Borrego Film Festival – Ode to Abuela
Last updated 1/16/2018 at 9:28am
Ode to Abuela by Henry Alberto
Henry Alberto is a young ambitious Latino filmmaker. His sweet and sentimental film about love across generations helps kick off the 2018 Borrego Springs Film Festival January 11 –15. Henry will be in town attending the festival and answering questions after his screening. However, we also asked him a handful of question to him before the festival. Here are his answers.
THURSDAY | BLOCK A | 4:00 p.m. |
Ode to Abuela (10 min) dir: Henry Alberto
#1: Can you describe your movie and why somebody should see it?
Ode to Abuela is a tribute to my ancestors. As Latinx individuals we carry the identity
of our Grandparents in our soul. I wanted to not just raise the question of mortality, but also
the complexities of grief.
#2: What do you want the Borrego Springs Film Festival audience to know about your film?
I decided to honor my Grandmother with the film, who is actually still with us.
It was important for me to make a work celebrating her in life. We so often wait until those
we love pass away before letting them know exactly what they mean to us.
#3: What is your movie making background? Tell us about yourself.
I'm a self taught filmmaker and storyteller born and raised in Miami, FL. I currently reside in Los Angeles. After a few short films and a feature film, I am more impassioned to bring queer stories, specifically queer Latinx individuals to the forefront.
#4: What was the biggest lesson learned in getting your film made?
I continue to learn to allow myself to be specific with each vision of my films.
#5: What does the future hold for your film and you?
We have quite a few exciting opportunities on the horizon...meanwhile I continue to create and tell stories that are important to me and those I find necessary to exist in the world.