Filmmaker screens latest work Saturday at BMFA

The Brownsville premiere of Marie J. Magdaleno’s short film “Piper” is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, 660 E. Ringgold St.

The screening is free to the public.

Shot in Brownsville, Harlingen and South Padre Island during a single weekend last year, “Piper” is on the festival circuit and already has been screened in California, New York and Berlin, Germany, Magdaleno said. It’s scheduled for a screening next weekend in Corpus Christi.

“The film is about a young girl who’s pretty much full of joy, and she goes through life and she encounters people who are going through tough times,” Magdaleno said. “She ends up touching people’s lives unexpectedly. She shows them that they should have faith, because this little girl is full of faith. It’s a really nice story.”

The 16 1/2-minute short is similar to the 2004 movie “Crash” in the sense that its characters are connected in surprising ways, said the Brownsville native, now living in San Antonio.

Magdaleno said she may also screen her first film, “Fearless Fight,” on Saturday at BMFA. “Fearless Fight” also was shot in Brownsville and was among 50 “official selections” out of 500 submissions for the first Latino Short Film Festival in 2015 in New York.