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Elmonzon.com is the personal blog of Tomás Monzón as well as his launching pad for creative and documentary film alongside written news pieces and profiles. The website, accessible at www.ElMonzon.com, is updated frequently with new and interesting material. Got an idea for a local issue that merits investigation? Shoot Tomás an email at tomasatlarge@gmail.com

Missing My Lightbulb Moments

During my sophomore year of high school, I produced my first documentary film, appropriately titled The Sophomore Slump. Here’s the 7-minute trailer to the 45-minute “epic.”

Though it’s really not much by my present standards, watching it today leaves me surprised at the grasp I had at the time of video editing, shot composition, interviewing and storytelling techniques.

Re-watching it today also produces a grave revelation – the slump didn’t hit me back then. It’s hit me now, and it has been hitting for almost a year. Only a lightbulb moment can bring me back.

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Modern mediocrity is unappealing, part two

That uber-blurry picture up there? Snapped by a girl at the airport on her Polaroid Instax as we dealt with a four-hour delay back to Miami. 

As I was saying last time – there I am, in the line for The Simpsons ride, or the Return of The Mummy ride, or the Race Through New York with Jimmy Fallon ride – and every time, without fail, people around me, behind me, in front of me and, in the case of one of the lines, above and below me, whipped out their smartphones with practiced bravado from their pockets and started the classic life-saving maneuver of living vicariously through others.

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Modern mediocrity is unappealing, part one

My greatest take-away from my wonderful trip to Universal Studios this weekend with my family had little to do with awe-inspiring attractions.

Actually, the prevalence of video-based rides as opposed to de facto rollercoasters wasn’t much to my liking.

What I did notice, however, was how unappealing modern mediocrity is.

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TRAILER for “Dogs”

My friend Andrea suggested I mosey on down to my local dog park and talk to people about their dogs. An unassuming suggestion – but man, what a journey she sent me on. So far, anyway, it’s been nothing but smiles and confessions of true love talking to dog owners about their best friends.

Here’s a very quick wrapup of the conversations I’ve had so far. Not sure what direction this story will take just yet, but given my experience, it’ll certainly be an interesting one!

TRAILER for Inglorious Motorists

Driving around a dilapidated warehouse section of Miami a few days ago, I stumbled upon Alejandro Garduño riding his custom built motorized bicycle. As some of you might know, I tried my hand at daily-driving a motorized bicycle, but that was an electric build – a decently sleek one at that, if I do say so myself.

Garduño, however, has gone the way of gasoline in choosing his steed. I had to pull him over and talk to him about his whip, and maybe begin a conversation about and an investigation into the world of motorized bicycles in Miami.

Are they motorcycles? Are they bicycles? Are they safe? Are they legal? And perhaps most importantly – are they fun!

I hope to answer all these questions and more in my upcoming project, heretofore titled Inglorious Motorists.

Hope you enjoy the trailer!