Reel NW - Cement Suitcase

Reel NW

Reel NW - Cement Suitcase

Saturday, June 7, 2014

The best wine salesman in the Yakima Valley is headed for a breakdown and only two people can help him. One just broke into his house. The other is having an affair with his girlfriend.

Cement Suitcase

Written, directed, and produced by J. Rick CastañedaAired on June 6, 9p

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Interview with the Filmmaker

What is it like to make a film in a small town that is not used to having film sets around? What made Dwayne Bartholomew a perfect fit for the lead role? Find out in this two-part interview with director J. Rick Castañeda of Reel NW feature film 'Cement Suitcase.' Warren Etheredge hosts.

CEMENT SUITCASE is an "anti-romantic comedy" about Franklin, the best wine salesman in the Yakima Valley. He hates his life, his girlfriend is cheating on him, and he doesn’t even have the self-respect to tell her that he knows. When he meets the “other guy,” who turns out to be terrific, he decides that it might be time to let go of some baggage.

The film won the Audience Award at Dances With Films (Hollywood, CA), the Audience Award at the Ellensburg Film Festival, the Director’s Choice Award at the Gig Harbor Film Festival, and the Best Narrative Feature at the Eugene International Film Festival. In addition, the film was an official selection at the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival, the Tacoma Film Festival, the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival, Seattle Latino Film Festival, the Orlando Film Festival, and the Santa Cruz Film Festival.

Filmmaker's Statement

I was born and raised in the Yakima Valley, and it wasn’t until I moved away that I really began to notice how unique it was. The peace and quiet, the beautiful vistas, and the way life interweaves through everybody you know. After living in Los Angeles for ten years, you really get to miss the cows, the ample parking, and the real feeling of spring. I decided to set a movie in the Yakima Valley because no one else has. I wanted to make a movie about a place most people have never seen before, in a place where people still get excited about movies. - J. Rick Castañeda

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