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A Chicano short film, set in Texas, about the difficult transition of bringing a loved-one home from incarceration.
A Chicano short film, set in Texas, about the difficult transition of bringing a loved-one home from incarceration.
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ROSA'S ESPERANZA 

A film about longing, love, and coming to terms with change.

STORY

Rosa
Rosa

Rosa, has waited nearly a decade for her daughter, Esperanza, to be released from incarceration. Her extended families' unexpected Welcome Home party crashes the mother/daughter reunion but the families' joyous celebration also comes crashing to an end as Rosa realizes that Esperanza is not the daughter she remembers. 

In order to move forward, Rosa must accept that Esperanza isn't the only one that has changed. This film is an intimate look at the difficult transition of bringing a loved one home from long-term incarceration. 

Rosa's family enjoying the party
Rosa's family enjoying the party

WHAT WE NEED & HOW WE'LL USE IT

It takes a village to make a movie and filming is only part of the process. Thanks in part to the New York City Mayor's Office of Film and Television, Alamo City Studios, Anna Vasquez & Denise Tristan, the San Antonio community, and our personal funds/student loans we were able to get through Principal Photography! 

If this is a story you feel connected to, please consider pledging to our campaign! Kickstarter is all or nothing, meaning that if we don’t reach our goal then we will receive nothing.

Your pledges will support: 

  • Sound Design + Mix (25%) - this is a film about the Chicano community in South Texas - we're really excited to bring the sights and sounds that make this community unique into the sound design for the film
  • Color Correction (15%) - no film would be complete without the work of a Colorist. They do so much to bring vibrancy to the world we film. 
  • Score + Music Composition (25%) - We have a very specific soundtrack in mind for this film - most will involve original composition, but we're also hoping to use the funds to license some classic Chicano tunes. 
  • Festival Fees + Distribution + Social Impact (35%) - our best way for getting the film out is by submitting to festivals which come at a cost. Once we're in - it costs additional $$ to prepare press materials, screeners, and other items. We'd also like to use this funding to organize screenings around the country with organizations who deal with helping families with loved ones who are incarcerated. 

Anything we raise in excess of our goal will be used to offset the costs of production and payback the loans that were taken to fund part of the film. 

If you are unable to donate then please lend us your voice and spread the word on social media about our Kickstarter campaign. We are grateful for any support you can give!

THE TEAM

Co-Writer/Director Amanda Nicole Reyes
Co-Writer/Director Amanda Nicole Reyes

Director: Amanda Reyes is a Mexican American actor and director from Denton, Texas. Amanda has devoted her life to the visual arts from studying method acting at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Hollywood, California and working as a professional actor in L.A., Austin, Dallas, and N.Y. areas, to currently working on her M.F.A in Directing Narrative Cinema at the Brooklyn College Barry R. Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema. 

As a visual storyteller, Amanda’s artistic focus centers around social realism as she uses film as a catharsis for the hardships she’s experienced. 

This past summer Amanda directed her first pilot for a new comedy series called “Half-Life” that follows Patty, a working mom trying to balance her home life with working in the movie industry.

Producer: Khaula Malik is a Pakistani-American Filmmaker based in New York City. She has assistant directed and produced television shows for Pakistani television.

Khaula won the 2017 National Board of Review Student Filmmaker Award for her short documentary, How The Air Feels and was also awarded the 2017 BAFTA NY John Grist Scholarship. She is currently pursuing her M.F.A. in Film with a focus in Creative Producing, and is in production on a documentary feature about the third gender community in Pakistan.

Director of Photography: Antonia Colodro is a Chilean filmmaker based in New York City. 

With a background in street photography and photojournalism, Colodro worked as a bilingual journalist for El Diario, Queens Latino, and XpatNation. She first got into documentary film while traveling internationally as a cinematographer for award-winning filmmaker Luis Argueta. 

She has shot and edited videos for MSNBC, Complex Media, and for the web series I of Africa. She co-founded Queens Nation Films, an all-female Queens-based production company with filmmaker Neha Gautam. 

Colodro has also taught at Queens public schools as a movie-making and media literacy teaching artist. 

She is currently one of the inaugural students at the Barry R. Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema, receiving her M.F.A in Cinematography.

Editor: Kaitlyn Cortes is an editor from Brooklyn, NY. This summer, Kaitlyn was the editor of the TV pilot “Half Life,” which was produced by Feirstein and NY Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment. She is currently in her third year of the Post-production track at Brooklyn College’s Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema. She graduated from Lafayette College with a double major in Film and Studio Art.

We've partnered with Mija Cultura - a Houston based clothing company to bring you a "MIJITA" hat.

The word mija is derived from Spanish - mi hija (my daughter) - the slang term mija was developed as a term of endearment. It's commonly used to refer to your friends or homies.

Pledge $75 and get the hat + digital download of the film + postcard from the team!

 There are so many scary and unsettling things happening in the world right now that require our attention. We know that supporting a film project like this might not be at the top of everyone's list. However, we want to use this update to address the important role of art in shaping how we view the world and inspiring future generations.

Risks and challenges

Funding and making short films is hard. We have been lucky enough to have the support of so many great people and organizations that helped us get through filming. We are grateful to a team that came from NYC, San Antonio, and Dallas to make this film on such a small budget.

Unfortunately the most popular way to watch a short film is at a film festival and it's all dependent on acceptance into the festival. We really want the film to do more than a festival run, because the community the film represents may not have the access to the festival the film plays at.

Kickstarter is all or nothing. If we achieve our funding goal our main challenge will be doing a grassroots campaign that will engage individuals who have been impacted with incarceration. There's so much dialogue around the incarcerated that we feel strongly about being able to tap into the community to get people talking about their experiences. Completing the film and releasing it will get that conversation started.

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    CHICANO MUSIC!

    Music plays a huge role in our film and in Chicano culture - we'd love to share this part of our world with you!

    We'll send you a personalized PLAYLIST with some of our cast and crew's favorite Chicano songs!

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    We'll give you TWO exclusive TICKETS to a SCREENING in San Antonio or New York.

    If there's no screening by you, we'll send you a streaming link to watch the film in advance and a personalized video message from director Amanda!

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    FILM 101!

    Thinking about making your own film?!
 Producer Khaula and Director Amanda will join you for a SKYPE CONSULTATION / WORKSHOP on your project.

    We can discuss your script, fundraising, producing, anything under the sun!

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    Let There Be CAKE!

    A recurring image in our film is the cake that Rosa bakes for Esperanza.

    Our Producer and Baker Extraordinaire, Khaula Malik, will mail you some homemade baked goods inspired by the cake in the film!

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