Jack is a young alcoholic attending an alcoholics anonymous meeting. He tells his story to the group, while the mentor, Mary, sits in disbelief. This is not the first time he has told a wild tale to the group. Is the alcohol the cause of his compulsive lies, or is the alcohol a means to hide from the truth?
"Twelve Traditions" is a film about a man's struggle; a man's struggle to face the harsh reality of life. No matter how hard, having the courage to face the truth is the greatest virtue of all.
This film explores deep themes such as greed and fear, while riding on the thrilling backbone of a familiar crime story. "Twelve Traditions" dives into Jack's psyche, who is fighting through the thorny path to redemption.
Jonathan Cuartas, Writer/Director
Michael Cuartas, Director of Photography/Producer
My brother Michael and I have nothing but passion for filmmaking. I believe that together we are an unbreakable team, able to withstand any challenge that comes with the art.
Our first film, "The Pallor", had some unexpected acclaim. The film was screened at Little Rock Horror Picture Show, received an Honorable Mention at Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival, was nominated Best Local Film at the 12th Annual Miami Short Film Festival and is currently going through the film festival circuit. Although our budget was scarce (a mere $1,600), we were proud of our dark horror thriller.
The Cuartas Brothers
However, with "Twelve Traditions", we wish to expand our reach and try something even more ambitious under the crime/thriller genre. In order to do this, we need your help. We are not asking for too much, but we believe if we obtain what we have pledged, we will not only fund our film, but create a new piece of art.
WE NEED YOU
Renting equipment and locations can get really pricy, especially when you need quality tools to create your film. We want to make sure that we have the right resources to help us get a shot or to help us establish the proper tone to augment the story and its themes.
We are asking for your contribution to our film. With it, we will be able to come together as a community to create a great work of art.
For the love of filmmaking, help us realize our vision.
RISKS AND CHALLENGES
Even with an endless budget, synchronizing cast, crew, and locations is no easy task, especially when the workload is divided amongst two people. If the warehouse is locked for July 3rd, the cast is available on July 3rd, and the crew is available on July 3rd, then we can shoot. But if the sound mixer from the crew is not available on July 3rd, then we cannot shoot. It's all about balancing priorities and figuring out which strategy works best.
On our first film, "The Pallor", we definitely came across this issue. We took a second to breathe and then figured it all out. It was all a matter of memorizing everyone's schedule and making sure all of them were in tandem.
If, or better said, when we come across this issue on "Twelve Traditions", we will tackle it head on with full force. It can be tough at times to know if everyone will be there at a certain time on a particular day at a specific location, but if we portray optimism and professionalism, that is what we will get in return.