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The Shooting Star Salesman

In a modern time, a 19th century ageless Salesman is granted the magical ability to align individuals with their own unique shooting star to wish upon. His rare gift becomes a curse when he outlives his family, turning him into a recluse and breaking the magic of the shooting star machine. As he ventures out to restore people's belief in shooting stars, he picks up a curious 8 year old tag along named Elijah, who starts to question if perhaps it's the Salesman himself who needs to have his faith restored. An unlikely partnership is formed as they embark on a journey to restore the faith of humanity. But as their friendship grows, the Salesman is torn between continuing his legacy or renouncing his magical gift for the chance to reunite with the family he lost a lifetime ago.

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David Brinkley once said, "A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him." The Shooting Star Salesman was born during a time of cross roads. I was 36 years old, married with two beautiful children and going on 3+ years of being unemployed. I had devoted the last twelve years of my life as a film, web and television Editor and Producer working towards my lifelong goal of becoming a film director. Yet, no matter how experienced I was I could not find steady employment that could help me provide for my family, none the less bring me closer to my dreams. I eventually became a broken man ready to give up on myself. I felt lost. 

Then one day I was approached with the idea for The Shooting Star Salesman. The story so perfectly depicted my feelings of frustration and disillusionment. I felt like I was the Salesman, having lost hope along the way. He was a universal figure most of us can relate to, especially now given our current economic times. I knew then what I needed to do- I would create my own opportunities, open my own doors, direct my own film, create my own path. It was a powerfully unique story that I was passionate about telling and nothing was going to get in the way. We formed the Film Imaginarium, raised $10,000 in 30 days through Kickstarter and two months later we were in full production.

The film has evolved into my personal journey of delivering a message of hope and inspiration to others who may be where I was, a broken soul ready to give up on themselves and their dreams.

I am proud to present to you, The Shooting Star Salesman.

-Kico Velarde
Director, The Shooting Star Salesman
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Previous screenings

13 Aug – 19 Aug | New York, United States
4 Oct – 5 Oct | Atlanta, United States
7 Mar – 17 Mar | San Diego, United States
24 Mar | United States
17 May – 19 May | Los Angeles, United States

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Information on this profile is provided by the film owners and/or compiled from available sources | Profile updated 25 Feb 2013