Plays before Sealed Cargo, Bad Hair, As I Walk Through the Valley and The Cliff

Genre: Documentary, Social Justice, Human Rights, Immigration, DACA


Scott Boehm & Peter Johnston/United States/2018/10 min

In Spanish and English with Subtitles


A short film about two DREAMers who are graduate students at Michigan State University (and members of the LxFF organizing committee), What Happens to a Dream Deferred is an intimate portrait of a day in the life of José Adrián Badillo Carlos and Osvaldo Sandoval after the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy.


Scott Boehm (Writer & Director) is Assistant Professor of Spanish & Global Studies and Affiliated Faculty in the Film Studies Program at Michigan State University as well as the Director of the MSU Latinx Film Festival. Scott studied screenwriting at La Factoría del Guión in Madrid, Spain and has worked as a script consultant on several films, including The Cliff (Helena Taberna, 2016) and Growing Hmong at the Crossroads (Safoi Babana-Hampton, 2017). What Happens to a Dream Deferred is his directorial debut.

Peter Johnston (Cinematographer & Editor) is the Digital Media/Film Production Manager in the Film Studies Program at Michigan State University and holds a B.F.A. in Photography from Alma College and an M.A. in Digital Media Technology from MSU. Peter has directed, produced, filmed and/or edited a variety of short fiction, documentary and experimental films, including Ka-dy Comes Home, Hmong Memory at the Crossroads, Migrations of Islam, Within, On the Open Road, and Mr. Henderson.