Award-Winning Latino Filmmaker Debuts Innovative Urban Film in the Heart of New York City

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Director Daniel Maldonado has come “home” to the city he loves, bringing his New York “love letter” film to Queens for its New York premier. H.O.M.E. will debut at the 2016 Queens World Film Festival.

The wait is over and it’s time to come “home” again, this time to the Museum Of Moving Image in New York City where the eagerly awaited original film H.O.M.E. is debuting. Director Daniel Maldonado’s film will be screened at the Sixth Annual Queens World Film Festival in Astoria, Queens.

It’s fitting that the film will be screened at the Museum of Moving Images, which is in the same borough where it was made. 50% of H.O.M.E. was filmed in Queens and features two simultaneous storylines about communication in the big city, loosely based on actual events in the boroughs of New York.

The first story of H.O.M.E. focuses on a young Latino man with Asperger’s Syndrome who hides in the subways, while the second story follows an Ecuadorian driver from Jackson Heights, who offers to give a stranded Chinese woman a ride in order to care for her sick child. Here's a link to the trailer

The ambitious and personal film comes from multiple award-winning director Daniel Maldonado, who previously earned mainstream recognition for his short films. The film is produced by Darren Dean (Independent Spirit Award nominee TANGERINE & Sundance winner KINYARWANDA) and features an award winning ensemble including Jesus Ochoa, Jeremy Ray Valdez and Angela Lin.

As the director explains, the film is about the human condition and in particular urban verbal communication. “What we see is that these characters are able to communicate in a universal language and it brings out the idea of universality and the ability we have to cross linguistic and cultural barriers. So while it’s about intimacy and human connection, the story is told through the lens of a disconnected city in constant motion.”

The title of the film is also significant as it is referred to as the “acronym of home,” which is an open interpretation and a symbolic place wherever one feels comfortable and safe.

The cast and crew of H.O.M.E. are honored to have their movie screened at the same event that will be honoring the great Melvin Van Peebles, an influence for Maldonado who has been studying the nuances of cinema for over twenty years.

Recently mentioned as one of the top U.S. Latino 'first feature' films to watch for in 2016, the full-length seventy-five minute movie will be screened at the festival at 6:00 p.m. on March 18, 2016. For more information, visit OR buy tickets directly at

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