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JAV & JOS: a[n almost] perfect couple

They can’t live apart. But can’t live together. They love each other. But hate each other’s guts. They put a continent between them. But facetime 24/7. They want to save what they had. But there’s little, if anything, there to be saved. Separation is not an option. Death may be the only way out.

  • Luis Fernandez
  • Jose Simon Escalona
  • Mimi Lazo
  • Luis Fernandez
    Key Cast
  • Juan Carlos Alarcon
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Feature, Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 23, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Brazil, United States
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Director Biography - Luis Fernandez

Director (2005 – present).
Director for the stage with over a dozen credits including the Broadway drama “HIGH” produced in South America (longest running drama in Venezuela’s theater history, showcased as one of the top 10 shows of the largest international theater festival in the world, the “International Theater Festival of Bogota” (Bogota, 2012). Chicago, the musical (Caracas, 2013). Spring Awakening, the musical (Caracas, 2015).
Direction for film and television includes his thesis project for the NYFA, the film “Blue Sky” (Cartagena International Film Festival Official Selection, Colombia, 2009. Lucania International Film Festival Official Selection. Italy, 2009. Hollyshorts Film Festival Official Selection. Hollywood, 2009). The pilot of the series “The Sex Sense” (El Sexo Sentido) (also writer and associate producer). Mr. Fernandez developed during the pandemic a series of Cinema-Theater experiences created for Zoom and captured entirely in mobile devices for streaming.

A best-selling author in Latin America, his titles include the series of essays “El Sexo Sentido” (The Sex Sense I, II & III) and the novel “La Cruenta Venganaza del Hombre que Todos Querían Ser” (The gruesome revenge of the man everybody wanted to be).

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Director Statement

During lockdown we started an experiment: telling stories that could be told via communication devices only and inviting audiences to “hack” into the characters phones. With actors performing from their own homes, cities, countries. Capturing what happens on smartphones from scenes performed live in front of an audience witnessing their private conversations via Zoom.
Love, loneliness, separation, isolation, and a desperate cry to connect became the central issues of our experiments.
This love/hate story plagued by dangerous self-loathing nostalgia is one of these experiments.
Shot entirely on smartphones from live performances in front of an audience of 312 people from 19 cities in 10 countries.