About this project
From the director
I recently returned to my hometown San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, for the first time since I was a child. ...My American father raised me in Mexico on his own, until he was accused of smuggling Pre-Hispanic art and we were forced to leave the country.
I couldn't believe I was from such a special place. It was like every pore in my body opened up.
My life was changed.
I knew I couldn't continue on the path I was leading in New York City.
And so, I chose to follow my life-long dream, to make films in and about Mexico, the country I love. In order to do so, I had to find my way back and reconnect with Mexico.
My film, Eden takes place both today and 25 years ago. It follows Alma, a young woman, who like me, returns to Mexico to investigate why her late father abandoned the country and took her as a child from the home she loved.
On this journey, she is able to revisit her relationship with her father. She discovers a family secret the town has kept buried. She begins to see her elusive father in a way she had not known before, giving her the key to regain a sense of belonging she thought was lost.
Eden is about personal and cultural identity, about finding a sense of belonging that goes beyond nationality. Ultimately, the film is about human connection, loss, love, and healing.
Everyone on the team has agreed to work for very little.
Nonetheless, we still have funds to raise to cover expenses for production design, wardrobe, food, transportation, lodging, salaries, locations.
Principal photography begins October 8th. And if we do not raise the money we need, we will have to halt production mid-way.
Every dollar we raise beyond our Kickstarter goal will be put to good use in production expenses.
More about Eden
Eden is fiscally sponsored by New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)
a New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) grant recipient, a Morelia Lab participant, supported by Women Make Movies, a BlueCat Screenplay Competition semi-finalist, and was selected as one of ten projects to develop at the Cine Qua Non Writers Lab in Mexico.
You can also make a 100% tax-deductible contribution through our fiscal sponsor New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) by going to this link:
(Kickstarter Rewards will not apply when making a tax-deductible contribution through NYFA.)
One last note
It is particularly important for me to make a film that speaks of Mexico's rich culture and beauty at this moment, when Mexico is undergoing so much change. Negative images of Mexico abound and U.S./Mexico relations are at an all time low. We can have a direct effect on the communities we are a part of. And my answer to this is through art and culture, as my experience has led me to see that where there is a thriving artistic community, the community flourishes. We will be filming for 4 weeks in San Miguel de Allende, creating an environment of exchange and collaboration, giving opportunity for new relationships to grow between people and communities. I have already seen it happen on our recent location scout. I want to see my hometown's vitality preserved, and for it to continue to be a place that nurtures in the way it nurtured me.
Will Oldham, Actor
Will has starred in the feature films New Jerusalem (R. Alverson) and Old Joy (Kelly Reichardt). He has also appeared in Wendy and Lucy (Kelly Reichardt), Junebug (Phil Morrison), Julien Donkey-Boy (Harmony Korine), and Matewan (John Sayles). He is also a singer-songwriter, most known by the stage name Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy.
Diana Sedano, Actor
Diana is an up-and-coming Mexican actress with well-established training in theatre. She has appeared in the films Luz Nocturna (Claudia García Covarrubias), Erótica (Fernando Sariñana and Carlos Bolado), A través del silencio (Marcel Sisniega), and Perenne Agonía (Laura Pino).
Vicente Pouso, Director of Photography
Vicente comes to filmmaking with an extensive background in print photography (Elle, V, VMAN, Surface, Nylon, Tokion, Metal, and Neo2). He shot additional camera on Post Tenebrax Lux (Carlos Reygadas) produced by Mantarraya Producciones and recently completed his first feature film as director of photography, El Nido, (Alex Ezpeleta) also produced by Mantarraya Producciones. Vicente’s work additionally includes collaboration with artists like Mario Garcia Torres, Pedro Reyes, Miguel Calderón, and Joachi Koester. He recently shot a documentary by Mario Garcia Torres called TEA, commissioned by dOCUMENTA (13). Born in West Sahara and raised in Madrid, he majored in Photography at the School of Fine Arts in Palma de Mallorca.
Nohemi Gonzalez, Production Designer
Art director of internationally acclaimed films Post Tenebras Lux (Carlos Reygadas)—Best Director Cannes Film Festival—Stellet Licht (Carlos Reygadas)—Jury Prize Cannes Film Festival—Malaventura (Michel Lipkes)—International Film Festival Rotterdam, Special Jury Mention Morelia International Film Festival—Los últimos christeros (Matias Meyer), Parque vía (Enrique Rivero)—Golden Leopard Locarno International Film Festival—and Río de oro (Pablo Aldrete).
José Leandro Córdova Lucas, Producer
Founding partner of Cine México and Despacho Cinematográfico—a production company dedicated to experimental film and video—where he produced and directed the web series Los Micro Burgueses, the documentary Helios el Dios del sol, as well as the short films Respeto (José Leandro Córdova Lucas), Sofía (Elise DuRant) and Jaime Tapones (Sebastian Hofmann) amongst others.
Manuel Teil, Casting Director
Manuel has cast over 40 feature films, including For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada (Dean Wright), Las razones del corazón (Arturo Ripstein), No eres tú, soy yo (Alejandro Springall), Under the Salt (Mario Muñoz), My Mexican Shivah (Alejandro Springall), Y Tu Mamá También (Alfonso Cuarón), Amores Perros (Alejandro González Iñárritu), No One Writes to the Colonel (Arturo Ripstein), El evangelio de las Maravillas (Arturo Ripstein). He has also participated in The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (Tommy Lee Jones), Man on Fire (Tony Scott), and Once Upon a Time in Mexico (Robert Rodriguez). His sensibility and keen eye have brought many previously unknown actors to international recognition.
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