Tzu Chi USA: 2018 - The Year in Review

We have been working with an international team of documentary filmmakers created by the Tzu Chi Foundation, a Taiwanese NGO providing charity, medical and emergency relief programs worldwide. This team brings you the stories of those who have been affected by natural and man-made disasters with the goal of raising awareness of the ongoing human tragedies, and taking immediate actions through a wide range of networks working together to provide the much needed help and support to many communities and individuals.

Here is a sneak peak of what we covered in 2018. We are incredibly grateful to our continuing collaborative work with the Tzu Chi Foundation and will share with you many of the upcoming projects this year.

 

Cover photo by Borja Campillo


091 • Nuevas Canciones, Nuevo Disco

Ya no es ningún rumor. La mítica banda de rock granadina 091 vuelve al estudio después de 24 años. Dirigido por Jaime Puerta y rodado en La Casa Estudio, hemos tenido el honor de producir su primera promo para anunciar que sus nuevas canciones empiezan a cocinars.

Además, 091 volverá a los escenarios el 11 de Mayo de este año como cabeza de cartel del Festival Órbita en Granada. ¡No te pierdas todo lo que está por venir!

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Ecuador selects A Son of Man for the 91st Oscars

Yes, it is true: The Academy of Audiovisual and Cinematographic Arts of Ecuador has selected A Son of Man by Luis Felipe Fernandez-Salvador and Pablo Agüero as its Oscar bid for the Foreign Language Film category. The film took ten years to finish and A FILMS’ very own Jaime Puerta worked as an associate director.

Based on a true story, the film follows Pipe, an American teenager from the rich suburbs of Minneapolis who reluctantly joins his mysterious father in Ecuador, his home country, on a treasure hunt for the lost Inca gold. On this perilous journey, Pipe understands that both he and his dad cannot possibly escape the family demons, which gradually emerge as they go deeper into the jungle.

We are impatiently waiting for the final list of nominations with the hope that A Son of Man will be officially selected to run for the 91st Academy Awards.

Stay tuned for updates!

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Trip 1994 - Filming in the US

The FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 started with the host playing against Saudi Arabia on June 14th. Back in March-April we hosted the US-stage filming of the TV documentary Trip 1994 where Saeed Al-Owairan, Fahad Al-Ghesheyan, Ahmed Jamil Madani and Mohamed Abduljawad, four former players of the Saudi national soccer team revisited the locations they went to during the US tournament in 1994.

During the filming we visited Stockton University campus in Atlantic City, NJ where the team concentrated to prepare for the tournament, then the RFK Stadium in Washington DC where the team played against Belgium during which Saeed scored one of the best World Cup goals ever.

After DC, we visited Dallas. Here the team played against Sweden which won the game and put an end to the best performance by the Saudi team in the entire World Cup history. We finished our shoot in NYC and NJ where the team played in Giants Stadium, which no longer exists.

We would like to share with you the behind the scenes pictures of the shoot.

Enjoy!


"Grab Twist Pull" by Husbandry

We produced the music video “Grab Twist Pull,” directed by our very own Jaime Puerta, for a New York based band called Husbandry. The band released their album Fera with Aqualamb Records in August 2016 and asked us to collaborate with them on their first music video of the album. Even though we released the video in 2017, we think it is quite timely to share it with you again in order to be part of and further the ongoing conversation on sexual violence against women.

“Grab Twist Pull” highlights the everyday occurrence of sexual violence to which all women are subjected. The portrayal of women and their aggressors in this video cuts through creed, race, and class to reveal that the violation of women’s bodies within the dominant patriarchal system is all too common. Since men are almost always the implementer and perpetrator of this type of violence, we want the male audience see closely how men objectify and sexually violate women’s bodies and/or become complicit in creating such violence by remaining silent onlookers. More importantly, we want to raise awareness for all about the sexual harassment and the ongoing battle against it so that we can move toward a radically positive change that would eradicate the sexual violence against women.

Cast:

Heloise Wilson

Kristen Jones

Métu Dary

Connor Dylan

Christian López Lamelas

Mario G. Deco

Noel

Special thanks to Borja Campillo, Carmen Simón Rubio, and Héctor Muniente

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Indiana by Toni Comas is now in Spanish theaters

We are thrilled to announce that Indiana, critically acclaimed movie directed and co-written by Toni Comas, has premiered in Spanish theaters. Indiana takes place in a Midwestern state where “a tedious reality of isolation and disconnect defines the lives of its people. Imaginative reports of paranormal experiences provide a means for escape. A belief in supernatural entities serves the fight to free themselves from the problems and traumas of everyday life.” The story centers around two friends, Michael and Josh, “otherwise known as the Spirit Doctors, take it upon themselves to help people who are troubled by episodes of a supernatural nature.”

Indiana is Toni Comas’s latest movie and has already had a successful run at the Fantasia Film Festival and Sitges Film Festival. Among his most outstanding work is Treasures of New York: Building Stories, a PBS documentary on Donald Trump and Costas Kondylis who built some of the Trump buildings. As a writer, Toni Comas received the best script award at the New York Horror Festival for the movie Bag Boy, Lover Boy.

Congratulations to the director and the rest of the team!

Please check out the trailer and the website for more information on the movie.