Talcual Films

Ottomaticake

Discover the Secret Recipe for Joy

Synopsis

Join the Otto Cake roller coaster ride and travel through the colorful world of Hawai’i. Cheesecake baking wizard Otto, a sweet-souled punk rock, roller skating and drug-fighting impresario, shares his extraordinary secret recipe for joy.

Director’s Statement

Ottomaticake came about much like Otto’s cheesecake—an unexpected surprise beginning, followed by many challenges, and a joyous end. As a long time friend of Otto, I filmed his performance of Hedwig and the Angry Inch not even thinking of making a film. When he faced difficulties with the bakery in Honolulu’s Chinatown, I realized that his story could help others. I took this film as an experiment to face my own creative fears. Unlike my previous documentary film Ella Es El Matador (She is the Matador), I shot this film myself over a period of four years and worked with my generous editor Kyung Lee for the past two years. We completed the film production for under ten thousand dollars mirroring Otto’s do-it- yourself spirit. I took a leap of faith relying on the big-heartedness of others, and an exceptionally talented film team. Through Otto, I am reminded that no matter who you are, if you are truly authentic and true to your gift, you can carve a place for yourself in the world. I am grateful to Otto for teaching me how to be a more resourceful, less worried, and more joyful filmmaker. Otto has much to teach us about living locally, authentically, creatively, and choosing to surround ourselves with the ingredients we love in our lives. No matter what, he has an eternally youthful spirit. I hope to have captured Otto’s true essence and that in watching the film you take a piece of his inspiring world with you. I am honored to share Otto’s story with all of you at the 2017 Hawaii International Film Festival. For Otto, its about cheesecake, punk-rock, and rollercoasters. For me, its about teamwork, storytelling, and faith. What secret ingredients bring you joy? Aloha.

Gemma Cubero del Barrio, Talcual Films
Writer, Director, Producer, Camera

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Credits

MAIN FILM CREDITS
Talcual Films Presents

Ottomaticake – Discover the secret recipe for joy
A feature length documentary film by Gemma Cubero del Barrio

FEATURING
Otto

LIST OF INTERVIEWEES (In Order of Appearance)
Otto
Cassidy Byrd
Linda McDonough, Otto’s Mom
Jim Mcdonough, Otto’s Dad
Leinati Matautia
Joanne Kapololu
William K Malina
Doug Upp
David Heulitt, The Sticklers
Josh Hancok, The 86 List
Derek Hoeft, The 86 List
Linda T. Dang, Yes Barber Shop
Nicole Franco, Mish Mash Shop
JR Williams
Amelia Borofsky
James Miller, H. Hawaii Media
George Hochman, H. Hawaii Media
Alex Nagata, The Sticklers
Kaitlin Nakano
James Buchmiller, Chip
Nick Jones
Susan Engebretson

WRITER DIRECTOR, PRODUCER AND CAMERA
Gemma Cubero del Barrio

EDITOR & MOTION GRAPHICS
Kyung Lee

SOUND EDIT & MIX
Philip Perkins

COLOR & ONLINE EDITOR
Heather Weaver

GRAPHICS & POSTER
Relja Penezic

MUSIC
The Sticklers & The 86 List

CONSULTING WRITER
Amelia Borofsky

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
Noemi Zulberti

FILM & LIFE ADVISOR
Lourdes Portillo

LEGAL ADVISORS
Daniel Baum, Baum Legal
Josh Ludmir

ACCOUNTING
Vladimir Mikic, Mikic Tax Services

INSURANCE
The Hartford Insurance

WEB DESIGN
Marc Phu

FUNDERS
Talcual Films
Otto Cake
Suzanne La Fetra Collier