Join us in making 'El Clásico', a story of the improbable friendship of two people from different socioeconomic backgrounds, and how their unique bond endures the most challenging circumstances of Mexico City, so they can achieve a common goal: Watching ‘El Clásico Jóven’ at the Aztec Stadium.
Inclusion StatementSet in a city divided by wealth disparity, ‘El Clásico’ will feature actors from different socioeconomic backgrounds, who aren’t often represented. And although differences are crucial in creating conflict and dividing, the film shows that all friendships can transcend any kinship and social status.
About The Project
What it’s about and what it’s really about:
‘El Clásico’ explores the story and relationship of Jerónimo and Saúl, two individuals from Mexico City, divided by age, social class, and the soccer teams they support, embarking on a journey to watch the most anticipated soccer game of the year. As we watch both characters relate to each other, their divided worlds, and the antagonistic forces keeping them from their task, it becomes clear that although the plot of the story revolves around a tumultuous journey to a stadium, what it is really about, are deeper, more complex themes relevant to everyday life and struggles. It’s a story about the most of unlikely friendships, and how a true bond can be stronger than any prejudice working against it. It’s a story about family, about shocking inequality, about the forces of corruption, ignorance, indifference, and love.
The world and mission of the film:
El Clásico could not be set in Mexico City without bringing to light the positive, and negative cultural elements, which inevitably affect and mold its inhabitants. But maturing as storytellers has brought with it the awareness of matching those exhilarating, and creative story tools used by artists to entertain viewers, with a responsibility of not only showing, but addressing them. In ‘El Clásico’, inequality, corruption, traffic, and insecurity, are these delicate elements that make up the turbulent, yet exciting journey of Jerónimo and Saúl. Our personal stake in the piece, brings the responsibility to expose these factors, in the hope of producing questions focused on why they continue to be existing agents of Mexico’s ineffectiveness, instead of simply pointing out that they are. Equally strong is the urge to strike a balance to these negative factors surrounding Latin América, with powerful, positive cultural elements unique to it. The unmatched fervor in character relationships, and a distinguished passion for that which they hold precious, are perhaps the clearest, and most exciting examples in this story. The hope being that combining the themes of the piece mentioned above, will both captivate audiences and deliver a perpetual message.
Why should you support the project?
The inspiration behind the story derives directly from the main relationship in this film. A teenager who’s grown up on the privileged, yet naïve side of Mexico City, and his bodyguard who he sees as an older brother, and considers the human being he is the closest to. Mexico and many other places in Latin America are class-bound societies, and the direct harmony between people from different classes, is most times hard to come by, viewed as strange, wrong, and overflowing with discrimination. There continues to be a big barrier when it comes to befriending someone from a different class, or creating an authentic bond, with no real silver lining in sight. This story refuses to accept this ignorance and status quo, showing just how powerful this kind of connection can be.
Having said that, it’s important not to make this film about class distinctions in order to avoid reinforcing well-known stereotypes about the rich and the poor, by instead focusing on the main characters’ friendship, and how this bond endures the most challenging, even life-threatening events.
With our determination and hunger to tell Mexican stories that matter, ‘El Clásico’ brings a fresh interpretation of a unique relationship and world, to address some universally relatable issues in a characteristically Mexican way.
- What we need and what for:
Development of the project is finished, and now pre-production is underway. The money raised from this campaign will help pay for the production of the film which covers:
- Shooting permits.
- Catering for the production.
- Equipment rental.
- Wardrobe and makeup.
- Actors fee and crew fees.
- Locations fees.
- Meeting a demanding shooting schedule of six days.
- Copyright clearance.
In the event that we reach the $15,000 goal for the items above, my Stretch Goals include:
- Color Correction.
- Sound design.
- Music composition.
- Film Festival Fees.
