Three Card Monte becomes a metaphor against the backdrop of Occupy Wall Street, the Casino Economy, Debt Slavery and Predatory Lending. Manuel Bermudez and Michael Arturo are featured as Debt Slaves, Bob Ross guest stars. Directed and Edited by Mark Coger, Written by Michael Arturo and Produced by Norma Vega. Shot on location at Occupy LA, additional footage Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Oakland and Occupations everywhere. Additional copyrighted footage used under the Fair Use US Copyright laws.
What exactly is DOUBLE ESPRESSO? This is a Web Series that "caffeinates" contemporary buzzwords and phrases in the form of mini-sodes or espressodes (as we call them). Our mission is not to create another banal and sterile "made for television" web series. We're aiming dangerously higher, demystifying the mass media's mixed messages, satirizing corporate doublespeak, poking holes in political hyperbole and unraveling the common and uncommon usage of every day language. DOUBLE ESPRESSO is the creation of Michael Arturo, a New York born theater professional, who has more than two decades of credits as a playwright, screenwriter, actor, photographer, videographer, producer and now a web series creator. Manuel Bermudez, a graduate of USC film, a filmmaker, actor and stand-up comic, is featured along with Arturo. With Bermudez's stand up comedic talent and Arturo's background in theater, the espressodes are animated in the style of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," Steven Colbert, Woody Allen and the Theater of the Absurd.