2:45 PM "American Dream" (Drama)

USA 2007
Run Time: 18 min.
Director/Editor: James Bustamante
Producer: Michael L. Miller
Writer: Raquel Royce

How far will you go for the American dream? Seven years ago Javier Garcia (Greg Serano) and his wife Victoria (Camen Serano) came to the U.S. in search of a better life for their unborn child. Since that time Javier has managed to find success in the workplace and has created a solid home for his family. However, when Javier's loyalty to his people is called into question, what side will he end up on?

Production Team
Supervising Prooducer - Jocelyn Jansons
Director of Photography - Shane Duckworth
Associate Producer - Philip P. Feiffer & Steve Poulton
Music - Daniel Alcheh & Steve Poulton
Music Supervisor - Michael Devenport

JAMES BUSTAMANTE was born in the small town of Las Vegas, NM. He has made over 12 short films, one PSA, and one feature (Tres Generaciones). The short film (A Brothers Love) took home 3rd prize at the Southwest Film Center Film Festival. Tres Generaciones has played at the Santa Fe Film Festival, the Arizona international Film Festival, and the Visions of the Reel Documentary Showcase.
When he graduated in 2005, he worked on his 2nd feature documentary on drug and alcohol abuse in New Mexico. In 2007 he entered the New Mexico Filmmakers Intensive and was one of seven directors chosen to take part in this yearlong program. While in the program he worked on "American Dream", a short film about an illegal immigrant and his family who seek acceptance in their new country. American Dream has played at 8-film festivals this year, including the Cleveland International Film Festival, Sedona International Film Festival, and the Cine Las Americas International Film Festival. Currently he is an apprentice for Barbara Martinez Jitner and Gregory Nava.

"... James Bustamante was showing American Dream at the 2008 Arizona International Film Festival. After the showing we talked and I told him that his film would resonate with the audience in Arivaca. Our town is just 12-miles from the international border.."

Bart Santello - Arivaca Independent Filmmakers Exhibition