Armando fulfilled one of his personal goals when he was chosen for the Flip This House program on the A&E television network. With his dynamic and independent personality as the focus, the show became one of the most popular do-it-yourself programs on cable and earned him millions of loyal fans in the United States and around the world. That experience and his unique industry insights have inspired him to investigate other ventures on television and in film.
Another of his longtime aims was establishing his hometown of San Antonio as the Third Coast for movie production in the United States, expanding production of feature films beyond the traditional centers in Los Angeles and New York.
Armando Montelongo Productions is the newest venture for the Armando Montelongo Companies. Its goal is to produce feature films in San Antonio for nationwide release.
The company’s initial project, a feature film called Mission Park , is in post-production in San Antonio, Texas. The screenplay for Mission Park was written by Bryan Ramirez, a San Antonio native who was hired originally to work in the company’s video production department. Ramirez also is directing the film.
Mission Park is an urban crime drama set in San Antonio. It is the story of four friends whose lives have taken different directions. One is a drug lord, running a powerful syndicate. Another is his right-hand man. One is an FBI agent, sent to infiltrate the organization and bring it down. And one is the woman in the middle.
Jeremy Ray Valdez, a veteran of more than 20 roles on television and in movies, portrays Bobby Ramirez, the young FBI agent. Valdez has had roles in two films that have debuted at the Sundance Film Festival – La Mission and All She Can.
Walter Perez plays Jason Martinez, the drug lord. Perez has made guest appearances on a number of television programs, including Friday Night Lights and CSI:Miami, and was one of the leads in the 2009 version of Fame.
Joseph Julian Soria, who has appeared on television, films and major commercials, portrays Derek Hernandez, the right-hand man. Soria most recently was in the Texas-themed movie All She Can, and has appeared on television shows including The Shield and Dexter.
Fernanda Romero, has been a regular on television shows in Mexico and appeared in a number of movies in the United States. Romero plays Gina Lopez, the woman caught between a former boyfriend (FBI agent Ramirez) and Martinez, the drug lord.
Other cast members include Will Estes from the hit CBS show Blue Bloods, Jesse Borrego from the upcoming film Colombiana, Julio Cedillo from the blockbuster film Cowboys and Aliens, Vivica A. Fox from Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Sean Patrick Flanery from the cult hit The Boondock Saints. Click on the links to read more about Estes, Borrego, Cedillo, Fox, and Flanery on Wikipedia.