I am the writer, producer, and director of this feature film.
I have always had an interest in psychological romantic thrillers. I am thrilled that we can present our film project on this site ... and the possibility
that backers around the world will be able to participate in making this dream ... a reality.
"Tango in the Dark" is a story about a man who travels to an enchanted place in search of his first love but must return within twenty-four hours or
he will die. It is an English language full-length feature film that combines action, romance, and suspense.
We have traveled to Buenos Aires to scout locations. We met with actors, talent agencies and production companies. Argentina is known for having
a very well-established film infrastructure as well as their talented cast and crews. And, there is a currently a four to one exchange rate which
provides a bigger bang for the dollar.
Once we are funded, we will travel to Argentina and begin our preproduction and production schedule.
We have a completed script ...
Completed storyboards (shot for shot) ...
Letter of interest from an award winning director of photography ...
Letters of interest from bilingual Latin American and Spaniard Actors ...
Please feel free to view the actors demos and resumes at ...
Romantic musical score ...
We have spoken to several distributors. They have all expressed interest in the film project. They have asked us to contact them once we are
funded and we can show them a rough cut of the film. We plan on having a screening for them.
We have contacted a few US talent agencies. They are also interested in being involved in the film project. If we our able to raise our projected
budget, then we can cast a couple of American stars.
What is the synopsis of the film?
Tango in the Dark is the story about a man’s journey in search of his first love, it is the story of Carlos, a 20 year old Spaniard from a wealthy
family living in Argentina, who falls in love with Marlena, a 20 year old who works in the local clothing factory and lives with her family on the
outskirts of Buenos Aires. Carlos and Marlena may speak the same language, but they are from different cultures and backgrounds. Although
their love for each other is very deep, they cannot escape from their families’ emotions of hate and distrust. An ultimatum is given and their
young love for each is shattered. Ten years pass and Carlos has returned for Marlena. Both of their lives have changed. Carlos has prospered,
but is alone. Marlena has dreams of a better life where she can start her own business, but she suffers under the tyrannical dictatorship of a
local businessman in the city of Sueños (dreams).
Will you making the film in English?
Yes. All of the actors from Latin America and Spain are fully bilingual.
Have you thought about having an English and Spanish version?
Yes. We are interested in shooting a film simultaneously in both English and Spanish and release both versions in domestic and international
markets. Four or five takes in English. Then, four or five takes in Spanish. All of the actors are looking forward to this challenge.
Have you thought about shooting the film in the US?
Yes, but after making several trips to various locations in Argentina, meeting with the talented casts and crews, the fact that the story and the
tango takes place in Argentina, and that the current exchange rate there is four to one ... it makes sense both financially and logistically ... to
shoot the entire film on location in Argentina.
Are there are any tax incentives in Argentina?
Not at the present time, although they are working towards this in the near future.
Why are your interested in showing tango in the film?
Tango in the Dark will use the tango dance to explore the romance, passion, the sorrow, and the triumph of a deeply human story that is
common to us all. Against that backdrop of a celebration of an ever-popular dance genre, Tango in the Dark is intended to offer all of its
audiences a portrait of a man and a woman searching for love in the throes of desire, understanding in the depths of despair, humanity in the
face of betrayal, redemption in the act of forgiveness.
The dance originated in lower-class districts of Buenos Aires. The music derived from the fusion of various forms of music from Europe. The
word Tango seems to have first been used in connection with the dance in the 1890s. Initially it was just one of the many dances, but it soon
became popular throughout society, as theaters and street barrel organs spread it from the suburbs to the working-class slums, which were
packed with hundreds of thousands of European immigrants, primarily Italians, Spanish, and French. In the early years of the twentieth
century, dancers and orchestras from Buenos Aires travelled to Europe, and the first European tango craze took place in Paris, soon followed
by London, Berlin, and other capitals. Towards the end of 1913 it hit New York in the USA, and Finland.
In Argentina, the onset in 1929 of the Great Depression, and restrictions introduced after the overthrow of the government in 1930 caused
Tango to decline. Its fortunes were reversed as tango again became widely fashionable and a matter of national pride under the government
of Juan Peron. Tango declined again in the 1950s with economic depression. The dance lived on in smaller venues until its revival in 1983
following the opening in Paris of the show Tango Argentino. This show made a revolution worldwide, and people everywhere started taking
tango lessons. Many shows have toured around the world and now Tango is one of the most popular dances in the world.
What format will you be shooting in?
We will be shooting in Sony HD.
What will be the total running time of the film?
The film should run about 90 to 95 minutes long.
Do you have any other feature film projects that you intend to shoot in Latin America or Spain?
My producing partner, Simon Barron will be co-producing the film.
Letter of interest from an award winning sound designer ...
CARLOS DE LA VEGA - TBD
MARLENA DIAZ - Melina Matthews
DRAGO FUEGOS - Rodrigo Aragon
GABRIEL - Hector Elizondo
CRISTINA CUBRAS - Mariu Barcena
STEFAN MENOUS - Ray Angel Torres
ELENA DIAZ - Andrea Barbieri
CLAUDIA DE LA VEGA - Myr Garrido
ANDRE BALLESTEROS - Danny Pardo
Proposed cast ...
Click here to view letter of interest from Danny Pardo