Dominican-American director, writer, producer, actor, Miguel Mike Medina, wins Best Mobile Film at Nicomedia International Bi-Monthly Film Awards for the November-December 2021 season.
Dominican-American director, writer, producer, actor, Miguel Mike Medina, wins Best Mobile Film for his micro-short film, Giving Up, at Nicomedia International Bi-Monthly Film Awards for the November-December 2021 season. It’s the film’s second overall victory. Medina’s Giving Up will be premiering at the end of the month on Instagram and Facebook. Medina describes his motivation for tackling such a profound film that many people can resonate with. “I made this film to showcase what humans can do when the odds are stacked against them. Feeling outnumbered and lonely is a terrible feeling to go through. Not everyone is strong enough to know that they can overcome anything.”
Mental health and depression is an enormous problem in our society. Medina is an artist who takes these issues very seriously, and he has witnessed former classmates and colleagues go through these situations. Miguel became more motivated to tell personal and/, or related stories after someone in the audience approached him after he screened his film ‘Torn Feelings’ at the 2018 Official Latino Film Festival. She said to him, “I can relate to your film because I went through something similar like that with my partner two years ago.” It became an eye-opener for Miguel that people are paying attention to these stories being told through the screen. When making ‘Giving Up,’ Medina highlighted some of his challenges while doing this project. “The hardest part about making the movie with my phone is that the room was tiny. I had to be careful with lighting and composition. This idea came to me on the same day I shot the movie, and I wanted to waste no time. I thought about shooting it at a different location, but then I realized that having a small room and the character going through some serious problems fits the story’s genesis. So I stuck to my guns and went for it. It paid off.”
Medina loves mobile filmmaking and narrative stories. He is no stranger when it comes to that. It’s not the first time Miguel has filmed one of his movies using his phone. He’s done this with other short projects such as horror shorts “11:00” and “Halloween in Uptown Heights.”
Medina and his film production company, Double L 94 Productions, have produced many independent films and web series. Some of his award-winning films are: “Where Did We Go Wrong? “A Sorrowful Birthday,” “Valentine’s Dinner,” and “Neighbors, Breakups, and Surprises.” Medina also created, produced, and starred in his new sketch comedy web series, The MMM Project, winning eight awards for Best Web and New Media from various film festivals.
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