Short Action Film JUVENTUD to Premiere at Comic Con Independent Film Festival
Hawaii Integrated Productions and Memuneh Productions today announced that their latest project, JUVENTUD, will make its world premiere at Comic Con next week 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 Director Austin Everett was struck with the idea that became the story of Juventud. Nicholas Masciangelo, who working on a production with Everett, asked him to take a photo of him wearing a prop helmet. Framing up the photo, he 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) About Concepcion Alicino, Producer Raised in Tijuana, Mexico, Connie is a RELENTLESS producer who strives to help talented filmmakers pursue their projects with both passion and a business plan. Years of working in the industry have helped Connie develop a great sensibility to merge ideas, cultures and personalities, which gives her a unique edge when developing projects. An active and proud member of the PGA (Producers Guild of America), she is always looking for innovative ideas and talented individuals to collaborate. See more of Connie work on her website. Hawaii Integrated Productions (HIP). About Moumen El Hajji, Executive Producer Moumen El Hajji is a Hawai'i and Nevada based producer. Having had a 27-year career as a chef and owner of an event and catering company, catering to the motion picture, private Aviation and large scale events, Moumen has been a strong supporter of talented filmmakers and has helped produce projects with a strong message. Producing credits include Haloa, Juventud and Secondhand Hearts. Memuneh Productions Austin Everett, Director // Writer
Austin's first introduction to the world of film was at the age of five in Tokyo, Japan, where he was cast in a recurring role for a NHK drama series. In his teens, he began making his own short films and it became obvious that his place was behind the camera, not in front of it. Austin made his directorial debut in 2016 with a feature film entitled, Secondhand Hearts. He continues to write and direct project like Juventud that focus on the experience and emotional aspect of storytelling. See more of Austin's work on his website.
About the Cast Nicholas Masciangelo Nick Masciangelo is a Hawai'i based actor from the Finger Lakes area of New York State. Nick got his start as an actor, working on independent short films as part of Honolulu's 'Showdown in Chinatown' competitions - all five winning first place. Nick's first nationally Syndicated role was on season one of "Hawai'i Five-0" as Trevor Wright. He also starred in three award-winning commercials directed by Brett Wagner (Snickers, Trident layers, and HECO). Nick also appears in: Nail Clipper Romance, My Uncle, The Negotiator, and The History Channel's American Outlaws: Hells Angels. Mason Masciangelo Mason Masciangelo is a Honolulu based actor/model. Mason loves skateboarding, hiking, and body boarding. He also spends his time filming and editing videos of himself, his brother, and friends enjoying the beautiful paradise that is Hawai'i. Mason was encouraged by his dad, Nick, to audition for the role of "Boy" in Juventud. Although he was hesitant at first, the process proved to be an enjoyable one and Mason looks forward to more projects in the future. Mason has been featured in pottery barn-kids and Juventud is Mason's first appearance on screen.