The Lost Comet
The Lost Comet reveals the first moments of a life-changing event in a young couple’s life, shown through public modes of movement and dance that stem from the structure of Mexico City. Injected with music and culture, we highlight the silent struggle of miscarriage that societies choose to ignore.
Inclusion StatementThrough revealing Mexico City’s diverse architecture and world-renown (massive) urban flow, we hope our film will create a new language for a loss that is socially suppressed throughout the world. We want to support all who have felt silenced by societal expectations.
About The Project
Pairing the pre-eminent Mexico City with narrative film and dance, this film will give meteoric definition to millions of personal tragedies in a first-ever film of its kind.
Floating through crowds of the city on joy and expectation, a couple suddenly faces the clinical result of failed pregnancy. Miscarriages, more common than many understand, are often “discovered” in clinical doctor offices like this.
Following the couple quietly to work, throughout the vibrant plazas, metros, and streets of Mexico City, we are breathless as their anguish shifts from unnoticeable, almost forgotten, into swift, colossal bursts of unraveling emotion as the reality of what happened takes hold.
WHY IT MATTERS NOW
In an era where both female reproductive health and minority cultures and populations are threatened across the world, the importance of telling this powerful story cannot be overstated.
Observing this couple’s behavior under the weight of their loss, through Mexico City and Dance, is how the global audience will truly understand this nearly invisible experience and the complex nature of this couple’s (and many others') grief.
This short film will highlight the social necessity of valuing and protecting each other, as well as bringing awareness to the shunning of universal human experiences in societies worldwide.
The Lost Comet focuses on a human story of loss by creating a universal connection through the emotional, visual, historic quality of Mexico City and the physical impact of dance.
There's a relatable, human experience that needs to be shared and vocalized, and through this mindset, we may find ourselves more connected than before.
Clearing the taboo of sharing personal hardships like miscarriage will go a long way to opening ourselves up and creating a more forgiving society to live in.
Creating a visual, sensational experience through dance will create a catharsis and understanding that transcends borders.
This film hopes to shine a spotlight on the remarkable infrastructure of Mexico City steeped in history and tension as the extension of daily life and the balletic flow of urban motion.
Together, in this film, Mexico City and Dance will shape a new language for the parts of human unable to speak.
WHAT WE NEED
This story is going to be told in narrative format, so we need your help to get this project on its way! A visual format means that there are physical costs in getting there.
Things to get this story told may include things like: Actors, Crew, Locations, Catering, Set/Props, Film/Lighting Equipment, Editing costs and more!
WHAT YOU GET
No matter how much you can contribute, it is all helping us reach our goal! We are so immensely grateful for the support.
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About This Team
SHEENA MCCANN is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles.
Sheena has a BA in Film Studies from UC Santa Barbara and an MFA in Directing from the American Film Institute. Her films have premiered at several film festivals including Clermont-Ferrand IFF, Santa Barbara IFF, Big Bear IFF, and AFI Fest. Sheena’s work has been featured in Shorts TV and Huffington Post. Her AFI thesis, The Darkness is Close Behind starring Maika Monroe (It Follows) and Samuel Hunt (Unbroken: Path to Redemption), was among 6 jury selected short films presented at the Director’s Guild of America Showcase. Sheena is a founding member of the American Film Institute Conservatory’s Women Directing Association, supporting the projects of female directors and female representation in Hollywood. She is currently making her first international film in Mexico City.
NINA WARA CARRASCO studied journalism in EPCSG in Mexico city. After she worked for newspapers like Milenio or Amiante a French magazine. She worked for NGO´s as a project manager with topics like culture or development with BM, BID, Mexican government. She collaborated with the Goethe Institut Mexico, with some project during the dual year and recently for the culture and education área. Nina starts working for tv and films until she specializes in production. Working in many movies and commercials, as Yuban (live earth) (Dir. Yaasib Vázquez) as a researcher and executive producer; this project was selected on IDFA and won the Ariel to best short documentary 2012. Recently she made a fiction movie in post-production called “Fractal” (Dir. Mariana Gonzalez), she made a short movie named "The Last Bird" (Dir. Azeneth Farah) selected in the Eco film festival México, a documentary in post production "Lost Star" (Dir. Luis Palomino) and her first movie as a director, winner of the
VI edition of DOCTV. Selected for the Lasa films festival “In the Whisper of the Wind”.
CRISTINA BARRES was born in Caracas, Venezuela. In 2012 he graduated from the Andrés Bello Catholic University with a degree in Social Communication and began working in the production department for the Venevisión Plus pay TV channel. Two years later, she returned to Andrés Bello Catholic University as professor of Oral Communication, Audiovisual Arts and Script Fundamentals. In 2016 he moved to Mexico and returned to work in the field of audiovisual production. Currently, Cristina is a production coordinator for international commercials working as a freelance for different production services companies.
DIRECTOR DE FOTOGRAFIA:
PETR CIKHART is an EMMY winning Czech cinematographer living in Los Angeles.
As a 19-year-old Assistant Director covered the war in Chechnya for Czech TV, and was arrested and held hostage for two days by Russian soldiers during the assignment. It was his first ever field shoot, and he was hooked.
After working as a cinematographer for 12 years Petr decided to deepen his knowledge by attending the AFI Conservatory, earning a masters degree in cinematography in 2012. His thesis film FIRST IN FLIGHT competed at Camerimage festival in Poland and was nominated for the ASC Harris Savides Heritage Award. While at AFI Petr won the College Camera Operator of the Year award from the SOC.
Subsequently, Petr worked as a cinematographer on various feature films including World War II drama AGAINST THE SUN, TAMARA (Nueva Vision Award, 2017 Santa Barbara Film Festival), Universal pictures ID2:SHADWELL ARMY & DAY OF RECKONING, THE DUNNING MAN, THE NANNY or the recent Tencent China production ESCAPING VALENTINE’S DAY.
Traveling & filming in more than 100 countries he also made films like FARMINGVILLE (Special Jury Prize, 2004 Sundance Film Festival) and BLINDSIGHT (Audience Awards, 2006 AFI Film Festival & 2007 Berlin Film Festival). In 2007 Petr won his Prime Time Emmy Award for his work on THE AMAZING RACE.
Petr is fluent in English, Spanish and Czech. He also speaks Italian and Russian.