Directed by Matt Ogens
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 83 Minutes World Premiere
Many of the students who attend Bowie High School in El Paso, Texas, have an unusual commute to school: over the bridge and across the border that separates their school from their homes in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. For many of these students, sports represent one possible route to a better life: Erik, a soccer player, dreams of playing professionally; Shyanne, one of the school’s best wrestlers, sees the Army as a way to get to college but begins to rethink her course in the current political climate; and Francisco, a hard throwing pitcher and third baseman whose father isn’t allowed into the United States, plays each game with that absence in the back of his mind.

Matt Ogens’ observational documentary Home + Away follows each of these students as they navigate academics and athletic competition, while also contending with language barriers, a school in need of greater funding, and familial strife, during the their final years at Bowie.

—Jason Gutierrez
Documentary, Sports
About the Director(s)
Matt Ogens is an award-winning filmmaker, known for his evocative visual aesthetic in which image and narrative are intertwined. He works across a variety of media including advertising, documentary film, and virtual and augmented reality.

Film Info
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    83 minutes
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    English, Spanish
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Cast & Credits
  • Co-Editor:
    Andrew Fredericks
  • Additional Cinematography:
    Ellie Ann Fenton, Andrew Shuford, Bryant Marcontel, Benjamin Kitchens
  • Co-Producer:
    Vertel Scott, Chris Greene
  • Additional Editors:
    Mel Rodriguez, Tania Levia, Cristhian Arias, Siara Haider
  • Producer:
    Nathaniel Greene, Todd Makurath, Luke Ricci, Matt Ogens, Nina Chaudry
  • Editor:
    Dan Shulman-Means
  • Cast:
    Francisco Mata, Shyanne Murguia, Erik Espinoza Villa
  • Cinematographer:
    John Tipton
  • Research + Writing:
    Joshua Roth, Charlie Short, Scott Burn
  • Director:
    Matt Ogens
  • Associate Producer:
    Michael Cheng, Joshua Roth
  • Production Companies:
    Tribeca Studios and Bullitt
  • Composer:
    Greg Kuehn, Khari Mateen