TIJUANA MAKES ME HAPPY

by Dylan Verrechia




















However, Jhonny can't afford the rooster, and instead buys his son an evening with Brianda (Darina Rabago Soto), a teenage prostitute. While Indio and Brianda strike up a brief romance, he's not about to give up his ambitions of training a winning rooster, and takes whatever odd jobs he can find to help raise the cash -- everything from washing cars to working as a drug mule.


TIJUANA MAKES ME HAPPY won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature at the 2007 Slamdance Film Festival, and the Indie Max Award at the 2007 San Antonio Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, The New York Times


Director / Writer / Producer: Dylan Verrechia

Writer / Producer / Director of Photography / Editor: James Lefkowitz

Cast: Pablo Tendilla Ortiz, Pablo Tendilla Rocha, Aidee Gonzalez, Raúl Rodriguez, Sacramento Hernández, Darina Rabago Soto, Luis Carmona Arochi

Music by: Pepe Mogt & Nortec Collective

Sound Mixers: Julio Molina & Leonardo Costa-Gomes



© 25th Frame / Palenque Filmaciones, 72', Mexico / USA, 2007

dylan@verrechiafilms.com

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OFFICIAL SELECTION


The Goethe Institute

Roxie Theater, San Francisco, Aug 17th, 2008


El Festivalito

Guatemala, Jun 28th, 2008


Indie 2007

São Paulo, Brazil, Nov 29th - Dec 6th, 2007


NewFilmmakers

Anthology Film Archive, New York, NY, Nov 14th, 2007


Lone Star International Film Festival

Fort Worth, TX, Nov 7th - 11th, 2007


Festival Cultural de la Ciudad de Tijuana

México, Oct 30th - Nov 3rd, 2007


Indie World Film Festival

Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Oct 5th - 11th, 2007


Festival de Cine de Bogota

Colombia, Oct 3rd - 11th, 2007


Oldenburg International Film Festival

Germany, Sep 12th - 16th, 2007


Temecula Valley Int'l Film and Music Festival

CA, Sep 12th - 16th, 2007


True West Cinema Festival

Boise, ID, Aug 9th -12th, 2007


San Antonio Film Festival - Indie Max Award

TX, Jun 22nd - 24th, 2007


Blue Mountain Film Festival

Ontario, Canada, Jun 1st - 3rd, 2007


DiBa Film Festival

Barcelona, Spain, May 17th - 27th, 2007


Arizona International Film Festival

Tucson, AZ, Apr 20th - 29th, 2007


Atlanta Film Festival

Atlanta, GA, Apr 19th - 28th, 2007


Poland Film Festival

Cracow, Poland, Apr 19th-22nd, 2007


Cine Las Americas

Austin, TX, Apr 16th - 26th, 2007


IFC Center

New York, NY, Feb 13th, 2007


Slamdance Film Festival - Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature

Park City, UT, Janu 18th - 27th, 2007


XXI Cine Latino de Trieste

Italy, Oct 24th - 29th, 2006


Baja California Film Festival

CECUT, Tijuana, Mexico, Sep 19th - 24th, 2006


Museum of Contemporary Art of San Diego

San Diego, CA, Jun 15th, 2006


Cine Mexico Film Festival

The Loft Cinema, Tucson, AZ, Feb 18th, 2006


Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival

CA, Oct 21st - 30th, 2005


Cannes Film Market

France, May 12th - 15th 2005




PRESS


New York Times: A young man will go to any lengths to make his dream come true in this independent drama from writer and director Dylan Verrechia. (read more...)


Moviefone: A young man will go to any lengths to make his dream come true in this independent drama from writer and director Dylan Verrechia. Indio (Pablo Tendilla Ortiz) is growing up with a poor family in the Mexican border town of Tijuana. Cockfighting is still a popular and lucrative sport in Tijuana, and Indio thinks he has what it takes to train a champion bird. As a present for his fifteenth birthday, Indio asks his father Jhonny (Pablo Tendilla Rocha) to get him a rooster that's up for sale from a local breeder who has helped spawn some winning birds. However, Jhonny can't afford the rooster, and instead buys his son an evening with Brianda (Darina Rabago Soto), a teenage prostitute. While Indio and Brianda strike up a brief romance, he's not about to give up his ambitions of training a winning rooster, and takes whatever odd jobs he can find to help raise the cash -- everything from washing cars to working as a drug mule. Tijuana Makes Me Happy received its premiere at the 2007 Slamdance Film Festival, where it received the Jury Prize for Best Dramatic Feature. - Mark Deming, Rovi (read more...)


Variety: "Tijuana Makes Me Happy" is an example of nuevo-realism, with nonprofessionals cast in a semi-documentary-style dramedy shot on location in and around Tijuana. (...) The unaffected quality is genuinely impressive across the board. Pablo Tendilla Ortiz is an artlessly engaging screen presence as Indio, the pic's young protagonist. (read more...)


Adam Donaghey on IMDB: A charming coming-of-age film with fantastic shots of the 'real' Mexico. (read more...)


IFC Center: I was rejuvenated when I left the IFC Center in New York City after seeing Tijuana Makes Me Happy, directed by Dylan Verrechia and produced by James Lefkowitz, which won the Grand Jury prize for Best Narrative Feature at Slamdance in Park City this year. A coming-of-age story about a young boy growing to manhood in Playas de Tijuana, Verrechia and Lefkowitz's film is an invigorating fusion of fiction and reality that rises to the challenge of powerful storytelling and fun, innovative film-making. (...) That Verrechia and Lefkowitz have succeeded in creating a universally appealing Tijuana-based tale at a time when the American government and countless citizens regularly denounce people from south of the border is an accomplishment and a contribution. (read more...)

A young man will go to any lengths to make his dream come true in this independent drama from writer and director Dylan Verrechia.


Indio (Pablo Tendilla Ortiz) is growing up with a poor family in the Mexican border town of Tijuana. Cockfighting is still a popular and lucrative sport in Tijuana, and Indio thinks he has what it takes to train a champion bird. As a present for his fifteenth birthday, Indio asks his father Jhonny (Pablo Tendilla Rocha) to get him a rooster that's up for sale from a local breeder who has helped spawn some winning birds.

WINNER

BEST FEATURE FILM

Slamdance

Film Festival

2007

WINNER

INDIE MAX AWARD

San Antonio

Film Festival

2007

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