BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU FISH FOR
Far off in the recesses of a secluded coast, an isolated fisherman makes a discovery that will change his life forever.
CAST & CREW
Jayson Gladstone kicked off his acting career at The University of Miami’s film school where he acted in numerous short films. It was there that he met Mr. Blotta and collaborated with him on a few creative projects. After graduation, Jayson moved back to his native New York City in order to study acting more intensely, at the Lee Strasberg Institute, and with David Newer who introduced Jayson to the Meisner technique. Jayson’s Theatrical credits include off Broadway production of Hurly Burly and Tape. Films include Day zero, Dying For a Donut, Thinking with Richard and most recently Preying for Mercy directed by Hollywood legend Bill Duke. Jayson stars in Preying for Mercy and also co wrote/ and co-executive produced it. Jayson’s TV credits include Law and order: SVU, And MTV’s “One Bad Choice”. In OVUM Jayson explores desolation, wonderment, fear, commitment and loss in a unique and challenging performance devoid of any dialogue. (WATCH VIDEO)
Writer / Director
Emmy Nominated filmmaker Luciano Blotta has shot content for HBO, Netflix, PBS, CNN, BBC, Animal Planet, Bravo, UK Channel 4, Red Bull Media and may other networks while living and working in Los Angeles for the last 15 years. Born in Argentina , Blotta came to the United Sates with a scholarship to study filmmaking at the University of Miami and relocated to Los Angeles after graduation. It was there were he apprenticed with filmmaking mentors like John Woo, Steven Soderbergh, Ron Howard and Steven Spielberg, learning invaluable technical and aesthetic skills that he would soon put to practice in his own filmmaking.
RiseUp, Blotta’s feature-length debut film about the Jamaican underground music scene, won the AFI/Discovery SilverDocs Award for best music documentary and has screened at New York City’s Lincoln Center, the Los Angeles Grammy Museum, MOCA, USC film school and many other prestigious institutions while airing on BBC’s Storyville, PBS, CBC and many other networks worldwide.
Since then, Blotta has shot various film and documentary projects, like the upcoming Netflix series Rotten, Academy Award Winner David Guggenheim’s TEACH and the CNN series THE HUNT, for which Luciano received the EMMY nomination in Cinematography. He continues to live in Los Angeles, where he writes, directs and shoots documentaries, films, commercials and music videos, including the ones for artist Brushy One String, which continue to go viral. In Ovum, Blotta decided to go back to his native Argentina and pay homage to its expansive coast, where he spent summers growing and fishing with his grandfather.(WATCH VIDEO)
Art director, set designer and teacher. She has worked in TV, Theater, Events and Cinema, Films such as Aballay, El túnel de los huesos, Diablo, Fermín, glorias del tango and La memoria del muerto. She was the first member to join the Ovum team after Luciano saw her work on the western Aballay. She also helped Luciano put together the rest of the fabulous crew, bringing along some of her usual collaborators.
Director of Photography
He studied film at the Institute of Cinematographic Art of Avellaneda (EDAC-IDAC). Among his outstanding works are: Crónica de un extra- ño, Adiós querida Luna, Las Islas, Aballay, el hombre sin miedo, Lejos de casa, El túnel de los huesos, La memoria del muerto, Fermín and Gato Negro. Claudio’s meticulous lighting and masterful minimalism help deliver the mood and atmosphere that permeates the film and the locations inhabited by our character The Fisherman.
Some of his work as an Assistant Director include: La sombra de Jennifer and Aballay, el hombre sin miedo.
He has worked as Programming Coordinator for local Argentine TV Channel INCAA TV. Gabi was instrumental in making sure the production run smoothly and helped Luciano with the daily changes in schedule based on weather patterns common in this part of the world. He also brought his son Lucas along to help him during the shoot.
Ana Laura Spiner
Born in Villa Gesell where the film was shot- she graduated from Universidad del Cine and presented her debut film Mañana, Tarde y Noche at the 28th Mar del Plata International Film Festival. She is presently producing her second feature and coursing a Master in Art History. She was the liason to all things local. From the security guards that looked after the location at night to the fishing shops that donated most of the artifacts that are the decoration of the sets.
Multi-instrumentalist musician, composer, and recording artist. While his musical repertoire spans a diverse range of music, he is an acclaimed new age and ambient artist in his solo career. To date, he has released 13 solo albums. Luciano became fascinated with his rich and layered otherworldly harmonies while listening to his music on Pandora and invited Patrick to compose the score, whose early pieces instantly became the centerpiece of the Ovum soundscape. His score is chilling, provocative and an as elegant a work to accompany a film devoid of any dialogue.
