ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Joshua Perez has found his way into the film industry.
The recent University of New Mexico graduate wrote the short film “A Man Named Paul.” It is having its world premiere at the Albuquerque Film and Media Experience at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 4 at the KiMo Theatre, 423 W. Central.
The film was directed by Perez’s friend and business partner Jordee Arvin Wester.
“A Man Named Paul” is a short drama based on the true-life event of Desi Perez, a loving husband and future dad.
Desi suddenly becomes jobless and it seems he can’t catch a break as a series of unfortunate events follow his unemployment. When all seems to be lost, Desi is able to persevere through his struggles with help from an unexpected traveler. It’s a story of finding hope in the least expected way.
Perez says he took the story from his brother and felt like it needed to be told.
“This was something that no one would believe,” he says. “When I was told the story, I immediately knew that I wanted to do something. I pitched it to Jordee and he was on board.”
The film was shot on a very low budget; cast members donated much of the food and their time. The duo raised enough money to get Jeremiah Bitsui, who appeared on “Breaking Bad,” in the film.
“We barely had enough to pay him and he needed to be paid because he’s a SAG (Screen Actors Guild) actor,” he says. “We filmed around Albuquerque and a little in California.”
Wester says he’s excited for people to see the film because it was a labor of love for the entire crew.
“We went in and just wanted to do the whole project justice,” Wester says. “It’ll be a very nice night out for all of us.”