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Audience Favorite Winner announced


August 12

En Tus Brazos Esta Noche (In Your Arms Tonight) was the clear favorite with online voters in this year’s Local Flavor Awards, sponsored by El Paso Electric.

It’s a romantic drama with a dramatic twist from the fertile mind of writer-director Jonathan Gonzales.

Jonathan and his short film (pictured) were voted the Audience Favorite Award by patrons who watched the Local Flavor I and Local Flavor II programs streamed on plazaclassic.com last weekend. Jonathan will receive $250 for his efforts.

If the name sounds familiar, it is because Jonathan won the Audience Favorite Award in 2018 for his Act of Contrition.

In fact, Jonathan is one of two recent repeat award recipients. Las Cruces filmmaker Brandon Gass was chosen this year’s $1,000 First Prize recipient for Stillborn. Brandon took second prize last year with Worlds Away.

Former El Pasoan Ryan Riddle took the $500 Second Prize Award with his short The Music Box.

There was a delay in announcing the Audience Favorite honoree this year, our first live stream of the local filmmaker showcase. A ballot that was supposed to go live after the Local Flavor I program on August 7 did not appear. The ballot did appear after Local Flavor II on August 8. In the interest of fairness, ballots were emailed to those who purchased tickets to view Local Flavor I, but the email did not make it to them. A second email went out and the deadline to vote was extended to 10 a.m. today.

Congratulations to Jonathan and all of our honorees.