“This is a fun and clever film with heart and a winning performance from its lead. Cement Suitcase is easily worthy a taste.”
- Aaron Peterson, The Hollywood Outsider
“J. Rick Castañeda’s Cement Suitcase is a humorous romp through one man’s stilted life. Voiceover and other techniques continually break the fourth wall, while other stylistic flourishes create an almost whimsical aesthetic. Combined with the professional polish of the entire production, it’s high quality entertainment all around."
- Mark Bell, Film Threat
“Castaneda’s wit and insights elevate good material to something great. [Cement Suitcase] ...is an emotionally effective comedy that finds new ways to remind us of some of life’s simpler but easily forgotten lessons and I’ll be damned if it wasn’t one of the best I’d seen in quite some years.”
- W.D. Conine, Geek New Wave
"The series shows the creative savviness and tech pedigree of writer-director Rick Castaneda...It’s as if new-media-savvy web creators who know how to produce technical quality on a shoestring and web creators with actual creative talent got together and had babies, and those babies made a web series.
- Jill Weinberger, New York Times
Articles written by Rick
Rick Castañeda's Ten Tips to Indie Filmmaking (CreativeCOW, Feb 2014)
11 Keys to Filming in a Small Town (Movie Maker Magazine, April 2014)
Falling in Love with Wine (Wine Enthusiast, July 2014)
Top Indie Directors on Why Color Correction Matters (IndieWire, April 2015)