Desde El Principio directed by Miguel J. Soliman


1500 Sixth Street
Coachella, CA 92236
Sunday, October 14th
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM


Winner – SVA Short Film Fest 2017: Best of Fest

Winner – Westfield International Film Festival 2017: Best Actress In A Short Film (Velasco, A.)

Winner – HBO Presents The New York Latino Film Festival 2017: Best Short Film

Winner – YoFi Fest 2017: Best Student Work

Winner – Gotham Film Festival 2017: Audience Choice Award

Winner – AT&T Film Awards 2017: Best Spanish Language Film

Winner – Houston Latino Film Festival 2018: Best Student Film

Winner – The Americas Film Festival of New York 2018: Honorable Jury Mention Award for Excellence in Short – Fiction

Winner – Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival 2018: Best Performances – Andrea Velasco & Eric Robledo



In the darkness of a soundproof recording studio, a conversation sparks between two voice actors dealing with a shared tragedy.


Director’s Biography | Miguel J. Soliman

Miguel J. Soliman is a New York-based writer, director and producer from Jersey City. He holds a Masters in Directing from the School of Visual Arts and a BA in Film Directing from Fairleigh Dickinson University. To learn more, and find a list of Miguel’s films, please visit www.migueljsoliman.com

Director’s Statement

I made Desde El Principio as a love letter to the times in my life when I let my vulnerabilities be greater than my defenses. These characters converse by trade—utilizing language in their craft—yet they cannot sustain an honest conversation with each other in reality. The true language of the film is honesty–to communicate from within your most guarded place and at your most vulnerable hour. The film is a release, vocalizing painful truths in an attempt to refresh paths long taken. It was real life silences that helped me express my own faults and dislikes through the film, while also letting the audience fill in gaps of their own truths making the film a personal journey for everyone that sees it. We hope you enjoy it.


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