WE DID IT!
We are FULLY FUNDED!!! A huge thank you to all of our wonderful backers, and everybody who helped us spread the word and made this fundraising campaign a success. We truly can’t express our gratitude enough!
Now we will go full force into the final days of pre-pro, and get everything ready for our first shoot day this Friday. We're excited to keep you updated on our shoot!
Synopsis: Desperate to feel like a normal high schooler for once, 16-year old Juana sneaks out to party with her friends, while her mother works the night shift. As the evening carries on, Juana steps out of her comfort zone to get closer to her crush, Robin. She never suspects that her best friend, Kelly, will risk Juana’s life with a drunken slip of the tongue…
Cranberry Nights is a coming of age film told from the perspective of an undocumented teenager. The film seeks to shine light on what it means to be undocumented in the United States today. It looks beyond the polarizing politics, and asks what a young undocumented person goes through on a daily basis.
Story & Themes: Juana has a crush on her classmate Robin and wants to go out with her friends to get closer to him. But attending a party is risky. Being caught might get her friends grounded – but for Juana it could mean the end of her life as she knows it. She is careful with sharing the truth about her status. The only person Juana entrusted the secret to is her best friend Kelly.
As a result, Juana is forced to live a double life. With her friends, she is a regular American teen. Trying to be cool, get the attention of her crush, and being excited for college. At home, she is an undocumented immigrant who works hard to achieve success, while her future remains uncertain.
Juana’s true identity catches up with her when her friend Kelly accidentally reveals her secret to everybody. The film touches upon timeless themes of friendship, trust, and betrayal by a close friend. It also raises questions of the inevitable sacrifice every undocumented person has to make: live a lie, or take the risk to be exposed, and potentially deported.
Why this film, why now?
During our time researching this project, we were lucky to have the opportunity to speak to many young leaders in the undocumented community. It was humbling to see how openly they shared their stories. They all decided to make a leap of faith for honesty, to believe in the best in people, in the face of constant danger to be exposed. Our goal with Cranberry Nights is to support their brave effort, share their stories, and bring to the screen an experience that gets lost between the polarized discourse around immigration.
Over the past 2 years, several key protections that undocumented people previously gained have been removed, and many lives are thrown into uncertainty. With this film we aim to empower the undocumented community, and overcome misinformation and fear with understanding and empathy.
By investing in our project you help us create a more inclusive and nuanced cinema that aims to humanize a community caught in political crossfire. You also give a female-led diverse cast the opportunity to shine, and help us put faces on the big screen that are still relegated to stereotypes.
At this point, pre-production is in full swing! We are fully cast, have all our crew attached, and locations are locked. Our shoot dates are set for the first weekend of June. All we need to make this film happen is your generous support! Your investment will enable us to rent camera & lighting equipment, feed our crew and cast, secure our locations, and get all the wardrobe, props, and trucks that it takes to make a film.
- With $20,000 we are covered for our shoot
- With $25,000 we can pay our amazing cast and crew for their effort, who are currently helping us on a deferred pay basis
- With $30,000 we are funded through post production, hurray!
Every dollar counts, and we are grateful for your contribution, no matter the amount! We have amazing giveaways to offer our backers, from exclusive artwork to custom film swag
In the name of the entire Cranberry Nights team, THANK YOU for your support! We are excited to make an outstanding and meaningful film with your help.
Sara Robin – Writer / Director
Sara Robin is a German director, writer, and producer based in Los Angeles. Her work centers on stories of social empowerment across narrative and documentary formats. Sara has written and directed a multitude of projects, from her 2013 LGTBQ short Am I Not Your Girl that was screened in festivals all over the world, to her science-fiction short Listeners, a chilling tale about a world without privacy. Sara is a Fulbright Alumna, and her student work at Boston University awarded her a place in Variety’s 110 Students to Watch List in 2015.
