For over a year now I have been involved as co-producer, along with other parties –some unknown, others old friends–, in the making of a documentary movie.
The original idea came from José Antonio Romero. José Antonio has an established track record in the Spanish movie production business. Despite some ups and downs, particularly over these past crisis-laden years, he clearly knows the local trade.
José Antonio's initial vision was to create a local 'Inside Job' of sorts, to expose some of the less complacent realities of our very own post 2007 social, economic, financial and political crisis.
When he approached me –through Civio–, in late 2013, the project immediately caught my attention. This was hardly a killer business proposition –producing documentary films rarely is, particularly in Spain–, but it was something I felt necessary and to which, I though, I could reasonably contribute some informed views. The possibility of achieving a mere 10% of the brilliance of Charles Ferguson’s film was in itself more than enough motivation.
To date the project's financing has made good progress and has attracted top talent such as Benito Zambrano, one of the countries most prestigious film directors. However, as time went past, the team realized that a purely interview-based 2015 version of 'this is how the crisis developed; you are right to be furious about it' was beginning to sound like old news.
The troubling collective decisions ahead in this insanely intensive electoral year –four elections in the horizon– steered us in the direction of aiming at more profound, future-oriented themes. And there is one that sticks its neck above all others: What is or should be next, reform of revolution?
In the coming months we will be working hard to try to contribute useful material to fuel this critical debate in the Spanish society. The challenge is great and the means quite limited, but you can rest assured that we will try our best.