Hawaii Integrated Productions and Memuneh Productions announced that their latest project, Juventud, will make its world premiere at Comic Con in San Diego on July 21, 2017. Written, produced and filmed on location in Hawaii in December of 2016, Juventud is an action/fantasy short film about a Spanish Conquistador who, on the last leg of his journey, battles through the South American jungle as he inches closer to his mythical destination. This film has already begun to grab the attention of industry professionals and will begin the festival circuit in July 2017.
Producers Connie Alicino and Moumen El Hajii have several film projects under their belts, having collaborated on a feature film called Secondhand Hearts and a short film entitled Everything. They continue to seek out projects to produce, enabling filmmakers and writers to bring their projects from inception to fruition.
From the very beginning, Juventud was a small piece of a much larger story. Director/writer Austin Everett had already started to form a story that spanned over multiple seasons, continents, and years, long before principal photography on the short film ever started. It was in a production office that Everett was struck with the idea that became the story of Juventud.
Nicholas Masciangelo, while working on a production with Everett, asked Everett to take a photo of him wearing a prop helmet. Framing up the photo, Everett distinctly remembers thinking, “I have to make something with this guy.” Alicino and El Hajii teamed up with long time collaborators Sight and Sound Hawaii and less than three months later, post production wrapped and the film was complete.
At the present time, a television pilot script and a Season 1 outline has been written, detailing the journey of the young boy, Leonel, who on his quest into the New World, grows up to be the ruthless conquistador that appears in Juventud.
COMIC CON INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
Friday, July 21
8:25 pm – 8:45 pm
Grand Ballroom 3&4 (San Diego Marriott Marquis)