- What we need and what for:
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About This Team
Andrés Fernández is a producer with experience in film and television in production and development, also working as a budget and contract analyst for new media. Originally from Mexico City, he completed his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Universidad Iberoamericana and is currently an MFA Creative Producing student at Columbia University in New York City, where he has written two feature length screenplays, and produced, written, and directed several short films. “Francesca”, a short film he produced, sold to Hewes LLC in 2017.
El Clásico”, is his thesis film, which will begin filming in Mexico City in March.
Joel was born in Colima, Mexico. His father was a chemist and systems engineer, who played a crucial role in exposing him to classic, science fiction films at a young age, which cemented it as his favorite genre to this date. At eighteen, Joel moved to Los Angeles California, and began his career as a filmmaker, eventually graduating in 2012 as suma cum laude, from the prestigious film, television, and digital media program at UCLA.
In 2018, Joel received his Masters in screenwriting and directing from Columbia University in New York City. Apart from making numerous short films and writing feature length screenplays, Joel has taught classes in film theory and sustainable development, at an undergraduate level, at Columbia University, and Santa Monica College.
His latest script, “Estrella”, won first prize in the short film development category at the First Edition of the Pacific Film Festival in Mexico.
Mauricio Rivera Hoffman is a Peruvian director, writer and editor living in New York City, where he moved to undergo the MFA in Film Directing at Columbia University. His short films have participated in various film festivals around the United States and he has also been awarded the Premio DAFO 2011 given by the Ministerio de Cultura del Perú.
His thesis film ‘Curandera’, which he wrote and directed, premiered at CUFF 2018 and was part of the faculty selects program.
Jorge Luis received his undegraduate degree in Film with a specialization in Cinematography, at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC) in Mexico City, while additionally incorporating two semesters abroad at the University of Television and Film (Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film) in Munich, Germany. His short film “Por los caminos del sur”, was part of the official selection of the 13th FICM, and winner of the José Rovirosa Award for Best Student Documentary. It was also nominated for Best Documentary Short Film at the 58th Ariel Awards.
Jorge has also toured festivals such as the Festival dei Popoli, in Italy, the Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival in Germany, and the Pärnu Film Festival in Estonia. As director of photography, his work “Negro”, was awarded the Cristal Screen Prize for Best Photography, and “Nunca Regreses”, won Best Work in the Michoacán Section at the 12th FICM, as well as participating in the special exhibition at the 54th edition of Semaine de la Critique at the Cannes Film Festival, winning the Best Ibero-American Short Film at the 29th edition of the FICG, and being nominated at the 57th Ariel Prize for best fiction short film. Jorge Luis also worked as Cinematographer for “Vatreni”, a documentary film about the disintegration of Yugoslavia and football.
Currently, Jorge is photographing the documentary feature films “La Vocera”, directed by Luciana Kaplan, “Semillas de Polvora”, directed by Arturo González Villaseñor, and “La Misma Sangre” by Angel Linares'
In March, Jorge Luis he was the Director of Photography for “Salvador Mundi”, making “El Clásico” his second collaboration with Joel Vázquez Cárdenas.
Originally from the state of Oaxaca, Daniel got his degree in Communication, and Audiovisual Producing, from the Film and Audiovisual Production Course at the Cinematographic Training Center (CCC), in Mexico City, where he produced the short films "Historia de Una Aurora y Dos Ocasos "(2015), and" Fierro Viejo "(2015).
In 2016, Daniel ventured into the management department as Second Second AD of the film "3 Idiotas". That same year, he joined the team of the production house Lucía Films, where he collaborated on the documentary project "El vendedor de Orquídeas" (2016), and the fiction film "The Daughters of April" (2017), before becoming Production manager in the feature film "Jappy Days" (2017), which is currently in post-production. He also produced the teaser for the fiction series "La Guerra del Agua", which had the support of the Mexican Institute of Cinematography (Imcine), for series in development.
Last year, Daniel was part of the production department for the educational project "Drones Sobre Oaxaca", and the short film "Los Muertos", and is currently working on the development of the cinematographic project "La Canción Terminó".