How Danish Writer-Director Torben Bech Sees U.S. Healthcare

Writer-director Torben Bech hails from Denmark, the place socialized drugs permits the Scandinavian nation’s residents to obtain largely free healthcare. Growing up, Bech by no means needed to fear about getting sick. So when he moved to Santa Cruz, California, he was stunned to study the cruel actuality of the American healthcare system.

“It was the first time I actually thought about it, that I shouldn’t get sick,” Bech advised MovieMaker. “I surfed a lot, and I was like, oh, just don’t get hurt, because it’s going to be too expensive.”

Swamp Lion offers with that very circumstance. The neo-Western household drama follows a household of modest means who’re gobsmacked once they understand that their younger son has most cancers — and that the medication he wants isn’t coated by their insurance coverage. Realizing they should provide you with $50,000 quick, the boy’s father, performed by the late Michael Ray Escamilla, turns to drug smuggling with the intention to save his son.

Bech is aware of from personal experience what it’s wish to worry for the life of a kid.

“The idea came because my youngest son, when he was he was really young, he got sick. He had seizures, and for a period, we didn’t know what was happening to him, and it really gave me a good scare, to say the least,” Bech stated. “It sets your priorities straight immediately.”

Having since moved back to Denmark, Torben Bech has by no means needed to experience what Escamilla’s character goes by in Swamp Lion. But his time living in Santa Cruz gave him an concept of what it may need been like if he and his household had been making an attempt to look after a sick little one within the U.S.

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“I just got to think about what it would have been like if I had been in America, and if I’d been in a situation where I didn’t have money or the health care that I needed,” he stated.

With a $70k finances and Mac Ruth, the Oscar-winning soundman from Dune, Bech and producer Magnus Kristiansen determined to movie Swamp Lion in Texas, the place Escamilla assured them they may make the movie underneath a decent finances. That’s how a handful of Scandanavians, together with Bech, his cousin and govt producer Aksel Bech, and Kristiansen, ended up capturing a neo-Western within the dusty Texas cities of Pharr and McAllen.

Though Escamilla handed away earlier than he might see the completed movie, he was on to one thing about some great benefits of capturing a film in rural Texas.

“He is from that area, and he said we can do it there for nothing. That means that we can actually go out and just shoot it,” Bech stated.

Turns out that filming a film in a city that isn’t used to having movie crews round can be a plus. Torben Bech loved attending to work in a neighborhood “that hasn’t been polluted by a lot of other movies that just came and basically — you know what it’s like — ‘Oh, can we borrow your house?’ and then you go there two days later and everything’s a wreck because nobody thinks about it when they start shooting,” he stated. “They actually liked it, that we came and told a story from their area.”

Swamp Lion has screened at six movie festivals to date, profitable Best Feature at CineSol International Film Festival, Arizona International Film Festival, and Pioneertown International Film Festival. Next, it’s going to make its European premiere on August twenty second at The Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund, Norway.

Swamp Lion additionally stars Bre Blair, Luis Bordonada, Jack Elliot Ybarra, Dominic Hoffman, and Karen Sours Albisua. It’ll hit theaters in Norway and November, however the group remains to be in search of distribution within the U.S. Watch the trailer for Swamp Lion here.

Main Image: Michael Ray Escamilla, Bre Blair and Luis Bordonada in Swamp Lion written and directed by Torben Bech, courtesy of the filmmakers.

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