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The Last Intervention

With the fierce competitive nature associated within the film industry, it’s especially encouraging and inspiring to discover those who continue to produce original material independently. Dominican filmmaker Giovanny Blanco is such a discovery. He is currently in post-production of the film The Last Intervention, which he directed and produced with Sarah Thorpe and Rafael Blanco. Like Thorpe and Blanco, several of those participating and helping with the film’s production are members of his family, which is the central theme of the movie. We recently spoke with Blanco who shared the creative process for the film’s inception.

“It started early last year when I was trying to finish another project but I kept hitting walls. I knew I wanted it to be something about a family situation, how parents deal with their children and I also wanted to make it feel very real to me and connected to my own Dominican family and true to my own urban, east coast upbringing,” he explains. Consequently, the idea of a family inviting a film crew to help them set up an intervention and record it began to flourish. The idea, it turns out, allowed Blanco to discover new things not only about his family but also about himself.

“Being the father of two toddlers can be more than interesting at times and in the rare moments of calm and quiet where my mind wanders to the past I can see myself clearly, at that age running around, touching, breaking things, exploring, screaming and I suddenly think about my own Dominican parents,” he says. Blanco began to question how his own parents did it, raising a family of three rambunctious kids in Dominican Republic, then Jersey City, and eventually in Connecticut. “ Looking back, the how is always a little murky but the crystal is clear… unconditional love. My parents were strict but very supportive. Opinionated but open minded. They didn’t always agree with me but somehow we’d all come out okay on the other side. There was never one way of doing anything. Sure, we went to church on Sundays followed by Kung Fu matinees and Chinese food but traditions were made up and forged as we went along.”

The Last Intervention, like other independent films, was not easy to produce. Blanco refers heavily to family and the support their crew received and continues receiving in the final phases of production. “We set a start date to shoot, scraped up some funds and we did what my parents always did… we worked with what we had and we moved forward. No rules. We just made sure it felt right and we went with it. The true magic of this experience has come through at each step as we discover new thing. Family is key to the idea and heart of this process. Family. Family sticking together no matter what.”

The Last Intervention will be available through iTunes, Amazon and other streaming outlets. Beginning in late August will be submitted nationally to film festivals. You can watch previews and updates at www.thelastintervention.com


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