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Today we’d like to introduce you to Felix and Alex Alvarez.

Felix and Alex, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
A: Our story started back in the in 2006 we were both working on an indie horror feature in the peanut capital of the world, Dothan Alabama. I was hired on to a feature film as a sound mixer, and Felix was pretty green just like fresh out of school, I think it was his 1st like real gig out of college.

F: Yup, I was fresh out of full sail University, and decided to take an adventure to the middle of nowhere, literally to get paid zero and work on a horror feature. Honestly, It was one of the best times of my life. Dothan is where I met Alex, who was working location sound. I was just a PA, but my eagerness from full sail drove me to help out in every department.

A: Which I thought was pretty cool because I was relegated to the sound apartment. So we met on our way to set, he would pick up the gaffer and I from our not very swanky hotel in the morning and drive us home at night. In route to set, there is a lot of nerdy conversations about movies & pop culture and a ton of just the camaraderie & commiserating about working on this horror film in be. So long story short, at the end of production I told Felix, “I’m gonna work with you dude, you live near me” and we did and we have ever since worked together as a dynamic production duo.

F: Fast forward a couple of years. I picked up a camera and taught myself how to edit & was working for advertising agencies. Somehow during that time, we both managed to produce and direct our own films, documentaries, and music videos, via our production company Odd jobs Productions. That’s how we got into the local film scene thanks to those projects. Right around then we also worked with Borscht Corp 2012 or 2011.

A: Oh That’s right, we had the pleasure of working with academy award winner Barry Jenkins, the director of Moonlight. Super nice guy. We also worked with another local director who has garnered international acclaim with Cocaine Cowboys, Billy Corben. We worked sound on his Square Grouper documentary. During that time, we showcased our own films at Film Gate or what was called I’m Not Going move to LA film fest at the time. Felix directed a short horror film called Night Terrors, which he got a couple of awards for VFX and editing. A couple of years later with Felix as DP & editor, I directed and produced a documentary about the Cuban revolution, called Cuba and 1959 Memorias del Cambio.

F: That documentary won 3 awards at the Miami life awards and snagged a couple of Film Gate for best editing, audience choice & best documentary of the year. Since we had the gear and know-how, we began producing other peoples films such as Gabriel Mayo’s stoner comedy “ Travis versus baby chick” which premiered Miami short film festival.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
A: As a team, we shoot, edit, and produce video content & short films. Our messages & themes vary, the docs are principally historical pieces, that often have to do with overcoming hardships, adversity and or oppression. Cuba 1959 Memorias del Cambio was to me about political persecution, instability & how surreal it is to wake up one day and not know if you have a working government.

F: Whereas my horror film was more about redemption, love, lust, and sometimes sex. Night Terrors was about betrayal. Relationships and love triangles. Although I have not directed another film in years, I feel it was important for my growth as a filmmaker and visual fx artist.

The sterotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?

A: I think I speak for both of us when I say. My advice to young filmmakers is, Just do it if you have a project, shoe string it together, beg steal and borrow to get a budget and give it you’re all. Are their pitfalls to being creative. Financially speaking? Sure, depending on your state work can be is seasonal. If there is any work at all. Then you really need gear, which can be expensive, Felix and I built our kits piece by piece. Without investing in equipment, you can’t do much else but pa, which both of us did ages ago. Just getting on a set, you can watch, learn, and meet other production people. Get any job you can that is even remotely related to the craft of filmmaking. If your shooting products or catalogs, who cares you are working behind the camera and honing your craft. Lastly, plan your productions meticulously, & most importantly have fun.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
A: Well, you can see the Cuba 1959 doc I mentioned, and Felix’s horror film Night terrors on youtube, along with a breakdown of how he did the VFX on his short. My recent doc Boots Fists and politics about The anti-racist skinhead movement in the ’80s premiered at Miami underground film fest is touring the national festival circuit. Should be having a midwest premier in Minneapolis later this year. I also have a short narrative I’ll be shooting later this year working title, I Feel Fine. A dark comedy that is a commentary on life in the often complicated and stressful modern world.

F: My animation work was seen at the Key West Film Festival recently. For KWFF I created a promotional animation highlighting filmmakers in Florida the piece included a tribute to the late Burt Reynolds. Some of our recent fashion work, with Brickell magazine, can be seen on my Motion maverick digital page.Felix and Alex, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.

