A while back I was lucky enough to view Pig, an independent sci-fi film written and directed by Henry Barrial that follows a man as he attempts to regain his memory after waking up alone in the desert with a black hood over his head.
Henry Barrial is back and working on a new indie film, The House That Jack Built, which is about a young, Latino man (E. J. Bonilla) who buys an apartment building in the Bronx and moves his entire family in to live there rent-free and relive the good old days. Unknown to his family is that his store is a front for his business of selling marijuana. With a boisterous family that fails to meet his vision of the past and a drug dealing business on the side, it’s only a matter of time before the two tragically collide.
The House That Jack Built was written by writer/director Joe Vasquez who directed Hangin’ With The Homeboys in the early 90’s. After Hangin’ With The Homeboys premiered at Sundance, Joe met Producer Mike Lieber (Awakenings, Joe Gould’s Secret, Flash of Genius) and the two began working on The House That Jack Built. Sadly, Joe died in 1995 of Aids after a long battle with severe Bi-polar disorder. Before his death, Mike promised him that he’d bring Joe’s film to fruition and that he’d make sure it was the way Joe had envisioned it. Along with producers Hitesh Patel, Mark Stolaroff (Pig) and Sam Kitt (Love and Basketball) and director Henry Barrial (Pig), they were finally able to shoot the film in the Summer of 2012 after nearly 20 years.
The House That Jack Built is currently in post-production and nearly finished, but needs more funding to be completed. The producers have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to finish the film. Not only does the film sound interesting, but the story behind it is just as compelling! At nearly $19,000, they have seven days left in the campaign and could use just a bit more help to reach their $20,000 goal and bring Joe’s vision to life!
Here are a few links for more information regarding The House That Jack Built and how you can help support it!