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#Mickey is a cross-platform documentary about a gender-fluid Youtube celebrity from Sinaloa, Mexico.
#Mickey is a cross-platform documentary about a gender-fluid Youtube celebrity from Sinaloa, Mexico.
150 backers pledged MX$ 251,500 to help bring this project to life.

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#Mickey is a cross-platform documentary about a gender-fluid Youtube celebrity from Sinaloa, Mexico. The project is comprised of a linear film annotated with augmented reality (AR) components and an interactive 360-degree video that uses WebVR technology. Through a multi-layered stylistic approach, the project talks about Mickey’s search for identity, both as a queer person born into a homophobic environment and a celebrity of the digital age.

#Mickey es un documental multiplataforma sobre un youtuber de Mazatlán, Sinaloa, en búsqueda de su identidad sexual. El proyecto se compone de un film lineal con elementos de realidad aumentada y un video de 360 grados con tecnología WebVR. Cuenta con varias capas en las que se podrá observar la exploración de Mickey como persona queer en un ambiente homofóbico y como una celebridad en la época digital.

I first was aware of Mickey when I was in high school. The first time I saw him he was wearing makeup and he was just 11 years old. We both went to the same Catholic school in Sinaloa—which as you know, is one of the most violent regions in the country. In Mexico, it’s got the second highest rate of homophobic hate crimes. So within this very oppressive environment, Mickey was just being himself. I remember the outrage he caused at school. From there I started following him, as it were. I was fourteen at the time. That’s when he started uploading videos to YouTube. He started making these really funny videos like, “What should I take to school? Don’t forget your Kotex and your slippers!” Everyone at school was like, do his parents not say anything? How does he get away with posting these things? What I didn’t know was that, at the time, he was cutting himself in his room. He dressed all emo, too—he was dealing with a lot of problems with his family and with the school itself. So for 10 years I followed him via social media. I didn’t really know him, I was more of a stalker, really. I’d look forward to his latest video or his latest uploaded pic.

Eventually, we moved in together and we were roommates for close to 3 years. During that time I got to really get to know Mickey. Not this persona I’d seen via social media. That’s when we landed on the documentary’s main theme: the search for identity. Which is really tricky, you know? But it wasn’t just about this sort of search for a kind of gender identity. It was more about seeing Mickey in this new world, navigating the differences between this character he’d created in social media and the one that I got to meet while living together. That’s when we talked about Sinaloa, about how he remembered his childhood there. One day I remember him telling me, “I don’t recall seeing any narcos in Mazatlán” and I was like “What?! How could you miss that?” I realized then that Mickey had somehow blacked out certain aspects of his upbringing and that could dig up with the help of these videos he’d taken. So I got him to record himself with a webcam responding to times when things about his past would come up. 

So the film is built on all these various layers. It begins with these seemingly banal moments, these YouTube clips and social media videos about how we wish other people saw us—always happy, of course!—but that’s just one layer about what goes on, which is particularly new right now where everyone has their own platform.  #Mickey is really about how our identities are built by these various self-presentations on social media. And it’s anchored by these three narrative strands: there’s the old archival footage, then the web-cam moments about reflecting on those old videos, and then there are moments we’ve chosen to fictionalize on set. That’s why the film is really about finding an identity within all these various gazes.

Mickey’s story speaks to a lot of people who aren’t really looking to fit into one box or another, in one gender label or another. But who are finding ways, through these online communities, of saying “This is who I am! Accept me as I am.” And that inspires change. There are all these times when I’d turn to Mickey and ask, “What are you feeling like today?” And he’d say, “Like a pony!” And he’d trot around the apartment! The thing about dealing with sexual identity issues is to let go of all our preconceived notions and boiling it down to questions of “who am I?” and “what do I like?” Those are two separate things, and they can change day to day. Today I may like this and tomorrow I may like that—and it’s fine if you mix that up, or even if you don’t! There shouldn’t be an issue here in terms of who you are and who you like. We should just be accepting of one another. And I think films like #Mickey can reflect the kind of journey of self-acceptance that we should see more of, especially when they start with what seem like super trivial things like selfies and vlogs.

