“Spilled Paint”
Written by
Enock Dorestan and Jon Kohan, & Laura W.
Genre: Comedy - Drama
Director: Enock Dorestan
Freddie Jarett
Justine Renee
Darin Ferraro
Maurice T johnson

A painter, who has a ten-thousand-dollar debt owed to a crime boss, has one week to paint a masterpiece to pay off his debt or face the consequences.


Production Notes/Anecdotes


“Spilled Paint” is produced by Enock Dorestan, and written by Enock Dorestan, Laura W. and Jon Kohan. JC Conklin is the film’s director of photography, with Enock Dorestan being its editor. Songwriter Jenna Getty composed original songs for the film, while Iliya Ryakhovskiy wrote its score.
“Spilled Paint” is a road7films production, co-produced with Chill Baby Productions.

About Spilled Paint

Patrick struggles to make ends meet and keep his girlfriend happy. He lives in a small town in New Mexico. After becoming indebted to a big-time gang leader named Ramirez Garcia Ponce, the little stability he managed to achieve fell into jeopardy. His only hope of survival is his art. If he can produce a masterpiece and sell it at the local art gallery, he could buy his girlfriend a romantic gift, pay for his living expenses for a few months, and finally get Ponce off his back. The question, of course, is: can he do it?

About the Production

“Back in 2002, I used to take art classes during spring break, and my painting teacher was the most talented painter that I have ever met at that time. He never had any money, and he always had someone knocking at his door trying to get payback and somehow ended up finding a way to come up with the money using his talent. I always thought that I could use some angles of his story as a background for a movie.”
Jon Kohan joined the team as a co-writer in July. He suggested making “Spilled Paint” a comedy instead of a drama then I contacted JC Conklin to see he could help us as the Director of Photography. At first, he wasn’t particularly excited about working with a stranger, but when I sent him the script, he called back. The rest, as they say, is history. 

The Casting

Orlando has a huge community of acting and crew talent which Enock sought to use for the project.
For Patrick and Helena (the protagonists of the film), Enock reunited the young Freddie Jarrett with the talented director and actress Justine Renee. This decision was met with some hesitation from Emmanuel Dorestan (the film’s casting director) regarding Freddie’s casting, since he was the least experienced among the actors. Enock saw some potential in Freddie as an actor, however, and the test screening convinced him to keep him for the role.
Justine Renee is purely talented. She always provides an awesome atmosphere to work in.
The choice of Darin Ferraro as Ramirez Garcia Ponce was obvious. You can’t afford to not cast Darin Ferraro as an antagonist. 

Locations and Artworks

A major challenge was creating Patrick’s small studio with artwork strewn all over the place.
Yanta Antoine (our first assistant director) found a tiny house in Ocoee, FL that was suitable for use as Patrick’s studio.

As a painter himself, Enock was able to come up with original artworks and props to make the room look like how the script described it. Eleven (11) of his original paintings were used during the film; in fact, the sandwich artwork was painted by him on set!

The “Spilled Paint” visage was produced after three unsuccessful attempts by having the crew spill paint on a white canvas.


My name is Enock Dorestan. I’m the director of Spilled Paint and creator of the Road7films project. I began my career as a visual artist 16 years ago. Since then, I have worked as a painter, 3D artist, CAD designer, extra, talent and local TV show producer.

Though Spilled Paint is a story of a starving artist, I believe anyone who has ever found herself/himself in a difficult financial situation can relate to it. It’s funny to see that more often than not, the solutions to our daily struggles are in our hands. This is because we are accountable for all the decisions we make.
Spilled Paint is a film about real people, with real problems living real lives. The stories depicted in the film are all drawn from our own personal experiences. In the film, we revisit the issue of money with young creators who all have a great sense of humor.



Back in 2002, I used to take art classes during spring break. My painting teacher was the most talented painter that I have ever met at that time, but his problem was that he never had any money. He frequently had someone knocking his door, asking for the money he owed them. Somehow, he always ended up finding a way to come up with the money by putting his artistic talents to work. I always thought this to be an interesting story. As a director, I try to explore all the events that could take part in the making of a masterpiece.


We had an amazing crew and some extraordinary people around us. From our friends, who let us use their equipment at no cost to us, to people who donated without knowing whether the project would come to fruition. Everyone who contributed related to art, creativity and struggles of some form or fashion.
I met Laura G. 2 years ago, while I was enrolled in design school. We talked about the possibility of making a short film. Following our discussion, we came up with an 8-page script tentatively titled, “The Artist.” With no money or technical skills to get started, we abandoned the project. Laura graduated, and I started my journey to learn all I could about filmmaking, 7 days a week after I get off from work. To keep motivated, I launched road7creations; a project aimed at highlighting Haitian talent artists to the world by creating short documentaries of their works.
I revised ”The Artist” and thought that I was ready to move it forward. I contacted Jon Kohan (a talented screenwriter who helped me rewrite the script), who helped me convert the script from a drama to a comedy.
How I built the rest of the team is just like a dream. I contacted all the team members online and used budgeted locations.


The entire movie was shot in various locations in Orlando. Most of the crew were also from Orlando.


It’s quite easy to be influenced by other films while you producing your own, even subconsciously. The money problem is not my invention; you do need some kind of conflict, problem or struggle at some point to keep a good story moving. Nevertheless, I always try to produce something innovative.
In hindsight, Spilled Paint has plainly obvious parallels to “Alex & Emma,” though the plot development in the former is completely different.

"This is a film that is all about real people, real problems, and real life, all drawn from our own personal experiences."