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A female revenge horror about a teenage Mexican girl who finds retribution  through her untapped female power and local witch culture.
A female revenge horror about a teenage Mexican girl who finds retribution through her untapped female power and local witch culture.
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Welcome to 'Ex Voto!' <3

EX VOTO is a cerebral female revenge film set in working-class Mexico City, and centered on young Mexicana Nayeli (played by Ruth Ramos (The Untamed ("La Region Salvaje"), how she finds her power following a brutal assault.  While the film is set in CDMX, we're examining rape culture in patriarchal societies around the globe, and the relationship between gender and power on a universal scale. 

Below is an interview with director Ashley George and Producer Maya Korn for Woman in Revolt Magazine about how they came up with the film: 

https://www.womaninrevolt.com/interview-with-maya-korn-and-ashley-george-on-ex-voto/

¡Bienvenido a Ex Voto!  Ex Voto es un cortometraje cerebral sobre venganza femenina que se desarrolla entre la clase trabajadora de la Ciudad de México. Se centra sobre la joven Nayeli (papel interpretado por Ruth Ramos (La Región Salvaje)), quién descubre sus poder tras sobrevivir un ataque brutal. Aunque nuestra historia se desarrolla en CDMX, en ella examinamos la cultura de violación presente en sociedades patriarcales en todo el mundo, y la relación entre género y poder en una escala universal. 

Logline:  After surviving a brutal assault, an enigmatic 17-year-old Mexican girl finds retribution through her untapped female power and local witch culture.

HISTORIA: logline- Después de sobrevivir un ataque brutal, una enigmática muchacha Mexicana de diecisiete años encuentra retribución a través de sus poderes femeninos y la cultura local de brujería.

Photo Credit- MarkusHartel.com
Photo Credit- MarkusHartel.com

'Ex Voto' was initially conceived as a response to the US presidential election race. We couldn't believe the racist, sexist comments and actions we were being bombarded with daily from an apparently viable presidential candidate.

We were drawn to Mexico, thinking we would create a protest film. We spent a month researching and speaking to people about our ideas. During our conversations, we found women in the close knit Catholic suburbs of Mexico City are treated very poorly with little sense of female community. The statistic that 7 women die daily in Mexico as a result of 'feminicidio' (femicide) came up continually and the film grew into a story that aims to raise awareness about the global problem of sexual violence against women.

Our hope is that this short will empower women everywhere to stand up for themselves and know they are not alone.

This is a Columbia University MFA Thesis Film.

EL ORIGEN DE EX VOTO:  “Ex Voto” : surgió como una respuesta a la elección presidencial en Estados Unidos en 2017. No dábamos crédito del comportamiento y de los comentarios racistas y sexistas con que nos atacaba a diario un candidato presidencial. Esto nos atrajo a México, donde pensábamos crear una película de protesta. Pasamos un mes investigando y conversando con diferentes personas acerca de estas ideas. Durante estas conversaciones, nos encontramos a mujeres en la comunidad católica de los suburbios de la Ciudad de México, quienes son tratadas con poco respeto y quienes carecen de un sentido de comunidad femenina. La cifra de feminicidio en México - siete mujeres mueren cada día como resultado de crímenes de género - era citada continuamente, y el proyecto se transformó en una historia que intenta crear conciencia en torno al problema global de violencia contra las mujeres. Nuestra esperanza es que este cortometraje ayudará a empoderar a mujeres en todo el mundo a tomar acción y a saber que no están solas.

Este cortometraje es una película de tesis para una Maestría en Producción de Cine otorgada por Columbia University.

We have partnered with a California based nonprofit organization that supports female victims of trauma: Casa de la Familia. Any financial awards received will be dedicated to them. 

About Casa De La Familia

Initially established in 1996 for victims of crimes such as human trafficking, domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, child sexual, and physical abuse, CDLF's mission has expanded to providing counseling and support to individuals and families who have been impacted and affected by various types of trauma. We also focus on educational outreach to bring awareness to domestic violence and other forms of abuse to educate the population and with an intention to prevent trauma from continuing to perpetrate our communities. With a clinical staff of over 40 therapists, Casa de la Familia provides mental health services to Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, with an emphasis on services for the marginalized population of California.

