A middle-aged Cuban man and a ten year old Mexican girl bond over being away from home in a hopeless backdrop that is Lake Los Angeles.
Lake Los Angeles is:
Director- Mike Ott
Director of Photography- Mike Gioulakis
Score- Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir
Producers- Atsuko Okatsuka, Trinity Shi, Frederick Thornton, Drea Clark, Alex Gioulakis
Executive Producer- Kerim Duran
Editor- Jose Santos
Cast: Roberto Sanchez, Johanna Trujillo, Eloy Mendez
The Story and Its Roots:
Lake Los Angeles will be the third film of Mike Ott's Antelope Valley trilogy, following Littlerock (2010) and Pearblossom Hwy (2012). As with the first two films, we explore the topic of immigration, isolation, and belonging. This time, we follow the story of Roberto, a middle-aged Cuban immigrant working at a holding house, and Cecilia, a 10 year old Mexican girl who ends up at that house with no family members to fend for her.
Cecilia's story is inspired by one of Mike's former students who, as a child, crossed the border with his sister. The children turned the daunting journey through the vast desert into a game, playing "hide and seek" from immigration jeeps and helicopters to make the trip easier to cope with.
In a similar fashion, Cecilia turns the desert into her own fantastical world - creating characters and stories to make the hopelessness of the empty landscape a survivable habitat.
Through navigating what was supposed to be both Roberto and Cecilia's promise land, they find a common hope in each other while journeying through the hauntingly beautiful and desolate world that is Lake Los Angeles.
Where we are with the film:
We shot the first half of the film in January and are in the process of editing - we are excited and eager to finish the second half of the film, but financing is the only thing holding us from getting back into production.
What we need to finish the film:
The second part of the film has more locations and days involved. We are really looking to raise $40,000 in funding. We've raised some through private investors, but we still fall short from the total amount that we need... Here is where your help is so important. We need to make or exceed our goal of $15,000 to help us complete the film.
Please check out the trailer, check out the perks - any help would be appreciated. We have an amazing team of passionate and talented people who want to bring this film to you.
Thank you for your support,
~ The cast and crew of Lake Los Angeles.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We've shot films in a documentary/guerrilla style on a shoe-string budget before and have dealt with many production challenges along the way. Many difficulties arise with this kind of style in filmmaking: meeting crack heads, documenting public events and spaces, and having to switch game plans due to unforeseen circumstances.
With enough in our budget, we would like to be better prepared for such challenges, and also be able to pay our crew, actors, and collaborators who have put their time, sweat, and soul into helping us.
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