20 Ways

Producer/ Director & Writer – Comedy/Drama

20 Ways is a comic satire on immigration. Its inspiration was an article by a Midwestern lawyer on how to spot ‘illegals’. The film uses humor, drama and music to explore the absurd nature of the twenty ways this lawyer offers to spot an ‘illegal’. Winner of the State of New Mexico New Visions & Panavision Awards. Part of my State service for winning the New Visions Award included providing opportunities for under-represented voices. We had 11 interns with the majority of our crew drawn from Native American and Hispanic backgrounds.

A lot of time went into creating a period cinematic look for the film as if it were old found footage. The first part of the story seems to be about a Jewish family fleeing Europe in the 1930s, but it soon becomes clear that this is a story with modern echoes along the US border. The film went on to win a number of International film awards. The first time I’d used crowd funding, so a big thanks to all those who helped make it happen. As a filmmaker I am indebted to you.

A number of films featured on this site owe a thanks to editor, Adam Kirk.

20 Ways features 10 pieces of original music by legendary Stanley Kubrick composer Gerald Fried (Paths of Glory, The Killing). In 1976, Gerald was nominated for an Oscar for Best Music: Original Score for the 1974 documentary, Birds Do It, Bees Do It. He was nominated for a Grammy and won the Emmy award for Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Series for the critically acclaimed 1977 miniseries, Roots. Gerald is one of my cinematic heroes. I loved collaborating with him.