The Denton family runs a hotel in the beautiful Port Paradise situated on Colombia’s breathtaking Caribbean coast. Cornelius and his older sister Rita are sent out to pick up guests. While bickering, the siblings hit a stray goat. The poor animal is dead and their father’s car is damaged. This starts the incompatible duo’s search for a garage and money to pay for repairs. Oh, and what are they supposed to do with the dead goat? During this 24-hour quest, brother and sister encounter all sorts of colorful figures they hope will bring them closer to a solution. In the meantime, clearly well out of their comfort zones, the two teens discover unexpected character traits and talents in one another.
Bad Lucky Goat was shot on location in Old Providence, a small island in the Colombian Caribbean. Due to its remote location, the island has remained free of major development, making it the perfect place to shoot the ﬁlm. On the island things are rusty, outdated and seem to be stuck in a time warp, factors that give the ﬁlm a unique look. Music doesn’t stop playing in Old Providence, and people like to play it loud. This quality is carried over to the film with music composed exclusively by musicians from the island. Traditional genres of reggae, calypso, soca, and mento are constantly being played during Corn and Rita’s odyssey. The native Creole language adds to the musicality of the film.
Born in Bogota, Colombia, film director Samir Oliveros studied film direction at the School of Visual Arts in New York. After graduation, he launched a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign that brought in contributions just over $60,000 and made it possible for him to shoot Bad Lucky Goat, his first feature film. He offers the following insight:
“I ﬁnd it fascinating how even after being raised under the same roof, some siblings can be so different from one another. How they can live together for years sharing practically everything without really knowing each other. That’s the case with Corn and Rita Denton. I wanted to create a situation where the characters would have to get out of their comfort zones and clash while under pressure, so they could see every aspect of each other’s personality. This journey takes the protagonists through a compelling adventure where they will have to work together to solve their problems.
I wanted to make an honest movie, while preserving the pristine conditions found on the island, dramatizing the situations the characters went through but keeping everything else in its natural state. The characters were played by ﬁrst-time actors, locations were not altered or majorly decorated, all dialogues are in Creole and the score only contains instruments found on the island.”
Spoiler Alert: And what of the hapless goat? Stay with the film until the final credits roll to see his magical redemption.