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The ReckoningThe Reckoning Premieres At Latino Film Festival
Date: 10/12/06

Bronx, NY October 12, 2006 The
HollyHood Productions short film, The Reckoning, will premiere this weekend in Bellmore, NY, at the Mezcla Latino International Film Festival (MLIFF). The MLIFF is sponsored by the Mezcla Media Market, Inc., a not-for-profit international Hispanic media organization that showcases and promotes Hispanic artistic and literary work.

The Reckoning stars actors Jaime Velez ( Carlito's Way: Rise to Power, Law & Order) and Monique Gabriela Curnen (Maria Full of Grace, Lady in the Water) and is the story of a father whose prideful and overbearing ways force him to avenge his daughter's stolen innocence by committing the ultimate sin.

Julio Antonio Toro directed the film and co-wrote it with Adel L. Morales. The Reckoning is the first venture from HollyHood Productions , a film production company co-founded by Adel L. Morales, Julio Antonio Toro, and Frankie Villanueva. The company's mission is to develop and produce short films and feature films, as well as other visual narratives that further the understanding of an under-represented urban demographic and its connection to humanity.


Mezcla FilmEdwin Pagan, the vice-chair of the National Association of Latino Independent  Producers (NALIP) and president of NALIP New York, served as the Director of Cinematography. The ominous score was composed by NALIP-Austin's own, Joe Basquez.

The Reckoning was shot entirely on a Panasonic DVX-100A at 24 fps in the Bronx, NY. The seven-day shoot included two grueling nights in the woods, lugging equipment in
ninety-degree heat. "It was guerilla filmmaking at its best," said Julio Antonio Toro, the director. "I still have nightmares over it. The cast and crew worked tremendously hard, and this story is just as much their vision as it is mine."

The film will premiere on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006, at 8:00 p.m. and will be shown again as part of the Short Film Series on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006, at 7:30 p.m.

To view The Reckoning at
the Mezcla Latino International Film Festival, contact the Bellmore Movie Theater at 516-783-3199 or 516-679-0891


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