One Night is a love story between transgender, queer, and Latinx characters as they reconnect and fall for each other during one night together in Chicago. It's an intimate look into the lives of characters we don't typically see in mainstream film and TV.
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Inclusion StatementOur cast and crew are largely made up of LGBTQIA and Latinx/Latina identified individuals. The production of One Night is committed to including LGBTQIA, POC, and females both in front of and behind the camera.
About The Project
About the Film
One Night is the story of Alex (a trans/non-binary Puerto Rican) who returns to Chicago to retrieve the ashes of their estranged father. While in town they reconnect with Mari, their grade school crush. They spend one night together re-exploring Chicago while reminiscing about their Catholic school days and falling for each other. It's a love story and an ode to Chicago wrapped into one.
Meet Our Cast
Avi Roque (Alex) grew up in San Francisco, CA, received their B.A. in Theatre from California State University, Fullerton, and moved to Chicago to nurture their artistic spirit. Today, Avi is proud to say that they are a multi-disciplinary artist and a Latinx Trans/Non-Binary individual, who is constantly exploring transformation and discovery of self through devising new works whilst also breathing life into the words of other's. Avi's background in theater has allowed them to work with Chicago theaters such as: Goodman, Steppenwolf & American Theater Company. Avi has also worked with a few storefront theaters, such as First Floor Theater, Pride Films and Plays & Collaboraction, where they also happen to be a company member. Since a lot in the industry is still very binary, Avi is interested in playing male roles, but is hoping that more stories are written to reflect those who are Trans, Non-Binary, Genderqueer and Gender Non-Conforming. They would also love to do more TV/Film and were really excited to get cast as George, a Trans person, in Matthew Aaron's Indie Comedy Landline. They were also featured in Ricardo Gamboa's queer-of-color web series, Brujos, which is available to view for free online. Avi is so happy to be a part of One Night! Lastly, Avi uses they/them/theirs pronouns, loves to dance, draw/sketch/paint & practice self-care! You can learn more about them & their whereabouts at aviroque.com.
Janyce Caraballo (Mari) is a Chicago based actress, born and raised in Humboldt Park. You can now find her acting and teaching around the city after receiving her degree in Theatre and Music Performance from Denison University and the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center. You can catch her in the upcoming productions of New American Folk Theatre's 'Hot Pink or Ready to Blow' (Brichelle) and Teatro Vista's education outreach production of 'Romeo and Juliet' (Juliet), as well as in her web-series Feminist Icons. She is a proud Peacock, represented by Paonessa Talent Agency. She is very excited and proud to be part of sharing the beautiful story of One Night!
From the Writer
I wrote this film due to the lack of positive trans-Latinx representation in film and TV. Growing up, I watched a plethora of film and TV shows, but I never saw myself in any of those mediums. Most films were primarily about white, cisgender, male and female characters. If there were any Latinx or LGBTQ representation, it was for comedic relief or they were painted in a negative light. And we were never the leads. I grew tired of not seeing myself represented, or misrepresented, in those mediums I enjoyed and have decided to make films that put LGBTQ and people of color at the forefront.
We've all either been in love, had a crush on someone, and/or lost a person close to us. One Night touches on all three themes as well as incorporate Latinx and LGBTQ communities. We're excited to make this film. It's something that everyone will enjoy. Thanks so much for your support and donations!
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About This Team
Elliott "E" Feliciano (Writer-Director) is a screenwriter/director currently located in Los Angeles. E hails from East Chicago, IN, where they developed a love for the Arts, Latin Freestyle, the Chicago Cubs, and El Milagro tortillas. They plan to change the entertainment industry by creating and developing more inclusive projects that are made by and starring marginalized people, i.e. LGBTQ, Latinx, POC, and females.
Nacia Schreiner (Director of Photography) is a Los Angeles-based indie cinematographer who focuses on character driven narrative films and socially responsible documentaries. Originally from Minnesota, Nacia started her career in camera working with CBS affiliate televisions stations as a camera person-reporting live news and shooting journalistic pieces, on-location, for broadcast. She later studied marketing and advertising in Wisconsin, using her cinematography training to shoot commercials during that time. Instead of working for the corporate sector, Nacia turned to non-profit activism and advertising using documentary as a medium. Her documentary works include discussion of environmental issues, women's issues, education issues, LGBTQ culture, as well as victims' stories from human sex trafficking. On the narrative spectrum, Nacia's style captures the emotional nature of the characters while immersing the audience in that character's reality. She believes it is important to bring a feminine, observational perspective to the audience.
Evelyn Feliciano (Hair & Makeup) is a Los Angeles-based union hairstylist and freelance makeup artist. Born and raised in Chicago, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her career in hair and makeup artist. Although most of her work seems to gravitate towards fashion, editorial and commercial projects, she is no stranger to the tv/film industry. Instead of choosing one area to focus her career on, Evelyn turned to cosmetology school to ensure that she would be a well-rounded artist that would be capable of handling any project that comes her way. Her passion, dedication and hard work lead to her becoming a Union hairstylist 6 months out of school. Evelyn's style enhances the natural beauty of all of her clients.