Merging Our Communities...
Hello Kickstarter Friends,
Over the years, Memories of a Penitent Heart has acquired the lucky problem of supporters in different sectors--Indiegogo, Kickstarter, and everywhere in between. To simplify our communications, we are... Read more
MEMORIES World Premiere!
Are you sitting down? Good.
After several nail-biting weeks of sitting on the good news, I am thrilled to announce that at long last, the film YOU supported has... Read more
WE’VE GOT PICTURE LOCK + other great news!
A very Happy Holidays indeed!
Why? Because we have locked picture on Memories of a Penitent Heart! What does that mean, exactly? No more changes—the edit is done!... Read more
MOAPH Featured at IFP Film Week, Tacoma Film Festival and More!
Greetings from Lincoln Center!
Memories of a Penitent Heart has been chosen to participate in the Independent Filmmaker Project's prestigious annual market for up-and-coming independent films. Director Cecilia and Producer... Read more
Memories Director in Filmmaker Magazine
For those of you that don't already know, a pretty awesome thing happened today...
Memories director Cecilia Aldarondo was picked to be one of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces... Read more
We got into the Sundance Edit Lab!
We've been dying to tell you, and now we finally can... out of more than 100 eligible projects, Memories of a Penitent Heart is one of only 8... Read more
The best news. Like, ever.
So, I'm not sure if you remember, but in our last update, I promised some big news for 2015. Well, I'd hate to disappoint you, so instead we... Read more
A banner 2014...
Memorieseditor Hannah Buck and I just got back from our month's residency at the MacDowell Colony. With the help of snowy silence and an extraordinary staff who... Read more
McDowell or bust.
It's been a while since our last update, but if things have seemed quiet, it’s only because we’ve been getting the work done with our heads down. Here’s... Read more
We've received MacDowell Colony Fellowships!
This week, Memories editor Hannah and I got some amazing news--We have each received a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, which will provide us a with a month-long collaborative residency at... Read more
9 days left on Indiegogo. An incredible Media Market. And a party for YOU!
Happy Monday everyone!
I'm writing to you this fresh from a weekend at the Latino Media Market, where I pitched the film directly to funders like PBS, Sundance, and private... Read more
We've Launched on Indiegogo!
As I mentioned last week, we're raising the funds we need for post-production, and we've JUST. GONE. LIVE! **big cheer** Check out the campaign video:
Since you... Read more
A bittersweet update
We've got good news, and we've got bad news in the world of Memories of a Penitent Heart.
You want the good news first, right?
OK. Good news... Read more
Happy Holidays from Memories of a Penitent Heart!
Time does funny things during this time of year. Holidays have a way of doing that--inviting us to step back a little, observe our lives, and take stock.... Read more
Production--COMPLETE! Now what?
Dearest MoaPH backers,
We've reached a crucial milestone in the making of Memories of a Penitent Heart--we've completed production, on time and under budget! And we have--drum roll... Read more
1st batch of backer rewards in the mail & a special event in San Francisco
Oh, man! We're so excited that our first batch of rewards for our awesome backers is IN THE MAIL! Look how pretty! These are the art prints that many of... Read more
If Miguel could see us now...
A belated but most exciting update. As many of you know, after Miguel died his partner Aquin and my grandparents went their separate ways, with little love lost between them.... Read more
Lost and found
On a fall day in 2008, my mother found a box of decaying slides and 8mm films that had formerly belonged to my grandfather Jorge. As often happens with family... Read more
An update on...an update
We've noticed that our last update had some issues on the email version sent through Kickstarter. Some of the images and the video did not show up. Bummer!
The full... Read more
On location in Puerto Rico & rewards update
Greetings, dear backers!
Production is still in full swing over here. Since our last update, we've conducted interviews in New York and Orlando, and travelled to Puerto Rico to do... Read more
Back in production!
Dearest Kickstarter backers,
It's been a month since we pulled off an incredible Kickstarter campaign--leaving the initial goal of $20,000 in the dust, thanks to all of you! I wanted... Read more
WE DID IT!
STOP THE PRESSES, FRIENDS! We didn't just make our Kickstarter goal, we killed it. Going above and beyond 20K isn't just exciting, it has a huge practical significance for the... Read more
A message from Aquin, Miguel's long-lost partner
In the final hours of our campaign, I wanted to share something I just received. Yesterday I asked Father Aquin, Miguel's partner, what this film means to him. Here is... Read more
Down to the last 22 hours!
Here it is. The final day of Kickstarter. When I think about the past 47 days, I kind of can't see straight. Long-lost friends coming out of the... Read more
Down to the final hours!
To the greatest supporters in the history of every film ever made (no exaggeration here):
Today, the Kickstarter ticker shifted from 'days' to 'hours.' As I type this, we... Read more
The impossible happens...
I’ve been telling people about this film for a long time now. About my uncle Miguel’s deathbed repentance of his homosexuality. About how, as Miguel was dying, my devout Catholic... Read more
It's a Christmas miracle!
ARE YOU SITTING DOWN? It's really him! It really is Robert. As in, Miguel's long-lost partner. As in, the man whose side of the story we've been waiting to... Read more
Could this really be happening?
Dearest MoaPH backers!
It's here. We are only a week away from our campaign's end. When I think about what's happened in the past month--Celebrity tweets! Great press! Friends, family,... Read more
Rosie and John and Rosario and Wilson, oh my!
It's been one seriously exciting week over here! First, THIS happened:
...and then THIS happened:
...and then THIS craziness, from which we still haven't fully recovered:
As if Rosario tweeting... Read more
We're halfway there!
As of today, we are now officially past the halfway mark of our $20,000 goal! We now have 111 awesome backers who have pledged a total of $10,093!... Read more
A letter from a gay son to his mother: sadness, love & conviction from beyond the grave.
About a month ago, this letter was discovered tucked carefully away inside the pages of my grandmother Carmen’s Bible. It is the most important document that’s turned up since I... Read more
New Reward Option!
Many of us enjoy giving "alternative" gifts, or making contributions in someone's honor. It's one way to think about, talk about and participate in the giving season in... Read more