Tribeca Film Festival Movie Review: NEA Celebrates the New York Premiere at Tribeca

Winner of Best Short Film: At the 2024 IndieX Film Festival, the short film from Colombia, NEA, celebrated its New York Premiere with three screenings at the Tribeca Film Festival. This 22-minute film is a unique blend of Comedy, Drama, and Thriller, a mix of several genres that I found refreshing and creative. By the end of the short, I was left wanting to know more about the characters, sparking my curiosity about a potential feature in the future.

When I started viewing the short, a beautiful, almost romantic song in Spanish was on that I do not know the name of, but I turned up the volume to enjoy it, thinking there would be more of this genre. Juan Cammarano (“Vanderpump Rules” TV series) is credited with “additional music” on IMDb and is credited as in the Music Department. I want to give credit where credit is due, as the rest of the music in the short is more Rap en Espanol, and it fits the script so well. I say all this as the initial song took me to one place, and the real story supported by the other songs takes the audience in a different direction.

Synopsis: A hot-headed taxi driver in Medellín has to repair his boss’ AC at 5 AM. He is tested by a series of misfortunes, leading him on a self-questioning path.

Filmmakers Alex Ulises (Idiosincrasia) and Nelson Gonzalez Navarrete (A la Calle) co-wrote co-directed, and co-edited this short film. The story takes the viewer on a journey about this taxi driver involved in much more than that one industry. What I took away from this short story is how and what happens to this taxi driver as he juggles all he is supposed to do and manages the extracurricular activities. He knows he has to do what he is told, and depending on what it is, he is a thug or he is sweet.

Cast: Julián Sanchéz, Franko Garcia, Luis Anthony Tamayo, Angelo Steven Mazón

Producer: Jesus Peña

Cinematographer: Camilo Gutier

Executive Producer: Jose N. Silva

Co-Producer: Andres Felipe Vega & Daniel Mejia

Production Designer: Laura Eusse & Valentina Tangarife

Costumer Designer: Felipe Cardenas

Hair & Makeup: Maria Alejandra Henao

Comedy, Drama, Fantasy Rating: PG-13 for language

Short | Colombia | 22 MINUTES | Spanish | English subtitles

Source: Códigos, LLC

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