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Luchadora follows an aging lucha libre star who dreams of becoming world champion while fighting to regain custody of her son.
Luchadora follows an aging lucha libre star who dreams of becoming world champion while fighting to regain custody of her son.
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Luna flying out of the ring
Luna flying out of the ring

THE STORY

In Mexico, Lucha Libre rivals soccer in popularity and has been a deeply beloved national pastime since the early 1900’s when mysterious masked men first came to embody the struggle between good and evil in the ring. 

Women eventually fought their way into the sport – defying resistance from their male “luchador” counterparts and cultural expectations of femininity. Lucha Libre today is known for its signature masks, colorful costumes and high-flying theatrics in the ring.

“Luchadora” follows Luna Mágica - an aging Lucha Libre star who dreams of becoming world champion while struggling to make ends meet as a single mom in Mexico City, and regain custody of her son who was taken by her estranged husband because of her involvement with Lucha Libre.

Luchadora is a short documentary that shines light into the fascinating sub-culture of female lucha libre wrestling in Mexico and explores issues of gender and power through Luna’s “lucha” both in and out of the ring. It is a universal story about following a dream and fighting for what you love.  

En México, la Lucha Libre iguala en popularidad al fútbol, y ha sido el pasatiempo nacional desde principios de el siglo XX cuando misteriosos hombres enmascarados representaban la lucha entre el bien y el mal en el ring.

Las mujeres eventualmente se hicieron un hueco en la Lucha Libre - Desafiando a sus compañeros Luchadores y a las expectaciones socio-culturales que se oponían a que la mujer participase en este deporte. La Lucha libre es conocida hoy en día por sus particulares mascaras, los vivos colores, las vestimentas y acrobacias en el ring. 

"Luchadora" sigue la historia de Luna Mágica - Una estrella de la lucha libre que lucha por mantener su estatus en la Lucha Libre profesional. Asimismo, Luna Mágica es una madre soltera que lucha por recuperar la custodia de su hijo que le fue arrebatada por su ex-marido con el pretexto de que Luna Mágica es incapaz de hacerse cargo de su hijo por su profesión.

Luchadora es un Documental corto que da luz al fascinante mundo de la mujer en la Lucha Libre en México. A su vez nos abre camino a una historia que examina el género y el poder en la cultura Mexicana a través de Luna y su lucha dentro y fuera de el Ring.

Charity Lucha Event: Mexico City
Charity Lucha Event: Mexico City

OUR GOAL

We are looking to raise $10,500 for our remaining post-production costs.  Your contribution will get us through the necessary and expensive steps still left to finish the film and get it out in the world. These things include sound mixing, music composition and licensing, graphics, color correction, final edits and film festival submissions.  Up until this point all of our funds have been entirely out of pocket (including all of our shooting in Mexico) but now we need YOUR help to get us to the finish line! Help us get Luchadora polished and seen across the world. In celebration of International Women's Day - lets raise a glass to Luna Magica and all of the amazing women out there who are not afraid to play by their own rules. CHEERS! and thanks for coming on this journey with us. 

Esperamos poder recaudar 10,500 dólares para cubrir todos los costosos gastos de post-producción. Tu contribución ayudara con los costos necesarios para acabar la película y poder enseñarla al mundo. Esto incluye la composición de música y derechos de autor, las post-producción de sonido, color, gráficos y las entradas a los festivales. Estos elementos son críticos para asegurar que la película este terminada y pueda ser vista. Hasta este punto toda la financiación ha salido de nuestros bolsillos y necesitamos tu ayuda para alcanzar la meta final. Ayúdanos a pulir Luchadora y para que pueda ser vista alrededor de el mundo.                          En celebración de el día internacional de la Mujer, vamos a brindar por Luna Mágica y por todas las mujeres maravillosas que no tienen miedo de jugar con sus propias reglas. SALUD! y gracias por acompañarnos en este viaje!

Luna in Japan
Luna in Japan

REWARDS

Check out our fun rewards including masks, stickers and figurines from the streets of Mexico City. The magnets, totes and journals will all boast original LUCHADORA art by the lovely and talented Anna Low alowphotography.com.

Tenemos premios muy divertidos para compensar tu ayuda. Los imanes, los bolsos de tela y los diarios tendrán esta imagen original de la película LUCHADORA, realizados por la encantadora y talentosa artista Anna Low alowphotography.com.

THE TEAM

River Finlay – Writer, Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor

Before becoming a filmmaker, River spent many years living and working in Latin America as a public health expert. With a deep appreciation for good storytelling, a fascination with strong women characters, and a love of Lucha Libre, River left her day job and set out to Mexico to find Luna Mágica. When she is not working on Luchadora she is a Producer with Think Out Loud Productions http://www.tolproductions.com where she melds her worlds of international heath and development with film working with clients such as International Planned Parenthood Federation, The World Bank, and Discovery Chanel.

