Festival de Cine Global Dominicano
DOMINICAN FILMMAKERS TELL THEIR EXPERIENCES IN SEARCH OF THE AMERICAN DREAM

“Dominican films need to improve the structure of their scripts,” said Armando Guareño, a prominent Dominican producer, during the meeting held at the Palace of Cinema in the Blue Mall, where he was accompanied by Laura Gomez, Elvis Nolasco, Freddy Vargas and Nelson Peña.

DOMINICAN FILMMAKERS TELL THEIR EXPERIENCES IN SEARCH OF THE AMERICAN DREAM

(Santo Domingo, November 14, 2013)  Dominican filmmakers living abroad agree that Dominican cinema needs to show our history and improve the structure of their scripts to be better received in foreign countries, during a roundtable discussion “The Diaspora and Cinema” organized by the Dominican Republic Global Film Festival (FCGD).

“Dominican films need to improve the structure of their scripts,” said Armando Guareño, a prominent Dominican producer, during the meeting held at the Palace of Cinema in the Blue Mall, where he was accompanied by Laura Gomez, Elvis Nolasco, Freddy Vargas and Nelson Peña.

Juan Fernandez and Tony Pascual, members of the Dominican diaspora and high school students were in the audience.

“For Dominican films to be shown abroad it is necessary for them to project our history;  to develop our identity through film, in order to be taken seriously,” said Elvis Nolasco, a Dominican actor based in New York, who has worked in films and television series such as “Law and Order” and “Short Mango”.
Similarly, Armando Guareño, producer and founder of the Dominican Film Festival in New York, said “it is necessary that Dominican cinema shows universal themes that can transmit a collective message”, adding that changing the structure and form of film scripts is needed in order to achieve this goal.

“To succeed in the film industry, you must have passion for what you want, but above all it is necessary to educate yourself and read enough to be able to develop your talents,” said Nelson Peña.

For her part Laura Gomez, director of the film “La Cucaracha”, said that “it is important to explore all areas of the film industry in order to find what is best suited to the talents we possess.”

Film director Freddy Vargas, winner of the Best Short Film HBO prize for Hispaniola, said “it is necessary to devote time to films, to watch films and read reviews” in order to develop the filmmaker that lies within.

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