|PABLO ON WHEELS|
|Cast: ||Luis Tolentino, Dominick Bonnet|
|Crew: ||Producers: Brett Sorem - Screenwriters: Elya Ottenberg - Cinematographer: Lukasz Pruchnik - Editor: Brett Sorem|
Six months after their parents deportation, Rey (18) and Pablo (11) do what they can to survive in New York City. The bond of skateboarding keeps them together, but the culture surrounding it begins to split them apart. A single mistake by Rey threatens to take away the last family he has left.
Brett Sorem grew up skateboarding in San Diego, California. After graduating from San Francisco State University, he moved to New York City. Shortly after, he formed Nocturnal Features, and completed its first film titled Pablo on Wheels at the end of 2011. Sorem is making the move soon back to the west coast to promote his film and company.
“Pablo On Wheels” is a film I have wanted to make since college, though at that time, I had no idea that it would mold into what it has become. I grew up skateboarding. It was my first passion in life and it is what led me to filmmaking. Filmmaking eventually won my heart, but skateboarding will always have its place. As my career developed, I began exploring the possibilities of creating a film based around the culture in which I grew up in. I knew I wanted the film to revolve around the life style of a skateboarder, but I wanted it to be more than just a kid trying to get sponsored, or win a competition. I wanted to tell a different story, I just didn’t know the story yet.
Seven years later, I was ready to make my first short film in the independent world, outside the comfort zone of college resources. Only in today’s world is it possible to meet a great friend or a talented, undiscovered screenplay writer on craigslist. March 2009, when I interviewed Elya Ottenberg, I met both. We went on to develop two screenplays; “Blood Run Free”, and “Pablo On Wheels.”
“Pablo On Wheels” was shot in four days in four boroughs of New York City; The Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. It was important for me to capture the essence of what it means to be a skateboarder living New York City. Skateboarding, being an alternative to organized sports, gives young kids the freedom to explore the vast architectural terrain of the city. The fast-paced environment influences their personalities and creativity as they develop their own style. I decided to cast real skateboarders in order to bring authenticity to the characters. I was the best decision I made during the process.