Omar Rodriguez Lopez to make film directorial debut

Omar Rodriguez Lopez makes his directorial debut next month when his feature film, The Sentimental Engine Slayer sees its world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) on February 4th, 2010. The film was written and directed by Rodriguez Lopez. He also created two unreleased films, 2001’s A Manual Dexterity and 2003’s Letters from Dystopia — though, The Sentimental Engine Slayer is his first feature released to the public. Made on a relatively small budget using money borrowed from a close friend and Rodriguez Lopez’s parents, the cast and crew worked on location in El Paso, TX to bring the project to fruition.

The Sentimental Engine Slayer tells the tale of the overdue coming of age of a 20-something misfit named Barlam (played by Omar Rodriguez Lopez). Set against the backdrop of drug-addled suburban El Paso sometime in the not-too-distant future, Barlam’s awkward transition from boy to man is as much the story of struggling to find one’s essence in a world of stereotypes as it is an indictment of the distorted reality of family life in the disengaged 21st Century.

Rodriguez Lopez began filmmaking by way of producing two unreleased films (2001’s A Manual Dexterity and 2003’s Letters from Dystopia) without formal training. His third film, The Sentimental Engine Slayer, is the director’s debut feature release. Rodriguez Lopez has managed to complete two more films since principal production on The Sentimental Engine Slayer wrapped in 2007; El Divino Influjo De Los Secretos (2008) and Boiling Death Request (2009) are both currently in post-production.

The Sentimental Engine Slayer – Trailer I

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