CORAL SPRINGS, FL – When his first short film debuts this weekend, an aspiring movie producer from Coral Springs hopes to start a career focused on telling the stories of people overlooked and undervalued in our society.
Julian Glasthal, 21, is a 2017 graduate of City of Coral Springs Charter School who is interested in making a difference in the world of film by introducing characters from walks of life not commonly portrayed in the industry.
“I like getting different perspectives,” said Glasthal, who grew up in Coral Springs and attends Nova Southeastern University where he’s a senior. “Everyone has a different story to share and I like hearing them.”
This Saturday, he will upload his self-produced, 10-minute film, “Mantequilla” (which means butter in Spanish), to YouTube to begin what he plans to be a series of short and long films emphasizing his brand of storytelling.
The movie is a story, Glasthal said, about two construction workers who go looking for a key late in the day at one of their building sites and found a third worker living there.
Born in New York City, Glasthal discovered his love for telling stories, in part, from his own family.
His grandfather survived Auschwitz concentration camp as a child and eventually made his way to New York City where he started a business.
Glasthal never got to meet his grandfather who had died, but the stories about him inspired Glasthal to want to learn about people and issues he didn’t know much about.
At Coral Springs Charter, Glasthal made a mark for his interest in stories, earning an award for Journalist of The Year.
“I remember Julian very well,” Coral Springs Charter Principal Gary Springer said. “He is an incredibly thoughtful individual who has always demonstrated a passion for journalism and film. He positively impacted CSC and I’m excited to see him live out his dream.”
Next year, Glasthal hopes to attend a graduate film program to learn the craft of making movies.
In the meantime, he’ll be working on his next film.
“I got a lot of my inspiration in Coral Springs,” he said. “I’m going to give filmmaking everything I got.”
See the trailer for “Mantequilla” here.
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