"The Shooting Star Salesman" Press Kit
Information about the film, cast and crew of the short film "The Shooting Star Salesman" starring Yancey Arias, Elijah Velarde, Jason Gedrick and Sydney Tamiia Poitier.
THE SHOOTING STAR SALESMAN a film by Kico Velarde 2013 NOMINATED 34th ANNUAL TELLY AWARDS SILVER WINNER BEST THEATRICAL SHORT FILM 2013 WINNER GEORGIA LATINO FILM FESTIVAL FILM OF THE YEAR 2012 OFFICIAL SELECTION SAN DIEGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL 2013 ABOUT THE FILM TAG LINE Thereâ€™s no catch. Just believe. LOG LINE An embittered, magical salesman attempts to revive his shooting star business in a modern, fast paced society. SHORT SYNOPSIS An embittered, magical salesman repairs his shooting star machine and ventures out to restore people's belief in shooting stars. Much to his dismay, he picks up a curious 8 year old tag along who starts to question if perhaps it's the Salesman himself who needs to have his faith restored. LONG SYNOPSIS Set in modern time, The Shooting Star Salesman is the story of a 19th century ageless Salesman (Yancey Arias) who is granted the magical ability to align individuals with their own unique shooting star to wish upon. His rare gift becomes a curse when he outlives his family, turning him into a recluse and breaking the magic of the shooting star machine. As he ventures out to restore people's belief in shooting stars, he picks up a curious 8 year old tag along named Elijah (Elijah Velarde) who starts to question if perhaps it's the Salesman himself who needs to have his faith restored. An unlikely partnership is formed between the two as they embark on a journey to restore the faith of humanity. But as their friendship grows, the Salesman is torn between continuing his legacy or renouncing his magical gift for the chance to reunite with the family he lost a lifetime ago. TECH SPECS TRT 20:00 Shooting Format: RED 4.5K COLOR Aspect Ratio: 2.33 Sound: Dolby Stereo Exhibition Format: HDCAM / BLU-RAY / QUICKTIME (2K or 1080p) / DVD Date of Completion: AUGUST 2012 Production Companies: THE FILM IMAGINARIUM / NYC FILMS DIRECTORâ€™S STATEMENT David Brinkley once said, "A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him." The Shooting Star Salesman was born during a time of cross roads. I was 36 years old, married with two beautiful children and going on 3+ years of being unemployed. I had devoted the last twelve years of my life as a film, web and television Editor and Producer working towards my lifelong goal of becoming a film director. Yet, no matter how experienced I was I could not find steady employment that could help me provide for my family, none the less bring me closer to my dreams. I eventually became a broken man ready to give up on myself. I felt lost.Â Then one day I was approached with the idea for The Shooting Star Salesman. The story so perfectly depicted my feelings of frustration and disillusionment. I felt like I was the Salesman, having lost hope along the way. He was a universal figure most of us can relate to, especially now given our current economic times. I knew then what I needed to do- I would create my own opportunities, open my own doors, direct my own film, create my own path. It was a powerfully unique story that I was passionate about telling and nothing was going to get in the way. We formed the Film Imaginarium, raised $10,000 in 30 days through Kickstarter and two months later we were in full production. The film has evolved into my personal journey of delivering a message of hope and inspiration to others who may be where I was, a broken soul ready to give up on themselves and their dreams. I am proud to present to you, The Shooting Star Salesman. Kico Velarde, Director / Executive Producer FILMMAKERS KICO VELARDE DIRECTOR / EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Los Angeles native Kico Velarde began his career sharpening his editorial craft as an Assistant Editor, eventually becoming an Editor on projects for companies like NBCUniversal, Deluxe Digital Studios, Technicolor, HGTV, Olmos Productions, and IFC, among others. Five years later he switched hats and went on to produce two internationally acclaimed and award winning feature films: 2007 Director's Fortnight (Cannes International Film Festival) Camera d' Or nominated "PVC-1" and the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival Golden Bear nominated "Meteora". In 2011, Kico was tapped by NBCUniversal to join the producing team of Jay Leno's web-series "Jay Leno's Garage". That same year, Kico took home his first Emmy win for "Jay Leno's Garage" and followed that up with a second Emmy Award Nomination in 2012. Taking a leap of faith