ROS Creative Team was busy this past summer in Mazatlán, Sinaloa producing the independent American feature film WINDOWS ON THE WORLD.

WINDOWS ON THE WORLD, an UpCal Entertainment film, is an intense drama that takes a look at the events of 9/11 from the perspective of a Mexican migrant. The movie was shot on location in both New York City and Mazatlán. The film stars Ryan Guzman and Edward James Olmos, was directed by Michael Olmos, was written by Robert Mailer Anderson and Zack Anderson and was produced by Robert Mailer Anderson and Vicangelo Bulluck.

ROS Creative Team provided all of the production services for the Mexican portion of the film including:

  • Location scouting
  • Permitting
  • Local casting
  • Crew
  • Film equipment
  • Transportation
  • Logistics

Set in September 2001, WINDOWS ON THE WORLD is a period piece, which meant the art department had a lot of fun sourcing wardrobe, props, set dressing and vehicles that were appropriate for the story. Luckily Mazatlán has not changed that much in the past 20 years, so it was a great location for a film set over 15 years ago.


The local Mazatlán authorities were extremely welcoming to our production and the wide variety of locations available added greatly to the film's production value. We filmed in the Centro Historico, in the main Cathedral, on charming Isla de la Piedra, on the bustling shrimp docks, in the surrounding towns and we even created our own desert!

WINDOWS ON THE WORLD was lensed by veteran cinematographer Reynaldo Villalobos and the decision was made to shoot on ARRI Alexa Minis with Zeiss Master Anamorphic lenses. The extra wide frame allowed the film to really take advantage of the spectacular Mazatlán locations and added an epic quality to the production.

Post production is now underway and the film is slated for worldwide release in 2018.

If you are interested in filming in Mazatlán (or anywhere else in Mexico) get in touch with us for more information!