Squeeze Box: 2015 Winner Best Regional Film

Manuel Casillas reemerges from a musical hiatus determined to embark on a new phase of his career. His plans are put to a halt by a collection of vivid dreams, a group of feral cats, and a strange box containing a substance that devours whatever it touches.

Squeezebox was written and directed by Sam Lerma, produced by Ralph Lopez and Vanessa Garcia with cinematography by Kevin Nations. The cast features Pedro Casteneda, Lisa Suarez, Ricardo Lerma, Sebastien De La Cruz, Nizhoni Camille, Begay Felicia and A. Leon.


Sam Lerma, is an award winning filmmaker in San Antonio, Texas. He’s been working in the TV/Film industry for the past 13 years. Lerma has worked for two San Antonio news stations, KABB/FOX29, and KSAT-12, the local ABC affiliate, as a video editor, news photographer, and video journalist. He is now the Director of Production and teaches at the Film School of San Antonio, a magnet school at Harlandale High School. Sam’s last three films, Trash Day, Lilia, and Flutter have gone on to screen at several major film festivals, including: SXSW, The Los Angeles International Latino Film Festival, The New York International Latino Film Festival, Cine Las Americas, Cinefestival, and The Dallas Videofest. The films have brought home the Best Director award at the Long Island Latino Film Festival, the Jury prize at the SAL Film Festival, the Chris Caddel Flatland Filmmaker Award at the Flatland Film Festival, the Award of Excellence in Filmmaking at the Canada International Film Festival, and the Best San Antonio Filmmaker Award at the 2012 San Antonio Film Festival.