“Benito’s Gift” is a ten-minute family movie about how a young Pueblo Indian boy fulfills a special promise, which, in turn, helps bring his family together. The screenplay, written by Rick Romancito, is winner of the 2006 New Mexico Governor’s Cup Short Screenplay Competition, sponsored by the National Geographic All Roads Film Project and the New Mexico Film Office.
The movie is directed by Rick Romancito, produced by Lisa Wieneke-Rich, photographed in widescreen digital video by Doug Crawford, and assisted by the New Mexico Film Office, Santa Fe Community College and the Institute of American Indian Arts.
On July 16, 2006, principal photography was completed for “Benito’s Gift” at Taos Pueblo and in the town of Taos, New Mexico.
“We offer our sincere and heartfelt thanks to all who helped make this a truly rewarding experience for all concerned,” Romancito said. “We thank the National Geographic All Roads Project, New Mexico Film Office and the film programs at Institute of American Indian Arts and Santa Fe Community College, along with Lisa Wieneke-Rich, Doug Crawford, Dante Cardone, Barton Bond, and all the professional and student members of our crew.
“We especially thank our talented cast Adam Rael, Charlene Tsoodle Marcus, Cesario Gomez, Norm Cutliff Sr., Jeff Romancito, Emily-Claire Marcus, and all the extras who volunteered their afternoon on Saturday July 15; also the Taos Pueblo Tribal Council and Governor’s Office, Taos Day School, Taos Pueblo Boys and Girls Club, Taos Pueblo Powwow Committee, The Taos News, and the board of directors and generous staff at Holy Cross Hospital, without all of whom this project could not have been done.”