He moved to Los Angeles in the early 1990’s where his interest in electronic music led him to sound design. He has done campaigns for Adidas, Apple, Coke, Dewars, Heineken, Levis, Nike, Old Spice, Samsung, Audi, BMW, Dodge, Fiat, Nissan, Lexus and Mercedes, among many others. His work has garnered D&AD, London International, Clio and AICP awards. He was also a sound designer for Daft Punk on their feature film “Electroma” as well as their Grammy award winning album “Random Access Memories”. In Ovum, his lavish and intriguing sound design becomes another character in the film, taking audiences on a thrill ride from start too finish.
Written, Produced & Directed by
Oscar Blotta & Luciano Blotta
Director of Photography
Set Decorator and Jeep
José Luis Escobar
Art Department Assistant
Sound Recordist and Making-Off
@ El Cono Del Silencio
Karen Vites Holender
Titles and Graphics
Aaron "AJ" Johnson
Logistics and Transportation
Additional Post-Production Services
Different By Design
Pablo E. Herrera
"JUNTO A TI"
Written and Performed by
Written and Performed by
BALNEARIO DEL MEDIO - VILLA GESELL, ARGENTINA
Julio Christian Rasmussen
Municipalidad de Villa Gesell
Casa de Pesca Noctiluca
Hugo Héctor Selicki
Maria Clara Fernandez Alcobre
Nadia Kloury Casting
Ecos Costa Verde
Restaurant La Delfina
Restaurant El Estribo
Parrilla El Encuentro
Chirola & Luli
Viviana Gomez Thorpe
Filmed in Villa Gesell, Argentina.
OVUM WINS A “REMY AWARD” at Houston’s 51st WorldFest!
WorldFest is one of the oldest and largest film & video competitions in the world, with more than 4,500 category entries received – and gave first awards to giants of the film industry, including Spielberg, Lucas, Ang Lee, the Coen Brothers, Ridley Scott, John Lee Hancock, Randal Kleiser, Oliver Stone, David Lynch and literally hundreds more!
MSPIFF is Minnesota’s largest film event and one of the longest running film festivals in the USA. Each year, the festival presents more than 250+ bold, exciting, and moving works from new and veteran filmmakers from around the globe.
The Discover Film Awards takes place in a number of cinemas across London including the Prince Charles and the Phoenix Cinema. The festival involves public cinema screenings spread over 4 days in London, discussions at universities around the UK, networking events in London, a filmmaker supper and a closing party and awards ceremony that brings together investors, distributors, film producers and media professionals.
April 12th to April 15th, 201, London, England
The mission of the Speechless Film Festival is to celebrate the art of visual storytelling. In addition to film showcases, Speechless hosts a number of guest speakers, special screenings, and events with food and music. Though visual storytelling was once widely acknowledged as the foundation of the field, it has since lost focus and attention as more films rely on dialogue as the primary storytelling agent. Speechless notably celebrates visual storytelling across several genres and cultures.
Check out Ovum’s page at the Speechless Film Festival Here
April 13, 9:15pm – Bethany Lutheran College
April 14 4:45pm – Bethany Lutheran College
The festival strives to bring together in Boston local, national and international filmmakers by promoting the world’s most artistic and creative independent and experimental films.
Screening info: Session 19 – Sunday April 15 – 11:00am – 1:00pm – Kendall Square Cinema : One Kendall Square, 355 Binney Street Cambridge, MA 02139
Visit Ovum’s page at Boston International Film Festival
Celebrating its 15th year, the Vail Film Festival is widely recognized in the international filmmaking community for supporting emerging and critically acclaimed talent from around the globe and it is presented by the Colorado Film Institute. This year the festival celebrates women in film.
Screening Dates: Friday April 6, 2018 4:15pm – 5:45pm
GMC Theater 2 at Blue Starlite Cinema 1300 Westhaven Dr, Vail, CO 81657, USA
OVUM WINS “BEST OF SHOW” AT BEST SHORTS COMPETITION 2018!
Best Shorts is an exceptional, truly international awards competition, which allows filmmakers from around the world to enter their films in this prestigious competition.
The award: The Best Shorts statuette is exceptional in this industry and is a work of art. Covered with 24k gold it is manufactured by the company that makes the worlds’ most prestigious and celebrated awards, the Oscar, Clio, and Accolade. For more information about the statue click here:
As a premiere 6-day annual event, the SLOIFF showcases contemporary and classic film screenings in a wide variety of venues, from the wine country of Paso Robles to the seaside towns of Avila Beach and Pismo Beach.
Check out Ovum at SLO Film Festival Here
Friday, March 16 – 7:45pm – Downtown Cinemas
Saturday, March 17 – 4:30pm – Downtown Cinemas
Sunday, March 18 – 10am – Downtown Cinemas
OVUM WINS THREE AWARDS at the LA Short Film Festival, March 9-10, 2018!
BEST OF FEST / BEST FANTASY FILM / BEST ACTOR!
OVUM’S LOS ANGELES PREMIERE!
Ovum comes to Los Angeles for a premiere at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, taking place at LA LIVE Staples Center – Feb 27, 3:15pm -SHORTS PROGRAM 27A.
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