A Place in The Subject is a “must-see” choice on the 2022 Santa Barbara Movie Competition!


Posted by Larry Gleeson

A Place within the Subject made its World Premiere yesterday night on the 2022 Santa Barbara Worldwide Movie Competition, introduced by UGG, and is the function directorial debut of feminine Latina, Nicole Mejia, an American Movie Institute Fellow and recipient of an Audi Award Scholarship.

Mejia tackles a tough topic with tenderness and beauty. Put up-traumatic stress dysfunction and veteran suicide have an extended historical past with our nation’s battle efforts. Movies such because the Marlon Brando led The Males to are inclined to painting these points in chilly and harsh depictions. Mejia gently presents one other means of coping experientially with out debilitating prescription drugs and/or intensive cognitive psychotherapy – each of which arguably can exacerbate the underlying situation with undesirable and oftentimes debilitating unwanted side effects.

Don DiPetta portrays Gio the movie’s central character, an Afghanistan fight veteran, and true to the character shows an intense focus – one which his employer likes to place to good use! However, flashbacks of battlefield conditions are surfacing calling out for decision.

Gio’s attentive girlfriend, Jessica, portrayed convincingly by Mishel Prada, notices Gio’s situation and suggests a transfer to the town. Gio isn’t prepared – till he receives his battle buddy’s ashes and a farewell suicide observe bidding Gio go to the locations they’d all the time talked about throughout their war-time mission.

So Gio along with his robust sense of dedication to obligation and to loyalty units out to meet his battle buddy’s dying want. Alongside the best way, Gio meets colourful characters whereas discovering holistic and experiential coping mechanisms permitting him to reconcile the unresolved conflicts from his battlefield expertise.

Gio completes his “stateside mission” in spreading his battle buddy’s ashes. Via the expertise, the actions taken, the phrases spoken, and the colourful characters engaged,  Gio comes out the opposite facet able to face the brand new challenges forward along with his civilian life. Apparently, Director Mejia additionally embodied the function of Pavla, a charming shaman/goddess, who gently steers Gio towards the difficult path of therapeutic with none reservations after a mechanical failure along with his automobile.


Nikki Mejia


I’ve not seen a nasty movie on the 2022 Santa Barbara Worldwide Movie Competition – and I’ve seen a number of to date. I’ll say proper now – A Place in The Subject is beautiful! It’s superbly shot by Kadri Koop –  stuffed with symbolism and metaphors, spoken and unstated. Khori Ellis is credited as the author with Don DiPetta, Xochitl Portillo, and Bluesmon Del Vecchio receiving writing credit additionally. The casting is spot-on as DiPetta seems and personifies, Gio,  with grace and ease. The supporting solid all look the half. Kuddos to Costumer Kaja Sondergaard.

As well as, the soundtrack provides refined ambiance and augments and amplifies tone in numerous scenes with a Southwestern musical sensibility. Matt Glanvill and Miguel Angel Rodriguez are credited with sound.  A Place in The Subject is produced by Heliya Alam, Niyah Edwards, Michael Fishman, Nikki Mejia, together with a slew of govt producers together with Don DiPetta.

A Place in The Subject is a “must-see” choice for the 2022 Santa Barbara Movie Competition! The movie is scheduled for a second screening at 2:40 P.M. on Monday, March seventh, 2022, on the Metro 4 in Auditorium 3. Get there! You’ll be glad you probably did!

Till subsequent time, I’ll see you on the films!



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