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The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival was founded in 1993 by entertainment impresario Stuart Alson and showcases independent films in real theatres in New York City and LA.
Passionate about exposing the films and documentaries of emerging filmmakers from all over the globe, NYIIFVF is a unique platform for emerging and established filmmakers to network and screen their work in the hope of getting exposure and a distribution deal.
Past festivals have included the work of Calista Flockhart, Cameron Diaz, Eva Herzigova, Guy Pearce, George Clooney, Jennifer Aniston, Rod Steiger, Sean Lennon, Tippi Hedren, Willem Dafoe and Vin Diesel. Indie guru Abel Ferrara famously quoted in MovieMaker, "This festival is the real deal: Everybody else just talks about doing it, these guys just do it!”



The Well" (El Pozo) is a deeply compelling film that explores the complex reality for families living with autism

"Based on a true story, "The Well"  (El Pozo) is a deeply compelling film that explores the complex reality for families living with autism."

Nicole Holland, IFQ Magazine


Rodolfo F. Carnevale in association with Aporía Productions is pleased to announce
the US Premiere of  "The Well" (El Pozo).
The production, which is the first Argentinean film to tackle the delicate
subject of autism, screens on Thursday November 24 at 8pm at the Quad Cinema
(34 W13 St). FFW-NYC jury members announced that "The Well" has been nominated
for five major awards, including, Best International Feature, Best
International Director for Carnevale, Best Actress in a Feature Film for Ana
Fontan, Best Supporting Actor for Ezequiel Rodriguez,
and Best Score by composer Pablo Borghi.

"The Well " tells the story of a Pilar (Ana Fontan), a 26
year old autistic woman who does not communicate 
with other people, she lives in her own world of fantasies, until
her family takes a decision that will change the course of their
lives. Her father wants to send
her to an Institution but her mother refuses, thus creating a
rift between the couple. The family begins to fragment: Alejo,
the youngest son, has conflicts at school and with his friends.
To make matters worse, Pilar suffers from increasingly
frequent attacks that make day-to-day life very challenging. Finally,
the family are forced to put her in an
Institution. She will find another way to live,
but something will happen that will change the course of
the family.

The well is co- produced by Carnevale and INCAA, San Luis Cinema and Aporía
Productions and co-written by Nicolas Manservigi.  The carefully chosen cast members include:  Eduardo
Blanco, Patricia Palmer, Ana Fontan, Ezequiel Rodriguez Tupac larriera, Adriana
Aizenberg, Dora Baret, Norma Pons, Maite Zumelzu, Natalia Denegri and Gustavo


the catalyst for the film Carnevale explained, "My younger brother was
diagnosed with autism at four years old. Family life became very difficult. For
that reason I wanted to use the medium of film to speak about the topic as well
as presenting a deeper understanding of the condition," explained Carnevale.


Manservigi added, "It is not a documentary, rather fiction based on a real life
situation. We want the film to be viewed by professionals in the public health
sector as well as families coping with autism, therefore we collaborated with
specialists, psychologists and psychiatrists. Without being controversial, the
film aims to highlight the debate about the best method of treatment for an
autistic family member


"We are so honored to show "The Well" in our prime
time evening slot," said Nicole Holland program director at FFW - NYC.
"Carnevale's sensitive subject matter, well-researched content, intelligent
writing and direction and the convincing acting are a credit to the cast. The
team richly deserve success and recognition, and we are very hopeful that it
will find a good audience and a distribution deal here in the States."

For more information on Rodolfo Carnevale and "The Well," please visit
For information and tickets for the upcoming Film Festival Week, please
visit The newly created extravaganza of the latest indie
films from around the globe will run from November 17-24 exclusively at the
Quad Cinema (34 W13th street), with an opening night party at hotspot Marquee
on November 17, 6-10pm.


For media inquiries or to RSVP for the screening of
The Well, please contact: Briege McGarrity - Independent Film Group 917 520


The Well / El Pozo - Official trailler - Music by Pablo Borghi from Pablo Borghi on Vimeo.


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The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival was founded in 1993. NYIIFVF has been recognized by the film and entertainment industry as one of the leading film events on the independent festival circuit. The festival hosts film, music and art events in the two entertainment capitals of the United States: New York and Los Angeles.

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