Arias' Passion Plays - Award-Winning Argentinean Filmmaker discusses new film The Fallen Angel

Top Quote "I came here with a suitcase full of dreams after realizing directing was the center of my life. My dreams have become my reality," filmmaker Joe Arias says. End Quote
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA (1888PressRelease) April 12, 2011 - While sipping scorching hot coffee at Starbucks over a year ago, Argentinean filmmaker Joe Arias sat pondering who would play the lead in his newest film, "The Fallen Angel." The door opened and "my Lucifer appeared," says Arias. Fate in the form of villainess actor Billy Drago (The Untouchables) had walked in. Arias instantly approached him, explaining what a big fan he was, eagerly told him about the project and the rest is Hollywood history set to release 2011.

    The short film set in 654 B.C., follows Lucifer's (Billy Drago) ascent from the fiery depths of hell to take the life of the young Buddha. God, Lucifer's older brother, sends Sorna (Talya Erdy), his most trusted angel to stop him from succeeding. The fate of the universe will be decided in the final stand.

    The passionate filmmaker commented, "We all wear different masks in life, and my films are all pieces of me. You become a character yourself, they are lost and struggling, looking for the light, which is love."

    Arias captured critical acclaim when his first short "Persona" (2008) hit the film festival circuit. The groundbreaking psychological drama qualified for an Academy Award and won 6 film festival awards including best director, best cinematography, best music, best acting and best editing. The film was inspired in Sigmund Freud's theory about the id, the ego and the super-ego.

    "Dark, powerful, iconic. This project [Persona] will open many doors for this young filmmaker," said Laura Fudim, LA Shorts Festival. "Make this a feature-length film and you have an Oscar runner," stated the Los Angeles FirstGlance Film Festival.

    Persona opened his creative gates and connected him to the world of filmmaking. "I came here with a suitcase full of dreams after realizing directing was the center of my life. My dreams have become my reality."

    Arias' rich cultural background has been a constant influence in his work due in large to his father, an archeologist/paleontologist and his mother, a well-known art painter. At the age of 12, Arias obtained a lead acting role on the major television show "Amigovios."

    Currently in development, "The Farmhouse" is entertaining offers from producers and will then move into casting. This smart, sophisticated drama mixes rock and roll with horror. This will mark Arias's first full-length feature film.

    He says, "It's all about feeling the clash of dark and light in your soul. The humanity in us will always look for the light."

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