"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 34th NNU L 2013 NOMIN TED TELLY RDS SILVER INNER 2013 INNER BEST THE TRIC L SHORT FILM GEORGI L TINO FILM FESTIV L FILM OF THE YE R OFFICI L SELECTION S N DIEGO L TINO FILM FESTIV L 2012 2013 ABOUT THE FILM T G LINE Thereâ€™s no catch. Just believe. LOG LINE n embittered, magical salesman attempts to revive his shooting star business in a modern, fast paced society. SHORT SYNOPSIS n 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 ho starts to question if perhaps it's the Salesman himself ho 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 rias) ho is granted the magical ability to align individuals ith their o n unique shooting star to ish upon. His rare gift becomes a curse hen he outlives his family, turning him into a recluse and breaking the magic of the shooting star machine. s 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) ho starts to question if perhaps it's the Salesman himself ho needs to have his faith restored. n unlikely partnership is formed bet een the t o as they embark on a journey to restore the faith of humanity. But as their friendship gro s, the Salesman is torn bet een continuing his legacy or renouncing his magical gift for the chance to reunite ith the family he lost a lifetime ago. TECH SPECS TRT 20:00 Shooting Format: RED 4.5K COLOR spect Ratio: 2.33 Sound: Dolby Stereo Exhibition Format: HDC M / BLU-R Y / QUICKTIME (2K or 1080p) / DVD Date of Completion: UGUST 2012 Production Companies: THE FILM IM GIN RIUM / NYC FILMS DIRECTORâ€™S STATEMENT David Brinkley once said, " successful man is one ho can lay a firm foundation ith the bricks others have thro n at him." The Shooting Star Salesman as born during a time of cross roads. I as 36 years old, married ith t o beautiful children and going on 3+ years of being unemployed. I had devoted the last t elve years of my life as a film, eb and television Editor and Producer orking to ards my lifelong goal of becoming a film director. Yet, no matter ho experienced I as 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 as approached ith the idea for The Shooting Star Salesman. The story so perfectly depicted my feelings of frustration and disillusionment. I felt like I as the Salesman, having lost hope along the ay. He as a universal figure most of us can relate to, especially no given our current economic times. I kne then hat I needed to do- I ould create my o n opportunities, open my o n doors, direct my o n film, create my o n path. It as a po erfully unique story that I as passionate about telling and nothing as going to get in the ay. e formed the Film Imaginarium, raised $10,000 in 30 days through Kickstarter and t o months later e ere in full production. The film has evolved into my personal journey of delivering a message of hope and inspiration to others ho may be here I as, 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 VEL RDE DIRECTOR / EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Los ngeles native Kico Velarde began his career sharpening his editorial craft as an ssistant 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 s itched hats and ent on to produce t o internationally acclaimed and a ard inning 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 as tapped by NBCUniversal to join the producing team of Jay Leno's eb-series "Jay Leno's Garage". That same year, Kico took home his ﬁrst Emmy in for "Jay Leno's Garage" and follo ed that up ith a second Emmy ard Nomination in 2012. Taking a leap of faith to follo his ultimate dream, Kico s itched hats once again and made his directorial debut ith the short ﬁlm "The Shooting Star Salesman", starring Yancey rias, Jason Gedrick, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, and his o n son Elijah Velarde. "The Shooting Star Salesman" made its premiere at the 2012 Ne York International Latino Film Festival presented by HBO and as voted "Film of the Year" by the Georgia Latino Film Festival in November of 2012. hen not ﬁlming or editing, Kico takes advantage of every minute he can to enjoy life ith his ife and Producer Joanna Velarde and their t o inspirations, Elijah and Sophia Velarde. ILLI M C M CHO SCREEN RITER / PRODUCER Born in Bayreuth, Germany, illiam Camacho spent the majority of his years gro ing up in the suburbs of Los ngeles, 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, riting, and producing in the ﬁlm industry. In 2011, he co-founded the Film Imaginarium. JOEL CEB LLOS PRODUCER / STORY Joel Ceballos is a singer/song riter/producer from Los ngeles hose gift for storytelling has left a footprint on the music industry over the last decade. s a recording artist, he has released t o albums; 2001's "Bet een Dark & Light" and 2007's "Nocturnal". fter having the pleasure to tour and promote those releases ith 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 ritten & recorded ork. Y