Red Sands

Michael Rossetti

2010 - HD - Color - 24 mins


Rick, a Mexican American border patrol agent, nearly kills two Mexican illegal immigrants, Jose Luis and Enrique, after thinking that they are trying to hurt his teenage son Chris, who has been severely injured riding his ATV near the U.S. Mexico border.


Red Sands follows the relationship of a father and son and their encounter with two illegal immigrants in the Southwest desert. The film is built around the themes of trust, sacrifice, racism against Latinos and prejudice against immigrants. Rick despises the illegal immigrants crossing the border and does not care about their safety or well-being. When his son Chris has an accident riding his ATV in the desert, two illegal immigrants come to his aid.

Red Sands appeals to American and foreign audiences. The film's final message expresses the growing animosity between Mexican American residents and illegal immigrants. The rogue sniper creates a sense of fear and imminent danger. He also underscores the propensity for vigilantly violence fueling the ongoing immigration debate. The film's objective is to focus attention not only to the racism against Latinos, but to show the growing prejudice with in the Latino community with respect to immigration status on both sides of the border.


Sammy Elliott                                                       Chris

Gabriel Rivera                                                   Enrique

Jaime Mora                                                            Rick

Jose Luis Butto                                                Jose Luis

Marlene Melby                                                      Nicky

Marlon Lewis                                                        David

Ismael Salinas                                                     Coyote

Kenneth Vaughan                                                 Sniper

Oscar Ramirez                                                   Bagman

Oralia Ortega                                             News Anchor

Mark Melby                                            Coach Crowley

Jose Parra                                                Immigrant # 1

Rosa Parra                                                 Immigrant #2

Produced By

Carlos Corral                                                        Producer

Sarah-Rose Meredith                          Associate Producer

Mikey Reyes                                                         Producer

Salvador David Reyes                         Executive Producer

Yolanda Reyes                                    Executive Producer

Original Music

Milosz Jeziorski


Michael Rossetti


Carlos Corral

Production Design

Yolanda Reyes

Costume Design

Yolanda Reyes

Makeup Department

Kaitlin Bartley                                                    Hair Stylist

Kaitlin Bartley                                               Makeup artist

Kaitlin Bartley                       special makeup effects artist

Richard Glass                        special makeup effects artist


Production Manager

Daniel  Reyes                                    Production Manager


Assistant Director

Sarah-Rose Meredith                           Assistant Director

Art Department

Yolanda Reyes                                        property master

Yolanda Reyes                                              set designer 

Sound Department

Carlos Corral                                               sound editor

Christopher Robleto                               boom operator

Christopher Robleto                               dialogue editor

Christopher Robleto                                   sound editor

Christopher Robleto                      sound effects editor

Christopher Robleto                                  sound mixer

Christopher Robleto            sound re-recording mixer

Kelli Royse                                            boom operator

Camera and Electrical Department

Nico Aguilera                                assistant camera

Rachel A. Bailey                                                grip

Paul du Mont                                                    grip

Jeanette M. Loera                          assistant camera

Ryan Martinez                                               gaffer

Marco Naylor                                camera operator

Felipe Pena                                             dolly grip

Julian Quiambao                                       key grip

Art Rayon Jr.                                                   grip

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Yolanda Reyes                                       costumer


Editorial Department

Carlos Corral                                          colorist


Other crew

Jose Luis Butto                  production assistant

Manuel Cota                     production assistant

Paul du Mont                    production assistant

Ashley Parraz                   production assistant

Oscar Ramirez                  production assistant

Marina Salinas                        script supervisor

Joseline Segovia                production assistant

Dakota A. Thomas             production assistant

NYU Tish School of the Arts Graduate Film