A young man who's tired of receiving a daily flyer that promotes a helpline calls the advertised number to file a complaint. This simple action sets off a series of abrupt changes to his life when a member of the company inserts herself into his isolated existence.
Inclusion StatementAs artists of color we aspire to provide opportunities for diverse individuals in front of and behind the camera through creating different, complex characters and stories that are inclusive, and through hiring equally. The two lead characters in this project are Latinos.
About The Project
This story is very close to us. In the midst of often sensationalized depictions in films of characters with mental illnesses, we want to showcase an honest portrait of someone struggling with depression.
One of our goals with this project is to create a timeless audiovisual production that draws inspiration from the styles of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Alfonso Gómez-Rejón, Things to Come by Mia Hansen-Løve and Blue Valentine by Derek Cianfrance.
To us one of the biggest issues with inclusion in films and series isn't just that it's limited and brief but that, when there is a representation of people of color, we’re hardly portrayed as multidimensional people. The characters always look a certain way, talk a certain way, have the same jobs and aspirations, live in the same neighborhoods, like the same things and have little to no lines.
Over the past few years, many major studio films and series have opened casting calls for Hispanic actresses and actors; said calls have profile requirements stating phrases such as “must appear Hispanic” or “chola looks.” Most of these “opportunities” are to portray background characters, whilst the very few featured and lead characters almost always revolve around drug trafficking.
We are aware that there are Latinos who are in ways similar to how they’re showcased in films and series. And there’s nothing wrong with them. Our concern is that we’re not often being represented differently and we need to change that now. In our experience, and having lived in Mexico for most of our lives, we’ve always been surrounded by family, friends and acquaintances who have different skin tones, features, personalities, occupations, styles, lexicons and dreams. And we’re all Latinos.
The funds we raise here will be used towards the pre-production of the film, specifically for the following things:
- To scout locations.
- To rewrite the final version of the screenplay.
- To hire a casting director to find the actress for one of the lead roles.
If we raise more than our initial goal (fingers crossed), this is what we'd use that money for:
- To hire a Cinematographer and Production Designer.
- To hire a Production Manager to create a schedule and final budget.
Some of these goals entail other expenses such as travel and lodging. We aim to collaborate with emerging and experienced individuals who will help us create the best audiovisual version of the story.
We've entered the Hometown Heroes rally with this project and, in order to become one of the 10 finalists, we'll need to reach our $7,500 goal and have at least 1,000 followers by October 17th. The grand prize is having our film Executive Produced by the incredible Duplass Brothers, who have always championed true independent cinema such as:
If we win the Hometown Heroes rally, we'd use the $50,000 prize for the production of the film. We're aiming to shoot in February 2019 and finish the post-production in May in order to apply to film festivals that are held in August-November.
This will only be possible with your help; every dollar, every follow, every single time you share this project with people you know and encourage them to support us will make the biggest difference. So please help us make this film a reality.
Thank you for taking your time to watch, listen to and read all about our project.
And thank you for this amazing opportunity, Duplass Brothers and Seed & Spark.
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About This Team
Alejandro Macidella and Andrea Casez are self-taught filmmakers who met in the year 2010 whilst studying for the same degree in university.
In March 2016 they made “Lítost,” their first short film together. In October 2016 said short film was screened at the Morelia International Film Festival in Mexico. After the screening, they were approached by a member of Cinereach [Sorry to Bother You, A Teacher, Fruitvale Station] who expressed interest in the short film and invited them to submit a feature screenplay to the company.
In November 2016 they wrote their first feature screenplay, “The Lost Mistakes.” They submitted the screenplay to Cinereach and the Sundance Screenwriters Lab in 2017 and made it to the second round of both.
They’re currently developing more feature and pilot scripts. One of their life goals is to create prismatic, generational stories in various genres and languages.