Today Theatre Chat shares the Award of Merit winner Carlos Valentin, a United States Army retiree has won "The Lottery" in the film business. As of today, the hit new comedy has just been booked for three more film festivals. Isn't it ironic that his new independent film is called "The Lottery". The Indie Fest winner has hit the jackpot at many film festivals around the globe, and could be racking in the dough. For more information on Indie Fest visit www.TheIndieFest.com.
Theatre Chat shares this movie because Carlos first created "The Lottery" as a stage play. Now this hit film it's enjoying combustible laughs at festivals around the world. The new movie was inspiration from the old classic "The Lottery Ticket" by Anton Chekhov. This award winning director re-imagined a modern day version of the classic by Chekhov. Director Carlos Valentin is taking "The Lottery" to the bank. In just a few months the film has been seen at multiple festivals. As Russia is beating up Gays, America and film festivals are embracing the GLBT community with this hilarious new film, "The Lottery". Carlos an avid activist has created magic in the film industry, so infact he has won "The Lottery".
Mr. Valentin says,"The Lottery was first a two person dramatic play, then I changed it into a lighthearted comedy film. I made the leads a Gay male couple living in New York City, added more characters to round out the cast, and set it in modern times." Mr. Valentin stated, “The film was shot on a shoe string budget". But, Theatre Chat says "The Lottery looks like a million bucks!"
"The Lottery" winning costumes are by Lorenzo Ramos and Michael King. Over the course of 7 months with many set backs, due to scheduling, illness and exhaustion, the entire production team was delighted to see, they had a huge hit. Determined to get this film released, Carlos felt obligated to this brilliant cast, and the Gay community. “I promised my cast, the money saved on salaries, would be used to get them national exposure, and the Gay community will embrace this film with more realistic portrayals of modern Gay life style."
The film is fast paced, over before you know it. "The Lottery" is like watching an episode of The Golden Girls. And we all know what you are thinking, who gets to be Blanche? You need to see the film to find out! After viewing the movie, you may discover the theme to be, money does not buy love, and how, in fact, it has the potential to destroy it. The films' tag line is "Dreams do come true"! And boy oh boy' do they ever! As a child, Carlos grew up very poor in Mayaquez Puerto Rico, in the very small village of San German called El Rosario.
Mr. Valentin joined the US Army and “went back into the closet”. At that time, there was no such thing as don't ask don't tell. After completing service he retired in Miami. Then he finally moved to New York City in 1992 to follow his dreams. On his first day in NYC he auditioned for the original company of "Rent". He made it to the final call-backs for Angel, fate intervened... and look now, Carlos is an award winning film director. Alumnus of The New School he graduated with a BA in Media Television and Film. Carlos' upcoming project is a collaboration with acclaimed writer Carlos Manuel Rivera.
The Lottery stars Christian Iliescu, Lance Marshall and Ade Otukoya with Desmond Aldridge, Krystina Bailey, Ludovic Coutaud, Will Crosby, Katie Dickerson, Pete Dorogoff, Richard Meiman, Richard Salfas and Sarah Schoofs. For more information on Carlos Valentin please check visit www.theuncannyworks.com.
"The Lottery" Award of Merit has driven its' success to numerous film festivals. "The Lottery" upcoming screenings include The Big Apple Film Festival, November 7th at 7:45 p.m. Tribeca Cinemas 54 Varick Street NYC. For tickets and more information visit www.bigapple.festivalgenius.com/2013/film/thelottery, International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival playing November 15th 2013 at 5:00 p.m. at Mist Harlem Studio B 46 West 116th St. NYC. For tickets and Information visit (IPRHFF).
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