DIRECTOR STATEMENT


I found out about the current state of Jai Alai through my friend (and Editor of this piece) Alvaro del Val. We thought it was incredible that there is a sport in Florida that is almost completely forgotten but has professional athletes that are paid quite good money. All this came to be because there is a law in Florida that allows casinos to stay open only if they have Jai Alai, horse races or dog races attached to their venue.

So I drove down to Miami and met Tevin, an incredible human being and world class Jai Alai player.  He is the protagonist of this film, giving the viewer a look into this conflicted life of being a high-level athlete nobody cares about. As a filmmaker I often times ask myself why I make the films I make and if I’d still do them if nobody watched them. It’s easy to say yes, but would I really?

'Forgotten’ is a 18 minutes long portrait of modern day America and an ode to doing what you love.

-Daniel Soares