Earlier this week, I spoke to Joe Lujan just before the El Paso premiere of his latest film, Immortal Wars: Resurgence.
Having been both a friend and a fan of Joe over the past year I’ve seen him grow, from our first interview when he talked about being bullied and his dream of becoming a filmmaker, to the premiere of his newest film this past Thursday at Bassett Center.
He’s come a long way and continues to grow.
“I think it’s important to show my film here in El Paso to show those inspiring filmmakers and artists who think that they can’t get out and do what they love to do. I think me bringing my work is a way of showing them yes you can.” Lujan, writer and director of Immortal Wars: Resurgence, shared.
“As long as you stick to it and you stay focused and you believe in what you’re doing, you can go out there and do whatever you put your mind to.”
El Paso is full of creative individuals: actors like Alberto Telles; Peter Stone and Bonnie Juarez who are working to use their museum and knowledge of local history to the film industry– all of whom contributed in one way or another to Immortal Wars: Resurgence.
It was a great night for Joe and his fans. People showing up and having time to talk with a local filmmaker and comic book writer, it was inspiring. Others asking for him to autograph one of his DVDs (Immortal Wars is available at Walmart and most streaming video services) or comic books. Others asking him a few technical questions about the movie or the special effects.
There was more to the night than just a movie and the chance to meet Joe Lujan. Those in attendance were also supporting Movies for Kids.
“Movies for Kids is a foundation here in El Paso that helps kids living in orphanages. They’re helping kids who are less fortunate and not that don’t have the resources or the ability to go do something simple like watch a movie. To me, it’s important to help them,” said Lujan, “with me as a kid, if I didn’t have the ability to go watch movies, I would not be who I am and where I’m at right now in my career or in my life. So, I think it’s important to help those up and coming generations and the little ones to get that experience and start letting their imaginations inspire them.”
It was an inspiring evening. Catching up with Joe and talking about his movie and projects that we are both working on separately. Watching him inspire others and their dreams. It was a good night.
I’ll leave Joe with the final word:
“It’s just important to, and I mentioned it over and over again, it’s important help your local arts support your local arts and artists. Be there and support them. Even if you just show up for a small amount of time or something. I think it’s important to support them.”