The Son Of... The Holy TV

Unsure of whether the American dream is worth pursuing, an eccentric aspiring filmmaker sets out on a journey back to his country, where he decides to explore, with cynicism and humor, the roots of a series of protests against that which Peruvians are calling... "trash TV"; the television that raised him and his entire generation.

  • Jose Carlos Gorritti
  • Jose Carlos Gorritti
  • Jose Carlos Gorritti
  • Miguel Alvarez Calderón
  • Juan Manuel Olivera
  • Jose Carlos Gorritti
    Key Cast
  • Luis Alberto Melgar
    Key Cast
    "Dr. Melgar"
  • Sabina Almeida
    Key Cast
  • Fernando Petong
    Key Cast
    "Rigonaldo Claunés"
  • Pilar Ochoa
    Key Cast
    "Cuchufleta Claunés"
  • Sonia Flor Franco
    Key Cast
    "Frigolarda Claunchez"
  • Wady Fulton Angulo
    Key Cast
    "Juchifrido Claunderson"
  • Edmundo Cunyas
    Key Cast
    "Butifardo Claunson"
  • Leonardo Infante
    Key Cast
    "Calardio Claundiston"
  • Fernando Fernandez
    Key Cast
    "Epitafio Claunardez"
  • Javier Echevarría
    Key Cast
  • Artidoro Cáceres Velasquez
    Key Cast
  • Mirtha Ibáñez
    Key Cast
  • Álvaro Riaza
    Key Cast
  • Raúl Ambulodie
    Key Cast
    "Jack Jérico"
  • Juan José Gorritti
    Key Cast
  • Jose Carlos Gorritti
    Original Score
  • Jose Carlos Gorritti
  • Jose Carlos Gorritti
    Sound Designer
  • Jose Carlos Gorritti
    Visual Effects & Graphics
  • Gustavo Rios Ruíz
    Director of Photography
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    El Hijo De... La Santa Tele
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    Comedy, documentary
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 44 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 28, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Peru, United States
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Director Biography - Jose Carlos Gorritti

JC Gorritti is a multi-talented artist, born and raised in Lima, Peru on July 27, 1985. At a very young age, music became his first love. Then, in his youth, audiovisual sound engineering was established as his first serious relationship. At the age of 25, he emigrated to the United States, where over the next decade he had very close contact with countless filmmakers and artists from all over the world, with whom he learned the ins and outs of all technical and creative areas involved in film production and post-production; thanks to his job as a film sound engineer in the NYC independent film circuit. This experience led him to undertake his most ambitious project: to produce his first film as a director.

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Director Statement

Having been raised in a society that rejects creativity at every turn, and makes sure children stay away from all artistic professions as if they were a sentence to starve for life, imagine my surprise when I learnt that, back in my country, people were protesting what they called “trash TV”, that television which raised me and my entire generation. What were their complaints? The lack of creativity, art, culture and educational content on national open air television programming. 20 years earlier, that same society repeatedly told me, and my friends, that we should never even dream of being artists. The hypocrisy is unbelievable.

I was fortunate enough to leave my country behind and come to America to pursue my dreams. Among my friends, I was never the most talented aspiring artist, however, I was always the most committed. I would never quit dreaming even if that meant staying around the technical side of filmmaking to earn a living for as long as necessary. That was not the case for most of my friends, who sooner or later ended up quitting their dreams and lead what could be considered a regular life.

Time went by very fast and having been a technician for a few years, I decided, on my 30th birthday that it was time to step into the creative areas and produce my own project. My first movie. I chose the documentary genre because I thought it would be more affordable and flexible. I ended up spending 7 years of my life working and learning everything I could, mostly by myself, to complete this project; because I couldn’t afford to pay people.

The project started out as a shortfilm but eventually, I knew that this was going to be my first feature film as an author. The subject of the protests against “trash TV” had become an excuse to talk about some of the real problems hidden behind the surface.

Thanks to this experience, not only did I acquire skills in such diverse areas like editing, motion graphics, painting, music composing and even acting and writing, but I also made peace with the imaginary voices in my head, telling me that artists had no value in society. I finally realized that artists are among the most valuable people on society and when they don’t fulfill their role, people’s lives are affected to the point that they have to take on the streets to protest about the lack of cultural leaders in the media. I finally moved on from dreaming in my head to taking action to become just what people need and want: a real artist.