NCEY RI S LE D CTOR / PRODUCER Yancey rias is kno n 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 " LK OUT" on HBO in hich he received a best supporting actor nomination, and " merican Family" for PBS. He starred as lex Torres in the NBC series “KNIGHT RIDER” by Gary Scott Thomson and Doug Liman. In 2010 Yancey took on the role as Director, riter, and Producer of his a ard inning short ﬁlm titled “B BY”. In 2011 Yancey starred in the ﬁlms “ MERIC ”, and “UNDOCUMENTED”. Yancey’s Broad ay Theater Credits include "Miss Saigon" as Thuy, and "George olf's "The ild Party" as Black. He as recently featured in episodes of the ne BC series “REVENGE”, CBS “BLUE BLOODS”, and CBS ELEMENT RY. In 2012 Yancey recently completed ﬁlming on the highly anticipated ﬁlm “CH VEZ” directed by Diego Luna, and produced by John Malcovich. The ﬁlm stars Michael Pena, Rosario Da son, merica Ferrera, John Malcovich, Jacob Vargaz, and Yancey rias. The ﬁlm is due out in 2013. JO NN VEL RDE PRODUCER / EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Joanna Velarde is a graduate of the University of Southern California, here she studied Communication and Business dministration. Her career in television production began internationally at a major television net ork in Spain on a magazine style lifestyle program. Joanna spent the next 12 years developing her skills in production and casting mainly ithin the educational programming and the non ﬁction reality orld, having orked on sho s for PBS, MC, Biography Channel, Travel Channel and Style Net ork, among others. She is proud to have been an ssociate Producer on 2 seasons of KCET's Emmy a ard- inning daytime talk sho “ Place of Our O n”. In 2008, Joanna turned her focus to ards 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 ith 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 ent into production shortly after. Joanna ﬁnds balance in life ith her husband Kico, their t o beautiful children, Elijah and Sophia, and the fantastic adventures they create for themselves! BRI N JOSEPH OCH B PRODUCER Brian Joseph Ochab began his career in stop-motion animation. hile still in his teens, he orked for a top Mid est special eﬀects & stopmotion animation facility. Rising quickly through the ranks, he orked 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 ne media eb content. He received an Emmy® nomination for directing the hit PBS kids series MY BEDBUGS. He recently garnered great media attention ith the announcement of his stopmotion animated ﬁlm entitled TIM narrated by ﬁlm legend Christopher Lee. He also directed a 2012 Super Bo l ad entitled HITCHHIKER, hich received critical, acclaim. Brian is currently helming a three part series about the SIF organization, the NNIE a ards 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 F LT S 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 “ n Empo ered oman,” one of the most po erful net orking communities and online resource centers for omen professionals and entrepreneurs. She is also the creator of a live event series called The Ne Years Kick Oﬀ orkshop; hich 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 fterbuzz Tv, a net ork created by Maria Menounos that recaps some of todays most popular TV sho s. She as a cohost on the Oprah infrey Net ork recap sho as ell as the Vampire Diaries recap sho . 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 ithin. ith all her experience, along ith her innate lightness in life and ability to connect ith people on a real level, Shereen is the youngest and most successful expert on self-conﬁdence, fulﬁllment and freedom today. ` NICOLE M NDUJ NO SSOCI TE PRODUCER Nicole Mandujano graduated in 2010 from California State University, Fullerton, here she majored in communications ith an emphasis in advertising. Currently she orks for the clothing company Joie in Vernon, C . Becoming part o ner of the Film Imaginarium , LLC, has given her the opportunity to explore her creative side and tackle ne and exciting endeavors ith her talented team. On her o n time, the 23 year old has dived into the orld of blogging. Her blog, LoveNiki.com is a fashion and adventure blog focusing on her personal style and activities. Nicole looks for ard to an exciting future ith the Film Imaginarium. M TT SILFEN EDITOR Matt Silfen as raised in the humid urban s amp of Baltimore, Maryland on a steady ﬁlmic diet of Jim Henson, Steven Spielberg, and Sunday afternoon Creature Features. fter moving to Los ngeles in 2007, he quickly made his ay up the ranks of the reality post-production orld at companies such as Mark Burnett Productions, MTV, and NBC. His list of TV editing credits include "Richard Hammond's Crash Course" on BBC merica and "K THY" (the late night Kathy Griﬃn talk sho on Bravo). M RI TERES G VIRI PRODUCTION DESIGNER Maria is a Film Independent Project: Involve Producing fello for 2012. s a Fine rts major, her creative