Alex Ramirez is an award-winning Mexican-American filmmaker based in San Antonio, Texas. He is a graduate of the University of Texas – Pan American with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre/TV/Film. A life long lover of cinema, he has worked professionally throughout Texas since 2010. He is the head of his own production company, Mala Bruja Pictures (formerly Ruly Crescent Filmworks). His films have screened domestically and across the globe. He currently teaches media and film at SAY Sí in San Antonio and serves as a Board Member on the San Antonio Film Society.
Most projects I write and direct come from my own experiences. This is not one of those cases. The harrowing nature of this tale was afforded to me through a magazine article. This story, which I happened upon in college, was about a couple’s struggles in dealing with an ALS diagnosis (in this case, the man was diagnosed). Ever since, I have been unable to unsee and “un-feel” that tale. ALS, or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, is essentially a death sentence, with patients succumbing to the disease in 3-5 years. This story granted me a canvas to work; a slice-of-life tale that explored universal themes I myself would learn I had little grasp on: mortality, the loss of identity, intimacy, and infidelity. This project, more than any other, became a cipher of my future. During post-production, my father died and I experienced a break-up more akin to a divorce. It is not inaccurate to say this picture is a thesis of sorts, a tale wracked with pain and grim foreshadowing but also, of transcendental beauty.