Feast your retinas on the English trailer to Gonzalo López’s bold thriller Dolorosa Gioia aka Sweet Pain, a film that I co produced under my Bruise Productions banner. So happy with this one!
The film was written and directed by Gonzalo Lopez and it was Produced by Javier Rueda and myself. It stars Amiran Winter, Paula Célières, and Cristian Monasterio.
Our Synopsis: “Carlo, a young music composer from a wealthy family, is going through an emotional crisis. When he moves to a new house he recalls the events that led to his condition: the moment he met Maria, his first marriage, his obsession with music, the infidelities and the brutal consequences of it. While the past returns in the form of memories, Carlo fights to recover his life, to old on to his desire to compose music and to retain his sanity. “
Looking back at 2015, all I remember off hand are two things: 1- Greg Plitt died out of no where on January 17 of 2015 (a man who helped me get back on track via his site/videos years ago. His passing prompted me to go back to his site and once again he helped a lot this year) and my film THE SHELTER, which took over the bulk of my thoughts and efforts. The film resulted in some positive things like cool festival runs, positive reviews, meeting new people, making new contacts and new opportunities arising.
It also came with its fair share of hardships (that I will go into when all is said and done some day – I may write a book 🙂 ) and some trial by fire i.e. gaining further knowledge as to the current state of the film market through my mistakes. Shelter aside, I actually had to look back at my 2015 pictures to remind me of what else I did that year and yeah, I had yet another groovy year of doing what makes me happy: training, nature, my friends, traveling and challenging myself.
Top of my head here are some of my favorite personal moments of 2015!
In terms of negatives, I’m not one to dwell on those cause, well, what will that achieve? Nothing. I’ll just say that the odd energy around The Shelter gave me a run for my patience, maximum effort often led to maximum frustrations as opposed to results and knives stabbed in my back here and a severe “misjudgement of character on my part” there should be noted… nothing new at this point, people are people. Lastly, my 14 year old dog is on her way out (going deaf, blind and very old) it’s coming and I am bracing myself… such is life. 🙁
I feel very positive in terms of 2016 though (just got back from a stay in the wilderness – that always sets me right)! The Shelter will screen at a handful of Festivals and will lock distribution, am pumped to get my next film The Prize off the ground, I’m starting boxing again (after dealing with a stubborn tennis elbow in 2015 that got in my way, I finally healed it), I’ll be part of handful of exciting projects (as a writer and actor), already have some traveling on the horizon, mother nature is always in my plans and I will focus on awakening by creative side again, specially when it comes to writing for myself. Producing The Shelter in 2015 kind of numbed by creative juices, I won’t let that happen this year. That’s it in a nutshell! Welcome to 2016 people! I leave you with my 2016 National Anthem:
UPDATE: The screening went very well! The audience loved it. Always nice to hear!
Gonzalo Lopez’ OLD NUMBER 7(see trailer here) will probably get its last public screening on the 22nd of January, 2011 at 6 PM via AGG EXTREME FEST (which is supposed to be showing the best shorts of last year… hence it’s flattering). The screening will go down at the C. C. Garcilaso in Barcelona, Spain. OLD NUMBER 7 stars myself, Saida Lamas and Sergio Bernal. It was written by Gonzalo Lopez and myself. The flick was produced by Sweet Water Pictures, Aved Productions and yes, moi.
Old Number 7 is about: Roy (John Fallon), a no nonsense kind of guy, arrives from the United States in Barcelona on a mission of retribution. He’s there to confront his wife, Mariona (Saida Lamas), who aborted their baby without his consent, and to clear the air with his brother Gonzalo (Sergio Bernal) who has since began an intimate relationship with his wife. Unbeknownst to all of them though, there is a ruthless killer at large and powerful supernatural forces looming around them.
OLD NUMBER 7 stars Saida Lamas, Sergio Bernal and myself. It was written by Gonzalo Lopez and I. It was produced by Sweet Water Pictures, Aved Productions and my company Fallon Productions. See the TRAILER here. Dates and time when I get them!by
The short film I did with Gonzalo Lopez OLD NUMBER 7(see trailer here) seems to be on fire. It just screened at the Filmets – Festival Internacional de Badalona and now it just got accepted at the Malta International Film Festival.And what makes it even more exciting for me, FINALLY, it will be the Fallon approved FINAL CUT that is screened. Due to bad luck and mis-communications, only the first cut of OLD NUMBER 7 has be screened so far, so now peeps will be able to see it the way it was intended. There is a Lord! OLD NUMBER 7 stars this jerk, the sexy Saida Lamas and the talented Sergio Bernal. It was written by Gonzalo Lopez and myself. The flick was produced by Sweet Water Pictures, Aved Productions and my company Fallon productions. Dates and time when I get them!
