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“All Sorts” of Filmmaking Fun!

AS_CoffeeDrinkingImage_4K_v03_RC“Through a secret door behind the office vending machine, a lonely data entry clerk named Diego finds the magical world of championship folder filing.  As he coaches his talented coworker June in the competition, the two begin to fall in love…but do they really have a shot, or are they just fooling themselves?”

This is the quirky world of All Sorts!  All Sorts is an Independent Feature Film that I somehow had the privilege to be a part of!  Filming for three weeks in my hometown of Yakima, Washington, I spent 18 days immersed in the art, the magic and the family of filmmaking.  (Read More…)

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Cement Suitcase – A Little Wine for the Soul

Scenic vistas of mountain landscapes and surrounding hills nestle close to surround a beautiful, bountiful, rural valley area.  Blessed with vegetables and fruit trees, livestock, hops, and the booming industry of vineyards, the Yakima Valley in Washington State seems a long way from the bright lights of Hollywood and the L.A. film industry.  But sometimes, paths cross and amazing things can happen right in your own backyard.

Such was the case with J. Rick Castañeda’s film Cement Suitcase.  Rick is a Yakima Valley native who traveled from L.A. to return to his roots and create his first Indie Feature Film using the valley as the setting for his homegrown tale.  With the film now touring select Film Festivals and winning multiple awards, I was able to catch up with Rick, find out about his journey in a film career, and him being the first filmmaker to feature the stunning Yakima Valleyhome to not only Rick, but myself as well!  Read more