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NO WAY HOME

hot on 16mm film with a Bolex, New York City, Red Rock Canyon Nevada and Valley Of Fire Nevada and desaturated of color into gorgeous black and white images composed by my DP Jeff “AK” Akers, with voice overs written as poems and disguised as dialogue and an improvised and layered score headed up by Los Bros. Rodriguez, Arturo and Joseph on bass, guitars and drums, with contributions by Kevin on guitar and my brother Mark on upright bass, beautifully acted by Kelvin, Flea and Omar...
No Way Home is a meditation on an idea that i wanted to explore about the nature of God. The thesis being that God is fractured among human beings and that the only way to know God is to fuse these fractures together by recognizing the God in someone else.
Each of the characters represents a single element of a trinity. The first character in the film is the Spirit, the second character is the Mind and the third character is the Body. These three characters are searching for each other in order to settle the dissonance they feel… When they find each other they become whole but their individual journeys eventually break them apart… The brief encounter strengths and invigorates them and they reaffirm their resolve as they each set out to change the world in their own way. The only way to bind the trinity in such a way that it will never be severed again is to open the eyes of the world to the fact that separately we are human and together we are God…

  • vagabond
    Director
    Coney Island Dreaming, Sacred And Profane Faceless Jacks, MACHETERO
  • vagabond
    Writer
    Coney Island Dreaming, Sacred And Profane Faceless Jacks, MACHETERO
  • vagabond
    Producer
    Coney Island Dreaming, Sacred And Profane Faceless Jacks, MACHETERO
  • Omar Villegas
    Key Cast
    Sacred And Profane Faceless Jacks, Coney Island Dreaming
  • Kelvin Fernandez
    Key Cast
  • Alexis "Flea" Fernandez
    Key Cast
  • Jeff "AK" Akers
    Cinematography
    Coney Island Dreaming, Sacred And Profane Faceless Jacks, MACHETERO
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Experimental, Short, Non-narrative
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 6, 2010
  • Production Budget:
    16,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    16mm Film.
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Official Latino Short Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    October 6, 2017
    Best Experimental Short Film
  • Los Angeles Academy Of Film Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    February 10, 2018
    Outstanding Experimental Short Film
Distribution Information
  • vagabond Beaumont
    Country: United States
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - vagabond

Brooklyn born and borough raised, Vagabond graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & the Arts and dropped out of The School of Visual Arts. He began his career in film early on, working on independent black films such as Spikes Lees "Do The Right Thing", where he quickly learned all aspects of filmmaking and forged his own artistic and ideological aesthetic.

The first film that Vagabond produced was the documentary "RICANSTRUCTING VIEQUES”, that told the story of the US military’s occupational abuse of Vieques, Puerto Rico as a training site, through the use of interviews and live musical performance footage of Nuyorican punk rock band Ricanstruction. It opened to an emotional sold out screening at the first annual NY International Latino Film Festival and opened the Lost Film Festival 4.0 in Philadelphia. The film has gone on to screen across Europe, Australia, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and throughout the US.

vagabond would continue to work with Ricanstruction and help found what would become the Ricanstruction Netwerk, a politically radical artist collective in the vein of the Situationist International. vagabond would go on to create murals, posters, pamphlets, and videos and organize political marches, rallies, vigils, art shows, screenings and protests with the Ricanstruction Netwerk.

His first feature film, “MACHETERO” which he wrote, produced and directed stars Isaach de Bankolé (The Keeper, Ghost Dog, Coffee and Cigarettes, Manderlay) who plays a French journalist who comes to New York to interview a Puerto Rican "terrorist" in prison about his decision to use violence as a means to free his people. Screened in neighborhood/barrio community centers and squats while still in mid-production, the controversial film engendered political discussion and debate within (and outside of) the Puerto Rican Diaspora and has been called one of the most important and insightful underground political films ever made. In June of 2008 “MACHETERO” was a finalist for Best Film at the Hollywood Black Film Festival and in October of 2008 took home the prize for Best First Film at the International Film Festival South Africa. In 2009 “MACHETERO” is on a world tour participating in eight festivals in seven different countries on four different continents. The film has won six awards around the world.

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