The short narrative filmÂ Volar en lÃnea rectaÂ (“Fly in a straight line,” trailer above) byÂ The Ninth Octave Films,Â introduces the talents of nine young northern Nicaraguans who had never acted before. Norman Flores, Walder Casco LÃ³pez, Anajhenci GutiÃ©rrez Merlo, Jorge LÃ³pez Herrera, Janner Padilla Huete, Junior MejÃa Padilla, Lenin Baez Moralez, David Uriel Nolasco Rodriguez, and Jarling Flores, first met Director Douglas Cushnie during his annual trips to San JosÃ© de Cusmapa, their town in northern Nicaragua, near Somoto and the border with Honduras.
For years, Cushnie had worked with theÂ Fabretto Children’s Foundation, a well respected non-governmental organization that benefits youth and operates throughout Nicaragua.Â Volar en linea rectaÂ is a uniquely grassroots film project, partly in coordination with Fabretto Children’s Foundation itself (they also helped with logistics), and successful crowdsourcing campaigns to fund each stage of production.
Volar, writes Cushnie, “is loosely based off of the poemÂ ‘Las Loras,’ (The Parrots) by Ernesto Cardenal, as well as the real life stories of many of the actors involved in the film.”
Wrap party with cast & crew in Cusmapa, August 2012
“They killed it beyond belief,” said Cushnie of his untrained actors and former students, “because they worked hard and made the parts their own.”
Post-production on the film is nearly complete, as soon as Cushnie raises enough cash in aKickstarter campaignÂ for the next phase of the film, i.e. “to make a couple more beautiful things happen in the world of post-production.”
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Joshua Berman is the author ofÂ Moon NicaraguaÂ and other guidebooks; he is assisting with press efforts for the film “Volar en lÃnea…