A: Our story started back in the in 2006 we were both working on an indie horror feature in the peanut capital of the world, Dothan Alabama. I was hired on to a feature film as a sound mixer, and Felix was pretty green just like fresh out of school, I think it was his 1st like real gig out of college.

F: Yup, I was fresh out of full sail University, and decided to take an adventure to the middle of nowhere, literally to get paid zero and work on a horror feature. Honestly, It was one of the best times of my life. Dothan is where I met Alex, who was working location sound. I was just a PA, but my eagerness from full sail drove me to help out in every department.

A: Which I thought was pretty cool because I was relegated to the sound apartment. So we met on our way to set, he would pick up the gaffer and I from our not very swanky hotel in the morning and drive us home at night. In route to set, there is a lot of nerdy conversations about movies & pop culture and a ton of just the camaraderie & commiserating about working on this horror film in be. So long story short, at the end of production I told Felix, “I’m gonna work with you dude, you live near me” and we did and we have ever since worked together as a dynamic production duo.

F: Fast forward a couple of years. I picked up a camera and taught myself how to edit & was working for advertising agencies. Somehow during that time, we both managed to produce and direct our own films, documentaries, and music videos, via our production company Odd jobs Productions. That’s how we got into the local film scene thanks to those projects. Right around then we also worked with Borscht Corp 2012 or 2011.

A: Oh That’s right, we had the pleasure of working with academy award winner Barry Jenkins, the director of Moonlight. Super nice guy. We also worked with another local director who has garnered international acclaim with Cocaine Cowboys, Billy Corben. We worked sound on his Square Grouper documentary. During that time, we showcased our own films at Film Gate or what was called I’m Not Going move to LA film fest at the time. Felix directed a short horror film called Night Terrors, which he got a couple of awards for VFX and editing. A couple of years later with Felix as DP & editor, I directed and produced a documentary about the Cuban revolution, called Cuba and 1959 Memorias del Cambio.

F: That documentary won 3 awards at the Miami life awards and snagged a couple of Film Gate for best editing, audience choice & best documentary of the year. Since we had the gear and know-how, we began producing other peoples films such as Gabriel Mayo’s stoner comedy “ Travis versus baby chick” which premiered Miami short film festival.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
A: As a team, we shoot, edit, and produce video content & short films. Our messages & themes vary, the docs are principally historical pieces, that often have to do with overcoming hardships, adversity and or oppression. Cuba 1959 Memorias del Cambio was to me about political persecution, instability & how surreal it is to wake up one day and not know if you have a working government.

F: Whereas my horror film was more about redemption, love, lust, and sometimes sex. Night Terrors was about betrayal. Relationships and love triangles. Although I have not directed another film in years, I feel it was important for my growth as a filmmaker and visual fx artist.

The sterotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?

A: I think I speak for both of us when I say. My advice to young filmmakers is, Just do it if you have a project, shoe string it together, beg steal and borrow to get a budget and give it you’re all. Are their pitfalls to being creative. Financially speaking? Sure, depending on your state work can be is seasonal. If there is any work at all. Then you really need gear, which can be expensive, Felix and I built our kits piece by piece. Without investing in equipment, you can’t do much else but pa, which both of us did ages ago. Just getting on a set, you can watch, learn, and meet other production people. Get any job you can that is even remotely related to the craft of filmmaking. If your shooting products or catalogs, who cares you are working behind the camera and honing your craft. Lastly, plan your productions meticulously, & most importantly have fun.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
A: Well, you can see the Cuba 1959 doc I mentioned, and Felix’s horror film Night terrors on youtube, along with a breakdown of how he did the VFX on his short. My recent doc Boots Fists and politics about The anti-racist skinhead movement in the ’80s premiered at Miami underground film fest is touring the national festival circuit. Should be having a midwest premier in Minneapolis later this year. I also have a short narrative I’ll be shooting later this year working title, I Feel Fine. A dark comedy that is a commentary on life in the often complicated and stressful modern world.

F: My animation work was seen at the Key West Film Festival recently. For KWFF I created a promotional animation highlighting filmmakers in Florida the piece included a tribute to the late Burt Reynolds. Some of our recent fashion work, with Brickell magazine, can be seen on my Motion maverick digital page.

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1 Comment

  1. Rick Segreda

    July 1, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    I am in such shock learning that Alex, who was seemingly in good health, passed away in his sleep ten days ago. It seems so unfair for him and the local filmmaking community.

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