¡Come! short film
¡Come! is a film about what it means to embrace who you are and where you come from, even if it's different from those around you. This film asks the audience examine what makes them unique and challenges the audience to appreciate what makes them, and others, different.
Inclusion Statement¡Come! gives an authentic representation of Puerto Rican culture on the screen. The project had a crew successfully made up of 60% women and minorities. The writer, Pam Rodriguez, pulled from her own experiences moving from Puerto Rico to the US. The Director, Lizette Barrera, is a Mexican American.
About The Project
Set in Florida, a 12 year old Puerto Rican girl’s perspective changes when she brings a popular dessert dish, Arroz con Leche, to a thanksgiving event at her school and no one eats it.
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The film was made locally over two days this summer in Lakeland, FL with half of the crew made up of Florida Southern College students, faculty, and alumni. This production, led by award winning filmmaker, Lizette Barrrera, was a collaboration between Matthew Herbertz and Ross Morin's production company, Kiltered Productions, Indie Atlantic Films, NFocus, and Florida Southern.
We are currently in post-production and need YOUR HELP to finish the film.
WHO WE ARE
PAMELA ZOHARY RODRIGUEZ
Pam Rodriguez is a recent graduate of Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL where she works as a Marketing Coordinator at an engineering firm. Born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Pam's family moved to Central Florida when she was a child. ¡Come! is Pam's first screenplay and short film. Created as a final project for a screenwriting class, ¡Come! loosely plays on moments from her childhood that shaped her understanding of culture and personal identity.She is excited to continue to learn more about filmmaking, working on sets, and writing new stories for the screen.
Lizette Barrera is a Chicana filmmaker based in Dallas/Ft.Worth with ties in Austin, TX. Her film MOSCA (FLY) is currently in distribution with HBO. She was awarded The Filmmaker to Watch Award at the Women Texas Film Festival and the EBW by Sandra Adair cash grant from the Austin Film Society for her latest film CHICLE (GUM), has World Premiered at SXSW. She has received her MFA in Film Production at The University of Texas at Austin and is currently a Adjunct Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Arlington. She is represented by Inclusion Management.
Matthew Herbertz is an award-winning filmmaker from Indianapolis, IN. He received his undergraduate degree in TV/Film from DeSales University and went on to receive his MFA in Film and Video Production at Ohio University. He is the co-founder of the independent production company, Kiltered Productions, with friend and artistic collaborator, Ross Morin.
Matthew has written and directed narrative, documentary, and experimental short films that have screened at festivals nationally and internationally. In addition to his work as an independent filmmaker, Matthew has worked as a cinematographer, assistant director, producer, and gaffer on a number of short and feature films. His short film, Relax (2018), began its tour on the film festival circuit in spring 2018 and screened at 17 festivals around the world, including the DC Independent Film Festival, Athens International Film and Video Festival, and Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham, AL. Matthew's most recent short, My Florida Home (2019), has screened at 15 festivals and is still in consideration for many festivals around the world.
Matthew lives in Lakeland, Florida where he works as an active independent filmmaker and a tenure-track Assistant Professor at Florida Southern College teaching film and video production and studies. He has taught film and video production courses in cinematography, editing, sound, lighting, producing and screenwriting, as well as the art of storytelling and visual communication. Matthew's film theory courses tend to focus on the topics of representation of gender, violence, and religion in cinema and television.
At just ten years old, Noa is winning over audiences with her powerful voice and acting skills. Her love for theatre grew from a young age and manifested into a very talented singer/songwriter/actress. Born and raised in Chicago, this young Latina is making a name for herself on and offscreen but most importantly as an inclusive, kind, and compassionate person to all she encounters.
Kianna Jackson is a recent graduate of Florida Southern College with a BFA in Theatre Performance. She has been performing since age 3 starting out as a dancer, but a few years later fell in love with acting and hasn’t stopped since. Being a huge fan of movies, she has always found a love of performing on a film set and hopes to continue making a career out of it for many years to come. She is very honored to have been apart of Comé, and is excited to see the impact it has on its audience.
Aniria is an actress and stand up comedian based out of Tampa, Florida. She is known for her work on Naked (2017), Chicago Med (2017), and The Kamasutra Garden (2016). Other works include her portrayal of Zoila in the National premier of the bilingual version of Lisa Loomer's iconic play Living Out.
Elvia Hill is a Puerto Rican actress and model based in Central Florida. Elvia has performed in many singing competitions from a young age but decided to pursue a career in acting a few years ago. She has been in several films and commercials throughout Florida.
Saul Cancel was born in San Juan Puerto Rico in 7 February 1984. He is an independent actor, model, filmmaker and photographer. He practices mix martial arts, loves sports and is the owner and proud CEO of Cancelmultimedia.
Michael Ramon is 10 years old and lives in St. Petersburg, FL. He has been acting for the last 2 years and has appeared in commercials for Universal Studios, Empire Today Flooring, Spectrum Mobile and others. He has done many appearances on HSN as a live "spokeskid", starred in 3 different theater productions, and has done print work for Publix Supermarkets, Scholastic Book Fairs and S&S Sportwear. Michael is very proud to have his first film experience in ¡Come!, playing the role of Gabriel. Like Gabriel, Michael is very close to his family and loves to enjoy all of the delicious food that comes with his Spanish heritage. His favorite foods are black beans and rice and platanos maduros! In his free time, Michael loves to play with his friends, spend time with his dog Noel, practice hip hop dance and play Fortnite.
HOW TO HELP
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Paying for post-production
Paying for a musical composer
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About This Team
Lizette Barrera (Director):
Matthew Herbertz (Director of Photography)