Wall of Inspiration, directed and produced by BFA Film and Video students Angel Cardenas and Henrik Hanson respectively, is in the running for the top prize in the 2014 Sprite Films contest (vote at Sprite.com/films through May 15). Cardenas’ script was selected from a pool of submissions from applicants across 23 colleges and universities. The resulting film is one of just six to make the final round of the competition. In addition, SVA was the only New York school chosen for the contest. The winning film will be screened in theaters nationwide.
Cardenas was blown away when he received the news about his film. “When I got the call, I was disoriented with joy,” he said. “Coca Cola, one of the biggest company in the world, said, ‘We want to work with you, we see your talent and this is something we want you to be a part of.’”
Wall of Inspiration (watch here) was shot at both the SVA Theatre in Manhattan and outdoors in Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood on the same day—and that day was this past February, during one of New York’s coldest winters on record. Hanson said working outside in the cold, organizing transportation for the cast and crew and shooting on two locations within a nine-hour time frame
in order to stay within budget was challenging. “But challenges are always good because you learn from them,” he said. “That’s why you study filmmaking for four years, because the people who don’t like waking up at 4am when it’s raining or snowing, they won’t make it. But the people who are left at the end, those are the ones who really love it.”
“I enjoy every aspect of filmmaking,” said Cardenas. “You have to love the bad as much as you love the good. If anything, I respect the art form more for all the things that made me happy during this process and for all the things that really challenged me.”
Cardenas, a Bronx native, and Hanson both also have a lot of pride for the city their film was made in. “New York City is the most creative and collaborative city on earth,” said Hanson. “Everyone has to work together here.”
For more information about Wall of Inspiration and to vote for it, visit Sprite.com/films.
Images from top down: Angel Cardenas and Henrik Hanson.