Prompted by the passing of a close uncle, siblings Guillermo, Lucia and Nora are forced to interact with each other and their extended family during the customary nine days of a Novenario. Through this forced communion each sibling comes face-to-face with the current state of their lives.
Sin Pecado offers a look at the family dynamics of an immigrant but equally American family while focusing on the bond in between three siblings. It is a partially autobiographical story that touches upon the themes of tradition, death, life, love, kinship, sexuality and the stuck-ness that often comes with human life. More specifically it is a portrait of three siblings and of familial frictions. This film does not intend to find a full resolution for the Acosta siblings, instead it demonstrates how it is the moments of respite, however momentary, that allow them to continue on.
LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR
MOOD & TEXTURES
Below is a peak into some of the many pages of inspiration that our amazingly talented Production Designer, Louka Hoogendijk, put together to help bring to life the visuals, textures and tonality of this film.
“Poetic antinomy, the image, does not burden us with our condition: it discovers it and invites us to finally realize it.”
- Octavio Paz, El Arco y La Lira
"The flesh and blood of reality are no easier to capture in the net of literature or cinema than are gratuitous flights of the imagination...realism in art can only be achieved in one way - through artifice."
- André Bazin, "An aesthetic of reality: Neorealism"
MEET OUR TEAM
Mireya Martinez (Writer/Director) is a filmmaker who earned her BA in Communication from Cal Poly Pomona and is currently pursuing her MFA degree in Film Directing at the California Institute of the Arts. While at CalArts, Mireya has collaborated on numerous projects in the roles of producer, co-producer, and DP. Her first year short Aquí was featured at RedCat as part of the 2016 Film Directing Showcase.
In the past she worked as a freelance photographer, as a lab tech at a photography dark room, and interned at the game show The Price Is Right.
Her obsession with trying to capture life in all of its tattered-ness and beauty is the driving force behind her work.
Alisha Mehta (Producer) is currently pursuing her MFA degree in Film Directing at the California Institute of the Arts. In 2011 she received her B.A. in International Politics & Human Rights from Grinnell College. During her undergraduate career she lived and worked in both Rwanda and South Africa conducting research in transitional justice in post conflict societies. A year following her graduation she leaped from politics into art and studied both large format photography and painting in Greece for about 4 years.
Prior to her CalArts career she was part of the AD team on the Indian film Death in the Gunj directed by Konkana Sen Sharma, which premiered at the 2016 Toronto Film Festival, and briefly worked with acclaimed director Nandita Das.
At CalArts she has collaborated on various student shorts in the roles of producer, DP, AD and gaffer. Most recently she produced All the things you are, which was shot in New York, and directed her first documentary in India over the summer.
Ernesto Trujillo (Director of Photography) is a cinematographer from Guadalajara, Jalisco. He received his B.A. in Audiovisual Arts from the Universidad de Guadalajara where he currently teaches.
His past work has screened at multiple international film festivals and has won numerous awards. Some of the award winning short films he has worked on are: “El Gran Líder” (a stop motion animation directed by Francisco Jiménez), “Á través de los Parpados” (Dir. Luis Briones), “Bestia” (Dir. Jose Permar), “Numero Equivocado” (Dir. Ernesto Rivera Machuca), “Esmalte Rojo” (Dir. Ernesto Rivera Machuca), and “Nosotros y Ellos” (Dir. Yordi Capó).
His first feature length film, Los Años Azules directed by Sofía Gómez Córdova, premiered this past March and has gone on to receive awards at the Guadalajara International Film Festival and the Guanajuato International Film Festival.
Currently he is filming the documentary “Off the Road” (Dir. Jose Permar) and working on the postproduction of the short film “Los Últimos Veranos” (Dir. Ricardo Esparragoza).
He is inspired by music, stories that are simply human and new collaborations. In his work he strives to use visual images to transmit emotions that are true to the characters.
Louka Hoogendijk (Production Designer) is currently in her final year at the Dutch Film Academy. Working mostly with filmmakers that support her strong and natural point of view, she has designed multiple short films both in the Netherlands and the US. She also works as a freelancer for television and photography.
Her primary sources of inspiration are nature, architecture and the nuances of cultural specificities and her strength lies in a vision that amalgamates these elements.
Kara Sullivan (Casting Director) entered the world of casting in 2003. She started Kara Sullivan Casting, a casting company located in Los Angeles, in 2004.
Current and recent films include Underdogs Rising starring Kelly Hu,To Pimp A Butterfly starring Bai Ling, and Immigrant starring Harry Hamlin. KSC's web series credits include multiple shorts for CryptTV, The Rich and the Ruthless starring Richard Brooks and Victoria Rowell, Love Work and Other Demons, The Vampyr Resistance Corps, and Romancing the Joan starring the legendary Joan Rivers. Commercial and industrial clients include Lowe's, Little Tikes, Tasty Bites, MC2, Kellogg’s, and Hallmark., as well as casting for "That’s Revolting," an industrial web series for Millipore starring Florence Henderson.
In addition to her work as a professional casting director, Kara is privileged to work with the University of Southern California's prestigious School of Cinematic Arts as a casting advisor. This past summer, she returned as casting professor for the USC/ShanghaiTech Directing Master Class, an exclusive professional program for a group of elite directors from China. Recent award-winning films include:
The Thing in The Apartment (2017 Tribeca Film Festival)
Farah Goes Bang (Tribeca Film Festival: Nora Ephron Award Winner)
Pop Rox (NBCU Shortsfest Finalist)
WHERE WILL THE MONEY GO
Making a film is not cheap! Even though Sin Pecado will receive substantial support, both in terms of equipment and supervision, from the California Institute of the Arts and it's incredible faculty and staff there is still so much more we need to make this film a reality!
Your support will help fund transportation and food costs for our entire cast and crew, insurance costs, location fees, and post-production and distribution costs.
Below is a more in depth look at our financial requirements and distribution:
Without you this film won’t become a reality!
You can contribute by donating or sharing our campaign on social media or even emailing it to friends you think might want to watch a film like this one.
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Once more THANK YOU! VALES MIL*! YOU ARE AMAZING!
*translation: You are worth a thousand!
While none of these rewards feel comparable to how deeply grateful we are for your support of this film and trust in our team, we have tried to come up with rewards that will hopefully allow you to share in our journey and keep a little piece of the magic we hope to create!
Risks and challenges
No film comes without its risks and Sin Pecado is not the exception. The cast ranges in age from 85 to 5, there are three scenes with 30 extras and a betta fish that’s a bit of a diva. On top of that there are the usual film production elements that are by nature equally unpredictable. That being said we are a passionate team that has been preparing to take on anything that comes our way.
We are essentially ready to take on the hurricane equivalent of independent production disasters and forgo all the sleep necessary.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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