Since university I've written & directed two short movies. I love the stories and characters but I didn't feel either one was suited for a feature length movie.

"Un Viaje" was shot on my iPhone 6s (And yes, it's 2022 and I still have that beast!) It was mostly in Europe, but also a little in The USA. It's a silent movie (Well, dialogue wise. It does have a fantastic score by the brilliant composer Joe Kraemer. The. movie is just under 6 minutes. 

"Eva's Comet", which I co-directed, was shot in Spain on a couple of real cameras :). It is mostly in English with Spanish subtitles. 

I'm very proud to say that both movies got accepted into several very important festivals in Spain and other countries in Europe. (I only entered them into one festival in the USA, "Sundance" which neither got into)  "Eva's Comet" won many awards.

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To Watch "Eva's Comet" go here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

EVA'S COMET - WHAT THE STORY IS ABOUT

 

Two broken women, both stuck in the past, opposite in almost every way, are thrust together and end up changing each others lives. 

 

It’s also a metaphor for how people on the left and right treat each other. Too often neither side having any compassion for the other side, too often judging someone in a negative light without knowing anything about that person, too often thinking one’s own pain is above anyone else’s.

 

But when you get to know someone personally, more often than not, you have empathy for them, you can learn from them and in doing so… you can heal many of your own wounds.

El Festival de Cine de L'Alfàs del Pi (2021)

OFFICIAL SELECTION IN COMPETITION

 

WINNER:
+Jury Award Best Actor Elisabeth Larena

+Jury Award Best Actor Kimberly Tell 

 

The judges felt the movie was a 2 hander and decided to give to both Lisi and Kim (They beat out very stiff competition)

 

Based in Spain, out of almost 1,000 shorts submitted, 21 movies were Selected For Competition

 

 

Oricio Film Festival (2021)

OFFICIAL SELECTION IN COMPETITION

 

WINNER:
+Jury Award Best Movie
+Audience Award Best Movie 
+Jury Award Best Actor Elisabeth Larena 

Based in Spain near Salamanca, located in a historic village (and beautiful I might add) this is a newer festival, but is gaining a great reputation for the movies they choose and the way the present them. This year they had very important judges on the jury.

 

 

El Festival Internacional De Cine Indepeniente de Elche (2021) 

OFFICAL SELECTION COMPETITION

This festival located in Spain near the ocean. Out of almost 2,000 submissions, 30 movies were Selected for Competition. An outdoor festival that is over 30 years old. The movies we got to see when we attended were spectacular!

 

Sahar International Short Film Festival (2021)

OFFICAL SELECTION IN COMPETITION

 

A fantastic newer festival (I believe 8 years old) based out of the U.K. Due to covid restrictions it was only online this year

 

Turin Film Festival (2021)

OFFICIAL SELECTION IN COMPEITION

Based in Italy. We are proud to be in this festival that chooses movies who's topics discuss and especially debate religion

 

Sguardi Altrove Film Festival (2021)

OFFICAL SELECION NON COMPETITION

Based in Italy. We are proud of all the festivals we've been Selected into; this one holds a special place in our heats because it's geared towards movies that have themes that show women in a positive and empower manor. Fonzi & I are very lucky and happy to have been raised by women who enlightened us. And we know our success is due to the many women that were in key positions in Eva's Comet.

 

ACCEPTED INTO
Several other festivals. Not in Competition (2021)

 

                                                                         CREDITS

 

Directed by: jD Shapiro & Alfonso Antolín

 

Written by: jD Shapiro

 

Produced by:  Alejandra Sabá

                     Elisabeth Larena

                     Milena SoccerGirl Suarez

 

Executive Produced by: Jorge Bayon

                                   jD Shapiro

                                   Alfonso Antolín

 

Starring: Elisabeth Larena & Kimberly Tell

 

Cinematographer: Alfonso Antolín

 

Music Score & Composer: Joe Kraemer

 

And without our incredible crew, this movie never would have been as good as those who like it feel it is. including:

 

+Sofía Álvarez

+Erika Beltran

+Chema de la Vega

+Alan Frederiksen

+Alex Marais

+Claudia Perez Esteban

+Eva Ferradas

+Ana Becedas

+Sonia Alonso

+Nayara Oms Moya

+Bryan Roger Caicoba Suárez

+Andrea Gohz

+David Oliver Marquez

 

 

We also had a fantastic cast in a series of whimsical scenes I wrote that worked in the script (or so I thought), but didn't work with the tone of the movie once we were in editing. These scenes were VERY painful to cut, due to such outstanding performances.

 

+Veronica Echegui

+Olivia Delcan

+Antonio De La Cruz

+Hugo Alejo

+Daniel Jumillas

+Pablo Marido De Lara

+Hugo Villegas

 

I'd also like to thank the INCREDIBLE chef--

Rebeca La Berenjena,. For her kindness and use of one of her fantastic restaurants.

 

 

 

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"UN VIAJE - WHAT THE STORY IS ABOUT

 

After my father moved to his next journey on another dimension I wanted to tell a story about love and how we can, at times, take it for granted. And I wanted to tell the story the way silent movies were told; using just pictures & music, mainly because love is the one Universal language that needn't ever be spoken.

 

I also wanted "Un Viaje" to be about all kinds of love and not a specific kind of love. Love between a husband & wife or between lovers, a parent & a child, an owner & a pet or the love close friends feel for each other. So I tell the story through the eyes of a balloon. Sounds a little crazy, I know. But then I believe we are all crazy enough to believe in a little magic because, after all- what is love... if not magic.

 

 

The Madrid Arts Film Festival 2018

Official Entry into .Competition

Also got accepted into some festivals but not in the competition category.

 

CREDITS

Written, Directed, Produced, Edited & Cinematography by: jD Shapiro

Starring:

               THE Balloon

               Elisabeth Larena

Additional Cinematography & Editing by:Alfonso Antolín

 

Music Score & Composer: Joe Kraemer

 

SPECIAL THANKS

As I've said in the past, and will say even after I am no longer in this dimention, if people think a movie i've made is good that's because everyone involved made it so. If they think it's bad then that is on me and my fault alone.

I thanks all those that helped with this movie.

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