Sun Feb 23, 2020 – 5:00 pm | Domenico’s
Directed by Adrian Ortega
Australia | 72 min | 2019
An introvert’s urgent road trip to reclaim his lost love is derailed when he meets a free-spirited woman who challenges all of his ideals.
Calling Adrian Ortega’s knowledge base of film an obsession is an understatement. At age nine, he was would watch a movie in theatres and immediately run home in order to write out the entire screenplay from memory.
Adrian was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. A lover of cinema since an early age, Adrian developed a fascination with film as young as two years old when he first viewed Victor Fleming’s ‘The Wizard of Oz’ on VHS. Having come from a background of acting, dance and music in his youth, Adrian first discovered his love for being behind the camera whilst studying media in secondary school at Footscray City College.
After graduating high school, Adrian completed a Diploma of Screen and Media from Footscray City Films, an independent film school in Melbourne’s inner-western suburbs; an area close to Adrian’s heart.
Adrian directed and produced his debut documentary short “Bodycrash: A Look Into Melbourne’s Unique Club Scene”. It was released online to a media storm, gaining thousands of views online within the first week of release and was featured in news articles from both inthemix.com and Vice Magazine (Thump channel).
Adrian’s second documentary short “Modus Operandi: A Look Into Melbourne’s Urban Exploring Scene” followed the discussion of Melbourne youth-subcultures; but those of which are involved in the dangerous and unusual hobbies of train surfing and building climbing. It was also released online to another media storm with the film getting Adrian interviews with both Channel 10 News and The Daily Mail in the U.K.
His third documentary short “They Call Me Spiderman” was included in the Top 100 Short Films from around the world for The St. Kilda Film Festival in 2016 program.
Adrian is passionate about telling stories from his own personal experiences and about people from his life, which was the sole inspiration for Cerulean Blue.