A film and Spanish literature double major, Miguel Alvarez-Flatow ’14 is turning his senior honors thesis into a feature film.
April 23, 2020
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For many people, their senior thesis gets packed away after graduation, never to be looked at again. For others, it becomes a launching pad for their life’s work. Miguel Alvarez-Flatow ’14 is in the process of turning the screenplay he wrote for his senior honors project into a feature-length film.
A native of Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico, Alvarez-Flatow describes his film, called The Bonfire, as a “contained thriller,” about a group of Americans who go to Latin America for a shamanistic experience. He was able to secure $40,000 from Mexico for his film - a significant part of the relatively low $300,000 total funding he needs (the rest of the money has come from private financers). “It’s very low budget for a film, but you have to make your first film.”
Despite taking place in the Mexican jungle, Alvarez-Flatow says there’s plenty of behind-the-scenes Kenyon influence in the movie. “The film department helped so much,” he said about writing the screenplay. “Individual studies with faculty members kind of helped solidify the idea I had in my mind.”