CASA DE LA FAMILIA: Nos hemos asociado con una organización basada en California que da apoyo a mujeres víctimas de trauma: Casa de la Familia. Todo premio monetario recibido será dedicado a ellos. Acerca de Casa de la Familia Establecida originalmente en 1996 para asistir a víctimas de crímenes como tráfico humano, violencia doméstica, violación, violencia sexual, y abuso de menores, la misión de CDLF se ha expandido para proporcionar apoyo y consejo a individuos y familias que han sido afectadas por diferentes tipos de trauma. También nos enfocamos en programas de difusión educativa para crear conciencia sobre la violencia doméstica y otras formas de abuso, con el fin de educar a la población y con la intención de prevenir la perpetuación del trauma en nuestras comunidades. Con un equipo clínico de más de cuarenta terapeutas, Casa de la Familia ofrece servicios de salud mental en los municipios de Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, y San Bernardino, con un énfasis en servicios dirigidos a las comunidades marginalizadas de California.

ASHLEY GEORGE, Director

Ashley is an award-winning director and producer based in New York. She began making films in 2009 when she joined San Francisco film collective Scary Cow and has worked in casting, directing and producing films, commercials and music videos in SF, LA and NYC. Recent directorial work include 2017’s SOMETIMES, FOREVER which played the festival circuit in 2017 and 2018, and she's honored to direct EX VOTO in July. As producer, she’s recently wrapped several short films and web series including Julia Ngeow’s existential comedy EUDAEMONIA, Alle Hsu’s Asian-American drama OUR WAY HOME, and Heidi Hartwig & Isabella Mehiel’s queer thriller DISFORIA. She's a Gemini firecracker in a sugar bowl, and a sucker for all things 90s.  You can find more of her work at www.filmsbyashley.com.

ALONSO DIAZ-RICKARDS, Writer

Alonso is a writer and painter based in New York. Born and raised in Mexico City, Alonso was awarded scholarships to attend Li Po Chun United World College in Hong Kong, and College of the Atlantic in the United States. He completed his BA in Human Ecology, an interdisciplinary degree within which he studied visual arts and creative writing. Alonso has dedicated a large proportion of his adult life to the craft of painting, having several shows in his native Mexico City. Recently he completed his first novel that is currently being edited by a publisher. Alonso grew up reading the stories of H.P. Lovecraft and M.R. James, and is interested the persistence of the belief in the supernatural in contemporary Mexican life. This will be his first screenwriting adventure.

MAYA KORN, Producer

Maya Korn is a lover of the strange and unusual. To date, she has produced five short films as well as numerous immersive events through her UK company ONE OF US, WHITECHAPEL. Before turning her attention to producing, Maya worked in marketing and distribution at The Weinstein Company on THE MASTER (2012); at BBC America on the release of ORPHAN BLACK Season 2 (2014); and at the Film Society of Lincoln Center on the 52nd New York Film Festival. More recently she has moonlighted in companies dedicated to female driven content/ film makers, Refinery 29 & Maven Pictures. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Producing from Columbia University’s Graduate School of the Arts . EX VOTO is her Columbia MFA thesis film.

DIANA MATA, Co-producer

Diana graduated from Centro de Estudios en Ciencias de la Comunicación, where she studied Filmmaking and Television. During her time there, she produced over 10 short films and web series. Her short MEMORIES OF A STRIP CLUB, was screened in more than 20 countries and was nominated for an Ariel award (2017), the equivalent of an Oscar nomination. The last short she created, MARTIAN CHRONICLE, premiered at Palm Springs Shortfest 2017. They recently wrapped their her feature which is currently in post-production. Diana is co-founder of Compañeros Producciones: a collective that is focus on developing and audio-visual distribution and based in Mexico City.

ENFANT & POULET, Production Company

Enfant & Poulet is an independent film company based in Mexico City and Los Angeles focused on the development and production of narrative, documentary and commercial projects.The company’s short films include: BEA (Palm Springs Film Festival, Morelia Film Festival), ANDRÉS (Miami Film Festival, Morelia Film Festival), LITTLE SYRIA (Indie Grits Film Festival, Oaxaca Film Festival), as well as several art-focused documentaries in collaboration with Mexico’s most prominent galleries and art institutions

JULIETA JIMINEZ PÉREZ, Production Designer

Born in Mexico City, Julieta initially studied Architecture in the Universidad Marista, Mexico City, graduating in 2010. After this she worked in art direction and set design at Brossmarq, S.A. design where she developed more than 50 projects for television and cinema. Her key credits include: set designer for series QUEEN OF THE SOUTH (2015), Batan Silver’s ‘COMPULSIÓN’ (2017), NARCOS (Season 2, 3, 4) (2015- present) and many many more!

