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Scarpelli crafts a heartfelt, raw father-son documentary

A fascinating documentary that premiered at the 2020 Visions de Réel festival has recently become available on the streaming platform PROJECTR, which can be accessed for free through your public library or university. “El Father Plays Himself” is a film about the making of a film. Director Mo Scarpelli followed Jorge Thielen Armand through the country’s Amazon jungle as the Venezuelan director shot his film, “La fortaleza.” Inspired by the real-life story of Armand’s eccentric father, Jorge Roque Thielen, the young filmmaker cast his own dad in the lead role. Scarpelli chronicles the tumultuous film set and emotional journey of …

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