curiosity led her to ork in design, media and superior arts education. Since 2009 she has been orking in ﬁlm as a Producer and Production Designer. "Mañana" marked the beginning of her producing career, a ne challenge ith 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 ork has been exhibited in solo and collective art sho s in Mexico, Greece, US , and Guatemala, here she as a ﬁnalist in JU NNIO 2008, as ell as in Colombia, including the Museum of Modern rt in Cartagena and Centro Cultural Skandia in Bogotá. VIT LY BOKSER DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGR PHY NIM F KHR R MUSIC COMPOSER CAST Y NCEY RI S / THE S LESM N Yancey rias is kno n 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 " LK OUT" on HBO in hich he received a best supporting actor nomination, and " merican Family" for PBS. He starred as lex Torres in the NBC series “KNIGHT RIDER” by Gary Scott Thomson and Doug Liman. In 2010 Yancey took on the role as Director, riter, and Producer of his a ard inning short ﬁlm titled “B BY”. In 2011 Yancey starred in the ﬁlms “ MERIC ”, and “UNDOCUMENTED”. Yancey’s Broad ay Theater Credits include "Miss Saigon" as Thuy, and "George olf's "The ild Party" as Black. He as recently featured in episodes of the ne BC series “REVENGE”, CBS “BLUE BLOODS”, and CBS ELEMENT RY. In 2012 Yancey recently completed ﬁlming on the highly anticipated ﬁlm “CH VEZ” directed by Diego Luna, and produced by John Malcovich. The ﬁlm stars Michael Pena, Rosario Da son, merica Ferrera, John Malcovich, Jacob Vargaz, and Yancey rias. The ﬁlm is due out in 2013. ELIJ H VEL RDE / ELIJ H Elijah Velarde began acting professionally at the age of 4 hen he auditioned for a local children's musical theatre production of "Fame on Broad ay" 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 gency and has done several commercials including Elmers Glue, Humana, d Council PS , as ell as television sho s "Melrose Place" and "Parenthood". In 2010 came the chance of a lifetime hen he landed the part of Young rmando, the young version of ill Ferrell, in "Casa de MiPadre", also starring Diego Luna, Gael Garia Bernal and Efren Ramirez. That same year, riter and founding partner of The Film Imaginarium, illiam Camacho, began riting the script for The Shooting Star Salesman and rote the role of Elijah exclusively for Elijah himself. The ﬁlm ent into production in 2011 and it as an incredible experience for him to ork alongside veteran actors Yancey rias, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Jason Gedrick and the memorable opportunity of being directed by his father, Director Kico Velarde. hen he's not acting, you'll ﬁnd Elijah learning Tae K on Do, riding his scooter, building ith his Legos or playing Nerf gun ars ith his sidekick, little sister Sophia. J SON GEDRICK / BUSINESSM N Jason Gedrick began his career in films such as The Heavenly Kid (1985), Iron Eagle (1986), Promised Land (1987) ith director Michael Hoffman, Iron Eagle II , Born on the Fourth of July (1989), Backdraft (1991), and Crossing the Bridge (1992). Gedrick's big break as in Steven Bochco's innovative 1995 series Murder One. In 1999, he guest starred on lly McBeal as the "hot car ash guy". In 2011 he appeared in Necessary Roughness as Dr. J.D. ldridge, a former grad school professor and possible love interest for series lead Callie Thorne. Gedrick as a member of the cast of the HBO series Luck, hich ran for one season in 2012. Gedrick appears in a multi-episode arc playing the manager of a Miami-area gentlemen’s club that becomes linked to a high-profile murder case in Season 7 of Dexter. Beginning in November 2012, Gedrick starred as Evan Farns orth, a struggling professor at a prestigious Maine boarding school, in the Hallmark movie, The ishing Tree. In the fall of 2012, Gedrick appeared on an episode of NBC's Grimm. SYDNEY T MII POITIER / ZOEY Born in Los ngeles, Sydney is the daughter of Bahamian actor Sidney Poitier and former Canadian actress Joanna Shimkus. Poiter attended Tisch School of the rts here she earned a Bachelor's degree in acting. She also studied at Stella dler Studio of cting 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 bby. Later that same year, she had a recurring role in Joan of rcadia, here she played Rebecca ske , the love interest of Joan's older brother, Kevin (Jason Ritter). She as 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 gent Carrie Rivai. In 2011, she guest starred on t o episodes of Private Practice. PRODUCTION STILLS PRODUCTION STILLS Photo Credit: Ruandy Albisurez SET PHOTOS SET PHOTOS CAST & CREW CREDITS This ďŹ lm is proud to be a Kickstarter Project! Thank you for believing in us! FILM INQUIRIES Kico & Joanna Velarde-Executive Producers US : 1.323.387.3508 info@theďŹ lmimaginarium.com EBSITES .theshootingstarsalesman.com facebook.com/theshootingstarsalesman “ There’s no catch. Just believe.“ ~ The Salesman