‘Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss’ Inspires a Twitter Poet!

Juan Carlos Hernandez (who also directed and edited the movie) is Guillermo Ronderos

Hi again, Dear Reader.

As you know, actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez, his wife Adria, their son Anthony, and Yours Truly collaborated on a short film – “about today,” Juan likes to say – titled Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss.  The Hernandez family did most of the heavy lifting (acting, revising, editing, mixing the sound, producing, and directing), so by no means is Ronnie just my movie. It’s a team effort, as are all of our collaborations.

Ronnie is a project that is close to our hearts. I call the movie “my baby” – even though the finished product is the fruit of everyone’s work – because I conceived the characters and situations and wrote the first draft of the screenplay solo. So I find it rewarding when I see that the movie, for all its brevity, touches viewers (hopefully in a positive way).

We haven’t gotten many reviews; so far, only a few viewers have written their opinions about it. But I do know that it has elicited its fair share of laughs and overall positive reactions. (On YouTube, we have gotten two dislikes, but considering the story and setting, I consider that a positive development.)

Imagine my surprise when one of my writer friends from Twitter, @TheLadyMagic, asked if she could link Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss to a poem she wrote. I, of course, said, “Sure.”

Here’s @TheLadyMagic’s poem in its entirety:

The main title screen for Ronnie.

LadyMagic @TheLadyMagic

Sep 18

Family gatherings

can quickly change-

happy to angry

 Glib and sarcastic


 leading to fights

Adria K. Woomer-Hernandez plays Ronnie. (She also did the audio mix and produced the movie!)

Good intentions fly

out the window:

falling disagreements- splat



 alight from this


with humor

leading to bliss

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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