In 2016, Esteban Arango Hall was enrolled in the mentorship program at the Mexico Film Festival, yesterday’s Filmmakers Today, a short film-a visitor about two brothers from Colombia who love metallic music and are frustrated by the American dream. Arango and his co-writer Eric Castillon needed guidance to transform the piece into a full-length project, and the pair found that support in the program. “Blast Beat” premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and is available in Hulu. Now, Arango Hole returns to Mexico (which takes place in Los Angeles on September 25) for a special screening of the film on September 23.
“I’ve always thought that the movies that Hollywood has published about the Latino experience are being victimized. We’ve always been portrayed in a negative way, ”LA-based Arango said,“ so the most positive thing that came up [Tomorrow’s Filmmakers Today] This community of filmmakers is sharing this journey with you. Many of us in Hollywood are not trying here [improve Latino representation]. So even knowing you have people floating in that water with you is a great tool.
Several people who met Arango at the program became influential along the way, including Diego Nejera, a colleague who was an executive at Menti Participant Media, who gave Arango a consistent response. Festival and consultant founder Samuel Doc linked Arango to Metalheads, while filmmakers Celso and Garcia gave him an important discussion, telling him, “Unless you know where each scene begins and ends, you’ll be able to find yours. Through the middle. “Arango has a lot on the horizon: he’s making a TV series, writing another movie with Castrilon.
And other writers consider pointing to a few scripts. But at the moment, he’s excited about the “Blast Beat” screening in Holo Mexico.
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