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A documentary film set in Columbus, Ohio about food, race, immigration, and the exchange of life in unexpected places.

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About the Film:

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Check out more about the project and watch the extended trailer at: www.transfusionfilm.com

Synopsis- Transfusión is a full length documentary film set in Columbus, OH about food, life, immigration, and the exchange of culture in unexpected places. While the west side of the City (the Greater Hilltop Area) struggle to come to terms with how to handle the emergence of taco trucks, a black neighborhood on the East side (the King-Lincoln district) has invited a taco truck into one of the most impoverished areas of Columbus to help revitalize the community. For the City of Columbus the trucks are more than just about food, they're about immigration, race, community acceptance, and the exchange of life in the inner city.

Film Outline: This is a 90-minute feature film, but it is composed of five unique short films. The sum of the parts is greater than the whole, as the shorts build upon one another to create dynamic contrasts between ethnic urban environments and transnational livelihoods.

Prologue: (4 minutes)- The opening to the film introduces the viewer to the general immigration issues of Hispanics in Columbus, Ohio.

Part I: Jucio a un Taco (16 minutes)- Part one of the film explores racial tensions and other urban issues associated with the emergence of taco trucks on West Side of Columbus, Ohio.

Part II: "Whites Only" (20 minutes)- Part two examines urban infrastructure as racial discrimination in the King-Lincoln district of Columbus, OH. Through this visual and narrative exploration, the film interweaves the presence of a Mexican food truck, Los Potosinos, from San Luis Potosi. This segment elucidates how the truck has become a celebrated food establishment in the spatially segregated, black inner-city community.

Part III: Transfusión (30 minutes)- Part three is the climax of the film. We travel to San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and trace immigrant life issues of Lidia, the owner of Los Potosinos. This part of the film explores food-ways and other personal immigration issues for Mexicans in the United States who have left their families behind.

Part IV: ICE (10 minutes)- Part four examines immigration enforcement in Columbus, OH, and how it is affecting business and social interactions throughout the city for taco truck owners and other immigrants.

Epilogue: (10 minutes)- The final part of the film concludes the previous four segments. It shows how Mexican food trucks have become accepted in most parts of the city and ends with Lidia meeting with an immigration lawyer.

The total production cost of this film is $15,000. We have already spent  $5,000 in travel to Ohio and Mexico, as well as the use of professional video and sound equipment. Your donation may help to offset some of our past costs if we pass our goal, but more importantly, your donation will help us complete this project efficiently and professionally over the next two months. Your support will also help get the film submitted to several film festivals and screened at Universities!


Watch the Extended Trailer Here:

Film Festival Submission list: (Please let us know if there is a film festival you would like to see this film in!)

Sonoma International Film Festival, Sonoma, CA
Cine Las Americas, Austin, TX
Hill Country Film Festival, Fredericksberg, TX
Sonoma Food in Film Festival, Santa Rosa, CA
Film Festival of Columbus, Columbus, OH
San Antonio Film Festival, San Antonio, TX
San Francisco International Film Festival, San Francisco, CA
Global Peace Film Festival, Orlando, FL

Screening at the following Universities:
University of California, Berkeley
The University of Texas at Austin
The Ohio State University

About the Music:
Tim Mollette-Parks will be working with the director in developing a score that compliments the visual story. Thus the film will have music uniquely written for the film. Tim will be working with other musicians in the Bay Area to compose what we are sure will be a beautiful soundtrack! His conceptual framework compliments the logic of the film. He will be crossing Columbus-style “jump blues” (i.e. Stomp Gordon, the Savoy Sultans) with ranchera folk music.

To keep the arrangements succinct and tight, he will be performing the music in duet (guitar + resonator/ guitar+violin / mandolin+violin / guitar + melodica, etc.) Playing in this duet way requires distilling the musical idioms to their essence: their plaintive but distinct chord structures and rhythms... which should keep them from becoming complicated and distracting from the film content.

To read more about Tim's background in music and listen to a sample of his work, go to www.transfusionfilm.com and click "crew".


Filming in San Luis Potosi, SLP, Mexico
Filming in San Luis Potosi, SLP, Mexico
We have over 50 hours of footage shot in Columbus, Ohio, and San Luis Potosi, SLP, Mexico. The frantic pre-production of filming and documentary script writing is over and 100% of the footage we need to produce a compelling feature film has been shot! What is left to do is edit the film, produce the music, mix the sound and perform the final color correction. These are basic but extremely time consuming items that are often overlooked high expenses in film production. Although I have done much of the work on this film at this point alone, I now need to collaborate with several professionals to help me piece the film together. Your donation will help that this movie is completed at the most professional level as possible. After this project is successfully funded we will be able to move full steam ahead to complete the film by the end of January and send it off to several film festivals. It would be wonderful to have this film completed in a timely manner so these important issues can be screened at as many venues as possible and as soon as possible. Without your financial support, it may take several more months to complete this film alone.

December 28th-29th watch first cut with assistant editor and musicians.

January 3rd-6th watch film with musicians and assistant editor with sample music.

January 7th-10th Record music for film.

January 11-20th. Adjust film based on music written by Tim-Mollette Parks.

January 24th. Second to last cut of the film with music.

January 25-27th. color correction and picture lock.

January 28th final sound mix.

January 29th have 15 copies of the film made.

January 30th Send to film festivals.

Check out more about the project at: www.transfusionfilm.com

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

This is not my first film as a director, producer or editor, and I am also working/collaborating on other film projects, documentary and narrative. In addition, the entire film has been shot, thus I don't expect any major problems now in the post-production of the film. However, there may be possible delays with syncing the music to the film and scheduling time to work with a professional sound mixer. This process is often very time consuming and efficiency depends on how well the musician, director, and sound mixer are in sync. But we will communicate with all of our backers immediately should we run into any major delays or any other unexpected delays during this process.

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