Diego Menendes - As a kid having problems in school, cause of his Spanish roots. In early years Menendes wanted to become a painter, but he was rejected in Paint Academy, cause teacher said his paintings were not proper for academy, then he started to make movies, He was filming mostly Trash movies in the begining. Films like Retard Zombie, Toilet, Fu×ine nejberhud. In the end of 2009 he got award, where was signed Karpo Godina, one of people, who was in so called BLACK WAVE, which was a group of people in fifities, sixties, seventies, who was provoking Yugoslavian communist sistem. Besides Godina, there was also another person, that turned Menendes more into politician themes. That was Jovan jovanovic, who said also that America an rest of the , was wery much influenced from Balkan in all way.
There was a legend, that, one of th most recognizibile Martin Scorsese films Taxi driver was based on Jovan Jovanovic films Izrazito ja (personally me) and Zdrav i mlad kao ru×a (young and healty as a rose)
Diego Menendes is filming a movies who are documentaries but in the same time manipulated with truth and imagination.
From 2004 - 2007 Menendes went to film seminar in Ljubljana who was runned by Jovan Jovanovic, one of the biggest provocators in the sixties, seventies of the time of communist regime in Yugoslavia, Jovanovic who said, that Martin Scorsese film Taxi driver was based on his film DISTINCTLY ME-IZRAZITO JA.
Menendes took that statement very seriously, that s why he filmed film , where you can see this Balkan influence on American cinema, but also for the legend that says: Balkan is a origin of humanity.
Lately Diego Menendes is stucking with the genre that wasnt spelt before, he is calling it POLITICAL HORROR.
Video art by Diego Menendes