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Caracol Cruzando is a short animated film partially funded by Latino Public Broadcasting.
Caracol Cruzando is a short animated film partially funded by Latino Public Broadcasting.
152 backers pledged $9,836 to help bring this project to life.

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In May 2016 we were awarded a production grant by the Latino Public Broadcasting. We are raising our finishing funds to ensure this important film, Caracoal Cruzando, airs through the Latino Public Broadcasting in 2017 to millions of people across the country.

Caracoal Cruzando is a story about Anais, an eight year old Costa Rican girl, who faces the hardest decision she's ever had to make: should she sneak her best friend and pet turtle, Tiku, with her across the United States' Miami border, or should she leave him behind? 

The animated film is set in Costa Rica, where Anais' relationship with the plants and animals around her help to build the necessary courage to make this heart wrenching decision, regardless of the outcome. Set in the pseudo-fictional coastal town of Caracol Mountain, the story touches on elements of land rights and development, immigration, young Latinx coming-of-age, hope, love and the power of remembering. The story is told from the perspective of Anais, a little girl, specifically to create a humanizing lens on a topic that has often been dehumanized, policed, and politicized: immigration. Through Anais' eyes we come to understand the power of immigration and the courage in a young girl's heart to make a life-changing decision.

This story is based loosely on experiences that writer/director Pamela Chavez had when immigrating from Costa Rica to the US. In this work she pulls from her memories weaving together a story full of difficult and meaningful lessons.  

We're an award winning crew who all believe in this story and the impact it may have on young people and their families, especially for those who have immigrated, will immigrate, or who carry the story of immigration as a monument in the history of their family. We hope to use this film as a platform for dialogue regarding the migration narrative in hopes to shift the lens on this incredibly polarizing topic and deeply shared human experience.

Meet Our Award Winning Team!

Pamela M. Chavez, Writer & Director: Pamela is a qwoc freelance illustrator & animator influenced by contemporary issues directly impacting Latinx communities. Her last film, Roses for Wolves, screened at the Queer Latinx Art and Film Festival in 2015. 

Emalyn Lopez, Art Direction: Emalyn is a freelance Art Director & Graphic Designer working on branding and marketing collaterals for local companies, nonprofit organizations and musicians in the Bay Area. 

Aurora Guerrero, Story Editor: Aurora is a Chicana writer-director with over 12 years film experience. Guerrero wrote and directed Mosquita y Mari, her award winning debut narrative film. Aurora is a  Sundance Film Fellow.

Germaine Franco, Score/Composition: Germaine Franco is one of the few Latina women working full-time in Hollywood as a composer and music producer for film, television, and interactive media. Her work is featured in films such as DOPE, Kung Fu Panda 3, Book of Life, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Rio, and many more! 

Kumar Butler, Sound Design: Besides freelance sound work and mentoring at an elementary school, Kumar is in a Bay Area band known as The Seshen. He has worked with several Bay Area artists & musicians, including the live Green Day album.

Animation, Illustration: Pamela Chavez, Kat Jia, Dustin Garcia, Maria Jose Esquivel, Nayaki Anandan, Steven Beard, to name a few! 

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If we don't meet our financial goal of $8,500 to finish this film, we will not be able to complete it.

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