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Written by Julio Vincent Gambuto and B.R. Uzun
Executive Produced by Borough Five

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Short Film, USC Cinematic Arts MFA Thesis

Written and directed by Julio Vincent Gambuto
Produced by Amanda Milius and Thembi Banks
Cinematography by Jon Speyers

Staten Island, 1993. Big Julie has been a bus driver for 25 years and wants his piece of the American Dream. When he sees an infomercial for a new franchise business — Lighting Luber — he quits his job and sets out to build the company of his dreams. But door-to-door is not his thing, and he and his family must band together to avoid an American Nightmare.

  • Winner, Gold Circle Award from the Caucus Foundation for Producers, Writers, Directors — Best Student Film, 2nd Place. Read about it in Variety

  • Winner, Best Comedy, Atlanta Shortfest

  • Nominee, Best Comedy at USC's annual showcase of the film school's best work

  • Winner, Best Actor, Joseph Callari, IndieFest

  • Winner, New Filmmaker Grant, Panavision

  • Official Selection, Vail Film Festival, Arizona International Film Festival, Palm Springs Film Festival Marketplace, the First Look Film Festival at USC, and Wavestock 2017.

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