Recent studies rank Mexico as the second worst country worldwide for homophobic crimes. LGBTI community has earned visibility in social media, and that has made a violent reaction in a lot of society sectors, in Mexico and all around the world. 


"#Mickey" wants to explore the ten year self-editing process of a character who, true to his generation, has digitized and shared online most of his life. 

How are we going to use the money?

This crowdfunding has two goals:

1. Get the resources to start producing the movie. 2. To promote the interaction of the users with the websites and the film. In 45 days of the campain, there will be different activities and special rewards, with which you'll be able to be a part of the project.

With the money we raise, we will be able to finish our development stage and begin production.

¿Cómo vamos a usar el dinero?

La recaudación de fondos tiene dos objetivos:

1. Conseguir los recursos necesarios para iniciar la producción de la película. 2. Promover la interacción de los usuarios con las redes y el filme. Durante los 45 días de campaña, habrá distintas dinámicas y recompensas especiales, con lo cual habrá oportunidades de formar parte del proyecto.

Con el dinero vamos a poder garantizar que termine la etapa de desarrollo e inicie la etapa de producción.

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Sobre el equipo / The staff

Betzabé García
(Directora y productora)

 

Director of the NY Times Op-Doc short “Unsilenced” (2016). She directed and produced her first feature documentary film "Kings of Nowhere" (2015), winner of the SX:Global Audience Award at SXSW, the Grand Jury Award at Full Frame Documentary Festival, the Golden Eye for Best International Documentary Film at the Zurich Film Festival, Best Documentary at the Morelia International Film Festival, International Jury Prize at This Human World; and the Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma-Ambulante Grant, among other awards.

Directora del cortometraje documental Op-Doc del New York Times “Unsilenced” (2016). Productora y directora del largometraje documental "Los reyes del pueblo que no existe" (2015), ganador del Premio del Público en SXSW, el Premio del Jurado en Full Frame Documentary Festival, el Ojo de Oro al Mejor Documental Internacional en el Zurich Film Festival, el Mejor Documental Mexicano en el Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia, así como la beca de post-producción Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma de Ambulante y el Programa a Proyectos y Coinversiones Culturales del FONCA.

Indira Cato
(Productora)

She studied Dramatic Literature and Drama in the Faculty of Philosofy and Literature at UNAM, specializing in Design and Production.
She produced the documentary feature film "Llévate mis amores" ("All of me") in 2014, which participated in more than 70 international film festivals.
"All of me" won a lot of prize, like México Primero Prize in Los Cabos International Film Festival 2014; Audience Award in Viva México!, France in 2015; Objectif de Bronze Prize in Millenium Documentary Film Festival, Belgium in 2016; and Prize Telesur for best Documentary Film y Honor Mention of the Jury for Feature Docuementary in Festival de Cine Pobre, Gibara, Cuba in 2016.
Nowadays, she writes the weekly drama reviews "Pure drama" for the agency of Proceso magazine.

Estudió Literatura Dramática y Teatro en la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras en la UNAM, con especialidad en Diseño y Producción.
Produjo "Llévate mis amores" (2014), dirigido por Arturo Gonzalez Villaseñor, largometraje documental sobre las Patronas, el cual participó en más de 70 festivales nacionales e internacionales y tuvo su estreno comercial en México en octubre de 2016.
"Llévate mis amores" fue acreedor a premios como Premio México Primero de Los Cabos International Film Festival 2014; Premio del público en Viva México!, Francia en 2015; Premio Objectif de Bronze en Millenium Documentary Film Festival, Bélgica en 2016; y Premio Telesur a la mejor obra documental y Mención de honor del jurado largometraje documental en el Festival de Cine Pobre, Gibara, Cuba en 2016.
Actualmente escribe la columna semanal de teatro "Puro drama" en la agencia de noticias de la revista Proceso (APRO).

