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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

I Want to Be A Pilot Premieres

I WANT TO BE A PILOT, is a poignant short based a narrative poem set in Kibera, Nairobi; the largest slum in East Africa.

Written and directed by Diego Quemada Diez, I WANT TO BE A PILOT is a poem based on interviews with 50 orphans from Raila Educational Center in Kibera. The film conveys the desire of a young boy that wants to fly away from the harsh real life experiences of the slums. Shot on location in Kibera, Nairobi.

The film will make its European premiere at the Huesca Film Festival Thursday, June 8, 2006 at 7:30pm. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science® has elected to recognize Huesca Film Festival as a qualifying festival for the Short Films category for their Oscar® Awards. Recipients of the Premio Danzante – Iberoamerican and International Category - will qualify for consideration.

The North American Premiere at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival will be Sunday, June 25, 2006 at 1:15pm, it will screen again Thursday, June 25 at 10:00pm. The LAFF held annually for ten days in June, showcases the best of American and International cinema. With an attendance of over 60,000, the festival screens over 175 narrative features, documentaries, shorts, and music videos. Now in its twelfth year, the festival has grown into a world-class event, uniting new filmmakers with critics, scholars, film masters, and the movie-loving public.

Diego Quemada Diez was born in Burgos, Spain. He is an accomplished filmmaker who has worked in film for over twelve years. He started his film career working as a camera assistant for British director Ken Loach (“Land and Freedom”, “Carla’s Song”). At the end of the 90’s he made his first trip to the United States and graduated in 2001 from The American Film Institute (AFI). His thesis film, “A Table is a Table”, was screened at film festivals worldwide, it won the 2001 USA Winner Robert Surtees Heritage Award for Outstanding Achievement In Cinematography by The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC). It continued to garner awards through 2003 at II Festival de Cine Creatrivas (1st Prize), Octubre Corto (1st Prize), Best Short Festival de Alcalá de Henares (2nd Prize) and SOLO PARA CORTOS Winner Special Jury Prize. Since then he has combined the development of his projects as a Director and working as a cinematographer. As a camera operator he has collaborated with directors in films like “Bread and Roses” by Ken Loach, “21 Grams” by Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu, “She Hate Me” and “SFC” by Spike Lee and “The Constant Gardener” by Fernando Meirelles. After he finished “The Constant Gardener” he remained in Kenya to film I WANT TO BE A PILOT.

His artistic exploration does not end with film; he has also written a soon to be published poetry book called “I Dreamed I Found My Octogonal Room”.