East Coast Premiere

DIRECTED BY Juan Martinez Vera

Country: Mexico, USA, Venezuela
Language: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English

Running Time: 19min
Film Year: 2016
Category: Short Competition

Inspired by the student protests that shook Venezuela in 2014, “Spark” tells the story of Oscar, a 19-year old Venezuelan student searching for his missing father, who finds himself detained after organizing a protest against the violence in his country. Experiencing media and Internet censorship, Marina, Oscar’s mother, and his friend Alma use a Bluetooth-based app called SPARK to create a social movement that attempts to pressure their government to free Oscar.

SPARK screens with EL AMPARO.


Thursday March 9th @ 6:45pm CORAL GABLES ART CINEMA Add to Schedule

Saturday March 11th @ 5:00pm MDC’S TOWER THEATER (THEATER 2) Add to Schedule


Director: Juan Martinez Vera
Producer: Diego Nájera, Tim Hautekiet
Screenwriter: Juan Martinez Vera
Executive Producer: Micha Benoliel

Music: Gabriel DiMarco
Cinematographer: Will Jobe
Editor: Angelica Lopez

Cast: Gabriel Tarantini, Carlos Montilla, Ileanna Simancas, Daniela Azuaje, Steve Wilcox, Ricardo Herranz, Victor Manso, Fanny Véliz

Juan Martinez Vera

Juan Martinez Vera was born in Tacubaya, Mexico. At eleven, he immigrated to the U.S. where movies became his way to connect to America. His films seek to inspire people to transform their reality. Juan has a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA and an M.F.A. in Film from USC.