Student Spanish Assignment Gets Funds for Sequel

February 14, 2014


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The surprise Internet hit video from a Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Spanish class assignment now has a sequel.

Alumna Julie Bryan and her team created a sequel, with funding from Taco Bell, for “El Amore de Mi Amante,” or “The Love of my Lover,” after the video unexpectedly became a smash hit last year, gaining more than 1,000 views in a couple of minutes.

“The assignment is given so students practice what they learned through the semester,” said Adjunct Professor, Maria Mata. “Their story was an example of options students have to experience language in the whole sense of the word.”

The original video, which also featured A&M-Corpus Christi student Adam Elliff, was shared on Reddit, Yahoo Trending, Huffington Post, Gawker, and made it to number one on YouTube. Bryan eventually shared it to Taco Bell’s Facebook page and got a quick reply. Taco Bell agreed to pay for the original video, and even funded an extra “Easter egg” scene. Click HERE to see the sequel.

“That week had to be one of the coolest weeks of our lives,” said Bryan. “The response to the original video was more than we ever thought possible.”

Mata said she was surprised by the response from the students’ assignment.

“But if this is a way to motivate students, I'm all for it,” she said.

Bryan has moved to Dallas to start a production company, WE3, to continue working on what she loves. She is proud to announce they have started on new works to be submitted into film festivals all over the United States.

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