Diego Tenorio
(Director de fotografía)

Director of photography with an extensive experience in cinema, publicity and television. He studied in Escuela Activa de Fotografía and Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos at UNAM. He has a versatile style in his work, and always adapts the image so it can get along with the story. Among his recent projects we find "Kings of nowhere", directed by Betzabé García, and the short film "24º 51' Latitud Norte" directed by Carlos Lenin, which won the Orona Prize at Festival de Cine de San Sebastián and ws nominated as Best Mexican Shortfilm in Ariel Prize. It also won Best Cinematography in Short shorts Mexico.

Director de fotografía con amplia experiencia en cine, publicidad y televisión. Egresado de la Escuela Activa de Fotografía y del Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos de la UNAM. Se caracteriza por una gran versatilidad en su estilo fotográfico, trabajando la imagen siempre en pro de la historia. Entre los diversos proyectos en los que ha colaborado recientemente destacan "Los reyes del pueblo que no existe" documental dirigido por Betzabé García, y el cortometraje "24º 51' Latitud Norte" de Carlos Lenin, fue reconocido con el premio Orona en el Festival de Cine de San Sebastián y fue nominado al premio Ariel como Mejor Cortometraje Mexicano. Ganó también el premio a Mejor Fotografía en Short shorts México.

LVSTVCRV
Martha Maya

(Editora y animadora)

 

In 2014 she started working with different edition tecniques and corrupting digital data known as Glitch-Art. Using image as it isn't supposed to, breaking it without fear, building visual language from deconstruction, looking for corruption of the esthetic and systematic mistake.
She was director of photography in the experimental Mexican documentary film “Pie de Página”, winner of Best short Mexican documentary film in DOCSDF.
Her glitch work has been part of the exhibitions “Glitch Art is Dead” in Cracovia, Polony y then published in the book of the same name by Aleksandra Pieńkosz and Zoe Stawska; “ID1-0T” for the University of Regina, Canadá; “Fu:bar/Expo” in Zagreb, it was part of “Error ! Ǝ/RR.O/R_GLitcHfȅ x ” festival in Sao Paolo; and was part of the 10 best Gifs in Ello 2016.
Nowadays her work is showing as part of the “25th Slavonian Biennale, Borders of Visibility” in the Museum of Fine Arts de Osijek, Croacia.
Fb: https://www.facebook.com/lvstvcrv/
Ello: https://ello.co/lvstvcrv
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/stellamaya

En 2014 comenzó a trabajar con distintas técnicas de edición y descomposición del video conocidas como Glitch-Art. Utilizando la imagen como no debe de ser utilizada, sin miedo a romperla, construyendo discursos visuales a partir de la destrucción, buscando la estética de lo corrupto y el error sistématico.
Fue directora de fotografía del documental experimental “Pie de Página”, ganador de mejor corto documental mexicano en DOCSDF.
Su trabajo de glitch ha sido presentado en las exhibiciones “Glitch Art is Dead” en Cracovia, Polonia y posteriormente publicado en el libro del mismo nombre por Aleksandra Pieńkosz y Zoe Stawska; “ID1-0T” para la University of Regina, Canadá; “Fu:bar/Expo” en Zagreb, estuvo dentro del festival “Error ! Ǝ/RR.O/R_GLitcHfȅ x ” en Sao Paolo; y es parte de los 10 mejores Gifs de Ello del 2016.
Actualmente se muestra su trabajo para la “25th Slavonian Biennale, Borders of Visibility” en el Museum of Fine Arts de Osijek, Croacia.
Fb: https://www.facebook.com/lvstvcrv/
Ello: https://ello.co/lvstvcrv
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/stellamaya

Sonia Sánchez Carrasco
(Editora)

Editor with experience in both fiction and documentary films, so as TV projects.
She made her degree in Audiovisual Communications in UCM, and she studied an specilization in Editing in Escuela De Cine y Audiovisual Madrid (ECAM). She arrived to Mexico in 2013 as assistant director of “La 4ta compañía”, directed by Amir Galván y Vanessa Arreola. She started working in TV series and edited “Guten Tag, Ramón”, with which she won a Diosa de Plata prize and was nominated to Ariel best edition prize.
She has colaborated before with the director Betzabé García in "Porcelana" (winner of Best shortfilm prize in the 16th Festival Internacional de Cine de Guanajuato) and “Unsilenced”, shortfilm produced for Op-Doc de The New York Times.

