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On a hot summer day, Maya, a Puerto-Rican teen runs away from her abusive home in upstate New York.

STORY:

In the Land of Milk and Honey, is a coming of age tale, set in Ithaca, New York, about a Puerto-Rican teenage girl trapped in an abusive home, trying to find a place where she belongs.

On the hottest day of the summer, Maya, makes the daring decision to runaway from her adopted family after a dangerous threat is made by her step-brother. With no money and only an old photo of her birth mother, she faces the consequences of leaving everything behind, including her first true love, Josiah.

Set in Upstate New York, our film is exploring the second migration of Puerto-Rican Americans and other minorities who leave the big city in search for a better life.

However, under a micro lens this is a story about Maya, and her coming of age as an orphaned child in New York.

In the Land of Milk and Honey delves into the insecurities of teenage romance, and how class and race are resonating issues everywhere. At the same time, this film is about capturing the beauty and essence of Ithaca, a historically progressive and nature filled town.

THE PLAYERS – (Who is making this film):

In the Land of Milk and Honey is being produced under the Independent New York based production company – One Love Picture Classics.  

Producers lending a hand include Max Berger (graduate of USC's film program), Sam Farhi (Co-Writer of the short film Let There Be Sol and director of OLPC's soon to be released short period piece Helen, Ben and the Weather), and Daniel F. Pfeffer (Co-Writer, Producer and Director of Let There Be Sol an official short selection at the 2010 HBO NY INT'L Latino Film Festival, Producer and Director of the infamous music video Forever Harlem and director of 'Milk And Honey,' he is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts).  

We are blessed to have the talented cinematographer Minka FK (director of the recent short film Cheap Extermination an official selection of the SXSW Film Festival), along with him, our second camera operator and talented cinematographer Sienna Pinderhughes (graduate of Spellman College).

Our lead cast thus far includes Yainis Ynoa and Joshua Rivera.  Yainis recently starred in Babygirl an official feature selection at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.  Joshua co-starred in Babygirl, and also starred in Bedford Park Boulevard another official shorts selection of the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival. Joshua was also featured in Gimme The Loot the grand prize winner at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival.  Babygirl has gone on to receive a warm critical reception, and has been praised for the young Latino actors and their honest portrayal of teenage angst.  

"Newcomer Yainis Ynoa, with a pouting teenager’s frown, captures much of the mercurial emotional life of her adolescent protagonist, and there is a an appealing freshness to her contemporaries in the cast, especially Joshua Rivera in the role of young Xavier, who witnesses events in Lena’s family (from the perspective of delivering pizzas) with a charming incredulity." - David D'Arcy; BABYGIRL review, SCREENDAILY.com

WHY WE NEED THE MONEY:

Making movies is expensive.  The budget for In The Land of Milk and Honey has been carefully thought out.  Our small but talented crew have offered to donate their time and labor because they believe in the project. However, there are still some unavoidable expenses when it comes to film production. Your contributions will go directly towards the following costs:

- Equipment Rentals

- Transportation (cast and crew to and from Ithaca and New York City)

- Food (If my crew and cast work for free, I demand they are well fed for ultimate performance and stamina!)

- Location Fees

- Special Effects make-up

- Props

- Post Production (external hard drives are expensive!)

Anything you can give us would mean so much to my cast and crew, which is why we're giving out perks for different levels of donations. Check the donation levels on the sidebar, and see what works for you!

OTHER WAYS TO HELP OUT:

We understand that times are tough and some of you may not be able to contribute to the project.  However, we would greatly appreciate any word of mouth or digital following such as a LIKE on our Facebook page or a FOLLOW on our Twitter account. 

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