Juan Espinosa was born in the small mountain town of Talihina, Oklahoma. His family later moved to Clarksville, Texas, where Juan was raised. When he was 13, his parents purchased a camcorder for him. It was from his experiences with that camcorder that he discovered his love of film. Juan spent a lot of his spare time making music videos and movies. Those recordings are somewhere in his parent’s attic (never to see the light of day).
Juan had to put his film aspirations on hold due to time constraints as he worked and attended college. At 28, he decided to renew his passion for film and purchased a camera to start a vlog. Although that vlog never made it to social media, it was a spark that allowed him to start his own production company. With the completion of “The Exit Bag,” Juan is excited and looking forward to the film festival circuit.
How Did The Exit Bag come to be?
Late 2017 I got a call from Mike (Pickering) asking if I was interested in a possible movie project with he and a friend of his, Ron (Hervey). We had an initial meeting and decided to go forward with plans for a project, but we had no script at that time. At our second meeting, Ron brought “The Exit Bag” script for us to consider. We agreed that it should be our project. After a few more pre-production meetings we were ready to start filming.
What’s the film about?
The film is about loss and the lengths that someone might go to deal with the pain and heart ache.
What was it like working with the cast and crew?
I was a little intimated when I was asked to direct, but the cast and crew were all great. We all wanted to have fun and make a movie.
Why should people go and see this film?
My hope is the people who watch our film will be entertained for a bit. We aren’t out to make a big public statement or anything, just to entertain. With that being said, if you are anyone you know are having suicidal thoughts, there is always someone to talk to. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 is available 24 hours every day.