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BLOCK C | Bold & Beautiful 

Thursday, March 23 | 8 - 10 PM 

The Mercantile | Burro Alley 

Dress for the Weather

Screenings & Awards

Marina Del Rey Film Festival • Pasedena International Film Festival • The Micheaux Film Festival • Conch Shell International Film Festival • New York Latino Film Festival • Catalina Film Festival • Lusca Fantastic Film Festival • San Francisco Dance Film Festival • International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival • Official Latino Arts and Film Festival

Cast & Crew

NARRATIVE | 2022 | 22 min. 00 sec. 


COUNTRY | United States 

LANGUAGE | English 

PRODUCER | Edwin FrankO 

DIRECTOR | Edwin FrankO 

WRITER | Edwin FrankO 

CAST | Edwin FrankO, Serena Khan Cuevas, Marc Reign, Martin Chan, Rhys Green


The film begins with a look at the generation’s past, a snapshot of Giovanni’s father dancing with a woman back in the 1980s. This is an example of his “Fuego,” the purpose or passion in one’s life. The story that Gio tells about his Fuego is framed around his friends, Eddie and Joel in a bar on New Year’s Eve, leading up to midnight. Gio starts off with a trip to a nightclub with his brother Francisco and his long-time girlfriend, Nadine to a salsa dancing lesson. He sees the instructor, Camila, and the spark ignites inside of him before even being asked to join. Gio takes a liking to salsa dancing and maybe even Camila herself. The truth comes out that Francisco and Nadine were never students of Camila and Francisco was leading Gio with a lie that Camila was asking about Gio when he was too busy with work and couldn’t attend the lessons at the club that week. Gio feels betrayed and doesn’t want anything to do with Francisco, even if it means not backing up his brother when he’s about to take the biggest step of his life on New Year’s in front of the whole family. We return back to the present as Gio’s tale ends. Gio chooses to work on New Year’s, not spending the night with Francisco or Camila, but instead with Eddie and Joel to tell this story. Moments before midnight, Gio sneaks away to check his Instagram feed and sees that Francisco is newly engaged to Nadine, popping the question this evening. He deeply regrets not being with his brother and family tonight as he watches other happy couples and family celebrate the new year. The festivities end with Francisco making a last-minute appearance at Gio’s bar to celebrate his engagement. The two have a heart-to-heart conversation which really shows what Gio should have been focusing on all this time while searching for his Fuego, the importance of family. Not wanting to waste any more time, he also makes amends with Camila first thing in the new year, demonstrating that moment of happiness that he sought after for the majority of the past year.

About the Director

Edwin FrankO (Edwin Frank Ortiz) is a Latino film director of Puerto Rican and Mexican descent hailing from Barrio Logan of Southeast San Diego. He graduated from USC's School of Cinematic Arts with an emphasis in directing. FrankO began his artistic journey as a hip-hop dancer. Edwin discovered his "fuego" back at Point Loma High School when a film colleague asked if he can dance and act in his film. Being new to acting, he loved it and decided to pursue it. This eventually introduced him to film production and the rest is history. With a creative portfolio that consists of acting for theatre and film, producing and directing music videos, commercials, and documentaries, he looks forward to finally creating meaningful narrative content that will highlight his talents but more importantly, tell more stories from underrepresented communities.

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