Sharon Marroquin is a Mexican-American mother, dancer, choreographer, bilingual school teacher and much more. On January 8th 2010, she received a call informing her that she had breast cancer.
In Sharon's own words, "Since that moment, the eyes I see with belong to someone I do not know, and my body is a foreign puzzle with missing pieces. Every day I am newly surprised by the decimation of what my life once was"
For 18 months, we documented Sharon's struggle as a choreographer and mother battling breast cancer, highlighting her relationship with her son Dali and the healing power of art.
The documentary "Foreign Puzzle" echoes and processes the fear of mortality. The dynamic story unfolds through intimate observational footage that expresses delicate mother-son and fragile ex-spousal relationships intricately woven with dramatic medical scenes. In the midst of this roller coaster journey with breast cancer, dance is Sharon’s only outlet. She begins to create a ninety-minute dance titled, “The Materiality of Impermanence.” The choreography allows her to escape to another realm that is not confined by the pressure of the disease, child-rearing, teaching, and running a home. The documentation of the creative process offers the viewer a window into her inner struggles and their artistic manifestations. How this escape shapes Sharon’s perceptions of life and death forms the narrative arc of the film.
In March 2012, after 3 surgeries, 16 chemotherapy treatments and 30 radiation sessions, Sharon performed The Materiality of Impermanence to sold-out houses in Austin, Texas.
After documenting Sharon's epic journey, the film crew took a few months off and then meticulously sifted through 210 hours of amazing footage and distilled its essence into one moving, intimate and honest film - Foreign Puzzle. We are almost there but not quite. We have a few more crucial post production steps that need to be completed to make the film the best it can be.
Foreign Puzzle appeals to breast cancer survivors, advocates and caregivers. It is inspirational for dancers, artists and art therapists.
Among Latinas, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer & the #1 cancer killer. Due to lack of awareness and poor access to health care/insurance, Latinos are more likely to forego or delay receiving timely screening and treatment for cancer care, putting them at risk for suffering worse cancer outcomes, and lower cancer survival rates.Therefore, Foreign Puzzle is a valuable educational tool for the Latino community.
At its heart, this film is about love and living in the moment. The resilience of Sharon Marroquin to push through the insurmountable hurdles imposed on her by life and create a beautiful, raw and honest dance that embodies the brutality of the disease and the beauty of the human spirit will move and inspire every viewer.
HOW DOES THE KICKSTARTER MONEY HELP?
Foreign Puzzle is a labor of love and passion. We still need $$$ to cover essential costs associated with finishing our film and sharing it with the world.
All of the above mentioned tasks can only be performed by highly trained professionals using expensive gadgets and software. Most of our collaborators love the film and are charging us just to cover their basic costs. Our goal of $30,000 is really the absolute minimum needed to complete this film.
WHAT IF WE EXCEED OUR GOAL?
Hell Yes!!!! We will be over the moon. But the reality is we still have to
- Pay Kickstarter 5% of the money raised
- Pay Amazon 3-5% processing fees
- Design and print posters and publicity material
- Create a professional trailer
- Pay for duplication and shipping costs for screeners, prints and masters
- Design and publish a website for outreach
So every additional dollar really helps us get the film to more eyes.
MISSION: SEND 1000 HOPE CRANES
Foreign Puzzle symbolizes hope. And in that spirit we want to make and send 1000 Origami cranes with unique/personalized 100 character messages to 1000 people around the world. Folding 1000 Origami paper cranes is truly a labor of love. PLEDGE to send a HOPE CRANE to someone you love. We will fold and deliver it with hope and positive healing thoughts. Help us deliver 1000 HOPE CRANES in 30 days.
OUR SINCERE THANKS
Our deepest and sincerest thanks to Sharon Marroquin, Dali Gaytan, Pepe Gaytan, Michelle Marroquin, Materiality of Impermanence dance ensemble, Sharon's friends, students, doctors, nurses and Austin's community who welcomed us into their lives. This film would also be impossible without the support of my friends, filmmakers and family who are too many to list. This film exists because of you all.
If you wish to make a tax deductible contribution or if you prefer to keep your contribution completely anonymous or if you have any questions about the rewards - please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Director, Producer and Editor: Chithra Jeyaram
Foreign Puzzle is Chithra's debut feature length documentary both as a director and editor.
Cinematographer: Therese Tran
Risks and challenges
This film has been in the works for three years. Life does not happen in a jiffy. That is how long it takes to tell a transforming human story. All this while, we have dedicated our time and money on this project and the film is worth all of it and more.
There are still a few finishing things such as color correction, sound mix etc that needs to be done but with adequate funding all of that can be accomplished in a few months.
Foreign Puzzle will hopefully premiere at a film festival in 2015 and begin its outreach and distribution with a bang.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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