‘Loser Leaves Town,’ Short Film Shot on LBI, Premieres at Aspen Shortsfest

Apr 11, 2018
Source: Supplied Actor Elliot Villar is known for his roles in TV shows ‘Mr. Robot’ and ‘The Affair.’

“Loser Leaves Town,” a short film directed by acclaimed director Mark Nickelsburg, had its world premiere at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colo., on Sunday as part of the prestigious 27th annual Aspen Shortsfest film festival. The film was shot on Long Beach Island, in Ship Bottom and Beach Haven, and in several locations in Manahawkin; produced by Lighthouse International Film Festival Executive Director Eric Johnson; and co-produced by LIFF Managing Director Christine Rooney.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to premiere at the Aspen Shortsfest,” Johnson said. “It’s one of the top film festivals in the United States, and to premiere alongside an international lineup of world class films, including the Sundance Film Festival and SXSW Film Festival short film winners, is tremendously exciting.”

“Loser” tells the story of Jose (Elliot Villar), an 11-year-old luchador wrestler who uses his vivid imagination to make it through the toughest weekend of his life. Villar is known for his roles on television shows “Mr. Robot” and “The Affair.” The film uses real luchadors from the Bronx Wrestling Federation in various scenes.

“Shooting the film in Ocean County, with many volunteers and supporters of LIFF pitching in, was such a rewarding experience,” Johnson added. “We couldn’t have pulled it off without the vast local support for independent film that LIFF has built up over the years. The area offers so many beautiful, versatile locations for film, places that will look fantastic up on the big screen.”

It was one of 77 films from 30 countries chosen for the Aspen lineup and only one of a handful of U.S. narrative short films in the festival.  —V.F.

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