a film by Crystal Avila 

Debajo de los árboles

Beneath the Trees

In loving memory of Jesús Villanueva

(May 15th, 1934 - December 14th, 2018)

Audience Choice Award 28th  Annual Notre Dame Student Film Festival 




Audience Choice Best of Festival Winner! Thank you to the judges and audience members for such a great honor!

August 2019 - We were pleased to be a part of the lovely 

Midwest Waterways Short Film Festival

May 2018 - We were pleased to be screening at the wonderful Austin based

The Cine Las Americas International Film Festival 

April 2018 - We were pleased to be screening and nominated for Best Short Doc and

Best Female Filmmaker at  

The Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival   

February 2018 - We were pleased to be screening and competing as one of 10 finalists at the Oscar Qualifying 



January 2017 - We were pleased to be screening and Audience Choice winner at the   

2017 Notre Dame Student Film Festival   

And multiple other private and screenings throughout Chicago and the South Bend area. 

Thank you to all you have come out to see the film.



With the help of an old still camera, a Mexican immigrant diagnosed with memory loss and his granddaughter retrace his journey across the Arizona border over 60 years ago.


Directed by Crystal Avila Floeder

Original Soundtrack composed and performed by Jasmin Avila 

Co - Producer - Fidelia Avila 

Associate Producer - Briana Avila 

Contact Crystal Avila Floeder at cavila247@gmail.com


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