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LALIFF: ‘All Sorts’ A Kafkaesque Comedy By J. Rick Castañeda

Edgar Lopez

Latin Heat

May 31, 2022

Screens at LALIFF on Thursday, June 2 at 6:45 p.m.

Los Angeles, CA — All Sorts, the second feature film from Writer/Director J. Rick Castañeda will have its premiere as an Official Feature Selection at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) on June 2nd.

Castañeda is an award-winning writer/director of branded content and narrative films, and the founder of Vibrant Penguin. All Sorts is a Kafkaesque comedy about a lonely data entry clerk who stumbles into the world of championship folder filing. Castañeda’s Vibrant Penguin a multimedia production company based in L.A. is producing.

Set in the world of Data-Mart All Sorts follows Diego. Diego is desperate – for a job, and so he finds himself in the strange, strange land of Data-Mart where he is hired to work by Vasquez, the absurd boss who loves data but can’t type. There he meets June and they begin to fall for each other as they make their way into the secret world of underground filing.

“I had a hard time getting into the film industry and had to work a lot of office jobs. I found them really depressing, but that struggle was the inspiration for this movie. So in some ways, it feels like I was able to use that unfortunate experience to get this ‘yes’ in Hollywood.”

The All Sorts cast includes Eli Vargas as Diego (Chavez, You, Me and Dupree, Arrested Development); Greena Park is June (The Comedown, Family from Tang). Together, the two journey through a wildly unexpected office adventure.

All Sorts screens at LALIFF on Thursday, June 2 at 6:45 p.m. at TCL Chinese 6 Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood. “LALIFF is an incredibly selective festival, so being invited to screen there means a lot,” said Castañeda.

All Sorts is set in the world of Data-Mart, an office where paperclips come alive, employees get physically lost inside filing cabinets, and the boss accidentally fires himself. “The film is a very positive story about love, friendship, and finding magic in a dim, drab place,” said Castañeda. “The aim is to get people to look at their world in a different way.”

All Sorts was previously screened at the 2021 Raindance Film Festival and the 2021 Seattle International Film Festival, where it received many positive reviews. “This isn’t just a movie for lovers of off-beat office comedies,” said Producer Laura Reich. “From the reviews and comments we’ve received so far, the film is really connecting with larger audiences seeking a feel-good indie movie.” To purchase tickets Click here.

Castañeda’s first feature film, Cement Suitcase, was an Official Selection of LALIFF in 2013.

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