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El Abuelo (The Grandfather)

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Published on Nov 7, 2009

El Abuelo

Directed by Dino Dinco

Synopsis

Shot on location in San Antonio, Texas, "El Abuelo" is an intimate portrait of local educator and poet, Joe Jimenez. Through the meditative process of ironing his clothes (a duty often identified as womens work), we experience Joe in that familiar goal of finding the perfect crease. Of all domestic chores, ironing is the only one a homeboy is more than happy to master, as masterful ironing is the key to reaching an appearance of perfection. And to a homeboy, perfect creases work hand in hand with the power of attraction.

Through voiceover, we hear Joe reading his poem, El Abuelo, and learn of the potency of ironing thats used to capture the attention of his first vato his first love of another man.

Credits

Directed by Dino Dinco
Starring: Joe Jimenez
Produced by Dino Dinco & Christopher Blauvelt
Director of Photography: Christopher Blauvelt
Editor: Augie Robles
Film Transfer: Frank Pass @ FotoKem, Burbank
Travel Arrangements: Now Voyager, San Francisco

Commissioned by Fashion in Film 2008, London

Nominated for the Iris Prize, 2009

El Abuelo (the poem, © 1983) is excerpted from the larger text / performance piece "Homeboy Beautiful (and Other Things Ive Nearly Forgotten But Am Throwing Punches Not to Forget)" by Joe Jimenez. All rights reserved.

Joe Jimenez's blog: God Bless the Dead

http://godblessthedead.blogspot.com

facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid...

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1358776/

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