USA, 2009, 116 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Coming of Age, Family Issues, Social Issues
Digital presentation - The hero of Victor Nunez’s drama about family, art, and self-determination is one Cruz Montoya (Mexican star Kuno Becker), a bright light of the West Coast poetry circuit who returns to his rural New Mexico when he learns that his father (Rubén Blades) is dying. But once he gets home, he falls in with bad company left over from the old days, and he yields to the temptations of late-night revelry and easy drug money. Blurred and distracted, Cruz very nearly loses his poetic voice — and his artistic identity.
Inspired by the real-life struggles of Santa Fe spoken-word artist Joe Ray Sandoval, writer/producer William T. Conway and producer Karen Koch fashioned a screenplay that Nunez (Ulee’s Gold, Ruby in Paradise) left his Florida comfort zone to direct because, he says, “I’m always interested in stories about people finding their place in the world – or finding their way back to the world.”
Filmed on locations in Santa Fe, Chimayo, Espanola, and Truchas, New Mexico, Spoken Word gives off the authentic heat of the Southwest as it explores, in the words of leading man Becker, the “roller-coaster of emotions” his demon-plagued character rides in the form of volatile relationships.
DIRECTOR: Victor Nunez
Producer: Karen Koch, William T. Conway
Editor: Victor Nunez
Screenwriter: William T. Conway, Joe Ray Sandoval
Cinematographer: Virgil Mirano
Principal Cast: Kuno Becker, Rubén Blades, Miguel Sandoval, Persia White
US Distributor: Variance Films
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