"Vulnerable (and incredible exposed)" is a scene-based film project that aims to show us at our most vulnerable. Not in the things that we say and do, but rather in the things that we wish we could say and do if we didn't feel like we were exposing some deep dark part of ourselves to the rest of the world; a part that we're not ready or willing to share because we feel it'd make us too vulnerable to attacks from outside forces. These are our alter egos at their rawest: our most irrational and emotional selves.


This is the trailer for the indie (very) short, “The Earthquake”.

Big thanks to Heather Lutkin for putting it together.

More coming soon on the channel for this project: https://vimeo.com/channels/vulnerableaie


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An indie (very) short: background story

My first indie (very) short film, “The Earthquake,” is being edited by director Chris Lutkin right now.

It has really been a team effort. In fact, I am in awe at the amount of work that goes into making a film; it is definitely not a solo territory…

In the meantime, a little background about the story:

On February 27, 2010 there was an 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile. Such was the force of this earthquake that it created a tsunami, as well.

But that’s not what this short is about.

At the same time the news was being reported, I received a call from my very worried mother asking me to call my sister to make sure she was ok. This all seems logical: a mother calls her daughter after a big natural disaster to make sure everyone is alive and well. Except, my sister lived nowhere near Chile. She actually lived in California at the time.

From the conversation that followed I constructed an imagined conversation between a married couple who are worried about their daughter after an earthquake is announced.*

That’s what this (very) short film is about. Their everyday lives contrasted to the very real worry they feel for their little girl (who is not so little anymore).

As a matter of fact, this short is the first of what I envision to be several scenes focusing on our inner lives. Our sometimes illogical, sometimes emotional responses to life and its everyday occurrences: the ones the we may show to the world, and the ones that we keep to ourselves for fear that we may not be understood for them.


*A note here about the script: it was thanks to the mentoring of Heather and Chris Lutkin that the script has ended up being what it is. They pointed out the areas where I was being too abstract, and helped me make concrete changes that made the work more relatable and understandable. Thanks to both of them for their hard work and mentoring!

(In this picture, from left to right: Lourdes Robles, Isaac Rodriguez, Chris Lutkin, Heather Lutkin)

The Sacred Science: Abandoning Western Medicine in Search of Healing in the Amazon Rainforest

"What we did could be seen as extremely risky, careless, perhaps even criminal. At least, that’s what I was told for about 4 months before I transported eight very sick patients down to a remote region of the Amazon rainforest, thousands of miles away from the creature comforts of home, to live isolated in the green abyss for over a month.

Given the circumstances, many were surprised to hear that we received over 400 applications for this “healing journey,” as we called it. People worldwide, suffering from just about every illness you can think of, pleaded to be chosen as one of the eight subjects of our film The Sacred Science, even after we issued a variety of warnings about personal safety, unfathomable dangers such as spiders, jaguars, and my favorite: poisonous snakes (the kind that kill you in less than an hour). After this barrage of terrifying disclaimers (we basically stopped just short of telling them not to come) there was still a line around the block.”

Nick Polizzi

Editor/ Director

Crunch Time…

That’s right! It’s crunch time!

Filming happens this Sunday and a completely new list of things to do has reared its head:

-Find all props needed

-Find, pick up, photoshop and print all the pictures needed

-Get several outfits to make sure I have the right one

-Follow up with lead actor to make sure he has the right outfit

-Do a division of the script according to filming order

-Run the lines with the lead actor

-Get food for everyone

Well, no time to be wasted. No time like the present!

It’s been a while…

I haven’t posted in a while, at least not my own words. I’ve been so busy producing and organizing my short film that I haven’t had time for much else.

The good news is that our final preproduction meeting is this Thursday, and filming this Friday, September 30th, 2012.

It is very exciting. I still have a lot of work to do in preparation for filming, but it’s work that I’m happy to do to see my vision come to life.

What can I say: life is good…

A painting begins and becomes something completely different - It’s strange how little the artist’s wishes actually matter.

Pablo Picasso

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