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Monday, July 27, 2015

Jose Sarria Documentary | Behind the Scenes

Jose Sarria Documentary | Behind the Scenes 
by Mario J Novoa

In late June 2015, Director Dante Alencastre, my partner William Smith and went to San Francisco to shoot interviews for the Jose Sarria documentary feature, "Nelly Queen". We were a small crew compared to most productions, but we were ready to get rolling on the documentary that has been in pre-production for 2 years. 
As producer and editor on the film, I had to come up with a production plan with Executive Producer/Writer Joe Castel on finding a way to maximize our budget and move forward with production. Here are some photo stills of our shooting day with Bob Dockendorf in San Francisco.  




Monday, July 6, 2015

Production Commences on Nelly Queen Documentary

Production Commences on Nelly Queen Documentary 

by Mario J. Novoa
July 6, 2015

"Nelly Queen: The Life and Times of Jose Sarria", (right to left) Bob Dockendorf and Director Dante Alencastre. 

Last week filmmakers Dante Alencastre and Mario J. Novoa headed to San Francisco to shoot a series of interviews for the upcoming documentary feature, "Nelly Queen: The Life and Times of Jose Sarria". At times emotional, memories of Jose Sarria seemed to unfold with every interview as told by the people that knew Jose personally and professionally. Every person interviewed gave us a glimpse into the past and shared insight into the man that spun the San Francisco LGBT community on its head through the 1950s and 60s. The team of filmmakers will be weaving these first account interviews into the film as they work through the editing process in post-production. More photos will be posted up of the various interviews as we update our followers on the filmmaking process of "Nelly Queen: The Life and Times of Jose Sarria".