LOS ANGELES — Filipino American Danny Bernardo’s film “Jerky” has been chosen to display screen at this 12 months’s Cannes Film Festival.
Scheduled for screening on May 25 below the competition’s Short Film Corner (Cannes Court Metrage), the film is one in all 30 entries chosen out of greater than 200 submissions for the Creative Minds program block.
Founded in 1946, the competition is held yearly on the Palais des Festivals et des Congres. This 12 months’s competition is scheduled for May 17 to 28.
Bernardo wrote and stars within the film directed by Tim J. Lim. Cinematography and modifying are additionally by Lim.
“Jerky” follows Gordon (Bernardo) as he struggles to choose up the items of his life after the death of his husband Martin (Edwin Martinez). The largest impediment for Gordon is Martin’s dog Jerky, whom Gordon by no means wished and is allergic to.
“It’s a stark and intimate portrait of the grieving process. ‘Jerky’ deals with love, loss, and those left behind,” says Bernardo.
Love, loss and pets
Bernardo’s personal relationships and experiences impressed the film’s premise. A couple of years earlier, he was grieving the deaths of a number of members of the Chicago theater neighborhood, the place he’d labored as a theater artists (author, director, actor) for a few years.
“One of these was my good pal Matthew Gunnels. He’d been recognized with most cancers years earlier than and he’d adopted a dog named Beef.
“We have been actually devastated. In the entire issues we have been doing after we misplaced Matt, we took with no consideration what was occurring to Beef and his personal grieving course of.”
Bernardo says the film explores “the everyday ‘mundane-ness’ of what it’s like when a loved one dies and the things that we have to do that aren’t so romantic and glamorous.”
It additionally explores the creatures or dwelling beings that mourn probably the most—pets who can’t speak. “What must they be going through? Grieving and unable to communicate it.”
West Coast to Midwest and again
Bernardo was born in West Covina, California, to dad and mom who left the Philippines along with his older siblings to escape martial regulation.
He lately relocated again to the West Coast, the place he’s at the moment creative director of Grey Ensemble Theatre.
He’s written performs equivalent to “Mahal,” “Tomas,” and “F*ck My Life” and has acted or achieved manufacturing work for Chicago theater teams equivalent to Goodman, About Face, Victory Gardens, Lifeline, Silk Road Rising, American Theater Company, and Porchlight Music Theatre (the place he’s Artistic Associate emeritus), amongst others.
Completing the forged are Dani Woodson and, making his film debut because the titular character, half German Shepherd and half Straffordshire Terrier, Padfoot.
“Padfoot is the sweetest dog who tries to hug and kiss every person he meets.”
Padfoot’s mom had belonged to a homeless man who bred her in an try to promote her puppies.
“They were rescued by the amazing Dogzhaus Rescue. Padfoot was the last one to be adopted, and I’m thankful I saw his adoption page when I did. He and I have a very special relationship.”
Bernardo had tried to discover a dog skilled for film work, however scheduling conflicts gave Padfoot a paw within the door. “It gave us pause at first because I’d only had him for a couple of months when we shot the film.”
“I made sure that everything in the script that Jerky had to do was stuff that Padfoot could do on cue. In the end, the natural chemistry we have as dog and owner really shone through because Tim was able to capture and edit some amazing moments.”
Labor of affection
Shooting took three days in Bernardo’s house within the Echo Park neighborhood in Los Angeles, with a finances of below $1,000.
The film is produced by Bernardo’s manufacturing firm Twelve three Productions in affiliation with Fluster Pictures.
Twelve three is dedicated to range and inclusion, he says. “The principal cast is made up of non-white actors of different backgrounds and the production team consists of primarily women and people of color.”
“It was a labor of love for all of us,” Bernardo says. “We hope that this film presents a time in life that many of us are sadly familiar with, in a way that is truthful, cathartic, and uplifting.”
Bernardo and Lim have opened a web-based crowdfunding marketing campaign to increase funds for his or her airfare to and lodging on the competition.
“Because we aren’t competing in the main festival, travel and accommodations won’t be provided for us,” he says.
If they will make it to the competition, the pair plan to take the chance to community with business professionals there.
As for Beef again in Chicago, “He’s doing very well! He’s living happily with Matt’s friend and roommate.”
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