Los Angeles production company Vibrant Penguin announced today that its film “All Sorts” will make its Michigan premiere at the Maple Theater in Bloomfield Hills, MI on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 at 7:30 PM. Tickets are on sale now.
“We’re really excited to bring this film to Michigan, ” said Director J. Rick Castañeda. “We love independent cinema and movie theaters like The Maple Theater that show films that the big corporate chains don’t. It’s been hard for all theaters because of the pandemic and we are thankful for the opportunity to bring ‘All Sorts’ to a new audience.”
“All Sorts” premiered in 2021 at the Seattle International Film Festival, where it was one of the festival’s most-viewed films. Chase Hutchinson of The Stranger said it was “a sentimental and surrealist comedy unlike anything else I’ve seen at the festival.” In 2022, the film was named an Official Selection at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival, and made its Hollywood premiere at the iconic TCL Chinese Theater in early June.
In addition to a North American festival run, “All Sorts” premiered internationally at the 2021 Raindance Film Festival in London, where it was similarly well received. Steve Harcourt of NerdSpan said, “What ‘All Sorts’ has in abundance is an off-beat wit, and remarkable charm.”
“All Sorts” tells the story of Diego, played by Eli Vargas (“Chavez”; “You, Me and Dupree”; “Arrested Development”; and “Burning Bodhi”), a lonely data entry clerk desperate for a job, excitement, and even love. When he’s hired by a strange new company, where paperclips come to life and employees disappear into filing cabinets, he meets an incredibly fast folder filer named June, played by Korean actress Greena Park (“The Comedown” and “Family from
Tang”). Together, the two journey through a wildly unexpected office adventure that leads them to discover the biggest office secret of all: the back-office world of championship folder filing.
“When I moved to Los Angeles to break into the film industry, I worked a lot of mundane office jobs,” Castañeda said, describing his inspiration behind the story he wrote 19 years ago. “I found lots of time to imagine magical escape routes out of the gray cubicles where I was trapped everyday. I really wanted to add a little magic to this otherwise dreary landscape.” From Castañeda’s imagination came a surreal office story about the peculiar world of Data-Mart and the eclectic people who work there.
The filmmakers are thrilled to be able to continue showing the film in theaters after being delayed due to the pandemic. “Virtual screenings are great, but nothing beats sitting in a dark room and hearing the laughter of an entire theater full of people,” Castañeda said. “That feeling is why I went to LA to study filmmaking in the first place.”
“All Sorts” is the second feature Castañeda filmed in his home state of Washington. In 2011, he employed a local cast and crew to film Cement Suitcase, an award-winning comedy about a wine salesman in Washington wine country. It was such a success, he enlisted many of the same cast and crew for “All Sorts”, and shot the movie in 18 days before returning to Los Angeles for post-production.
“‘All Sorts’ is truly a community-made film,” Castañeda said. “The producer and art director stayed at my parents’ house. Other family friends invited crew members into their homes. Our cinematographer David Carstens asked if he could just bunk in one of the offices where we filmed instead of his own place, and then set up a lot of shots before anyone showed up each morning. And that’s just one example of many. Everyone really pulled together and made a lot of sacrifices to make this film the best it could be.”
Following a series of successful screenings in Washington state, Vibrant Penguin plans to expand the film’s theatrical run nationwide ahead of their video on demand and Blu Ray
releases later this year. Castañeda’s hope is to put a smile on viewer’s faces during these uncertain times.
“We want to make magic; that’s why we make movies, and that’s especially why we made this movie,” he said. “This is a very positive movie about love, about friendship, about finding magic in a dim, drab place. We think it will bring smiles to a lot of faces, and really get people to think about their world in a different way.”
About Vibrant Penguin & J. Rick Castañeda
Vibrant Penguin is a multimedia production company based in Los Angeles creating original content. J. Rick Castañeda is an award-winning writer/director of branded content and narrative films, and founder of the production company Vibrant Penguin. He wrote and directed the feature film Cement Suitcase, a comedy-drama set in Central Washington. The film screened at more than ten film festivals, won multiple awards, and currently has a 100% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Originally from Granger, WA, Rick graduated from USC with a major in Creative Writing and a minor in film. He has directed series for LEGO, Twitch, and VENN, and has also directed videos for Disney, MSN, Imagine Dragons, League of Legends, and G2 Esports. All Sorts is his second feature film.