Inde Navarrette – “Juana”
Inde Navarette was born Danielle Fabiola Navarrette in Tucson, Arizona. Inde is of Mexican and Australian descent. Her childhood nickname, given to her by her mother, was 'Inde' due to her very independent nature. Inde began acting in commercials and short films at the age of 16. During one audition, the casting director was so impressed with her performance that she contacted a manager and told her to check out Inde's material. A week later, Inde was signed and soon booked a role in an Indie production titled Kids of the Black Hole and then feature Film Wander Darkly starring Sienna Miller and Diego Luna, set to release this year.
Matias Letelier – Producer
Matias Letelier is a Venice Beach native, LA-based commercial producer, specializing in large-scale photography and commercial production. Spending much of his early career on set as an Assistant Director, Matias is versed in working with large groups of people in real-time to make a production run smoothly and efficiently. Simply put, he has a knack at bringing talented people together who make amazing content. Current and past clients include Nike Jordan, Victoria’s Secret, Vogue, Athleta, PINK, and many more.
Aura – Associate Producer
Aura is a twenty-five year old DACA-mented filmmaker and activist from Coacalco, Mexico. After receiving DACA in 2013, Aura paid her way through school and earned an Associate’s degree in Film and Video production from Orange Coast College. In 2018, her short film Wreck screened at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Since then, Aura’s work has been dedicated to putting Latinx characters at the forefront of her stories, especially Latina women. Bilingual characters play central roles in her stories. Currently, Aura works for Film Independent.
Casey Stolberg – Director of Photography
Casey Stolberg is a Los Angeles based cinematographer, born in San Francisco, CA. Casey’s passion is to create imagery that captures and enlivens the emotional moments of a story. He has collaborated with international brands and recording artists, and garnered hundreds of millions of views across the globe. He works to find innovative and organic construction in compositional and lighting design, inspiring powerful connections in human feeling.
Kelly Sheridan – Production Designer
Kelly Sheridan is a Boston-bred, Los Angeles-based, creative renaissance woman who has practiced a variety of artistic mediums since a young age. After receiving her degree in Industrial Design from MassArt, Kelly got her start in retail display before she pivoted to film where she found her home in the art department. Between Boston, New York City, and Los Angeles Kelly has spent several years in the film community production designing independent features, web-series, comedy sketches, and short films. Her experience also includes illustration, prototyping within product development, sculptural installation, and set design/decoration for photo shoots.
Emma Platek – Editor
Emma is a Los Angeles based editor. Her recent work includes national branded campaigns, a pilot pitch teaser, an experimental mood film, and award-winning shorts. She has also collaborated on projects including Super Bowl commercials, holiday anthems, trade show features, and launch campaigns. She believes thoughtful editing is paramount to successful storytelling, and works to use the craft to express emotion, intention, and nuance.
David Murillo R. – Composer
David Murillo R.is an award-winning Colombian composer. He graduated Berklee College of Music in both Film Scoring and Electronic Production & Design, where he was awarded the Howard Shore Scholarship and Latin American Full Tuition Scholarship. Currently based in LA, David is also recipient to the Trent Reznor Award for groundbreaking electronics in his scores . His musical focus spans a wide variety of interests, however, is focused in composing for visual media including Film, TV, and Interactive Media.
Zoltan Juhasz – Sound Designer
Zoltan Juhasz is an award-winning sound designer from Hungary. He works in London and Budapest. Zoltan’s work is all about making the marriage of image and sound as happy as it can possibly be. He graduated from the National Film and Television School in 2016. Since then he has worked on a wide range of projects, including narrative work, documentaries, and commercials. Zoltan was awarded the Dolby Award for Best Sound in 2016, and in 2017 the MPSE Golden Reel Verna Fields Award.
Risks and challenges
Our team is committed and excited for this project. Our shoot dates are scheduled and we are focused on getting this project into film festivals for public viewing. Of course, with most independent films, funding and financing can be a significant hurdle towards the completion of this project. We are dedicated to this story and the team behind it, and we look forward to share it with you! Thank you for your support!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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