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Diablo (2015)

Somewhere in Northern California, a construction worker finds a large sum of money while excavating a job site but when he learns that it is “blood money” from a drug lord, he decides to take justice into his own hands with unexpected consequences.

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PAULA SOZZI SASLOW Writer/Director/Filmmaker @ Copper Rose Films

Paula was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She moved to the US where she obtained a PhD in Hispanic Literature from UC Berkeley. She then decided to pursue an MFA in Film Directing at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA. She completed her award-winning thesis film “Diablo” in 2015 and co-founded RIFF (Reel Impact Film Festival) in 2016, a film festival based in Palo Alto, CA that celebrates social impact business reels.

The image of the “copper rose” belongs to one of her favorite authors, the “Argentinian Dostoyevski” Roberto Arlt. In one of his novels, a failed inventor dreams of creating a copper–plated rose – an artificial rose, rendered immortal through art. A great analogy for films – a fictional reproduction of reality we are able to watch ad infinitum.

Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.
—Alfred Hitchcock
The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.
—Orson Welles
A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end… but not necessarily in that order.
—Jean-Luc Godard
Cinema is a matter of what’s in the frame and what’s out.
—Martin Scorsese
No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.
—Ingmar Bergman
Art Depends on Luck and Talent.
—Francis Ford Coppola
If my film makes one more person miserable, I’ve done my job.
—Woody Allen
Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater.
—Roman Polanski
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photo credit Katie Cooney


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