River has a BA from Hampshire College, an MPH from Columbia University and an MA in Film and Video from American University.

Antes de ser filmmaker, River paso muchos años viviendo y trabajando en Latino América como experta en saludo pública. Con una profunda apreciación por buenas historias, una gran fascinación por personajes de mujeres fuertes y amor por la lucha libre, River dejo su trabajo y se encamino hacia México a buscar a Luna Mágica. Cuando no esta trabajando en Luchadora, River es productora en Think Out Loud Productions donde ella combina su mundo en salud internacional y desarrollo con su trabajo como cineasta para clientes como International Planned Parenthood Federation, El Banco Mundial, and Discovery Chanel.

River tiene un BA de Hampshire College, un MPH de Columbia University y un MA en Film y Video de American University.

Laura Franco Velasco – Producer, Cinematographer, Editor

Laura was born in Spain and moved to the United States after graduating from film school. Once in Washington D.C. she found herself inspired by the city’s diversity, enhancing her desire to tell cross cultural stories about extraordinary people. Her work has been aired on the CW, Channel 10 and at the DC Environmental Film Festival. She received a Visions "Media That Matters" Award of Excellence for her work on a short film about the Nicaraguan immigrants living in Costa Rica. Laura met River Finlay at American University and joined the Luchadora journey on the second shooting trip to Mexico in 2012. 

Laura holds an A.A.S on Film Production, an A.A.S on Communication and Broadcasting Technology and a B.A. on Arts and Communication from American University.

Laura nació en España y vino a Estados Unidos después de graduarse en una escuela de cine. Una vez en Washington D.C, se sintió inspirada por la diversidad cultural de la ciudad, lo que aumentó su deseo por contar historias que protagonizan diferentes culturas. Su trabajo se ha podido ver en CW, Channel 10 o el DC Environmental Film Festival. Algunas de sus películas han sido reconocidas como ¨Nicas en un pais de Ticos¨ Un corto que examina a los Nicaragüenses que residen en Costa Rica. Laura conoció a River Finlay en American University y se unió a la aventura de Luchadora en el segundo viaje a México en el 2012.

Laura tiene un A.A.S en Producción de Cine y Televisión, un A.A.S en Communication and Broadcasting Technology y un B.A. en Arts and Communications de American university.

Julie Tinker Ward - Motion Graphics Designer and Animator

Julie Tinker is a designer and producer of animation and motion graphics. She received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, where she graduated as valedictorian. Prior to that, she studied Communication (BA) and Sociology (MA) at Stanford University. After working in communication for non-profits and later as a designer for several NY firms, including Number Seventeen and Empax, a firm dedicated to branding “the good guys,” Julie founded Tinker Co in 2010 and has since done work for Nike, Jet Blue, The New York Times, Discovery, PBS, Seventh Generation, International Planned Parenthood, and Alliance for Climate Education, among other clients. While Julie feels no project is too small or too grand to work on, she has a particular love for working with people and companies who try and make the world a little bit better for all of us.

Anna Low - Graphic Designer

Anna’s formal education is in photography and art education, with a BA from Hampshire College, a year studying at Speós, The Paris Photographic Institute and a MA in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After many years of teaching in the Chicago Public School System and running an art department at a private school in Rhode Island, she made the scrappy leap to full time artist. She now divides her time more or less equally between bookbinding, printing using antiquated photography techniques, web / graphic design, teaching and the rest of life (which includes a wonderful family, a sassy rescue mutt, hiking, cooking, and vegetable gardening). Her photographs and artist books have been exhibited throughout New England and the East Coast and published in several periodicals, including Maine Magazine. Her home studio is bright and sunny, in Auburn, Maine.

Risks and challenges

We have made it through the most difficult part of the process - getting the project shot and edited! Your contribution will ensure we have the funds it takes to make this the best movie it can be and pursue a variety of distribution avenues including international film festivals and private screenings in the US and Mexico. While it is unknown at which festivals we will screen - we are committed to getting Luchadora out in the world! Thank you for helping us get there!

Ya hemos terminado la parte mas importante de el proceso, grabar y editar! Tu contribución ayudara a que tengamos fondos para hacer de esta película la mejor posible y para poder distribuirla en una gran variedad de salas, como festivales de cine y salas privadas en Estados Unidos, México y cualquier sitio en el mundo. Aunque no sabemos en que festivales podremos entrar nosotras estamos comprometidas a llevar Luchadora a todas las partes de el mundo. Gracias por ayudarnos con esto!

