A children’s film, written by a Douglas native, is set to debut this Saturday evening in the Gadsden Hotel.

“El Burrito Cowboy Saves Douglas, AZ” was written and directed by Alfonso Sahagun Casaus, a photojournalist for KGUN 9 in Tucson, who was born in Aqua Prieta and grew up on both sides of the border.

According to a press release promoting the upcoming event, the film, that was shot in Douglas with a few scenes from Trail Dust Town in Tucson, features a spooky phantom who has taken over the historic Gadsden Hotel.

An evil man named Tor the Terrible is also trying to take over all of the buildings on G Avenue. He’s so crooked he could swallow nails and spit out corkscrews.

Now everyone is leaving the border town and it’s up to El Burrito Cowboy and his friends to save Douglas. Who is the phantom and will they be able to stop Tor in time?

The 45-minute children’s movie is based off of “El Burrito Cowboy Show.” It features El Burrito Cowboy, El Paquita Vaquita, and Amiga Sue. They love to have fun and teach kids how to eat healthy, exercise and protect the environment.

The Douglas High School marching band will also make an on-screen appearance.

Sahagun Casaus says Douglas holds a very special place in his heart and this truly is a passion project.

“I have a lot of fond memories of Douglas,” he said in the release. “When I walk down G Avenue, I see my mother, my father, my sisters and my friends.”

Sahagun Casaus hopes the movie will encourage people to rediscover all that Douglas has to offer.

The KGUN 9 photojournalist and now filmmaker, is an experienced news photographer with multiple awards under his belt, including a number of regional Emmys.

Doors to the upcoming screening will open at 6 p.m. The movie will begin at 7 p.m. There is room for 80 people. Tickets will be handed out at the door on a first-come, first-serve basis.

If you miss this event, don’t worry, there will be more showings in Tucson, Bisbee, and other parts of Southern Arizona, the press release states. Stay tuned for details.

A trailer for the move is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQDCaChAEBc. It is voiced by legendary KGUN9 news anchor Guy Atchley.

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