Plot Outline: Helen and Sebastian cross paths in a health food store. Helen senses there is more at play within this scenario and offers Sebastian an alternative that permanently disrupts his daily routine.

Short Synopsis: Sebastian lives in isolation until he meets Helen. Their uncommon values leave a strong impression on each other that changes their outlook on life. As a result, they find themselves tying loose ends in personal matters, until they meet again. But then Helen is visited by Giselle, a friend from the past.


At the 10th Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema, RICE was screened three times and honored with the Best Director Feature Film Award, the Producer’s Choice Award and seven other nominations.

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RICE is an art film. An independent feature film by first time filmmaker, Alex Vargas. The languages spoken in this story are Spanish, French, English and Latin.
It was completed on January 20, 2018 and is currently in the international film festival circuit.

A Lyrically Visual Story

"Rice" is an immersive story told in an almost magical way. It starts out with a soldier in the Falkland Islands War performing a merciful act, and the resulting punishment he receives. He meets a young woman who starts to help him heal from the wounds that he suffered. You will not see a movie like this anytime soon. Writer-Director Alex Vargas has crafted a movie so visually distinct and exact, that watching it is fascinating even if it didn't have a story. As the movie progresses, both lead characters move toward their ultimate conclusion, with a resolution that is as real and grounded as the imagery is poetic. This is an art film that really earns the term art.

Anthony Mark Morningstar, October 18 2018
Kansas International Film Festival


Nominations and awards include:

- Idyllwild International Film Festival honored us with the Best Director Feature Award, the Producer’s Choice Award and 7 nominations. This was an amazing festival. It’s a perfect blend on location, the welcoming local people and a ton of excellent selections during an event run by an excellent staff from top to bottom of the chain of command.

- Last Jan 2019, Southern States Indie FanFilmFest surprised us with three awards. One of them was the top award—Best of Festival. But the real gold was in the people running it, the level of integrity, the organization and the great selection of movies. So far, the most wholesome festival experience. We also received the Best Cinematography Award and Best Lead Actress Award.

- The 10 year old Amsterdam International Film Festival was a huge acknowledgment for us. This festival winning is not dependent on marketing or politics of any kind. It is also has no public screenings. It is based on private screening judgment by the festival assigned judges. It is a huge honor for us to have been awarded the Best Feature Film Screenplay Award, from so many international submission.


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