Local Tucson teacher writes his first short film, garners two awards

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 Arizona teacher writes his very first short film, garners two awards and three "Official Selection" by prestigious film festivals  
by Mel Pines 

January 8, 2019  Tucson, AZ – A local teacher gets inspired to write a short film about how GREED DESTROYS RELATIONSHIPS and MENTAL ILLNESS DESTROYS LIVES. 

Richard A. Pines, a Tucson resident grew up watching "old cowboy films" with his dad who passed recently from Parkinson's disease also known as "Shaky Palsy".  He wanted to pay tribute to his father by sharing his dad's cherished weapon, a .50-caliber Civil War carbine – in his first short film, BEQUEST. One in five Americans suffers from mental illness and this issue is one of the underlying subjects in Bequest.  This gut-wrenching film opens with a dying Civil War veteran shaking (played by Richard A. Pines himself) -- as he walks towards his chair by the fireplace in an 1865 adobe house. Transitioning to present day, Brooke (played by Imelda Paclibar) an Asian character suffering internally is making plans with her best friend (Gia Gerardo) and is interrupted by her husband, Rico. 

Conflict begins as they argue about their relationship and the relic gun. The situation worsens as Carter (Eric Schumacher) enters Brooke's life. 

The prestigious Culver City Film Festival includes BEQUEST in its Official Selection and recognizes it as – The Best First Short. The Los Angeles CineFest delivers the second laurel and grants BEQUEST its Semi-finalist title. Most recently, Chandler International Film Festival recognizes BEQUEST and it will be screened at the Flix Brewhouse Theater (Chandler, Arizona) on Saturday, January 19th at 4 pm. 

As an educator (15+ years in teaching), Richard finds time to combine his passion in history and acting. He is not a stranger in the Hollywood scene with multiple co-star credits in Days of our Lives and General Hospital. He also authored a book entitled Actor's Rendezvous (detailing his grueling 1,400-mile journey in Los Angeles trying to break into the business). His next project, a full-length Western screenplay-- Purgatory Plains has already been recognized as 2019 Semi-Finalist Best Screenplay by Los Angeles Cinefest and 2019 Official Selection Best Screenplay - Chandler International Film Festival.  

 For more details:           Richard A. Pines, Writer/Director/ Producer/Actor    520 784-4268          ricmelfilms@gmail.com 
              Director's Bio                 www.richardpines.tv  
              Poster                              www.ricmelfilms.tv                               
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