This summer Thomas Demos and Marvin Aguado took their love of horror films to Central America. The duo with deep MDC ties — Demos, a film production professor at North Campus, and Aguado, an alumnus of the College’s film program — headed to Nicaragua to shoot a full-length movie using an all-Nicaraguan cast in León. “It is a completely exotic location with awesome production value that is just a two-hour flight away from Miami,” Demos said. “We hope to make a mark in Nicaragua and inspire other Central American filmmakers to tell audio-visual stories about their amazing cultures.” Their film, Poneloya, is the story of a young doctor who falls for a beautiful girl from the Nicaraguan town of the same name. The couple tries to escape an evil supernatural force after learning that a local legend forbids their love. The pair say they took inspiration from Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo and the teen slasher film I Know What You Did Last Summer to create Poneloya, which Aguado describes as more of an “artsy” approach to horror filmmaking. The filmmaking duo first met at North Campus when Aguado was Demos’ student. They worked together on several short films, including the science fiction mystery-thriller Star Child, which was featured at the 2016 Miami Film Festival. They soon discovered they worked well together and eventually began work on Poneloya. Aguado, who is originally from Nicaragua, earned a Bachelor of Applied Science in Film, TV and Digital Production from MDC in 2016. – CS
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