Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Stockroom
Released September 25, 2015 (Urbanworld Film Fesetival)
1 hr 24 mins
Not Rated
Comedy, Drama


Director: Victor Cruz
Writer: Victor Crus

Victor Cruz as Joseph
April L. Hernandez as Tina
Luis Antonio Ramos as Jason
Liza Colón-Zayas as April
Jesus-Papoleto Melendez as Miguel
Jason Bellido as Angel
Ivan Camilo as Felix
Olivia Whelan as Maria
Laz Viciedo as Mac
Gilbert Tucker as Fortune Cookie
Mike Carlsen as DeMarina
Jerry Diaz as Richie
Tracy Perez as Lilly
Nancy Cullen as Stockroom Clerk #1

Review by Stephen M.

Victor Cruz's entry to the Urbanworld Film Festival 2015 program is a hilarious comedy with a great ensemble cast of veteran Latino actors and actresses.  Victor puts on three hats as the Writer, Director and lead actor for The Stockroom. With clever dialogue and an outstanding performance as Joseph whose set to escape the ten year urban myth of being trapped in a stockroom, Victor is amazing in two of the three hats he wears.

As far as the film making, and if you listen to the Q&A, all the other actors praises him about his directing abilities.  One thing I would fault though is the camera work, especially in the beginning.  From the beginning scenes where Victor introduces us to the other characters, and yes, they're working out of a tight basement, the shots are too close.  Literally, in one scene, you feel that Victor is pressed against the camera.  In another scene, the shots are shaky.

As far as the cast, I cannot praise them enough.  Besides Victor Cruz I especially enjoyed Liza Colón-Zayas as April and as well as Olivia Whelan as Maria.  During the Q&A, the cast talks about how there wasn't really much improv as far as the dialogue and it was all due to Victor Cruz's directing and writing.

Overall, I would recommend the film if you have a chance to see it.  There is no scheduled theatrical release yet, so catch it at an upcoming film festival if it comes to your city.  Below are a few pictures from the Q&A.

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