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    "La Ranita Loca" ("crazy little frog") - you might be small but you're scrappy in the ring!

    You get a video download of the film and a big MUCHAS GRACIAS!

    LA RANITA LOCA! Puedes ser pequeña pero eres resbaladiza en el ring! Te llevas una descarga gratuita de el Documental y un big MUCHAS GRACIAS!

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    "La Tormenta Furiosa" ("Furious Storm") a classic member of the band of rudas - always sure to darken your opponents chance of winning.

    You get a digital download of the film, a LUCHADORA movie magnet and a big MUCHAS GRACIAS! The first 10 backers also get a lucha mask sticker straight from the vendors at the Arena Mexico.

    LA TORMENTA FURIOSA! Un miembro clásico de el bando de las rudas - Siempre segura de oscurecer las posibilidades de ganar de sus oponentes.
    Te llevas una descarga gratuita de la película, un imán original de LUCHADORA y un big MUCHAS GRACIAS!
    Además los 10 primeros en donar se llevan una pegatina de lucha libre proveniente de las calles de la Ciudad de México.

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    "El Lobo Enamorado" (Lovesick Wolf) - Noone wants to fight against a lovesick wolf! Look out Rudos, this Tecnico is fierce in the ring. You get a video download of the film, an original LUCHADORA tote bag and a big MUCHAS GRACIAS! The first 20 backers also get a luchador action figure.

    EL LOBO ENAMORADO! Nadie quiero luchar encontra de El Lobo Enamorado! Cuídense Rudos! Este Técnico es una fiera en el Ring.
    Te llevas una descarga gratuita de la película, un bolso de tela de LUCHADORA y un big MUCHAS GRACIAS! Además los 20 primeros en donar se llevarán también una figura miniatura de luchador.

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    "El Gato Volador" (Flying Cat) - Noone flies from the ropes like El Gato Volador! Oh no! Look out behind you! You get a digital download of the film, an original LUCHADORA magnet and LUCHADORA tote bag and a big MUCHAS GRACIAS!! The first 10 also get Luchador Mask from Mexico City.

    EL GATO VOLADOR! Nadie vuela desde las cuerdas como El Gato Volador! Oh no! Siempre mira detrás de ti!
    Te llevas una descarga gratuita de la película, un imán original de LUCHADORA, un bolso de tela de LUCHADORA y un big MUCHAS GRACIAS! Además los 10 primeros en donar se llevaran una MASCARA de luchador salida de las calles de México.

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    "La Reina de Oro" (Golden Queen) - This beauty is a beast in the ring. With a hair rarely out of place you destroy your opponents.

    You get a DVD of the film, an original LUCHADORA magnet and LUCHADORA tote bag, an authentic LUCHA mask from Mexico City and a big MUCHAS GRACIAS!!

    LA REINA DE ORO- Esta belleza es brava en el Ring! Con un pelo raramente fuera de lugar La Reina de Oro arrasa en el Ring.
    Te llevas un DVD de la película, un imán original de LUCHADORA, una bolsa de tela de LUCHADORA, una máscara original de LUCHA proveniente de las calles de México City y un big MUCHAS GRACIAS!!!

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    "La Viuda Negra" (Black Widow) - Beware! This Ruda will pierce you with her spell and walk away unscathed, laughing as she goes. You get a DVD of the film, an original LUCHADORA magnet, LUCHADORA tote bag, LUCHADORA journal, an authentic LUCHA mask from Mexico City and a big MUCHAS GRACIAS!! You will also receive tickets to Luchadora's premiere screening in DC (travel costs not included)

    LA VIUDA NEGRA! Cuidado! Esta Viuda Negra the perforara con un hechizo y ella saldrá de el Ring riéndose y sin ningún arañazo.
    Te llevas un DVD de la película, un imán original de LUCHADORA, una bolsa de tela de LUCHADORA, un diario de LUCHADORA, una mascara auténtica de LUCHA proveniente de las calles de México, y un big MUCHAS GRACIAS!!!
    Además recibirás tickets para el premier de LUCHADORA en DC (gastos de viaje no incluidos)

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    "Sin Limites" (No Limits) - Your limits know no bounds! Generous and crafty you love to be loved.
    You get ALL OF THE ABOVE! Plus an associate producer credit in the film.

    SIN LIMITE! Su generosidad no tiene límites, Generoso y astuto amas para que te amen.
    Te llevas todo lo anterior ademas de un crédito en la película como Productor Asociado.

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    "El Papi Chulo" (Cool Daddy) a sharp mind and deep pockets make this Tecnico a force to reckon with. You get ALL OF THE ABOVE! Plus an executive producer credit in the film.

    Te llevas TODO TODO lo anterior mas crédito como Productor Ejecutivo en la película.

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