Vintage Club Stories: Short Film
Storm Within the Veins (Based on 'We Have A Problem')

Storm Within the Veins: Poster


Cynthia is out of town visiting her boyfriend, complications arise when left at the apartment alone, she's confronted by the racist landlord.

Production Staff

Writer/Producer:Cynthia Bergen
Director/Screenplay:Emanuel Bermudez
Screenplay: Tommie J. Valle & Emanuel Bermudez
Music By: Jacob Castro & Chris Guedea
Director of Photography: Eddie Felan


Tiffany McCall - Cynthia
James Mora - Landlord
Ryan Gernsbacher - Landlord's Son
Tommie Valle - Alfred's Mom
Jerry De La Santos - Alfred


Cynthia (Tiffany McCall) goes to Houston to visit her boyfriend Alfred (Jerry Dela Santos). Thoughout her stay, rumblings of her race being an issue take shape until the Landlord (James Mora) confronts her and demands that she leave despite being stranded.

Storm Within the Veins Poem By: Daniela Riojas

What more is hate than a storm within the veins?
A silent, unseen tempest rolling in and on itself
thrashing black waters with churning heat in its depths
odious torrents that crash and consume

Unseen yet inextricable, the swallowing beast of hate thrives
uniquely and terribly the veins are prepped for violence
that slow deconstruction of dams and levies
morals dissolve

What concrete could dam a path of water driven by hate?
What construction of man could topple the roaring will for blood?
Bodiless enemy, that evades and deceives, that hides behind
the walls of skin and flesh, where there it tumbles and ravages the mind



"Young aspiring filmmakers make their debut" BY ANN GARCIA - NOVEMBER 8, 2011

Sometimes life doesn't go according to plan, just ask Cynthia Bergen.
With the help of local filmmakers, Bergen is turning her real life experiences into several short films. The first one, "Storm within the Veins," directed by Emanuel Bermundez, is set to premier 8 p.m. Friday at Blue Star Brewing Company, in the Blue Star Arts Complex, 1414 S. Alamo St.
Bergen, who said she always had a passion for writing since she was young, grew up on the Eastside of San Antonio and graduated from St. Gerard High School.
"Throughout my life I have encountered incredible situations that were very hurtful and humiliating," she said. "I kept an internal diary and vowed not to mention those occurrences to anyone. As time went on, many unusual events continued to unfold. I told myself I need to start writing the episode's down or no one would believe them."
After graduating from high school and working in San Antonio for several years, the mother of two moved to Austin where she met a person that inspired her short story "We Have a Problem."
That story became "Storm within the Veins," which will be published in the near future in Bergen's collection of short stories.
"The interesting thing is, when it happened to me I was in shock and it was embarrassing," Bergen said. "I kept it inside. Until about two years ago, I wrote about it and it released everything from me. It was like cleansing my soul, something I needed to get out. It is entertainment, but it sends out a message that there are no winners out there and if anyone else is going through this, hopefully they can get over it as I did."
Bergen and Bermundez, who both hold full time jobs at an eye care center, said they want the 20-minute film to serve as a learning experience for their audience.
"It is intense and will have you on your toes at the end. I want to take you on a ride with me. All my stories are based on true events. And I'm not going away; my best work is yet to come" Bergen said.
Bermundez, who directed the movie, was also raised in San Antonio and has been making films since the age of 10. After attending Judson High School, he earned a diploma from the Hollywood Film Institute.
"It is well told with the elements of poetry as well as the camera work," Bermudez said of "Storm within the Veins." "I hope people will enjoy it. I'm really happy with it. I hope that they connect with it and it opens their eyes that racism doesn't go away, it is still out there."
James Mora plays one of the principal roles in "Storm within the Veins." Mora said it was a pleasure to team up with Bergen and Bermundez for his acting debut.
"They both were great to work with," Mora said. "It was a lot of fun and I am happy with it and looking forward to the screening."
Actress Tiffany McCall also played one of the principal characters in the movie. McCall said she has experience with the Woodlawn Theatre.
"I enjoyed filming, Bermundez was amazing to work with," McCall said. "He had a good vision and plan. The story was sad, but it needed to be told, you never get to experience out right racism."
Bermudez said that San Antonio has a growing community of filmmakers and artists that are just beginning to get noticed.
"We want people to know that San Antonio has something special going on and it is growing," Bermudez said. "It is becoming something of a scene. This is just the beginning for everyone."
Bergen added that the premier will seem like a family affair, since some of the audience members participated in the clips. Opening entertainment will be by fire troupe Nocturnal Soul, where Bergen also moonlights as a fire artist.
"The audience is friends and coworkers that are part of the projects," she said. "We will take the film to festivals, looking at SXSW, San Antonio Film Festival and Cinefestival. It is will also go to San Francisco and New York."
The cast and crew of "Storm within the Veins" includes: Emanuel Bermudez, director and screenwriter; Jerry De La Santos, actor; Ryan Gernsbacher, actor; Tiffany McCall, actress; James Mora, actor; Eddie Selan, actor; and Tommie J. Valle, screenwriter.
"Storm within the Veins" will premier at 8 p.m. Friday at Blue Star Brewing Company, in the Blue Star Arts Complex, 1414 S. Alamo St. Admission is free.
Original Article can be found at Young aspiring filmmakers make their debut

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