compassion to survive in the borderlands of Texas.
“It took my about a year to get to the current draft of Falfurrias. I expect to continue to go through script development all the way up until we shoot,” Tyndall said.
Tyndall's screenplay was also the recent winner of the Parks Avenue Award in the Drama category of the 2013 New York Screenplay Competition, and was also chosen as a Second Rounder for the Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition. ‘Falfurrias’ was chosen out of 8,648 entries to go to the second round of judging.
When asked what has lead to his success as a writer, filmmaker and professor, Tyndall says that success is twofold.
"I think the key to success in film is twofold. First, people have to make what they can with the resources they have so that they can develop their craft,” Tyndall said. “Second, you have to really fall in love with the process of making the work.”
Tyndall’s love for the process leads him to continue refining ‘Falfurrias’ with hopes of a summer 2014 production start-date.