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Waiting For Trains - Monteverde Films

 

Waiting For Trains - Monteverde Films In February, 2002, an Austin based film company, Monteverde Films, released a provocative 35mm short film called Waiting For Trains. The film was shot in New York during the week of September 11, 2001. The crew encountered extreme difficulties due to the shut down of the entire state of New York, but persevered and finished the production. Producer Jason de Leon, “We were an Austin student film crew shooting in upstate New York. We couldn’t just fold up the tent and come back in a week. We had everything riding on this shoot. If we lost this opportunity, we might not have ever fully recovered." Since its release, the film has created waves because of its controversial subject matter and many possible interpretations. The film depicts the last memory of a man facing execution at the hands of his own countrymen. It shows American soldiers capturing and executing American civilians in a fictional civil war. "A fictional, visual prophecy of the Apocalypse" says Jason. The controversial subject matter has been exaggerated tremendously by the recent events in the United States. When APT asked Monteverde Films producer Jason de Leon about the subject matter he said “the screenwriter, Andrew Cadelago, had purely artistic intentions and not political intentions when writing this story. The film went from being artistic to political in nature on September 11, two days into the shooting." On its interpretations, de Leon states, ”Andrew and director Alejandro Gomez, fully intended and succeeded in making an artistic film that can be interpreted by the audience in many different ways. So to place a political slant on the filmmakers is improper. It’s the responsibility of the filmmaker to tell the story, and the audience’s responsibility to interpret it. Let’s not get it twisted around. It’s a nine-minute narrative fiction. With the word fiction being stressed.” The film had its New York premiere earlier this February at the Sutton Theater in downtown Manhattan as part of the New York Independent Film Festival. “We had three screenings in Manhattan and the New York audience was as we expected. Amazing! They understood the film and complimented it with consistency.” The film will also screen as part of the NY Independent Film Festival in Las Vegas this April and Los Angeles in July. The film will have an Austin screening as part of a showcase of selected short films at the Texas Union Theater, Saturday, March 9, 2002. The showcase starts at 7:00 P.M. and is FREE. “We are very excited to be showing the film here in our hometown of Austin. I’m looking forward to presenting the film to my friends here and to the entire Austin film family. I invite everyone to attend the screening and the after party.” For further information, contact Monteverdefilms@aol.com

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