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Swimming In The Desert

Directed by Alvaro Ron
Narrative Short
USA | 18 min | 2017

In the drought-stricken town of Agua Dulce, in the California High Desert, a ten year old girl challenges her grandfather, a cranky retired firefighter, to follow a crazy plan and bring the water back to the dry river.

Swimming In The Desert - Alvaro Ron, DirectorAlvaro Ron

Alvaro Ron has written, directed and produced numerous award-winning short films around the world. These include “The Red Thunder” (More than 300 Film Festival Official Selections, Finalist at the 26th Producers Guild of America Awards) “To Kill or Not to Kill” (official selection PBS Independent Film Festival), and “Behind the Curtain” starring Emmy Award- winner Peter MacNicol. He has executive produced and directed critically acclaimed TV shows including the Spanish adaptation of BBC ́s “Life on Mars”. He also developed “The Protected” for ABC Family.

His work is mostly known for a unique whimsical vision of the world and for his thought- provoking yet entertaining stories that have reached millions of people internationally. With a personally, diverse background, Ron has a keen eye for the conflicts of minorities and society’s voiceless. His latest film, “Swimming in the Desert”, delves into those who are suffering California’s drought while at the same time getting into the scarcity of clean water in our planet. This short film shows the local effects of a global problem.

Ron’s producer credits include feature films like “Americano” (directed by Kevin Noland; Starring Josh Jackson and Dennis Hopper) and “Green Zone” (directed by Paul Greengrass; Starring Matt Damon, Amy Ryan and Greg Kinnear).

Alvaro Ron is a graduate of UCLA and a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA) and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP).

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Film Information

Director: Alvaro Ron
Country: US-Spain
Year: 2017
Language: English, ASL
Runtime:  18 min
Rated: PG


Producer: Rosana Tomas, Guillermo Escalona, Saray Deiseil, Alvaro Ron
Executive Producers: Axel Caballero, Ben Lopez, Sergio Aguero, Marc Cotè, Edmon Roch
Writer: Alvaro Ron, Rafael Alvarez

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