(Venice, California--September 4, 2012) Futuristic Films has announced that Director Eddie Alcazar will direct and produce a feature documentary about the remarkable personality, life and legacy of boxer Johnny Tapia. Synthetic Creatures, in association with Futuristic Films, is producing the documentary, as well as Andrea Monier. Futuristic’s EPs Brendan Kiernan and Justin Moore-Lewy are executive producing the film.
With a release date to be determined, the film “TAPIA” is currently in the final stages of post-production and will be completed in early September. “Eddie's remarkable ability to create an intense emotional experience through his films has never been more evident than in this beautifully shot and riveting portrayal of an extraordinarily life,” says Futuristic EP Brendan Kiernan. “We're very excited to be able to help support his vision and help make this project happen,” adds Futuristic EP Justin Moore-Lewy, also Co-Founder/EP of feature film production company Perfect Weekend.
Director’s Statement On the Documentary film: “TAPIA”
One year ago, we started our venture together. Throughout that year, Johnny opened up his huge heart to me greater than I could ever imagine. Every day we spent together, he was so excited to be telling his story, and helping others. He always told me how he would be here to see the completed film, and that some day we would all watch it together, laughing and crying. And just as quickly as he entered my life, a year later he was gone. His tragic passing was very unexpected. He lived his life fast and with a sense of urgency, but I always had a feeling that he would outlive us all. Filming the last interviews of his life was a special gift for me, and through the film his heart and words will indeed live on past all of our days to inspire people around the world, just as he did me. I have no doubt that he will still be there, watching with us on the day of the premiere. Laughing and crying.
Director | Producer
For more info on the film, go to: http://www.tapiathemovie.com
For more info on Johnny Tapia:
Bio: Director Eddie Alcazar:
Eddie Alcazar is an American Film Director, Writer, Producer and Game Developer. In 2002, he was the winner and sole recipient of a worldwide art and design competition receiving a scholarship to the Academy of Art University, where he studied VFX and Animation Film Theory. After one year at the Academy, he was recruited to work on Electronic Arts “Medal of Honor” series. He then went on to form a digital content creation boutique working on over 30 game titles. Alcazar has since turned his attention full-time to writing and directing feature films and commercials. He was named one of the 25 up-and-coming faces in Hollywood by “Filmmaker Magazine” and in 2012, he was named one of the best new directors in America by “Shoot Magazine.” His latest projects include the 2012 Telly Award winning and AICP Shortlisted commercial “Everlast Astral.” Currently, he’s working on short form projects for the artist Shepard Fairey and photographer Helmut Newton for Perry Rubenstein. Alcazar’s first feature film, “0000,” is currently in post production. Along with the Documenary “TAPIA,” he is also directing a feature film on Johnny Tapia entitjed “JOHNNY.” Shiloh Fernandez will be playing the lead.
Earlier this year, Futuristic Films celebrated the Academy Award win for Director Daniel Junge and his short documentary “Saving Face,” bringing the world’s attention to the plight of women in Pakistan. The company also recently worked with international retailer Forever 21 to create an augmented reality billboard (named one of the “10 Coolest Ads Ever to Appear in Times Square”), a six-spot campaign, and a holographic fashion show. Also collaborating with space150 productions, Futuristic Films created an interactive music video for the opening of the 77kids New York City flagship store. (77kids is American Eagle Outfitters’ new brand for toddlers and youngsters. Other recent projects for Futuristic Films include a national commercial for Rawlings featuring NFL Superstar Steve Jackson, directed by Bill Timmer; a multi-platform campaign for skate brand Osiris; and a national digital campaign for Dish Network, directed by Jamin Winans. Futuristic Films’ Director Richie Smyth just won a prestigious Silver Clio Award for “Best Direction” for his incredibly moving ISPCC (Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) PSA entitled “I Can’t Wait.” New projects from Futuristic include spots for Nissan, Lady Speedstick, Nike Alpha, and Hershey’s.
About Futuristic Films:
Futuristic Films creates motion pictures for brands, advertising, and entertainment. We tell compelling stories of all shapes and sizes, viewed on televisions, in theaters, and on computers and mobile devices. The Futuristic team believes that the evolving nature of media consumption demands an equally evolving approach to film and video production. The company was founded on the principle of bringing together the high production value and intense creativity of commercial production with the storytelling craft and substance of documentary and feature film. Futuristic Films is committed to sustainable business practices, including striving to become a fully carbon-neutral enterprise. Futuristic has offices in Denver, Colorado, and in Venice, California – both centrally located for filmmaking on planet Earth.