US Townhall RealStories presents: Eliana Ujueta, writer-director of BENEATH THE ROCK
Written by Scott Katz
Thursday, 30 September 2010 02:22
(l-r) Eliana Ujueta (writer-director, Beneath the
Rock), Bryan Ujueta (& band Twin Sister, music)
On Tuesday, September 28, we interviewed Eliana Ujueta, an independent filmmaker who has recently completed her first feature, Beneath the Rock. It was created as her thesis project for her Masters of Fine Arts degree while she was a student at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.
Beneath the Rock concerns itself with the neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn, which, in Ms. Ujueta's fictionalized depiction of this real-life community, is run by crooked cops with their civilian cohorts, and has been for generations. The death of an innocent little girl kickstarts a series of events into motion that may finally end the stranglehold these cops have on the area. However, whether hero or villain, no one emerges from this story unscathed.
We bring you Ms. Ujueta's story in the hopes of not only introducing a new voice into the world of film, but also bringing to light the practical realities of self-producing one's own film, shepharding it from the idea stage to filming to post-production to seeking distribution. We think Eliana's experiences will be instructive to the novice and aspiring filmmakers in our audience.