Rubens Place – Gay Film – About a young man reconnecting with his boyhood friend.

RUBEN’S PLACE – ( Use Ear Phones for better sound quality and turn on close captioning option.) A slice of life story about a young man named Ruben, who reconnects with his boyhood friend Jimmy.

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In the film, Ruben is played by Dawson Montoya and Jimmy is played by Jason Lieu. The two main characters. Ruben’s father is played by David Klein. Ruben also has an an Uncle named Vic who is played by Ray Renati. Uncle Vic has a girlfriend named Mercedes, who is played by Solana Crawford. All local Bay Area Actors, whom I had the pleasure to work with last summer.

I filmed the entire project on my Canon 7D camera over the course of two months. I also used two lenses, the Canon 50 mm lens and the Nikon 50 mm lens. Most of all shots where done with the 50 mm Nikon lens with an adapter for the Canon 7D.

I edited the film using Final Cut Pro (software). Its been a long 10 months of editing, and glad that part of it is over, though it was well spent. Very happy with the outcome, and I really had no budget for this movie, except for my very limited resources. I thought it turned out well over all, base on my shoe string budget. 🙂 It’s the little film that could.

I took courses at San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking and ever since I completed the classes, I have been on a journey to get out there and just start filming and having some fun.

Many movies inspired me over the years, and of course my beloved mother, Elsie, whom I have dedicated this film too. She passed away before I could finish the film. So I named the character of Ruben’s mother after my mom in this film.

This is my first project that is about 60 minutes! I’m very excited that the film is ready for everyone to view. I wish the sound came out better, and wish we had more time and money to perfect the movie, but overall I very happy with it.

Hope you enjoy it, as much I did making the film! Keep an open mind and heart, thanks for watching!

26 COMMENTS

  1. Man that's a beautiful movie, shows the best side of human nature & what Real love is like no matter who with; brought tears to my eyes. Thankyou so much for uploading this great movie & thankyou to all who had a part in acting in it & for producing it.

  2. a beautiful story performed by duff actors except for the 2 protagonists who saved the movie. And what a gem! As it developed the poor acing was lost to the magic created between Ruben and Jimmy that permeated to lift up the spirits of the ruined town. I will remember this as a one-off original that made me feel soooooo good. Mercedes had some good moments.

  3. Great story line, albeit poor execution on so many levels… but the charm of the actors playing Ruben and Jimmy made the whole experience worth the watch. This has so much potential with the right budget, director, production. I would probably recast most of the actors. Jimmy's friend's story arch was unnecessary, Ruben's father needs a stronger actor but all in all I enjoyed it though I did fast forward a lot. Still, I liked how unassuming, the two main characters were and how flawless their execution was.

  4. AT FIRST I THOUGHT THAT THIS MOVIE WAS GOING TO PAINT FOR A TRAGIC AND TERRIBLE ENDING, ONE THING THAT REALLY WAS DIFFERENT FROM THE CLASSIC GAY MOVIES, TWO GUYS THAT LOOKS NOT PRETTIES BOYS AS WE USED TO SEE IN MOST OF THE GAY MOVIES, THAT WAS SOMETHING GREAT JUST REAL GUYS LOVING EACH OTHER GOOD LOOKING OR NOT? IT DOESNT MATTER JUST REAL GUYS FROM REAL LIFE, I LOVE IT. THANK YOU SAMUEL.

  5. Wonderful film who would've thought a actual happy ending. I wish there were more happy endings. Unfortunately that we are still hated by so many. God please blesses us all. Terry

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