"A ten year old child excited about his father coming back after years of absence, gets everything ready for dinner with the help of his mother, only to realize that his father isn’t returning."
Director: Carlos Prias Producer: Diego Sardi Running time: 9:26 minutes Format: Full HD Release date: December 2015
Family Meal is a short film that tells the story of a ten year old child who, excited about his father coming back after years of absence, gets everything ready for dinner with the help of his mother, only to realize that his father isn’t returning.
The movie explores the topics of “paternal abandonment” or, more informally “absentee fathers” through the story of one of many mothers who has to overcome with her son the absence of a father. This movie wants to show a way to understand a different family structure that is becoming more common in America and Latin America.
WRITER/ DIRECTOR - Carlos Prias was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Since he was a teenager was interested in books and movies. After completing his high school, he studied three semesters at the Universidad de los Andes musical composition program. However, following his need to tell stories, and following the path of several of his favorite authors and directors, Carlos began to study philosophy. In this undergraduate program, he learned several analysis tools he now uses to make or understand stories. During this period of time Carlos took several Art courses related to video, in which he directed some short films.
PRODUCER - Diego Sardi is a graduate student of the MFA in Creative Producing at Columbia College Chicago. He was born and raised in a rural region of Uruguay. While pursuing his Bachelor in Communications at the University of Montevideo, his passion became developing story ideas and having them come to life in film. Producing films: his calling. He graduated in 2012, with studies in film producing and organizational communication. After graduating, he received a Fulbright scholarship to pursue his graduate studies in film producing in the USA.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY - Alex has been telling stories through video for the past 6 years. He enjoys the unique challenges of expressing story and emotion visually, whether its capturing a rare moment in documentary or finessing the lighting in narrative. Over the years, Alex had opportunities to work for Emmy Award Winning Director, Jeff Spitz and Sundance Cinematography Award winner, Dana Kupper. Alex specializes in collaborating with directors as either a Director of Photography or Gaffer.