It's been (way too many) years since Jim McKay (writer/director of "Our Song," "Everyday People" and "Girls Town") made a feature film. The idea for his latest, "En el Séptimo Día," the story of Mexican immigrants in Brooklyn, came to him after he read Robert Smith's "Mexican New York" more and 15 years ago.
A New York construction worker, salsa dancer, soccer player and skydiver (but not a trained actor), Fernando Cardona (center) shines in this absolutely beautiful low budget feature film (told entirely in Spanish and shot in less than three weeks last summer in Sunset Park). Asked about the movie this afternoon at BAM Cinemafest, McKay (far left) said that his new film is, "a story about dignity and pride." As he uttered those words Cardona looked away and smiled broadly.
The endearing star of this new film, one of this year's very best, said he hopes to act again.