Coachella Valley Filmmaker Christian Sesma is “Living the Dream”

Mar. 20, 2014 / By

JOHNNY FLORES JR/Coachella Uninc

COACHELLA — When Christian Sesma graduated from San Diego State University in 2003, he had no idea where his bachelor of arts degree in anthropology would take him.

But that all changed four years later.

“I realized filmmaking was my true calling in 2007 after I shot my first few short and feature films,” said Sesma.

Sesma has since received various film festival awards and film selections from across the United States. His films include “Shoot the Hero,” starring Jason Mewes and Danny Trejo, and “I’m Not Like That No More,” starring Paul Rodriguez.

He recently completed “The Night Crew.” The film centers on a group of bounty hunters who must survive a night in a desert motel against a horde of savage cartel killers. They soon realize that their fugitive, a mysterious Chinese woman, is much more than she seems. The film stars up-and-coming actors Luke Goss and Bokeem Woodbine, in addition to well-established actors Mewes and Trejo. Sesma, who lives in Palm Springs, shot four of this film’s scenes in the city of Coachella.

“We needed to double a small town in Mexico, and Coachella had the charm and culture to match, not to mention the tremendous outpouring of community support and the huge support form the city and its officials,” said Sesma. “Mayor Eduardo Garcia was vital.”

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