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Filmmaker uses comedy to break down stereotypes; WHS screening Thursday

June 14, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Aspiring filmmaker Victor Ramos isn’t ready to quit his day job yet, but he’s getting close.

The assistant executive director of the Woonsocket Prevention Coalition has already trimmed down the full-time position to part-time hours to promote his feature-length movie, a cross-cultural comedy called “La Guagua.”

He’s going to need every minute he can get. “La Guagua,” which means “The Bus” in Spanish, has drawn international attention since it premiered recently at the state’s Latin-American Film Festival. It’s played to sold-out audiences in Miami, New Jersey and Providence. It has screening dates scheduled in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, New York and Boston. And Ramos is firming up arrangements to bring the picture to Brazil.

“You hope for this kind of attention, but I wasn’t sure it would amount to more than a night of fun, on the cheap,” says Ramos. “It’s surreal to me. You don’t want to take if for granted.”

Full story appears on page A1 of Sunday's Call.

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