Last night I attended the screening on an early cut of “American Mongrel,” written and directed by our Micro-Documentaries colleague, Deniz Demirer.
The film follows a road trip across the American West and a journey into a few intimate variations on the American Dream. The characters are raw, the images stunning, but what’s most exciting about the film is how it was produced. The cast and crew, which included Daniel da Silva (actor, executive producer) and Greg Fulcher of 1013media (producer, editor), combined unexpected elements of their real road trip to make the film into the fictional story of the movie itself. They incorporated locations and characters they met along the way, resulting in circumstances and filmmaking richness they never could have imagined when they first set out.
The American Mongrel team will be sending the film to Toronto and other film festivals soon. We’ll keep you posted on where and when the film premiers. You won’t want to miss it.
Personally, this film also has significant meaning. In starting Micro-Documentaries, I dreamed of supporting talented filmmakers by offering them complementary work opportunities while they pursued their labors of love. American Mongrel, therefore, also represents a manifestation of our own dream.