Sunday, March 22, 2015
Past screenings include the world release in Jerez de la Frontera on June 20, 2014 (sponsored by the city of Jerez de la Frontera - through its Del. de Tourismo y Cultura - with support from Bodega Gonzalez-Byass - Tío Pepe) and the American release on Jan. 28, 2015 (sponsored by the City of San Francisco - through its Arts & Culture Commission; the Rialto Cinemas Cerrito; and the City of Richmond - through its Arts & Culture Commission).
It also screened in the Oakland International Film Festival on April 5, 2015. Here's a LINK to its schedule in the festival.
Thursday, January 1, 2015
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Friday, April 4, 2014
Saturday, March 15, 2014
The plight of the ordinary individual is related to the huge and growing gap between the rich, and everyone else. This article published by USA Today in March of 2014 proposes that, instead of looking at the gap between the income of the top 1% and that of the average family (a gap of 41 to 1), we should look at the annual income of the top .1%, whose income is 206 times greater than that of the average family. LINK
Friday, December 6, 2013
On Dec. 28, at least a quarter of these long-term jobless will lose their unemployment benefits unless Congress takes action to extend existing programs. And nearly a million more are slated lose them between January and March.
What will happen to these people?
|In "Domino," our unemployed hero tries pawning the family's jewelry.|
Well, one of the first things that happens is you try to get help from other family members, and from close friends. But if you've been out of work for six months or more, chances are that you will already have gone that route and there won't be much help available.
Next thing is you pawn the family's jewelry, take whatever odd job you can find, and try to downsize, but again, you've probably already done all of those things.
Next thing that can easily happen is - you become homeless.
And you become part of an increasingly vicious cycle. If you're homeless, it's much harder to get a job. Harder for you to spruce yourself up for a job interview. Harder for you to have an address to give to a potential employer. Harder for you to afford a cell phone so that a potential employer can contact you for an interview.
And harder for you to have the frame of mind you need, when and if you can line up a job interview.
Is it right for us to simply push these people, and this problem, aside? I think not.
And that is the point of my film Domino: Caught in the Crisis. We need to really understand what these people are going through, so that we will help find solutions. It is morally, socially, and economically wrong to throw in the towel on millions of our fellow citizens, on millions of our fellow human beings.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Above is Luis (played by Antonio de la Malena) earning some extra cash by moving furniture for a neighbor. Guess who the furniture belonged to - the widow. But Luis doesn't know.
Here is Luis asking the neighbor what he needs to do next.
Finally, in the very last scene we shot (but not the final scene of the movie), here is the hard-working crew working hard.