DIY And A Press Release


i’m six days out from having the opening of my debut feature film MACHETERO… As you know i am self-releasing the film in NYC… i take my DIY very seriously… However DIY exacts a heavy price and i’m paying it now… It’s physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually draining… I’m not complaining… Just being brutally honest because i really wouldn’t have done this any other way…

That being said, i could use some help… i’ve never thought about having a career or pursuing one i always thought of myself as an artist who created and wanted to continue to create… However we live in a world that demands that we think of such things as jobs and careers… i have worked in the film industry for almost 25 years now but never thought of that as my career, i thought of it as job…

i think of my creative endeavors (painting, graphics, writing, filmmaking) as work, but in the best sense, as in creating a piece of work… With my work as a filmmaker it’s come to the point where i want to do my ambitious work and because of that i’m now faced with thinking of filmmaking as a career… As a result of that i need to somehow make some kind of impression on this so-called “film industry” in order to be able to do more ambitious films… So i’m asking for help… If you know anyone in the media, press or blogosphere who might be interested in MACHETERO, or the work that i do, i’d greatly appreciate it if you passed this Press Release on to them… i don’t know of any other way to start this “career” thing other than to use what i have to get what i want and all that i have is here…

much thanx,


MACHETERO is the debut feature film of infamous artist, agitpropagandist, and filmmaker Vagabond. The film stars Isaach de Bankolé, Not4Prophet, Dylcia Pagan and Kelvin Fernandez. Staying true to his DIY (Do It Yourself) Punk roots vagabond is self-releasing MACHETERO at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center in the Kabayito’s Theater in New York City’s, Lower East Side. The film opens June 12th and runs through June 19th.

The island nation of Puerto Rico has been a victim of imperialism for over 500 years. It was a colony of Spain for 400 years and has been a colony of the United States since 1898. Puerto Rico is the oldest colony in the world. The fact that it’s a colony of the US, a nation that prides itself on being a champion of freedom and democracy around the world, should not go unnoticed. There has always been a resistance movement in Puerto Rico to US colonialism that has often times been violent. Vagabond’s award winning debut feature film MACHETERO uses the colonial condition of Puerto Rico to explore issues of terrorism and the cyclical nature of the violence that it brings. The film poses questions about what terrorism is in an anti-colonial struggle. It challenges us to ask who is a terrorist and who is a freedom fighter and how are those terms defined, and by whom…

Written, produced and directed by Vagabond
Starring Isaach De Bankolé, Not4Prophet, Kelvin Fernandez and Dylcia Pagan
Running Time 98 minutes

June 12th – 19th
Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center
Kabayito’s Theater
107 Suffolk Street
NY NY 10038

“If you are not profoundly moved by Machetero, check your pulse.”
– Bill Quigley, Former Legal Director for the Center for Constitutional Rights

“MACHETERO was riveting…”
– Chuck D

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In the tradition of Gillo Pontecorvo’s BATTLE OF ALGIERS, Melvin Van Peebles SWEET SWEETBACK’S BAADASSSSS SONG and Sam Greenlee’s THE SPOOK WHO SAT BY THE DOOR, Vagabond’s MACHETERO is a meditation on violence as a means toward liberation. French journalist Jean Dumont, played by Isaach de Bankolé (GHOST DOG, 24, CASINO ROYALE, LIMITS OF CONTROL) interviews Pedro Taino a so-called “Puerto Rican Terrorist” played by Not4Prophet (lead singer of the Puerto Punk band RICANSTRUCTION) in a New York prison. Pedro is a self-described Machetero fighting to free Puerto Rico from the yoke of US colonialism. Obsessed with freedom, Jean questions Pedro about his decision to use violence as a means to achieve that freedom.

As Jean and Pedro speak, a Ghetto Youth played by Kelvin Fernandez (in his first starring role) struggles to survive the colonial condition. A revolutionary spirit instilled in him from childhood by a mentor played by former Puerto Rican Political Prisoner of War, Dylcia Pagán (who did 20 years in US prisons) is reawakened after reading a pamphlet authored by Pedro called the Anti-manifesto. The Ghetto Youth then goes on a journey to transform himself into the next Machetero.

MACHETERO is structured around songs from the album, “Liberation Day” by RICANSTRUCTION. The songs are incorporated as a modern day Punk Rock Greek chorus. RICANSTRUCTION also improvised a score for the film that moves from hardcore be-bop punk to layered Afro-Rican rhythms.

Vagabond, writer, producer, director and editor
Vagabond was born in Brooklyn to a Puerto Rican mother and Jamaican father. He attended the School Of Visual Arts for film and video but dropped out to work on Spike Lee’s DO THE RIGHT THING. He’s continued  to work in the film industry doing production. He’s produced and directed television for Galavison and SiTV. vagabond is also the co-founder of the RICANSTRUCTION Netwerk an artist collective in the vein of the Situationist International. He’s organized political protests, designed agitprop murals, posters, pamphlets and zines and produced and directed documentaries, music videos and web series. MACHETERO is his debut feature film. It’s won awards in South Africa, Wales, England, Thailand, Ireland and New York.

vagabond • Writer, Producer, Director and Editor
Not4Prophet • Writer of the Anti-Manifesto
Resister Fernandez• Co-Producer
Jeff “AK” Akers • Cinematographer
RICANSTRUCTION • Songs and Score (featuring songs from the album Liberation Day)
Jo Cunningham • Sound Design

Isaach De Bankolé • Jean Dumont
Not4Prophet • Pedro Taino
Kelvin Fernandez • The Young Rebel
Dylcia Pagán • The Mentor

International Film Festival South Africa – October 2008

Swansea Bay Film Festival (Wales UK) – June 2009

Heart Of England International Film Festival – June 2009

Thai International Film Festival – August 2009

International Film Festival Ireland – September – 2009
BEST FILM – North America

New York Independent International Film & Video Festival – October -2010

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