2017-03-17 / Weekender

Working Poor’s Next Big Break: The Queens World Film Festival

By Vanessa Vasquez


Director of Working Poor Steven Bozga in front of the Big Apple Film Festival Theater. 
Photos courtesy of Steven Bozga Director of Working Poor Steven Bozga in front of the Big Apple Film Festival Theater. Photos courtesy of Steven Bozga A few months ago, the short film, Working Poor, premiered at the Big Apple Film Festival to a sold out showing.

The festival, known for promoting the highest quality films from the New York City independent film community – as well as selecting films from across the country and around the world – is a pretty big deal for aspiring directors.

The director of Working Poor, Steven Bozga, is no stranger to such opportunities. He is currently gearing up for the film’s next big break at The Queens World Film Festival.

The film’s lead actor, longtime Rockaway resident Thaddeus Schneider, takes on the role of a single father faced with difficult obstacles during the time Superstorm Sandy hit. Although his life seems like it’s crumbling, the love and commitment to his daughter is what keeps his character striving for the better.


A still from the film. A still from the film. “Thaddeus had a tricky role to play in Working Poor. He plays a person who doesn’t say much but his actions reveal who he is,” Bozga told The Wave. “Thaddeus is an extremely expressive actor. It’s all in his face. His expressions say more than any words in a script ever could.”

Schneider was nominated as “Best Actor in a Short” at the upcoming Queens World Film Festival. Bozga couldn’t be more proud that Schneider is being recognized for his work.

“He’s incredibly humble as a person and extremely honest and genuine as an actor,” said Bozga.

To top it off, the next screening of Working Poor will be playing as part of a block of movies entitled, “At Any Cost.” The screening will take place at Zukor Theatre in the Astoria- Kaufman studios in Astoria on Saturday, March 18 at 1:15 p.m.

Growing more excited as the next screening draws closer, Bozga reflects on the incredible wide range of reactions that the film had on audience members from past festivals.

“So many people come up to me after screenings and express how much the movie meant to them,” Bozga added. “At one screening a man from Africa told me that the film reminded him of the relationship between him and his father. My goal as a filmmaker is always to make some kind of emotional connection with the audience.”

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