Award-winning filmmaker Judith Escalona will present her most recent project BX3M. She will also discuss shooting a feature film in New York at low cost, using guerrilla tactics.
The following topics will be covered––all related to the making of BX3M:
screenwriting: including other languages in the dialogue
the production team
cast and crew
BX3M traces the lives of three teenage friends growing up in a poor, working-class neighborhood. Maria loves Michael more than anything in the world but that love is blind. Her father knows it, Maria will have to see for herself then come to a very hard decision. Mona feels trapped in a lover’s triangle, wavering between Seneca, a Monroe track star, and Sam, a Cooper Union student. Her crisis is a well-kept secret till her mother finds out Sam is a girl. Michael’s mother was gunned down by drug dealers when he was three years old and his father never did anything about it. That stings even now, 14 years later. Michael refuses to be like him. When his best friend Pus-head gets shoved out of a window and dies, Michael goes after Duke, the local drug pusher––Pus-head’s killer. A timeless story of love and revenge, drugs and violence…BX3M, sometimes love is the endgame.
Judith Escalona’s BX3M has garnered international and domestic awards since it first began touring the film festival circuit in 2016. She is currently preparing a screen adaptation of a play entitled Women–Hood by Jose Goicuria, and developing a script around post-hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Escalona is an award-winning segment producer for CUNY-TV, where she produces documentary shorts. She teaches filmmaking at The City College of New York.