Your blue heart

UPDATE, February 2020: Currently regrouping to resume work on Your blue heart after a long hiatus ("Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans." - John Lennon). Please, stay tuned!

"I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me.” – Herman Hesse 

As you know, I am a New York City-based actor on stage, film, and television. While creating and developing a character is, and continues to be, artistically fulfilling, most of my work as an actor is in service of helping others tell their story. However, in the past year, I have felt compelled to do something that I had never done before: share my own story.

Enter Your blue heart, a short film epilogue that functions as an imagined conclusion to a father and son's tumultuous relationship. Loosely based on email messages exchanged between myself and my biological father, who died of cardiac arrest in 2016 and with whom I had lost touch over 30 years ago, Your blue heart uses a combination of faded memories and fragmented recollections to piece together a farewell story between two people that explores many themes, such as lost chances, the vulnerability shared between men, and how the past never truly leaves us. Ultimately, I hope to make a film that captures life as it is: both unremarkable and profound, and ceaselessly moving on.

The teaser was conceived and created by three collaborators: Katsumi Funahashi (cinematographer), Alex Ryaboy (music composer and sound design) and myself (writer and director). In addition, the undulating heartbeat (pitched up and slowed down) heard as part of the soundtrack was provided by my son, baby E.

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Your blue heart | written and directed by don castro

cinematography: katsumi funahashi
music composition and sound design: alex ryaboy featuring baby e
shot on location at greg zuccolo studios | brooklyn, ny
synopsis: After an abrupt and turbulent separation, a father and son reunite to salvage what's left of their relationship. As night falls, neither one could foresee what the next day will bring.