Tinter Producing Documentary on Film’s HistoryJune 6th, 2018 by Tara Taffera
If you are a history buff you may already know that the window film industry was founded on liquid glass tinting by the industry’s early pioneers. Eric Maldonado’s father J.O. was one of those early industry folks, and when his father passed away in April 2018, Maldonado started working on a documentary, “Flow-On” The History of Window Tinting. “It is a tribute to the early pioneers of the liquid glass tinting business,” says Maldonado.
J.O. Maldonado owned Acorn Glass Tinting Co since 1966, and the movie began as a tribute but later evolved into much more. “I have been working with many of the earliest pioneers including Richard Bamburg and ‘the last man standing’ Lynn Baldock,” Maldonado says.
He adds that he grew up learning about many of these pioneers as he started working in the family business from a very early age. He explains that the Maldonados, including brothers, sisters, cousins, etc., are a large group and many are involved in the film business and Maldonado Bros Window Tinting, which serves the San Francisco Bay area. The business does a good amount of subcontracting work as well.
Maldonado stays busy in the window film business then works on his documentary in between. He is currently in the pre-production stages but will have a movie trailer completed by the end of August. He then plans to submit the final product to various Film Festivals.
“This has always been a tribute to the window film industry and the pioneers who started it all,” he said. “I want them to be acknowledged for how they started the industry, and spread it across the world.”
But it did all start with his Dad and Maldonado will always treasure those memories.
“When I visited him in Oregon a week before his passing, I arrived at 1:00 a.m. and we stayed up talking tint for hours,” he says. “Even he was amazed at his energy level. When I told him I purchased some tint machines, he said he never thought he’d see one again. He was amazed that not only did I find some, but that I was able to make contact with some of his old friends from the early days. And that was the beginning of my connection. That is why I wanted the tint machines. Because it is liquid gold to me and a way to always stay connected to my father.”