The past ten years I have been obsessively searching for any information and “artifacts” I could find related to missing, legendary Mexican horror director, Juan F. Moctezuma II.
The story goes that while filming his first US production under Roger Corman, Moctezuma stole all the footage and disappeared. To this day we have no idea what happened to him, or his movie, "Mil caminos tiene la muerte".
Moctezuma inspired greats like del Toro, Rodriquez, Sam Raimi and more. I have found props, old photos, different copies and version of his films and more. I have travelled to the locations where his films were shot and his hometown. I have been restoring his film as best I can and they are finding a new audience in festivals but now the time has come to start the final chapter (I hope!) in this ten-year journey/obsession, and find the missing legend.
My crew and I plan to travel to Mexico and begin our quest to find Moctezuma II and, if he is still alive, find out why he stopped making films and disappeared. Hopefully, he’s ready to make another film!
2012, RED Camera
"Deadly Embrace" is a short film noir film about Robert, a man whose dreary life is shattered by the Argentine Tango and a dancer, Elena. Elena is a spicy strong woman who dances the tango and owns a dance hall with her jealous husband, Marcelino. Robert's passion for Elena and her life style are too much to heed her warning to 'STAY AWAY!' With his life in danger Robert must now choose between Elena and death or a life without her.
A man looking for his mother’s 'perfect' pizza recipe is visited by a unique pizza delivery girl who offers him the recipe, her services as a chef and one other tempting offer that isn’t as wonderful as it appears.
A story about the hardest question to answer, “What do I say to her?” A nameless traveler takes a vacation to New York City. During this trip an unknown woman continually crosses his path. He curiously and enviously watches as other interact with her, he is curious, frustrated and attracted to her comforting beauty. He fantasies about being “the one” to really connect with her, but lacks the courage to say anything to her and misses his chances except for one bit of luck. Now he has a choice to make, the beauty of the fantasy or the fear of reality.
Screenings and Awards:
Geneva Film Festival, IL 2007
Audience Choice Award, Chicago REEL Shorts Film Festival 2008