Short Film – In festivals 2016
Blast Beat is a coming-of-age drama with some comedy thrown in the mix set in the year 2000 about CARLY and MATEO. Carly is a tougher-than-nails 17-year-old dude who’s passionate about metal music; it’s his escape, his ritual, and his definition. His 16-year-old rival brother, Mateo, is more of a free spirited, sensitive, and artistic soul.
The brothers and their family are Colombian undocumented immigrants who have been living in the U.S. for only a year and are in the middle of a difficult and painful cultural transition. Nelly, The boys’ mother, is having an affair with a man they know from church, and what’s even worse their role-model father, Ernesto, has been suddenly picked up by the Immigration Police and is getting deported!
When the news of the deportation comes to light, Mateo tries to carry out a crazy plan that would reunite him with his father. Even though the brothers are ultimate rivals, Carly sets out to protect Mateo from his own madness and save the future of the family.
WHY BLAST BEAT?
Every metalhead out there knows that a blast beat is the apex in a metal song that unleashes an assault of raw energy. This is a direct analogy of the events in Carly’s life that force him to take a bold leap into adulthood, a decision that will change him forever.
of stars and alligators
Feature Film | In Development
Of Stars and Alligators is a family dramedy about Johnny Sandino, an uptight Colombian-American college professor living in the South Florida suburbs who wants more than anything to get a tenured position at Boston University’s revered Multicultural Studies Department.
Johnny and his metalhead teenager son, Tobias, however, are only starting to adjust to life after the suicide of a family member—Johnny’s wife, Tobias’s mother.
When Johnny’s extrovert and daredevil brother, Sebastian, suddenly returns penniless from an eight-year journey across the world, Johnny’s carefully calculated life is completely thrown up-side-down.
Johnny’s made the point to never talk about the tragedy because he fears the whole thing might bring instability into his son’s development. But the opposite has happened!
The dense air of secrecy along with the news that they might move to Boston stretches their relationship so taut that it sends Tobias down a gnarly emotional spiral. Sensing that his son might be in imminent danger, Johnny sets out on a desperate search that culminates in a dramatic confrontation where he must reveal his most vulnerable feelings about the suicide in order to rekindle his relationship with Tobias.