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"After 20 years of doing virtually nothing creatively speaking, I could never shake the filmmaking bug and in September of 2009, I met an aspiring rap artist, Sandro G, through a cousin who was his manager. Tony asked me and my long-time friend Gary Andre if we were interested in doing videos for him. We accepted and the filmmaking bug kicked in with a vengeance when we saw that we were able to create several videos, each one different from the other and all good if not great. We knew then that the time was right to dust off the 60-page script and I took to re-writing it into a screenplay that would attract some professional people.
"Gary and myself took Dov Siemens' two-day film school in Boston on a Summer weekend in 2010. Dov suggested we make our script great and hire a professional DP, and that is what we set out to do. After hiring Rich Marino, DP on the Putt Putt Syndrome, and getting [Scream Queen] Brinke Stevens to come on board, we were able to raise the initial 50,000 dollars to begin putting the pieces into place."Behind the Scenes Shots:
"As a first time feature filmmaker," Carvalho told us. "I found the experience incredible. Going from doing videos with one partner, to a feature film with a full crew of 26 people was just amazing. So many things that I had read about, what directors are, and what they do and have to be on the set, I experienced first-hand and now I can actually say I know what a director is and what he has to do to make sure he gets what he wants. In the editing room, I actually felt like a thief that had stolen some nifty scenes while my crew was unaware.
"If the audience takes anything away with them from this film, I hope that they feel that it was a different kind of movie from what they have been accustomed to seeing, that they see that this film is a labour of love, that it is a uniquely personal vision from a first-time director. Ultimately, I hope they are entertained and emotionally involved with the characters and what is happening to them and Jonah and maybe still thinking about it after they see it for the first time."As for the future, Carvalho's next project is The Deported. "It's a street film centered around several young immigrants struggling in the declining economy, who see an easier way to make cash in street hustling and scheming, while the threat of deportation looms over their heads. This one will be done in a gritty street style of Scorsese's Mean Streets and Taxi Driver."