A Day Unto Nothing
By combining a tragic subject matter and a poetic undertone, ADUN highlights the internal struggles we are faced when one closest to us suddenly passes away. Production costs can uncontrollably skyrocket and so, to successfully convey this powerful story, we need your help!
Inclusion StatementADUN follows a special day in the life of an undocumented Mexican-American family who has done everything they can to positively contribute to society. The film promotes inclusion by highlighting one of the most powerful emotions we all feel, regardless of where we come from, or what we look like.
About The Project
Alberto is the younger brother of a 2nd generation, undocumented, immigrant family. For Alberto, skateboarding is life. It’s what he wake up for, what he dreams about when he goes to sleep, where all his friends are from, and where he sees himself in the future. Nothing else matters to him, skateboarding comes first, everything else comes second.
David, Alberto’s older brother, is an almost perfect son. He’s a great student, works hard, has college scholarships, a job, and is very well on his way towards leading a successful life – exactly the kind of son a mother who immigrated to the US to have a better life for her children, would want. Right before the film takes place, David dies in a car accident.
The sudden passing of an immediate relative can often times bring a family together, for Teresa and Alberto however, this is not the case. For Teresa, David’s death is a testament of how one’s time on earth is short, and how working hard to have a good life is very much necessary. Alberto, on the other hand takes his brothers death as a confirmation that one needs to do what makes him or her happy, which in his case is skating. Teresa, trying to salvage her last son, ends up pushing Alberto to be more like his brother, while Alberto drops all his responsibilities and pushes his mother away, as he servers as a constant reminder of who he isn't. Anger vs despair, mother vs son, and acceptance vs denial are common themes throughout the story. But amist all the confusion, one thing is for sure, documented, or undocumented, white or black, we are all humans. We all feel pain, love, compasssion and anger.
We invite you to embark on this powerful journey with us, a journey about the human condition, a journey highlighting the struggles and conquests of an 18 year old and his mother.
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About This Team
Originally from Washington DC, Elliott has been making flms for 11 years now, over half of his life. An interest that was frst sparked by making skateboarding videos, Elliott’s love flmmaking has grown into a passion for studying independent art cinema. He also has a wide berth knowledge of more technical aspects of flmmaking, occasionally working as cinematographer or assistant camera on his friends’ short flms, and working as a digital intermediate colorist to fund his own personal projects. Majoring in both flm production and philosophy at Chapman University, Elliott seeks to make intelligent, meaningful flms that make people think about the world differently.
Luis Felipe Santos
Luis Felipe Santos was born and raised in Brazil, where he dreamt of being lawyer, however, after emigrating to Miami, a multi-cultural city with a strong creative influence, he developed a passion for film. Luis went from using movies and TV as an english lesson, to being entranced in the art of storytelling, which led him to pursue a Creative Producing major at Chapman Univerity. After studying abroad on an educational ship that traveled to eleven different countries, Luis's life goal was solidified; to create and manage media content that promotes inclusivity, diversity, and acceptance for all cultures and people of the world.
Gabriel Espinosa Tokuhama
Born in Quito, Ecuador, Gabriel Espinosa is a creative writer, history student, filmmaker, and artist. After studying at a German school and traveling around the world, Gabriel focuses now on his final semester of college at Chapman University. Since a young age, Gabriel has been obsessed with story telling and the art of filmmaking and hopes to continue his passion of conveying great and meaningful tales to the rest of the world.
Unit Production Manager
Born and raised on the United States/Mexico border, Gia Rigoli grew up with a love of storytelling from a young age. She is currently in post production on two feature flms and developing a feature length documentary while pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts. Salton Sea is an independent feature flm set in the deserts of Southern California while Rock Steady Row is a feature length action flm produced in conjunction with Supergravity Pictures and Gunpowder & Sky. She has also produced over 10+ short flms while in school. She hopes to make films inspired by her background and social justice issues currently surrounding the Latinx community.
Hailing from Jakarta, Indonesia, Riani is currently a senior documentary production major at Chapman University, with a second major in Japanese Studies. With an interest in flmmaking that began in narrative cinema, Riani became interested in documentary flmmaking because of its powerful ability to tell real world stories. Tat said, Riani still has huge passion for narrative cinematography, often still working as director of photography on short flms, as well as other crew positions. After she graduates, Riani hopes to move to Japan to continue shooting short flms and documentaries.
Since a very young age Santiago has had the opportunity to travel the world and thus his highly valued prominence of attaining a global perspective. By way of being exposed to a wide array of cultures, languages and societies growing up, Santiago’s international infuence is undeniable in his works. He has been passionate about communicating ideas after he discovered at a very young age that communication lies at the heart of our world. Still enrolled in Chapman University, Santiago is a senior standing Creative Producing major with a Minor in French and Art. He has also founded three
companies dedicated to facilitate the process of manifesting creative ideas.
Katie Sindelar is a senior production design emphasis at Chapman University Dodge College. She is originally from San Jose, California, and has always had a love for art, creating, and movies, and combined all these passions into her current aspirations in production design. She has now worked
as production designer, costume designer, and art director for a large number of thesis flms, and hopes to continue her career working professionally in Los Angeles in the future.
Liam has always had a passion for flm from an early age, being that his father has been an editor for animated flms since before Liam was even born. With his support and infuence, Liam found a love for film editing in high school, and has since developed his craft at Dodge College. Liam has been fortunate enough to work on many of my peers’ projects, everything from thesis flms to independent music videos. Editing is an art form that he respects and admires, especially for its capability to completely change a flm at the last moment. It is an important step in the flmmaking process that he looks forward to pursuing professionally in his years after college.