The short film I did with Gonzalo Lopez; our ode to giallos OLD NUMBER 7(see trailer here) didn’t get as much press as say The Red Hours or Deaden but that doesn’t mean I am not proud of it (still needs a pro sound mix IMO though) and it continues trucking on. The flick has just been selected in the 35th edition of Filmets – Festival Internacional de Badalona. It will be in competition. The film will be screened on November 12, at 21:00, in the Zorrilla Theater, C/Canonge Baranera, 17; as part of the International Fiction Competion. Get more INFO HERE cabrones! OLD NUMBER 7 stars my sorry ass, the sexy Saida Lamas and the talented Sergio Bernal. It was written by Gonzalo Lopez and myself. The flick was produced by Sweet Water Pictures, Aved Productions and this twat.
On October 10 2009, OLD NUMBER 7 (which I co wrote, co produced and acted in) was unleashed upon its first audience at the Sitges Film Festival in Spain. The mammoth crowd at hand was a party crowd and they were there to have a good time and a good time they had. So after great man Jake West (Evil Aliens) introduced my sorry ass, I ran up on the Sitges stage winged a speech and the film rolled on.
NOTE: I discovered that night that I am a natural at talking at crowds when sober that is – when drunk I make a fool of myself, so lesson learned – no more drunk speeches.
From my perspective the screening went well for 4 reasons. 1- Lots of the audience seemed to like it. They were obviously entertained, they clapped and cheered. 2- No booing. 3- I actually liked the film. The intro is KILLER and at least 2 other scenes really work in my opinion. 4- When you work on a film for a long period of time, you don’t see it anymore and it takes a screening like this, with folks totally detached from the production watching it, to TRULY discover what works and what doesn’t work.
So in the case of Old Number 7, a couple of times, the audience laughed at parts that were not supposed to be funny. Now you can take this two ways, get bummed about it and sulk or you can take it MY WAY, be happy that you now know that these bits don’t work and that you can go back and fix them. IMO, 85% of the film worked.
When the screening was done, we had a mini wrap party in Gonzalo Lopez’s (who directed the film) Hotel room. We had a bottle of Jack going (Old Number 7 – get it!) and we basically enjoyed each other’s company and discussed the pros and the cons of the screening. So where we at? After much talk with director Lopez, we’re going in the editing room one last time to fix what didn’t work.
I personally SEE the film again and feel confident that this further trip in the cutting room will make a good short film even better. To be continued on that shite!
FINAL NOTE: Man I look like crap in that movie. During the shoot I didn’t sleep much (insomnia) so I got bloated and tired. I swear I look 50 years old in some scenes. The fact that we didn’t have makeup didn’t help either. Yup, another lesson learned – I will NEVER agree to act in a film with no makeup. Never, EVER!
Ah the joys of Indie filmmaking…how I love thee… later yall!
The SITGES FILM FESTIVAL kicks in today and our short giallo-ish film OLD NUMBER 7 will be premiering (in competition no less) on OCTOBER 10Th at the AUDITORIUM THEATER (great venue for a screening BTW, I love it), be there or be dead. To celebrate the unveiling of our baby, Director GONZALO LOPEZand I are doing a little give-away. We’re giving out 3 MINI POSTERS of the groovy OLD NUMBER 7 ONE SHEET (which you can see below), signed by both Gonz and myself (may be worth 25 cents and a hand-job someday).
How do you enter? Easy; send an E-MAIL at email@example.com, write NUMBER 7 in the subject header, include your MAILING ADDRESS and that’s it. Three WINNERS will be chosen at random. OLD NUMBER 7 stars my sorry ass, the sexy Saida Lamas and the talented Sergio Bernal. It was written by Gonzalo Lopez and myself. The flick was produced by Sweet Water Pictures, Aved Productions and this twat. You can CLICK HERE to get all the details as to the SITGES SCREENING.by
The short OLD NUMBER 7 which I co wrote, co produced and acted in will be screening on OCTOBER 10 in competition. OLD NUMBER 7 is an ode to giallos of old. It was directed/written by Gonzalo Lopez (EMBRION) and it stars Saida Lamas and Sergio Bernal.
And the action/sci fi/comedy/smut fest RECON 2023 will be whooping skulls on OCTOBER 11 as part of the MIDNIGHT EXTREME section. I co wrote RECON 2023 (with director Christian Viel) and I act in it. The film stars Andy Bradsaw, Deke Richards and Valerie Wiseman.
Unless the good Lord plays against me, I am slated once again to attend the SITGES FILM FESTIVAL this year, to support both screenings and of course bring back some horror goods to the site. If you’re attending the Fest, come say hello and lets have a beer!