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let life happen

Recently voted an official selection for Best Short Narrative at the Milan Film Festival. WINNER FFFTG Film Festival Best Mobile Short 2021. WINNER-Indie X Film Festival /Joseph Thome, Best Supporting Actor. WINNER INDIE X Film Festival-Best Drama Short. WINNER-INDIE X Film Festival Best Mobile Short. WINNER -Global Short Film Festival, Best Drama. Semi-Finalist Indie Short Film Festival. Official selection New York Movie Awards Best Mobile Short, and the Official Selection of Serbest International Film Festival 2021 Short as well as 2020 SPOTLIGHT Gold Award winner-Short Films for "let life happen." This an autobiographical account of one day in a young man's life when he was forced to make a painful decision, to choose one parent's welfare over the other's when he placed his father in a senior care facility.  His personal "Sophie's Choice," so to speak, but as painful as that experience was, the film is also about moving forward and the personal discovery back from that day.  The acceptance that there is no right or perfect way to live, neither mothers, fathers, sons or daughters come with a book of rules; it's a "learn as you go on-the-job training."  Ultimately, it's the circumstance you are given and your decisions that count. 

  • Daniel Bolero Zaldivar
  • Daniel Bolero Zaldivar
  • Daniel Bolero Zaldivar
  • Madeline McCray
    Key Cast
  • Jeffrey Nunez Nunez
    Key Cast
  • Joseph Thome
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 31, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    250 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Student Project:
  • Spotlight Short Film Awards

    United States
    Spotlight Short Film Awards: Spotlight Short Film Awards
  • FFTG Awards

    Best Mobile Film Short
  • Indie X Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    November 6, 2021
    Best Supporting Actor
  • Indie X Film Festifal
    Los Angeles
    United States
    November 6, 2021
    Best Drama Short
  • Indie X Film Festial
    Los Angeles
    United States
    November 6, 2021
    Best Mobile Short
  • Global Short Film Awards
    New York
    United States
    May 20, 2021
    Best Drama
  • Indie Short Festival

    Semi-Finalist Best Drama
  • Indie Short Festifal

    Semi Finalist Best Mobile Short
  • Surbest Film Festival

    Semi-Finlist Best Short
  • Cannes Short Festival

    Official Nominee
Director Biography - Daniel Bolero Zaldivar

Daniel Bolero Zaldivar, AKA Danny Bolero is a native Angelino who hails from East Los Angeles. As a professional actor, he has appeared on Broadway, in films, television, and commercials. He made his Broadway debut in 1993 in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. I moved back to New York in 2009 to work with the brilliant Lin Manuel Miranda on IN THE HEIGHTS, which led to being cast in the principal role as Kevin on the 1st National Tour—taking the show throughout the United States and Japan. In 2020, he was about to preview the Broadway revival of PLAZA SUITE starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Mathew Broderick but forced to close due to the pandemic, but the show will now open on 2/25/22 at the Hudson Theater in New York. He also is a series regular on the new PBS animated children's series "Alma's Way," due this fall, and is currently in production on the romantic comedy, TOWNHOUSE CONFIDENTIAL.

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Director Statement

I have never been a fan of the word "NO." I am a big believer in controlling your destiny, forging full steam ahead to get what you want out of life—knowing what you want and working on getting it. But I've learned that you won't always get what you want when you want it. Often you might get what you need. Sometimes it is not the winning but the loosing that helps us reach our goals. What feels like moving backward is moving forwards. "When it gets tough, it's human nature to hang to what's familiar, even if it's something that's not in our best interest.
In 2019, Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia ranked the 7th leading cause of death globally, with lung cancer ranking 6th.

Based on actual events, 'let life happen" is the story about a young man who is the sole caregiver to his parents who have Alzheimer's and lung cancer—forced to make the painful decision to place his father in a nursing home. While that time was excruciating for me, I learned that to move forward, I had to accept and let go (which felt like I was moving backward), and through that, I came to the discovery that it is all going be ok.

If I had to relive it all over again, I would. I think I got more out of that experience than my parents did. There were nights when I put my father to bed, but first, he had to sit and say his nightly prayers seated on the edge of the bed—sitting up straight like an altar boy in church. When I returned 15 minutes later, he was still saying his prayers, but they weren't verbalized words; he went through the physical motions, the moving of the lips, and made a drone-like sound, it's the collective hum you hear when a group of people is praying, then it always ended with a sign of the cross. I was stunned and what he could remember, and I felt so honored I was able to catch a glimpse of that moment. I will never forget it.

Making my film has been a fantastic experience because I created something that I never thought was possible. It has opened my eyes to the art of filmmaking. People have come up to me or written to me after seeing the film and have shared how much they appreciated it and how they could relate to it.

I want to thank my cast for their patience and trust in my vision and storytelling. I want to thank SAG for their guidance in moving forward. And thank you to the Spotlight film festival for awarding me the Gold Award in their 2021 film festival and The Los Angeles International Independent Film festival for considering my film for Best Short in 2021.