Alejandro Santoni and Chris Shimojima Talk People and Places of NY in Alberto and the Concrete Jungle [Exclusive Interview]

Alejandro Santoni
Alejandro Santoni stars in the Chris Shimojima-directed film Alberto and the Concrete Jungle

New York City is quite an adventure.

In Alberto and the Concrete Jungle, a photojournalist tries to leave the city but ends up going on a crazy expedition that takes him into multiple neighborhoods of New York.

The film stars Alejandro Santoni, Julie Voshell, Rami Margron, Eileen Weisinger, and Alexander Wraith. Chris Shimojima wrote and directed the movie.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Alberto Buenaventura is that increasingly common breed – a digital nomad living on the road, unattached. But not much else in common about him. He’s not only a successful photojournalist; he befriends strangers and gets involved in unusual whimsical adventures, often fancying himself a hero. Then just as quickly, he’s off to the next place, following the spontaneous current of life. Leaving NYC, however, proves to be a different type of beast. Al’s attempts to find a way out lead him all over the five boroughs, forcing him to deal with various groups of colorful characters that complicate the process and, in some cases, make him re-examine his lifestyle. Will he escape the lure of the city?

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with actor Alejandro Santoni and director Chris Shimojima about the guerilla-style filmmaking that takes the character into several boroughs of New York City.

Alejandro Santoni is an actor from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. He received his MFA from The Actor’s Studio, along with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. Instead of engineering, he pursued acting which started with being Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s stand-in for Warner Brother’s The Losers. His other credits included Carmen, CBS’s FBI, We Speak NYC, Turned Out, and Cigarette Soup.

Chris Shimojima is a New York-based director. His recognitions included the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) for his self-produced commercial and four-time Vimeo staff picks videos. He earned a BFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s renowned Tisch School of Arts.

Alberto and the Concrete Jungle is currently playing on VOD.

Watch the exclusive interview below with Alejandro Santoni and Chris Shimojima below. Let us know what you think.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Alberto and the Concrete Jungle

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