Dr. Alvaro Cruz, a neuroscientist, disillusioned by the death of his mother and his inability to help her, finds redemption and reward by helping Una Vida, a jazz singer he discovers performing on the streets of New Orleans. Her health declining and her singing partner and her adopted daughter unable to help, Cruz seeks out her long lost son in an effort to bring resolution to the grief, loss and longing that has overshadowed her hard but beautiful life.
Length: 98 mins
Richie Adams is a writer, director, and producer who cut his teeth in film as a title designer, and over the past 10-plus years has worked with many of the great players in film and television, including Alejandro González Iñárritu, David Frankel, Francis Lawrence, and Richard Donner.
Graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Richie Adams free-lanced in advertising before attending Otis School of Art and Design in Los Angeles, where he was handpicked by Richard Alan Greenberg of main title fame (Alien, Superman, Matrix) to be Art Director for his new company, RAGinc, and, later, Creative Director of Greenberg’s next company, Ignite Creative, where Richie designed and produced main title sequences and motion picture advertising for films such as S.W.A.T., The Last Samurai, and Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
After several years in Los Angeles, Richie returned to hometown, Baton Rouge, LA, to form River Road Creative, a boutique live-action studio where he continues to offer design and related services for film and television (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Fruitvale Station, Water For Elephants, Babel), as well as directing/producing commercials, which have garnered awards and accolades at most of the major award competitions, including an EMMY® nomination.
Una Vida, shot in 2014, is his second feature film and is currently playing the festival circuit, debuting at the 2014 Vail Film Festival where it won the festival’s Audience Award, followed by the Newport Beach Film Festival, where it won the Jury Award for Best Actress (Aunjanue Ellis) and the Audience Award in the “Music and Film” section, the Visionary Award for Best Louisiana Film at the Louisiana International Film Festival, and most recently, the Jury Award for Best Actress (Aunjanue Ellis) and Audience Award at the American Black Film Festival in New York, NY.
His first feature, Inventing Adam, played to sold-out audiences, including the Vail Film Festival.