Francisco Ricardo’s film work has aimed to treat film not as a visual entertainment medium but as a writing instrument, following the tradition of the French New Wave. In 1948, Alexandre Astruc wrote an article titled “Birth of a New Avant-Garde: The Camera as Pen” for the influential French journal Cahiers du Cinema in which he argued that cinema, like literature, should be used as a personal medium of expression, one in which the camera literally became a pen in the hands of a director. Francisco Ricardo applied this principle to film as an essay form.

F for Franco, a phenomenological film, documents the view of Hollywood as a façade-fabricating machine exposed by James Franco, his famous student, who as a celebrity for twenty years engaged in a series of reflective writings, paintings, film, sculpture, and performance works that revealed how the film industry creates a false identity that has lasting cultural and psychological impact for coming-of-age youth in each successive generation.

Journey to a Dream follows the story of the greatest living jazz trumpeter today and how his unswerving vision of passion, dedication, and love of his art brought him from the obscure depths of Communism to multiple Grammy awards, an Emmy, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.