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El Camino Solo

El Camino Solo is the story of a successful business man who doesn’t have time for anyone, not even his own family. That changes when his car runs out of gas on a desert highway in the middle of nowhere. Overcome by anger, he pitches his phone into the distance and tries in vain to get the occasional passerby to stop and help but no one will. Finally, at the end of his rope, a family of migrant workers stops for him but without a common language, he must learn to trust the kindness of strangers. 

  • Shawn Telford
  • Shawn Telford
  • Shawn Telford
  • Diana Dotter
  • Marc Jablon
    Key Cast
    Community, ER, Bones, NCIS
  • Jaffe Zinn
    Magic Valley, Children
  • Rich Phelps
    Frank hardon: Life Coach, 80's Ending
  • Kristen Bonnalie
    Production Designer
    From the Sky, Big Boy, I Wish I Were a Duck
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  • Genres:
    Family, comedy, road movie
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 16, 2015
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
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  • Student Project:
  • Sun Valley Film Festival
    Sun Valley, Idaho
    March 5, 2015
    World Premiere
  • Sarasota Film Festival
    Sarasota, FL
    April 17, 2015
  • Seattle International Film Festival
    Seattle, WA
    May 24, 2015
Director Biography - Shawn Telford

Shawn Telford is an award-winning Actor/Writer/Director whose feature film BFE was one of five American films selected for US in Progress, part of the Champs-Élysées Film Festival in Paris, France where an unfinished version of the film screened to a private audience of European film professionals who offered insight, feedback and also awarded BFE a Special Mention. The finished version of BFE has gone on to win a total of four awards including Sarasota Film Festival's Special Jury Prize for Best Ensemble, the Portland Film Festival Director Award and Rome International's Gladiator Award. Shawn’s short films and videos have played a number of film festivals, including Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle Erotic Arts Festival, 1 Reel, San Francisco Independent Film Festival and the Jecheon Int'l Music & Film Festival in Korea, among others.

He received his MFA in acting from the University of Washington’s elite PATP (Professional Actor Training Program) and has appeared several times onstage at all of Seattle’s major theaters including the Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT, the Intiman and the Seattle Children’s Theatre, as well as a number of film, video, commercial and industrial projects. His TV credits include co-starring roles on NBC’s Grimm, TNT’s Leverage and CBS’s the Fugitive. Regardless of these fine credits, he is most often recognized for his role as the train guy in the Washington State Lottery "Department of Imagination" commercials and occasionally as the "BECU" guy who has for years has appeared on BECU ATMs. 

In addition to teaching and tutoring, Shawn has also been a guest teaching artist at Seattle Children’s Theatre, the Film School, Shoreline Community College and North Seattle Community College.

Since 2005, Shawn has also been a Casting Assistant at Complete Casting, where he has cast projects for film, TV, print and Internet for a diversity of clients ranging from Microsoft to Toyota, Chevrolet, Campbell’s Soup, Boeing, Xbox, AT&T and many, many more.

Shawn is also a professional writer. Since 1998, he has written music criticism as well as arts and entertainment pieces for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Rocket, the Tablet, Seattle Sound Magazine and the Louisville Eccentric Observer where his insightful and evocative journalism has warranted more than one death threat.

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Director Statement

The language of film is music for the eyes.