|East Coast Premiere|
|Cast: ||Carlos Freire|
|Crew: ||Producers: Carlos Freire, Mariella Perez - Screenwriters: Carlos Freire - Assistant Director: Wigner Duarte - Director of Photography: Gianni Sanchez - Camera: Wigner Duarte - Editor : Carlos Freire
Terraza 7 is a bar located in Jackson Heights, New York. It opened its doors in 2002, always with the promise of bringing us a show case of different cultures. Here the customers can find not only drinks and music, but Terraza 7 also opens its customers' eyes to a wide arrange of artistic expressions like music, poetry, paintings, and film. Also, Terraza 7 is a political platform for the Latino community in New York City. On its walls there is valuable art that has been produced by various emerging artists that leave their footprints as they transition to other artistic opportunities. After 14 years, Terraza 7 is about to shut its doors. Jackson Heights is a growing and developing community and it makes it harder for Terraza 7 to survive and to continue with its legacy. The community members are in denial to the resolution of closing Terraza 7's doors.
Carlos Freire, an Ecuadorian-born documentary film maker. He traveled to the United States in search of a career in media and graduated with an AA degree in Media Studies, a BA degree in Film Production and a MFA in Media Communication Arts focused in Documentary Film at City College New York.
He has worked in the field of documentary production for several years, and became the Director of photography for the media team of ex-president of Ecuador Rafael Correa. In his travels he covered the visits of Correa to China and Saudi Arabia, in these trips he had the opportunity to work closely with presidents of other countries as well. His work has been shown in Ecuadorian television as well as film festivals.
Carlos Freire is based in New York, and works as the multimedia project coordinator for LaGuardia Community College's Department of Marketing & Communications. His work helps students succeed in their academic goals by creating content that will generate funding for different programs to help students to increase retention and graduation rates.
As a regular of Terraza, I feel the need of showing the labor of this very exotic place and how it became a point of rendezvous for all of us that meet there, and are looking for something different. This place brings many good memories to me and it is really sad loosing a place that is a positive influence to the area.
Making a film about Terraza 7 is very challenging. There are many elements that conform its identity, and everything in Terraza has a story behind it.