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Camilo Vega-Martinez


Filmmaker Camilo Vega Martinez brought a short 2-minute film to this year’s Fort Myers Film Festival. The Global Expo follows new anchor Nate Floyd, who has a career-changing decision to make live on air when he comes across evidence that he can no longer hide from the community. That evidence relates to Southwest Florida’s chronic blue-green algae problem. It is a two-minute environmental film that was done in one continuous take as part of the #1917 One Shot video submission challenge that NBC Universal and Ideas United announced in conjunction with the release of Sam Mendes’ World War I thriller 1917.

As you may or may not know, all 110 minutes of 1917 (excluding credits) is made to look like a seamless continuous shot. The genius behind the feat was Director of Photography Roger Deakins, whose work includes some of the most beautifully shot films ever made, including The Shawshank Redemption, Fargo, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Blade Runner 2049.

Although Vega-Martinez did not win the challenge, he gained invaluable experience, exposure and contacts that will indubitably improve and inform his future filmmaking efforts.

In addition to The Global Expo, Vega-Martinez has two other films to his credit, White Privilege and The Russian Bride. Currently in post-production with a 2021 release date, White Privilege is a feature film that examines the topic of privilege not so much as a function of race, but rather as a manifestation of class and social status.

“White privilege is not only an American phenomenon, it exists around the world,” Camilo explains. “In Columbia, people get away with many things because they have money. So the film explores privilege from that vantage instead.”

The Russian Bride (2018) came out on Amazon Prime and HBO this year and are available to stream.

October 26, 2020

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