the chronicles

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Photo by Andrew Pielage

Photo by Andrew Pielage


The Colter Chronicles

A Feature Film

A former Army Ranger and a Mexican street kid work both sides of the law to bring justice to the weak and the poor in one of the bloodiest towns north of the Texas-Mexican border. 

Dark, gritty and forbidding, The Colter Chronicles is an edgy modern day Western set in an unforgiving landscape dominated by a divisive border fence. That fence is pivotal to the unfolding story of this action packed feature film. 


With the 1200 mile Texas-Mexican border as a backdrop, The Colter Chronicles delves into the historic, often violent relationship that exists between Mexicans and Americans as the weakened Mexican economy, NAFTA, and the escalating drug trafficking take their toll.  Based just outside Laredo, the most violent of the Texas border towns, this procedural drama pits Colter and young Juanito against Mexican drug cartels, coyotes, illegals, and – on the other side of the border – the Minutemen, fanatical militants, and the  local posse headed up by “Killer Dave Weaver”, a local rancher and Colter’s sadistic nemesis.  

The film focuses on the relationship between Colter and Juanito, and on Colter’s love-hate relationship with the Border Patrol, in particular Officer Maggie Cruz Wallis, utilizing these relationships as a means of presenting – and discussing – one of the major issues confronting the American people today: illegal immigration. 

A subject seen most often as black and white, as opposed to shades of grey, The Colter Chronicles puts a face on the controversy.  Distinctions are made between the downtrodden, poor Mexican looking to improve his way of life, and the vicious drug cartel members whose overwhelming presence in the media often colors the American take on the problems.  The challenges faced by Border Patrol officers, local American ranchers, charity and aid groups, show just how quickly fear can turn into hate.  And how relationships can bend and break as tolerance and understanding die.