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Synopsis: During lockdown it became pretty clear to a lot of us that what was holding us back wasn’t a lack of time, but maybe our fear, mental health, and infinity scrolling on our phones. At the prompting of a friend near the start of the pandemic I created this film from script to screen, entirely by myself. This slice of life dramedy is a love letter to everyone who wants to do big things in the world, but has no idea where to start.

Language

English

Run Time

8 minutes

Starring

Jeff Torres (Jeff)
Ksenia Solo (Ksenia)
Dado (Jean)
Sally Hughes (Dream Girl)
Jonathan Cahill (Motivational Speaker)

Director's Statement

Having worked on stage and on camera for over a decade I’ve come to the conclusion that art is of utmost important to our society. Honest work can only help to expand our humanity, and it’s the looking glass with which we can allow others to experience a life not their own. Acting is incredibly fulfilling and a life passion of mine, but now that I’ve created something and expressed myself from script to screen, it’s clear this is the next logical step. We all have our own lens and our own form of expression so we should seek to share that. As a Mexican-American filmmaker, creating honest, funny, grounded, and relatable films is my intention – to tell complex, unheard stories with social awareness, in a simple way. By virtue of existing and sharing my lived experience as a bilingual and multicultural person, I am expanding the landscape of representation in front of and behind the lens. I believe art can change the world.

Director's Bio

Torres comes from a strong theatre/film/tv background as an actor but has also directed staged readings (Company of Angels, Antaeus Theatre co, National Autonomous University of Mexico) , short plays, and web series. This is his first foray into directing his own project and he can’t wait to produce more of his own work. He’s also incredibly honored to be included in The Catalina Film Festival.

Country of Origin

USA

Production Year

2020

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