On April 9, 2022, I gathered with friends, family and Boston artists and creatives to film scenes for my upcoming short film “The Seltzer Factory,” where I explore my family’s story on my mother’s side, starting from a small town in Hungary (now Romania).

Poster March 2022 JPEG
(Image: Beryl Schmitt)

These are some behind-the-scenes photos from that shoot in Jamaica Plain.


  • Paloma Valenzuela (Director, Writer, Producer)
  • Steve Osemwenkhae (Director of Photography)
  • Noelle Rudeen (Sound and Production Assistance)
  • Maddox Ramirez (Sound and Production Assistance)


  • José Ramirez (Máximo)
  • Courtney Jacobovits (Herself)
  • Ari Jacobovits (Himself)
  • Monica Cohen (Herself)
  • Ross Fujita (Himself)
  • Craig Akira Fujita (Himself)
  • Paloma Valenzuela (Herself)

Special shout-out to Denise Delgado, Egleston Square Mainstreet, Wilda, Dariel and La Peraviana! Thank you so much to Beryl Schmitt Salinger, Darcy Salinger and Eduardo Valenzuela for everything!

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