This documentary short, produced in 1992, follows Los Angeles artist Victor Hugo Zayas as he tackles his largest canvas to date. In doing so, it explores universal truths about the creative process.
FROM DIRECTOR JOHN KOVACEVICH
I made this film 20 years ago during my final year of film school at Loyola Marymount University. Shot on 16mm and edited on the old KEM flatbed editing machines, they literally don't make 'em like this anymore.
Yes, it's a student piece, the sound and picture are rough by today's standards, and there's plenty here to illustrate my youth and inexperience, but I'm not completely ashamed of it all these years later.
Back in the day, it screened at a bunch of film festivals and collected a handful of awards:
1993 Regional Finalist – Student Academy Awards
Samuel Z. Arkoff Award 1992 – Honors LMU's best student films
1993 DGA Student Film Screening
AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival
Melbourne International Film Festival
San Antonio CineFestival
Chicago Latino Film Festival
Second Place, 3rd Coast Film & Video Competition (University of Texas at Austin)
Second Place, 1993 Film Front National Student Film and Video Festival
Honorable Mention, Columbus International Film and Video Festival
Victor Hugo Zayas continues to create art. Learn more about him at victorhugozayas.com/
This film was shot by Shana Hagan, who went on to a terrific career as a director of photography: shanahagan.com/
The music was composed by Jason Johnson, who went on to compose many other wonderful scores: jasonjohnson.com/main.html
As for me, I've spent the last 20 years continuing to make stuff and currently work as an advertising creative director. My most recent work can be viewed at: jkovac.com/
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