Finally… Hearts Want Short Film shoot begins!

It says ONE MORE DAY above but as I’m writing this post, it’s actually less than NINE hours until cameras are rolling!! 😬

As you can imagine, my hubby Ivan Maramis and I likely won’t get much sleep much tonight. We’ve been making a ton of lists… and checking ’em twice (or more) to make sure we don’t miss anything. From props, snacks, call sheets to contracts for all cast/crew… there are SO many little details to go over my head’s spinning! Being this is my first time in making a film, naturally I’m super nervous but extremely excited at the same time. But I’m confident in my cast/crew, that they will BRING IT and do a stellar job! In fact, I KNOW they will!

The fact that today is EASTER sure keeps things in perspective. I feel ever so blessed to be given this opportunity of a lifetime to make our first film… I firmly believe we wouldn’t have gotten here without the Lord’s blessings.

For updates on the film, check out Hearts Want FB page… I’ve been updating the page with photos from our blocking rehearsal…

… as well as a video snippet of my two phenomenal leads practicing a scene.

I’ve also been meaning to post this a while back, but check out the trailer from the amazing short film Sad Clown, directed by Jason P. Schumacher, a seasoned Minnesota filmmaker who’s directing Hearts Want!

Besides my two talented (and gorgeous) leads Sam SimmonsPeter Christian Hansen, I’m also blessed with a seasoned, hard-working 18-people crew! Most of them have been making quite a few of films, in fact some have won some awards from film festivals. But aside from that, they’re also the nicest, fun-loving and gracious bunch of people that I know it’ll be a joy working with them! So yeah, I fully believe my project is in good & capable hands.

THANKS to all of you blog readers who have been following my passion project. Please pray and send well wishes our way as we’ll be filming 10-14+ hour days both Monday & Tuesday!

I shall have more guest reviews in the coming weeks, including The Fate of The Furious, The Promise as well as a review from 2017 Minneapolis/St.Paul Film Festival (MSPIFF) that begins last week!


Classic Flix Review: La Jetée (1962) by Rockerdad

Lately, I’ve been preaching to RTM the benefits of Netflix streaming. Recently acquiring a Blu Ray/Netflix player (for cheap), I’ve spent many a night since checking out Netflix’s Watch Instantly library. While the typical duds are to be found, there were some surprisingly good to great movies on the catalog as well as some must-see and under the radar TV shows. I was mostly impressed by the abundance of classic/foreign films from the Criterion Collection. Just last night I re-watched one of the most unique science fiction films ever made: La Jetée.

Directed by French writer, photographer and multimedia artist Chris Marker, La Jetée (The Jetty or The Pier) is an experimental science fiction film told solely thru black and white still-images (with one exception) with no dialogue, just narration (dubbed in English) and music. The story is set in Paris – World War III has just decimated the world. People are forced to live underground from the fallout while food and the energy supply are close to non-existent. Scientists have begun work on time travel as a way to connect with the future and the past to obtain technology and supplies to save the present.

The main character, a prisoner, is chosen as a test subject to travel through time mainly because of his strength of memory and mind. Other subjects have failed the tests and have come back brain damaged or deranged, unable to cope with the physical and mental stresses of time travel. While traveling through the past, he meets and falls in love with a woman from his childhood. While his trips last days and weeks to months in the past, they are mere minutes in the present.

Eventually, the scientists deem him fit to send to the future where he meets an advanced culture who provide a device for him to save the present. At this point, with the test successful, his jailers plan to terminate him for they now have no use for him. The people from the future offer him a place with them to escape his killers but he opts instead to return to his childhood timeframe where a bleak but vivid memory haunts him as he tries to connect with the woman from his past…

The film resonates from a child’s point of view, perhaps because of its use of still montage as if you were turning the pages of a picture book. In fact, a book form of the film exists but is reportedly out of print. The photography is meticulous and expressionistic – noir-ish in its depiction of shadows and darkness. The only source of light, is an interrogation light bulb. The eerie stock music comes from British composer Trevor Duncan’s library work.

Within its 28 min. running period, what seems like an epic idea takes powerful form and shape in still photography. Uncompromising in its brevity and as a non-motion film, La Jetée is surprisingly accessible – so strong was its design and concepts that it inspired the Terry Gilliam film 12 Monkeys (with Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt), widely considered a full-length and excellent treatment of the short film. Highly recommended.

Before GB was famous

Prior to bellowing ‘Tonight, we dine in hell!” in 300 with his gravelly voice, Gerard Butler was just a struggling actor trying to make ends meet. Fast forward ten years and this short film still takes my breath away!

Peter is a novelist who is going out of his mind because his wife and daughter have left him. He’s bought a Smith & Wesson and put one bullet in it. Please note: though short, this film packs a punch and is not for the faint of hearts.

Published by: Atom Films, 1999

Director: Paul Black


  • Best Live Action at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival
  • Best Short film at the British Academy Awards
  • Official Selection at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 1999