Editora con experiencia en el ámbito de la ficción y el documental. Combina trabajos de edición en el ámbito del cine y la televisión.
Licenciada en Comunicación Audiovisual por la UCM y diplomada en la especialidad de edición de la Escuela De Cine y Audiovisual Madrid (ECAM).
Llegó a México en 2013 como asistente de edición de “La 4ta compañía” de Amir Galván y Vanessa Arreola. Al poco tiempo, y tras trabajar en diferentes series de televisión, editó la película “Guten Tag, Ramón”, por la que obtuvo el premio Diosa de Plata y una nominación al Ariel a mejor edición.
Entre las anteriores colaboraciones con la directora Betzabé García destacan la edición del cortometraje “Porcelana”, que obtuvo el premio a mejor cortometraje en el 16vo. Festival Internacional de Cine de Guanajuato y la edición de “Unsilenced”, cortometraje producido como parte de la plataforma Op-Doc de The New York Times.

Phototaxia
(Compañía coproductora)

 Directed by Joceline Hernández García, Phototaxia is known for participating in different hollywood style productions shooted in Mexico and beyond. Some of it's titles are Transit, Love in The Times of Cholera, Vantage Point, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Dragon Ball Evolution, Captive, Espectro, El Jesuita y Words With Gods (segment «La Sangre de Dios») project written and directed by Guillermo Arriaga. They produced the feature film «Los Bañistas» (2014) and co-produced with La Banda Films «Las Horas Contigo» (2014), both winners of FIPRESI Prize and where nominated for Best First Film in the mexican Ariel Prizes in 2015.

Empresa dirigida por Joceline Hernández García, es reconocida por su participación en distintas producciones hollywodenses filmadas en México y el extranjero. Algunos de los títulos en los cuales ha colaborado son: Transit, Love in The Times of Cholera, Vantage Point, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Dragon Ball Evolution, Captive, Espectro, El Jesuita y Words With Gods (segmento «La Sangre de Dios») proyecto escrito y dirigido por Guillermo Arriaga. Produjo el largometraje «Los Bañistas» (2014) y co-produce con La Banda Films «Las Horas Contigo» (2014), ambas películas fueron reconocidas con el premio FIPRESI y fueron nominadas para mejor ópera prima en los premios mexicanos Ariel del 2015.

Agradecimientos video:
- "Machine Girl"
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- Gustavo Gonzales
- Andy Alexis Jimenez

Risks and challenges

"#Mickey" es un proyecto que lleva varios años en desarrollo y ahora se levanta más en forma. Gracias a esta campaña lograremos que el filme no se detenga, a la par de que estemos en el proceso de búsqueda de apoyos para su realización. Es fundamental el fondeo y la interacción del público con Mickey, ya que esto será filmado e incluido dentro de la cinta. Contamos con la participación de gente especializada en cada área para hacer una película de alta calidad. El documental pretende estar terminado a finales de 2018, para comenzar su gira por festivales en primavera de 2019.

"#Mickey" is a project that has been in development for several years and is now taking full shape. Thanks to this campaign we will guarantee that the film continues its path, while we keep looking for funds and grants to finish it. The crowdfunding and the public interaction with Mickey will be key to the project, as it will be filmed and included in the movie. Our team includes very specialized and experienced members, which assure a high quality film. The documentary aims to be finished in late 2018, so it can start screening in festivals in spring 2019.

Síguenos en redes sociales / Follow us on:

#Mickeylapelicula
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MickeyLaPelicula
Twitter: @MickeyLaPeli
Instagram: mickeylapelicula

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