Baltazar in New York
It wouldn’t have felt right to attend the premiere of The Last Ice Merchant alone while so many great people helped to make the film possible. So, I invited Baltazar, his daughter Carmen and producer Rodrigo Donoso to join me in New York for the Tribeca Film Festival in 2012. It is all too simple to watch a movie and forget that the people in it are real, but Baltazar, standing in front of the film festival audience, could bring Ecuador to the theater. And for Baltazar, who had never been outside of Ecuador before, it would be a chance for a cultural exchange in the opposite direction, as well as a symbol of my appreciation for all that he has done for me, the movie and his community. And so, just four days before our first screening at the festival, Baltazar, Carmen and Rodrigo landed at JFK airport in New York City. The following slide show documents their trip.