Sometimes you get a chance to do it for the love.
We spend hours, days, and months in the production trenches with our crew comrades and we've all spent time on set talking about our scripts, our pitches, and our passion projects. Often these are just dreams, but every once in a while, we look around at each other and at the resources and talent at our disposal and say "Let's do it!"
Years ago, director Austin Everett snapped a pic of actor Nick Masciangelo wearing a prop helmet in the production office and liked what he saw. Fast-forward to 2016 where he and local producer Concepcion Alicino are wrapping up post and festival submissions on their first feature-length film Secondhand Hearts and decided to keep up the momentum. In partnership with Executive Producer and long time supporter of the local film industry Moumen El Hajji, "Connie" and Austin tapped Bill Maheras to DP and suddenly the full force of Sight & Sound was backing it.
Juventud (HOO-ven-TOOD) was a bloody metaphysical trip into the wilderness (and so was the movie!)
Some of the most talented artists and technicians in the state came out to play with us: Stephen Bacquet - gaffer, Matthew Berner - 1st AC, Darin Fujimori - Stunt Coordinator, Michael Romano - Colorist, Alana Hong - Production Designer, Chantal Boom'la - Make-up Artist, and many more friends and hands that came out to support a local creation.
Cinematographer Bill Maheras utilized our ARRI Amira camera system with Zeiss Superspeed MKIII prime glass. The vintage glass lent an appropriate quality to the period imagery and intense performances, organically softening the picture while still grounding it in gritty realism. Working in tropical forest, with rain, live animals, rivers, and waterfalls - it certainly helps to have T1.3 as an option when you start moving your camera into a literal heart of darkness.
Juventud is making the festival rounds now and we will keep you updated on any public screenings in Hawaii.