Published on Nov 27, 2012
A socially challenged vacationer in Mexico City strikes up an unlikely friendship with one of the country's best-known luchadores.
Why it was chosen: "This story had a graphic quality that drew me in. The lack of dialogue gave it the feeling of a silent film driven more by cinematic ideas than narrative exposition. It was also on the shorter side, which was a nice attribute, allowing the story to be more visually told." -- Roman Coppola
Winning Screenwriter: Ben Sayeg
Ben Sayeg is a Brooklyn-based freelance filmmaker. Having studied film at University of Westminster in London, he has been involved with Upright Citizens Brigade Theater's web comedies and is documenting Knitta, the group of artists who began the "knit graffiti" movement, where public architecture is wrapped with knitted or crocheted material as an art form.
Director: Lake Bell
Actress, writer, and director Lake Bell is currently writing, producing, directing and starring in In A World..., a comedy about a vocal coach pitted against her father, the patriarch of the voice over industry. Her short film Worst Enemy premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and Bell was seen in Black Rock, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Past film credits include No Strings Attached, It's Complicated, and What Happens in Vegas. Bell recently wrapped production, acting and directing the fourth season of Adult Swim series Children's Hospital and starred in season 2 of HBO's How to Make It in America.
Featuring: Kyle Mooney
As a member of the comedy troupe Good Neighbor, Kyle Mooney has appeared in sidesplitting YouTube videos that have garnered over 30 million views. It was his halting, unnerved interview style and rapid-fire wit caught the attention of director Lake Bell. Mooney and his comedy troupe are currently developing a pilot with Gary Sanchez Productions for Comedy Central.
Featuring: El Solar
El Solar is one of Mexico's most beloved luchadores. The masked wrester is a living legend of the ring and has performed for over 30 years in Mexico and abroad.
About Four Stories
Intel and W Hotels created Four Stories to identify and support rising visionaries in filmmaking, and provide them with a platform to share their talent with audiences around the world.
Four winning scripts, inspired by iconic W Hotels destinations and the mobility of the Intel-inspired Ultrabook™, were chosen from nearly 1000 submissions from aspiring filmmakers worldwide. They were selected by a panel of entertainment industry insiders and filmmakers, and developed into short films.
Roman Coppola and his production company, The Directors Bureau, matched the four scripts with some of today's most talented young directors and actors to bring each winner's vision to life.
The resulting four films, plus an original short by Coppola himself, were shot at some of W Hotels' most exotic and cutting-edge locations — from the Maldives and Hollywood to Doha, Washington D.C. and Mexico City — and feature the Ultrabook as a central character.
Four Stories is part of The Ultrabook Experience: a series of collaborations between Intel and innovative companies worldwide, enabled by the Ultrabook — a new category of computing devices powered by Intel.