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Film School Graduate John Craven In The News
New Times Palm Beach - Broward-based filmmaker John Craven first became interested in the stories of South Florida’s homeless when he would film videos for his skate crew, a group of freestyle rollerbladers. “When I would film our skate videos we’d encounter all these homeless people who would want to hang out,” Craven recalls. “Some were chill and just wanted to watch, and we’d end up talking to these people. They had some real passions that they lost, kids that they talked about, things from their past. You’d hear these stories and you couldn’t help but be enthralled by them.”Those interactions inspired Craven — a burgeoning director who left his birthplace of Plantation to attend the New York Film Academy — to write his first full-length movie: Fast Food. It’s the tale of Raymond White Sanchez (Josh Lamboy), a prodigious young trumpet player who moves to Miami to pursue his dream of becoming a great musician. But the Magic City turns out to be more than Raymond can handle — gigs are hard to come by, and his menial job at a fast food restaurant isn’t paying the bills. So just like that, Raymond finds himself out on the street, his dreams melting away in the Florida sun…full story. Congratulations John! We wish you the very best.