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Waking Dream is a series of short documentary films exploring the lives of young undocumented people in the U.S. who have DACA permits.
270 backers pledged $25,712 to help bring this project to life.

Waking Dream pilot takes off!

Posted by Theo Rigby (Creator)

Hi all!

Over the past few months a lot has happened in the world of Waking Dream, as well as in the world of young undocumented people with DACA. I know it’s really hard to keep up with all of the politics involved in immigration issues, in the last month alone there has been a dire threat against DACA from ten Republican Attorneys General, as well as three different bills introduced in Washington, D.C. that could provide a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients. In short, the world of those with DACA is in extreme limbo right now, and the future of 800,000 young people hang in the balance. The importance of telling this story at this exact moment has never been more necessary and we feel incredibly lucky to be let into the lives and homes of the incredible people telling their stories as part of this project.  Our deepest thanks go out to each and every one of you who made this possible.

Waking Dream pilot gets rolling with ITVS Funding!

After our successful Kickstarter campaign and initial production shoots, we dug down and focused on fundraising and distribution which has resulting in receiving pilot funding from ITVS as part of the Digital Open Call! We are honored to work with the amazing staff at ITVS, and to be part of a talented cohort of filmmakers that are creating short-form episodic documentary series with a wide range in topics. After we finish the pilot in a few months, we will apply for series funding from ITVS.

Waking Dream pilot production jumps into action

Waking Dream production in Tampico, MX, with Dilan Pedraza, director/DP Theo Rigby, and sound person Gerardo Villareal.
Waking Dream production in Tampico, MX, with Dilan Pedraza, director/DP Theo Rigby, and sound person Gerardo Villareal.

Thanks to all of you, as well as ITVS, we are in the middle of production on the pilot episode. Over the last month, director Theo Rigby traveled to Mexico with Dilan Pedraza as he reunited with his family after 14 years. Dilan’s father was deported when he was just 9 years old, and with a special permit under DACA called ‘advance parole’, he was able to visit his dad for the first time in over a decade. Theo was present and filming for the emotional reunification of the family--Dilan didn’t tell his dad that he was coming, so it was a big surprise! As the pilot production continues we plan to film three other characters in San Francisco, South Texas on the U.S./Mexico border, and Indiana.

Waking Dream accepted into IFP Film Week

Waking Dream has been accepted as one of 60 narrative and documentary projects in the 2017 IFP Film Week. This event in New York City is one of the premiere industry events where filmmakers get face-to-face meetings with funders, distributors, and opportunities to move projects forward. Director Theo Rigby plans to meet with potential funders, as well as strategic partners that can help screen the project across the country when Waking Dream launches.


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