Episode 08 - Evan Buxbaum, Director of Sun Belt Express

The Refilmery Series podcast is the weekly show that takes you behind the year’s most exciting films and into the lives of the people who create them.


Ethics professor Allen King (Tate Donovan) has hit rock bottom after being fired for plagiarizing a student’s work. He lives in sunny Arizona, and now shuttles immigrants across the Mexican border in the trunk of his beat up Volvo – for cash to pay expenses to his ex-wife (Rachel Harris).

It’s only a matter of time before Allen’s life catches up with him – and rapidly devolves into chaos, as both his pregnant Mexican girlfriend (Ana de la Reguera) and his teenage daughter (India Ennenga…who you may recall from last week’s featured film About Scout) land in his car during an illegal run across the border – along with three undocumented immigrants in the trunk.

What could possibly go wrong?

The Sun Belt Express is a smart comedy about what is typically a serious topic – illegal immigration. It is Evan Wolf Buxbaum’s first feature film and he joins us today on the Refilmery Series with our live audience in New York.

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Sun Belt Express

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IMDb »
91-min | Comedy, Family, Drama | 18 August 2015 | USA
Director: Evan Buxbaum
Writers: Evan Buxbaum, Chance Mullen, Gregorio Castro

Oscar Avila … Rafi
Robert Buxbaum … Pat
Arturo Castro … Miguel
Deborah Chavez … Miguel’s Mother
Ana de la Reguera … Ana
Tate Donovan … Allen King
India Ennenga … Emily King
Rachael Harris Rachael Harris … Margaret King
Stephen Lang … Officer Rick

A down-on-his-luck ethics professor ends up on a completely unhinged run across the Mexican border with his teenage daughter in tow – and four undocumented immigrants in the trunk.

About the Director

Evan Wolf Buxbaum

Evan Wolf Buxbaum grew up in New York City and has been making movies since he was strong enough to pick up his parents’ Hi8 camera. After attending Swarthmore College where he received a degree in Political Science with a minor in International Conflict Resolution, he traveled for just under a year, visiting as many of the wildest parts of the world as possible.

Since returning to Brooklyn, his shorts and film work have screened at numerous festivals across the country while his first narrative feature, Sun Belt Express, a dark comedy set along the border between Arizona and Mexico, was recently acquired by Mar Vista Entertainment and released across all platforms in late 2014. He is an Executive Producer on two further features Band of Robbers, which was released theatrically by Gravitas Ventures and the upcoming CRABS!, which was acquired by Raven Banner in early 2016 and will be released soon.

Evan most recently worked as a video Producer at Vox Creative, Vox Media’s in house creative agency, where he oversaw production of advertorial video content across all eight in-house brands: Eater, Racked, Curbed, Polygon, TheVerge, SBNation, reCode, and Vox.com

As a commercial producer and director, Evan has worked on numerous projects for a broad range of clients from Johnnie Walker, to Nike, General Motors, Campbell’s, Dodge, Toyota, Applebees, Google, NFLShop, and many more.

Evan Buxbaum on IMDb »

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