Cuban American Filmmaker Receives Award

Masons of Maryville, the screenplay, scores at Indie Gathering Film Festival in WestLake, Ohio

Published on LatinoLA: August 14, 2008

Cuban American Filmmaker Receives Award

Masons of Maryville, the feature screenplay by writer/director, Luis Saumell, was awarded First Place in the Family Screenplay Category at the Indie Gathering Film Festival in WestLake, Ohio.

This festival is among the top 25 Film Festivals, as mentioned by Movie Maker Magazine. The Award ceremony took place on Sunday August 4, 2008 in WestLake, Ohio.

I was shocked to hear that my screenplay won this award in a secular festival, being that the screenplay has such a strong faith-based, Christian dialog and music.

Luis Saumell says that he drew his inspiration from historic areas in Blount County, in the small town of Maryville. Many scenes were added to the screenplay for local talent that he met during castings for the film.

We are not in production but hope to start soon.

Masons of Maryville is a comedy that transcends cultures, and brings the human element into play. It is about a group of brick masons working together in the small community of Maryville, TN. Strong issues are explored.

It's about a Baptist country boy meets Catholic, Mexican girl, religion, immigration and politics. A humorous mix of black beans and apple pie. Throw in two salsa dancing Cubans, two line-dancing country girls, a dancing Chihuahua and you have a killer dance off.

Saumell is looking for local and International corporations as well as individuals who would like to become sponsors of this beautiful film.

If you are interested, please contact him at;
masonsofmaryville@gmail.com or 865-679-FILM (3456)

Cuban American filmmaker better known for his film short Porque a roots search about the Cubans people struggle for freedom. The short Porque won the Silver at The Charleston International Film Festival.
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