RUTH RAMOS is NAYELI

Born Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. She is an actress, known for Ariel, Venice and Austin Fantastic Fest award winning THE UNTAMED (2016), FRACTAL (2018) and LA INCERTIDUMBRE (2018).

Nayeli's house
Nayeli's house
Neighborhood Streets
Neighborhood Streets
The market where Rayan sells sunglasses
The market where Rayan sells sunglasses

Iztapalapa is a suburb of Mexico City and one of its most densely populated. A chance encounter with a music video director who had great success shooting there led us to visit for a location scout. We were struck by its complexity of bright color and earth, and immediately started dreaming up a character from there. Who is she? What is her life like? As non-Mexicans with a writer who is not from this suburb we have taken great pains in talking to people from this neighbourhood and others like it including Tepito and Ecatepec.

LOCACIONES: Iztapalapa es una área conurbada de la Ciudad de México y una de las más densamente pobladas. Un encuentro fortuito con un director de videos musicales quien tuvo gran éxito filmando ahí nos llevó a explorar el área para locaciones. Nos impresionó su complejidad visual de colores y tierra brillantes, e inmediatamente empezamos a imaginar un personaje en este contexto. ¿Quién es ella? ¿Cómo es su vida? Siendo extranjeras y con escritor quien no es originario de este contexto, hemos tomado gran cuidado en hablar con personas de esta parte de la ciudad y otros barrios populares incluyendo Tepito y Ecatepec.

Welcome to Mars aka the mine where the witches meet
Welcome to Mars aka the mine where the witches meet
In the waiting room of the family planning clinic
In the waiting room of the family planning clinic

We are currently in Mexico City working fervently in pre-production. Over the next few weeks we will finalize the production elements to make this film a reality. The money you give us will go to:

CÓMO SE DISTRIBUIRÁN LOS FONDOS: Actualmente estamos en la Ciudad de México trabajando en pre-producción. Durante las siguientes semanas confirmaremos los elementos de la producción que harán de este proyecto una realidad. Los fondos que nos dones irán a:

60% CAST & CREW

It's really important to us as team to compensate our cast and crew. The money we raise on Kickstarter will allow us to pay everyone a fair wage.

60% ELENCO Y EQUIPO DE PRODUCCIÓN- Es muy importante para nosotros como equipo poder compensar a nuestros actores y a todos los miembros de la producción. Los fondos que recaudemos en Kickstarter nos permitirán dar a todos una paga justa.

10% LOCATIONS, FOOD, TRANSPORTATION

Our locations consist of: a family home, neighborhood streets, a mine, a nopales field, a market and a clinic. We have quite a few. Those in public spaces will require permits and the residential deserve a bit of compensation for giving up their living space. Your money will make this happen. We also want to feed our crew well, and get them safely from point A to point B.

10% LOCACIONES, ALIMENTOS, TRANSPORTACIÓN- Nuestras locaciones consisten de: una casa familiar, las calles del barrio, una mina, un campo de nopales, un mercado y una clínica. Aquellos que son espacios públicos requerirán permisos; los residenciales merecen compensación para las personas que nos darán uso de su espacio doméstico. Los fondos que nos dones ayudarán a que esto suceda. También queremos alimentar bien a nuestro equipo, y poder transportarlos con seguridad de punto A a B.

15% EQUIPMENT

Even with borrowing as much as we can, this film will require equipment rentals which are not cheap.

15% EQUIPO- Aún tomando prestado todo lo posible, este cortometraje requerirá renta de equipo que no resultará barato.

15% POST

Some say the film really comes alive in the edit. We want to hire an editor, sound mixer, colorist, composer and title designer to make this film as compelling as it should be!

15% POST- Hay quienes dicen que una película sólo cobra vida en la edición. Queremos contratar a un editor, mezclador de audio, colorista, compositor y diseñador de créditos para hacer este cortometraje tan poderoso como debe de ser.

It means so much to us that you've taken the time to look at our page. If you can't contribute financially you would really help us by getting the word out and sharing.

You can like us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/ExVotoFilm/

Follow us on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/exvotofilm/

¡GRACIAS! Muchas gracias por tomarte el tiempo de visitar nuestra página. Si no puedes contribuir con fondos nos puedes ayudar a pasar la voz, compartiendo nuestro proyecto en redes sociales.

Risks and challenges

Film making is a risky business! Every film maker budgets contingency for force majeure.

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