A beautiful smile next door takes a young man through a series of events in the old neighborhood.

  • Richard Dominguez
  • Richard Dominguez
  • Dom Dominguez
  • Gisselle Martinez
    Key Cast
  • Tom Cruz
    Key Cast
    "El Coyote"
  • Pete Pena
    Key Cast
    "Tio Javier"
  • Dom Dominguez
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Feature, Short
  • Runtime:
    40 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 15, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    7,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 4k
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Toronto Indie Filmmakers Festival
    February 25, 2022
    Official Selection & Best Feature Film Award
  • New Wave Short Film Festival
    March 11, 2022
    Official Selection & Best Director Award
  • IndieFest Film Awards
    La Jolla
    United States
    February 11, 2022
    Official Selection & Best Hispanic/Latin Short Film Award
  • Independent Short Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    December 1, 2021
    Official Selection, Silver Award, Bronze Award, Best Indie Short Award, Best Original Story Award, Best First- Time Director Award
  • New York Tri-State International Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    April 8, 2022
    Official Selection, Best Drama Award
  • Tokyo International Short Film Festival
    April 8, 2022
    Official Selection, Best Actress Award, Best Director Honorable Mention, Best Short film Honorable Mention
  • FlickFair On-Demand Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    February 7, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Golden Short Film Festival
    Official Selection in Editing & Actor Categories
Director Biography - Richard Dominguez

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas. At a young age, I found my love for cinema through the "Dollar Movies" at my local theater. We could not always afford a sitter so we watched everything from "Fried Green Tomatoes" to "Casino" in theaters growing up.

Through a traditional upbringing, the only sure thing was obtaining a good job. My parents saw everything else as a fantasy. Using skills and traits instilled through my parents and career as an aircraft mechanic, I dove head on into my passion, not only to view stories but create stories. Esperanza is the first of many to come. I dare challenge that old saying "Don't quit your day job."

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Director Statement

Discipline, hard work, dedication and perseverance overcome adversity.

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