It’s been an amazing month for RI independent filmmakers. Donald Cried, directed by Warwick native Kris Avedisian is hitting its stride along the festival circuit, leaving in its wake a trail of bellies sore from laughter and some pretty great reviews.
The Cable Car is hot on the scent, and has programmed some fantastic films by local makers for this week.
Directed by Ben Chace (Wah Do Dem), Sin Alas is an epic love story set against the rich social fabric of Cuba’s past and present. It is one of the first American films shot in Cuba in the last 50 years.
The film centers on a story of lost love between Cuban writer Luis Vargas and a famous dancer named Isabella Munoz. The trajectory of Luis’ life unfolds against the backdrop of modern Cuban history, from his roots in the idyllic countryside town of Hershey, Cuba, where his father worked for the American chocolate giant, to his current urban existence in Havana struggling to keep a small family together amidst economic and emotional hardships. Rhythmically punctuated with an original Afro-Latin score by Aruán Ortiz, this subtle and beautiful film explores the country and the emotional lives of its characters through a sumptuous collage of memories, places and people.
Sin Alas is inspired by Argentinian writer and poet Jorge Luis Borges’s short story The Zahir and was shot on 16mm by Sean Price Williams (Heaven Knows What, Listen Up, Philip.)
“Director Ben Chace’s drama offers a sensual, brainy immersion in scenes of Cuban life past and present.” — Andrew Barker, Variety
After the screening, there will be a Q+A with the director and actors. Get your tickets here!
The Videoblogs is about a struggling young woman whose life takes a surprise turn when a troubled teenager finds her private video journal. DiBiasio and De Ornelas have partnered with Tugg, Inc. on the national tour, which will begin in New York City on May 7th, and continue through Providence, Sarasota, Denver, Los Angeles, Portland, Boston and Detroit. Other cities may be added to the tour in May, and/or separately in June. The film stars Rebecca De Ornelas (Multiverse) , Phoebe Allegra (Shadow Monster) , and Masha King (Girls) .
“As advocates of continued de-stigmatization of mental health, we wanted to tell a story that illustrates how so many Americans are struggling to cope with things like anxiety and depression – but also make it clear that none of them are alone or without hope.
DiBiasio will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A/panel discussion, along with cast member Masha King (Girls), fellow
filmmaker Tom DeNucci, and a representative from Mental Health America Rhode Island.