to follow his ultimate dream, Kico switched hats once again and made his directorial debut with the short film "The Shooting Star Salesman", starring Yancey Arias, Jason Gedrick, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, and his own son Elijah Velarde. "The Shooting Star Salesman" made its premiere at the 2012 New York International Latino Film Festival presented by HBO and was voted "Film of the Year" by the Georgia Latino Film Festival in November of 2012. When not filming or editing, Kico takes advantage of every minute he can to enjoy life with his wife and Producer Joanna Velarde and their two inspirations, Elijah and Sophia Velarde. WILLIAM CAMACHO JOEL CEBALLOS SCREENWRITER / PRODUCER PRODUCER / STORY Born in Bayreuth, Germany, William Camacho spent the majority of his years growing up in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California. He got his start in entertainment at the age of 12 acting in his local theater programs. Since then, he has moved on to acting, writing, and producing in the film industry. In 2011, he co-founded the Film Imaginarium. Joel Ceballos is a singer/songwriter/producer from Los Angeles whose gift for storytelling has left a footprint on the music industry over the last decade. As a recording artist, he has released two albums; 2001's "Between Dark & Light" and 2007's "Nocturnal". After having the pleasure to tour and promote those releases with many talented artists, Joel began composing music for independent film; opening the door to produce and continue storytelling through the medium of film. "The Shooting Star Salesman"' is a story based on his written & recorded work. YANCEY ARIAS LEAD ACTOR / PRODUCER Yancey Arias is known for his break out performance as Miguel Cadenas in the NBC mini series “KINGPIN” and continues to thrive. Yancey also starred in the FX original series "THIEF". He co-starred in the critically acclaimed films "WALK OUT" on HBO in which he received a best supporting actor nomination, and "American Family" for PBS. He starred as Alex Torres in the NBC series “KNIGHT RIDER” by Gary Scott Thomson and Doug Liman. In 2010 Yancey took on the role as Director, Writer, and Producer of his award winning short film titled “BABY”. In 2011 Yancey starred in the films “AMERICA”, and “UNDOCUMENTED”. Yancey’s Broadway Theater Credits include "Miss Saigon" as Thuy, and "George Wolf's "The Wild Party" as Black. He was recently featured in episodes of the new ABC series “REVENGE”, CBS “BLUE BLOODS”, and CBS ELEMENTARY. In 2012 Yancey recently completed filming on the highly anticipated film “CHAVEZ” directed by Diego Luna, and produced by John Malcovich. The film stars Michael Pena, Rosario Dawson, America Ferrera, John Malcovich, Jacob Vargaz, and Yancey Arias. The film is due out in 2013. JOANNA VELARDE PRODUCER / EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Joanna Velarde is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where she studied Communication and Business Administration. Her career in television production began internationally at a major television network in Spain on a magazine style lifestyle program. Joanna spent the next 12 years developing her skills in production and casting mainly within the educational programming and the non fiction reality world, having worked on shows for PBS, AMC, Biography Channel, Travel Channel and Style Network, among others. She is proud to have been an Associate Producer on 2 seasons of KCET's Emmy award-winning daytime talk show “A Place of Our Own”. In 2008, Joanna turned her focus towards independent film as a Producer and Production Manager. Past films include Pizza Man (Frankie Muniz, Shelley Long, Michael Gross) and Dorfman in Love (Sara Rue, Johann Urb, Elliott Gould). In 2010, Joanna co-founded The Film Imaginarium with her husband and producing team, and used her online marketing savvy to spearhead the Kickstarter campaign for their film,The Shooting Star Salesman. They successfully raised over $10,000 in 30 days and went into production shortly after. Joanna finds balance in life with her husband Kico, their two beautiful children, Elijah and Sophia, and the fantastic adventures they create for themselves! BRIAN JOSEPH OCHAB PRODUCER Brian Joseph Ochab began his career in stop-motion animation. While still in his teens, he worked for a top Midwest special effects & stopmotion animation facility. Rising quickly through the ranks, he worked on countless industrial films, commercials, and feature films including Sam Raimi’s cult classic The Evil Dead II. He has gone on to direct and produce projects for film, television, stop-motion animation and new media web content. He received