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3-Line Synopsis
The rebellious daughter of divorced Dominican parents discovers her family is having an intervention in her honor. It’s not exactly how she planned to spend the weekend.

Programming Descriptors

FORMS : Narrative Fiction, Feature

GENRES : Family, Comedy, Drama, Mockumentary

NICHES : Hispanic, Latino

Medium Synopsis 
The rebellious daughter (Alyssa Abreu) of divorced Dominican parents discovers her family is having an intervention in her honor in THE LAST INTERVENTION a new comedy from the producing team Rafael Blanco, Giovanny Blanco and Sarah Thorp, director Giovanny Blanco and writer Sarah Thorp starring Hemky Madera (Weeds), Katherine Dickson, Damaris Blanco, Justine Harrison and Amanda Brooke Lerner.

Melky (Abreu), a 17 year old growing up in Hartford, CT, is kicked out of her house after her mother Marisela (Dickson) disapproves of her friends and her hobbies. This forces Melky to move in with her grandmother Abuela (Blanco) who allows her to stay in the basement. Melky’s father Cheche (Madera) worries about her and in an effort to repair his own standing within the family he recruits a documentary crew to help him stage and film an intervention. As the accusations escalate, other family members join in on the proceedings; some reluctantly like Melky’s brother Jupiter (Mark Gonzalez) and others a little too enthusiastically like her aunt Tia Fefa (Wanda Colon) and Melky’s cousin Hector (Nercido Mota). Leading the Intervention is Dr. Barb (Lerner) a self made interventionist who’s seen more than her share of drug related catastrophes. The film crew (Thelonius Griffin and Rafael Blanco) deal with problems of their own as their producer goes missing and an inexperienced P.A. (Harrison) steps in to fill her shoes.


Trailers and Clips
Official Trailer

Teaser: ABUELA

Teaser: MELKY

Teaser: CHECHE

Movie Poster

Production Still Photos
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CHECHE (Hemky Madera), MELKY (Alyssa Abreu) and MARISELA (Katherine Dickson) gather outside.
(photo by Daniel Salazar III)

MELKY (Alyssa Abreu) in the car.

(photo by Daniel Salazar III)

CHECHE (Hemky Madera) looking for Melky.

(photo by Daniel Salazar III)

Director Giovanny Blanco and Alyssa Abreu (Melky) go over scene.

(photo by Breck MacNab)
Director’s Statement
On Making The Last Intervention
It all started with my own family. Being the father of two toddlers can be more than interesting at times and I won’t go into a Daddy drama display here but there are seconds in the rare moments of calm and quiet (extremely rare) where my mind wanders to the past. And in these seconds I can see myself clearly, a 3-5 year old running around, touching, breaking things, exploring, screaming and I suddenly think about my own Dominican parents. How did they do it? How did they raise three rambunctious kids in Jersey City, NJ? In Hartford, CT? In Dominican Republic? Looking back, the “how” is always a little murky but the “why” is crystal.
Unconditional love.
My parents were strict but very supportive. Opinionated but open minded. Old School meets New School before there was a new school (we’re talking about the late 70′s early 80′s now). I’d occasionally feel like they’d never understand the state of mind I was in, my feelings and dreams but they always did (for the most part). They didn’t always agree with me but somehow we’d all come out ok on the other side. It wasn’t the case with some of the stricter parents of my friends and cousins. I knew then and now that my siblings and I were lucky. Even when my parents divorced the thought was always “we’ll figure this out, don’t worry”. 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.
That openness and impulsiveness has stayed with me and so has my desire to explore, find, break things and put them back together just to see how they work. Always being on the lookout the for more new favorite things.
Jump to the months approaching my 40th birthday and me feeling the strong need to make a movie. I spoke to Sarah, (Thorp – part of my producing team along with my brother Rafael and more importantly the mother of my two children and the person who deals with my insanity on a daily basis) and we began to lay out a strategy on how we could accomplish this. There were two minor obstacles, though: we had no money and I really wanted to do this ASAP. Forget that, NOW! 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 urban, east coast upbringing. The idea of making some sort of mockumentary was thrown about because we could shoot quickly and aggressively. What if a film crew had followed my family? I thought of my brother Rafael and I, two Latino kids walking around Hartford in the late 80′s, wearing jean jackets with Heavy Metal patches, ripped jeans with chains and combat boots. Our parents didn’t care much for the look but they played along. I can still remember the reactions and negative comments from other family members and neighbors. That kind of talk that would upset my mother, not so much because she worried about us but because she was always very private. My father on the other hand would listen to the same music, borrow our rock shirts, and occasionally even go to live shows with us. Still, I often wondered if my parents were putting up a front to shield us from the neighborhood gossip. The talk of my brother and I being junkies, degenerates, satan worshipers and who knows what else.
And that was it. That was the seed for The Last Intervention.
What if my parents would’ve given in to the rumors? How would they have reacted? How would we feel about it? What if there was a real drug problem? What if there was something else? Or nothing at all? Questions came up and we tried to answer as went along but we were now officially making the movie.
The idea of a family who invites a film crew to help them set up an intervention and film it began to sprout. Sarah took the concept and ran with it, getting inspiration and flavor from her exposure to my own wonderful family. Rafael and I began pre-production: locations, budget outlines, getting crew and casting together. Scraping up $10,000 we set a start date to shoot a month ahead (during my 40th birthday) and we did what my parents always did. we worked with what we had and we moved forward. No rules just making sure it just felt right and going with it. Discovering along the way things about my family and about myself. I’m not a shy person by nature but it’s always been difficult for me to ask for things. Not a good trait to have in the world of Micro Budget Film making. Having children has changed me a bit on this issue. Things have become a lot more succinct. The word action has never held more meaning to me than it does now. I’m not sure I’ve would of been able to reach out to the cast and crew the way we did on this a few years back. It’s not as serious as it sounds it’s just a matter of being lost in the idea of us making this that allowed us all to get to right now without feeling defeated. It’s key to the idea and heart of this process. Family. Family sticking together. No matter what.
Having assembled a small but extremely hard working cast and crew made this journey real. During the shoot and in post production the questions continued and the magic of this experience has been going through each step of the film making process and discovering new things. Exploring ideas of personal change and sacrifice. The idea of growing. Knowing it’s almost impossible to change who you are but it’s not at all hard (not as hard as we make it sometimes anyway) to make the decisions in life that can bring just enough change to make things happen. Ending up with something different then what we started out with. Same heart and spirit, just bigger. Watching it all grow. Like children.
The Last Intervention is a light glance on what my family is like but if the names and people in The Last Intervention bear any resemblance to any one in real life it’s merely a coincidence and shouldn’t be looked into too deeply. Just enjoy my family, I mean the movie and move on. Thanks to everyone involved. Everyone in my entire family. This means you, too.
Giovanny Blanco