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The famous palm d'or in Cannes, France Film Festival
The famous palm d'or

My Apocalyptic Thanksgiving movie was accepted at the Entr’2 Marches International Film Festival in Cannes, France.

It’s a film festival that focuses on the disability community that is often ignored or sidelined in movies and tv series. Disabilities includes both mental and physical.

It was a world premiere. Holly and Richard (me) both went all the way to Cannes, France. I said, “I wouldn’t miss our premiere for the world. It’s such a joy to share the movie with a room full of strangers in the dark”.

We got a chance to walk around the Cannes Film Festival which was happening around the same time. We checked out the media madness and over listen to conversations in so many different languages. The atmosphere was electrifying. We passed out flyers and informed others to check out the other film festival down the street Entr2 Marches Film Festival. It translates to, ‘Between 2 steps’. It means that you are hidden. That you can’t quite make it up the next step.

I was a bit nervous the day of. With Rachel Dunn-Garcia’s help we finished the French subtitles just in time. We brought an extra copy of the movie on different formats just in case.

Watching the movie in a dark room full of strangers was pretty exciting. They knew nothing about the film except that there were special needs and zombies in it. I think that combination always perks people’s interest.

In the program, our logline was changed to cater to a European crowd. Here’s the logline:

C’est l’histoire d’une obsession... C’est l’histoire d’une quête...

C’est l’histoire de plusieurs rencontres...

C’est une histoire autour du sens de la famille...

Est-ce l’histoire de la différence, sans l’indifférence ?

The story of an obsession...

It's a story of a quest.

It's the story of several encounters.

It's the story about the meaning of family.

Is it the story of difference, without indifference?

Movie premiere in Cannes, France
My Apocalyptic Thanksgiving

People chuckled, laughed and were at the edge of their seat. I could see people lean forward in the dramatic parts. It’s always a joy to share the movie.

Afterwards, we were invited up to say a few words about the film. We talked about the inspiration and the making of the film. People were so curious about us and our film that our Q&A lasted for half an hour. Who were we? What does this film mean to us? We explained how we’ve been taking care of special needs adults for several years. One of the other reasons is they wanted to understand how people with special needs are taken care of in California especially South Central Los Angeles as opposed to France. The whole concept of having rights and autonomy were curious to them.

Many of the audiences were made up of people who worked in some sort of social services. They tended to be older people who worked with the handicap population as well as senior citizens. Holly and I agreed this is our audience.

One person said, one day we won’t need a disability film festival because they’ll just be included in all film festivals. We highly recommend Entr’2 Marches Film Festival. We hope that more filmmakers make room to include people with special needs and other disabilities in all their complexities and silliness.

We gave David, the film festival director a t-shirt, My Apocalyptic Thanksgiving. It was an apocalyptic event.

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  • Writer's pictureApocalyptic Thanksgiving

A French Film festival that celebrates disability all over the world. This will be our international debut for My Apocalyptic Thanksgiving. It will be the world premiere May 21-25 in Cannes, Frances. Autism and disabilities film festival highlights their humanity on film all over the world.

The director, David, saw our trailer and was deeply moved. In his words, 'This is exactly the type of film' we want in our festival.

It reflects a modern story that allows an individual with disabilities to have autonomy. Richard Soriano is currently an administrator for a board n care that homes special needs adults. He works with South Central LA Regional Center to empower individuals to be self-directed.

Marcus is a man obsessed with zombies. He watches his favorite TV show with his caregiver, Doris. It's their weekly routine. It's loosely inspired by Richard Soriano and Holly Soriano who would regularly watch the Walking Dead and SAW movies with one of their favorite clients.

Richard and Holly love zombies so much that we even had them on our wedding cake. That's Holly with the shotgun and me with the chainsaw. Zombies scale the wedding cake.

Zombies scale the wedding cake

The trailer and movie have English and French subtitles. sous-titres anglais et français

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  • Writer's pictureApocalyptic Thanksgiving

Our trailer reflects on an independent Sundance movie. It has heart, humor and quirkiness. It’s a modern take where we want to prominently show that they have a humanity and agency. Marcus, the autistic man who is obsessed with zombies is pulled into a drug-dealing gang while befriending a Korean family. He holds his mom up on a high pedestal which takes him on an incredible heartfelt journey.

Several people who have watched this have shared with us that they get a lump in their throat.

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Our trailer was edited by Richard Soriano, Holly Soriano and Bryan Tan. Music provided by David G Russell. VFX and color by Rachel Dunne and additional VFX by Tammy Klein and Glen Campbell. Audio mix by James Morioka.

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