an Emmy® nomination for directing the hit PBS kids series MY BEDBUGS. He recently garnered great media attention with the announcement of his stopmotion animated film entitled TIM narrated by film legend Christopher Lee. He also directed a 2012 Super Bowl ad entitled HITCHHIKER, which received critical, acclaim. Brian is currently helming a three part series about the ASIFA organization, the ANNIE awards and their influence on animation over the past forty years. Brian has earned a reputation of taking on projects and quickly creating an environment that fosters excellence, a high degree of creativity and rich story telling. SHEREEN FALTAS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Shereen Faltas is the author of The Coolest Quote Book Eva and the Founder of Shereen Entertainment, Inc., a company focused on helping people have a life of fulfillment and freedom. She began her laughing days in stand up comedy and evolved into an inspiration junkie only to finally become a bonafide life coach. She is one of the founding members of “An Empowered Woman,” one of the most powerful networking communities and online resource centers for women professionals and entrepreneurs. She is also the creator of a live event series called The New Years Kick Off Workshop; which focuses on fulfillment, freedom, health, love and fun in life. She takes a holistic approach to coaching. Her philosophy is that people need to focus on themselves first, and then everything else falls into place. Shereen has been a host on Afterbuzz Tv, a network created by Maria Menounos that recaps some of todays most popular TV shows. She was a cohost on the Oprah Winfrey Network recap show as well as the Vampire Diaries recap show. Certified in Life Coaching and Neuro-Linguistic Programming, she is an expert in leading a purposeful life. She has spent a lot of her life helping people find more fulfillment in their lives and relationships through cultivating a greater sense of purpose and self confidence within. With all her experience, along with her innate lightness in life and ability to connect with people on a real level, Shereen is the youngest and most successful expert on self-confidence, fulfillment and freedom today. ` NICOLE MANDUJANO MATT SILFEN ASSOCIATE PRODUCER EDITOR Nicole Mandujano graduated in 2010 from California State University, Fullerton, where she majored in communications with an emphasis in advertising. Currently she works for the clothing company Joie in Vernon, CA. Becoming part owner of the Film Imaginarium , LLC, has given her the opportunity to explore her creative side and tackle new and exciting endeavors with her talented team. On her own time, the 23 year old has dived into the world of blogging. Her blog, LoveNiki.com is a fashion and adventure blog focusing on her personal style and activities. Nicole looks forward to an exciting future with the Film Imaginarium. Matt Silfen was raised in the humid urban swamp of Baltimore, Maryland on a steady filmic diet of Jim Henson, Steven Spielberg, and Sunday afternoon Creature Features. After moving to Los Angeles in 2007, he quickly made his way up the ranks of the reality post-production world at companies such as Mark Burnett Productions, MTV, and NBC. His list of TV editing credits include "Richard Hammond's Crash Course" on BBC America and "KATHY" (the late night Kathy Griffin talk show on Bravo). MARIA TERESA GAVIRIA PRODUCTION DESIGNER Maria is a Film Independent Project: Involve Producing fellow for 2012. As a Fine Arts major, her creative curiosity led her to work in design, media and superior arts education. Since 2009 she has been working in film as a Producer and Production Designer. "Mañana" marked the beginning of her producing career, a new challenge with great success. On "Salvador", she secured a private sponsor and support from entities such as CBS Radford Studios, and produced "Impossible" , among others. She has collaborated as Production Designer for numerous projects and her art work has been exhibited in solo and collective art shows in Mexico, Greece, USA, and Guatemala, where she was a finalist in JUANNIO 2008, as well as in Colombia, including the Museum of Modern Art in Cartagena and Centro Cultural Skandia in Bogotá. VITALY BOKSER NIMA FAKHRARA DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY MUSIC COMPOSER CAST YANCEY ARIAS / THE SALESMAN Yancey Arias is known for his break out performance as Miguel Cadenas in the NBC mini series “KINGPIN” and continues to thrive. Yancey also starred in the FX original series "THIEF". He co-starred in the critically acclaimed films "WALK OUT" on HBO in which he received a best supporting actor nomination, and "American Family" for PBS. He starred as Alex Torres in the NBC series “KNIGHT RIDER” by Gary Scott Thomson and Doug Liman. In 2010 Yancey took on the role as Director, Writer, and Producer of his award winning short film titled “BABY”. In 2011 Yancey starred in the films “AMERICA”, and “UNDOCUMENTED”. Yancey’s Broadway Theater Credits include "Miss Saigon" as Thuy, and "George Wolf's "The Wild Party" as Black. He was recently featured in episodes of the new ABC series “REVENGE”, CBS “BLUE BLOODS”, and CBS ELEMENTARY. In 2012 Yancey recently completed filming on the highly anticipated film “CHAVEZ” directed by Diego Luna, and produced by John Malcovich. The film stars Michael Pena, Rosario Dawson, America Ferrera, John Malcovich, Jacob Vargaz, and Yancey Arias. The film is due out in 2013. ELIJAH VELARDE / ELIJAH Elijah Velarde began acting professionally at the age of 4 when he auditioned for a local children's musical theatre production of "Fame on Broadway" and landed an ensemble role in the "Les Miserables" and "Oliver" numbers. Shortly after, he caught the eye of a talent manager and booked a national Spanish and English commercial for State Farm Insurance on his very first audition! He is represented by The Osbrink Agency and has done several commercials including Elmers Glue, Humana, Ad Council PSA, as well as television shows "Melrose Place" and "Parenthood". In 2010 came the chance of a lifetime when he landed the part of Young Armando, the young version of Will Ferrell, in "Casa de MiPadre", also starring Diego Luna, Gael Garia Bernal and Efren Ramirez. That same year, writer and founding partner of The Film Imaginarium, William Camacho, began writing the script for The Shooting Star Salesman and wrote the role of Elijah exclusively for Elijah himself. The film went into production in 2011 and it was an incredible experience for him to work alongside veteran actors Yancey Arias, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Jason Gedrick and the memorable opportunity of being directed by his father, Director Kico Velarde. When he's not acting, you'll find Elijah learning Tae Kwon Do, riding his scooter, building with his Legos or playing Nerf gun wars with his sidekick, little sister Sophia. JASON GEDRICK / BUSINESSMAN Jason Gedrick began his career in films such as The Heavenly Kid (1985), Iron Eagle (1986), Promised Land (1987) with director Michael Hoffman, Iron Eagle II , Born on the Fourth of July (1989), Backdraft (1991), and Crossing the Bridge (1992). Gedrick's big break was in Steven Bochco's innovative 1995 series Murder One. In 1999, he guest starred on Ally McBeal as the "hot car wash guy". In 2011 he appeared in Necessary Roughness as Dr. J.D. Aldridge, a former grad school professor and possible love interest for series lead Callie Thorne. Gedrick was a member of the cast of the HBO series Luck, which ran for one season in 2012. Gedrick appears in a multi-episode arc playing the manager of a Miami-area gentlemenâ€™s club that becomes linked to a high-profile murder case in Season 7 of Dexter. Beginning in November 2012, Gedrick starred as Evan Farnsworth, a struggling professor at a prestigious Maine boarding school, in the Hallmark movie, The Wishing Tree. In the fall of 2012, Gedrick appeared on an episode of NBC's Grimm. SYDNEY TAMIIA POITIER / ZOEY Born in Los Angeles, Sydney is the daughter of Bahamian actor Sidney Poitier and former Canadian actress Joanna Shimkus. Poiter attended Tisch School of the Arts where she earned a Bachelor's degree in acting. She also studied at Stella Adler Studio of Acting Sydney began her career in the late 1990s. In 2001, she landed her first role on television in the NBC drama series First Years. In 2003, she starred in the UPN sitcom Abby. Later that same year, she had a recurring role in Joan of Arcadia, where she played Rebecca Askew, the love interest of Joan's older brother, Kevin (Jason Ritter). She was also a regular on the first season of Veronica Mars. In 2007, Poitier starred in Death Proof, director Quentin Tarantino's segment of the movie Grindhouse as radio DJ Jungle Julia. The next year, she had a co-starring role Knight Rider, as FBI Agent Carrie Rivai. In 2011, she guest starred on two episodes of Private Practice. PRODUCTION STILLS PRODUCTION STILLS Photo Credit: Ruandy Albisurez SET PHOTOS SET PHOTOS CAST & CREW CREDITS This film is proud to be a Kickstarter Project! Thank you for believing in us! FILM INQUIRIES Kico & Joanna Velarde-Executive Producers USA: 1.323.387.3508 firstname.lastname@example.org WEBSITES www.theshootingstarsalesman.com facebook.com/theshootingstarsalesman “ There’s no catch. Just believe.“ ~ The Salesman