El Dragón premieres as an Official Selection of Plaza Classic Film Festival on Saturday, August 12th, 2017. El Dragón will screen under the Local Flavor showcase, along with other short films that feature stories and filmmakers from the border community of El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico, at El Paso’s downtown Plaza Theater. The event will take place at El Paso Community Foundation Theater and will feature a Q&A session with the filmmakers thereafter.
The Plaza Classic Film Festival is renowned for spotlighting classic cinema since 2008 and its now 10th year. The Plaza Classic is the world’s largest classic film festival, averaging attendance of 40,000 people a year, and has brought in a glittering array of celebrity guests, including Al Pacino and El Paso native Debbie Reynolds. The Local Flavor is the region’s largest showcase of independently made shorts, features, animated, and documentaries films and is generously sponsored by the Texas Film Commission.
El Dragón is a documentary short, directed by Krisstian de Lara, that tells the story of Jorge, a fire breather who makes a living working on the streets of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
Filmmaker and coordinator of the Local Flavor series, Carlos Corral, speaks with Kn2s Productions in an online interview about the kind of stories the border community filmmakers should be telling, “Filmmakers should always tell the stories of the border that have shaped their personal lives, no matter where they grew up. By telling a personal story, the filmmaker will pour all of their passion into communicating a story that an audience can connect with and love.”
Krisstian states during an interview for Kn2s Productions about filming El Dragón, “When I started filming the documentary I was not sure what I was going to get. Nonetheless, after Jorge’s first spit of fire, I was in shock! I was so mesmerized by his talent that at that moment I thought to myself, this is golden. Every minute thereafter, I devoted all of my energy and storytelling skills to capture this short moment in his life and asked questions to get to know him in more depth. His personality was refreshing and it shined through the lens.” In El Dragón‘s official interview, Krisstian also shares what he learned from Jorge,
He has been throwing fire for around 13 years, and almost die doing it, but still continues because he sees light at the end of the tunnel. There’s hope. So, that’s one of the biggest lessons I take from him, and that I hope audiences will connect with.
KRISSTIAN DE LARA
El Dragón will be screening at the Plaza Classic Film Festival, under the Local Flavor showcase:
333 N. Oregon, Foundation Room – Saturday, August 12th, 2017 at 8:00pm in El Paso, Texas.
View the program here. | Watch the trailer below or click here
More about El Dragón: Krisstian de Lara Speaks About Luck When Filming El Dragón | El Dragón Movie Poster Gets Released | Krisstian Takes Over Sun City Film Festival | Visit the Official Site: kn2s.com/eldragon