BAJA COME DOWN is a film about two women going through a break up who take a spontaneous road trip (with their cat) into Mexico down the Baja Peninsula. This small-scale feature is to be directed by Matthew Anderson and will shoot later this year.
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This film exists between the fluctuating state of intimacy and isolation of two lovers who know they’re not good together but still care deeply for each other.
We want to explore elusive in-between spaces not easily categorized by the mainstream when it comes to art, film, sexuality, religion, politics, etc. approaching that question mark floating over the horizon with passion and humility.
We aim to tell a meaningful, honest story about the experience of existing between a clear right and wrong, between relational, sexual, and national identity.
Many underrepresented people exist outside of the generalized binary of gay and straight sexual identity. Caitlin Michael Riley's character Hannah is one such person who doesn't relate to the experience of hetero- or homo-sexual identity. For her, romantic experience is more fluid, less static or categorizable. We find Hannah in a place where she's coming to terms with the fact that up until this point, she’s been socially perceived as lesbian, a label that has been placed upon her by only having had relationships with women. Charlie, on the other hand, identifies as lesbian, and has trouble understanding or relating to Hannah’s experience as bisexual. This is just one point that leads them down a road of disconnect.
Matthew grew up traveling into Baja California on mission trips with his father, a Christian Pastor. Recently he ventured into Baja on a road trip with a friend for a few days, and in its terrain he found the setting for this film.
To Hannah, the Baja Peninsula is a Wild West. Uncharted territory. A foreign land of sun, tacos, and tequila. To Charlie, it's a place of familial roots. Childhood family vacations. It's a familiar landscape, a familiar language, but little more than memories or nostalgia. This contrast of perspectives will provide a way for the audience to experience Baja.
The money goes into making the road trip real and enacting the plan we've made together. The funds go into gas and tacos, insurance and camera rentals, lodging and shooting locations. It will also allow our cast and crew to leave their day jobs while on this two week long production. This is the minimum amount of money we need to be able to make this work.
If we don’t reach the full amount set forth in our goal, Kickstarter will not charge your credit card, we will receive $0, and we will not be able to make BAJA COME DOWN with Kickstarter funds.
Matthew is a Los Angeles based artist. He holds a BFA in Film Production from Chapman University and currently works at The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and freelance as an Assistant Editor. He has written and directed several projects including his most recent short film LAS GITANAS, an improvised film following hustlers over the course of a night in Los Angeles (watch it here password: gitanas), FRANKY, FRANKLY (watch here) and ALBERT! OR, MY LIFE IN THE OCEAN (watch here) starring Trevor Jackson. This will be his first feature length film. www.matthewandersononline.com
Case Barden has produced two feature films, BROKEN LEG and WINNING DAD, along with several short films. He's worked on several critically acclaimed films including THE FUTURE, TERRI, MANIAC, LOW DOWN, and CHRONIC. Case made it to the final round of the Sundance Screenwriting Lab with his script in 2012. He has an adept understanding of independent, micro-budget film production from beginning to end. www.casebarden.com
Eric Sheehan, Editor
Eric has been telling stories with ones and zeros for half of his life. His experiments include numbering those ones and zeros in ways which make a viewer uncomfortable, comfortable, or self-aware. Eric is interested in intersectionality and propaganda. He has edited documentaries and films including Christopher Richmond's THE MILKY WAY, and Emett Casey's MIRROR & MISSAL. ericsheehan.com
Cristian Quintero, Location Producer
With a BFA in Film Production from Chapman University, Cristian worked at 42West, a leading entertainment PR agency, on for major theatrical releases and independent film campaigns. After four-and-half years in the PR world, Cristian decided to pursue production. Currently freelancing as a producer, Cristian has worked on industrial videos for Harman/Kardon as well music videos for British artists, including Glass Animals and Shura. silenciofilms.com
Michelle Ortiz is an actress based in Los Angeles. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts Cum Laude from Loyola Marymount University, studied at the Moscow Art Theater School and classical voice in Germany. She performed in the 2014 ABC Diversity Showcase and has appeared in commercials and print ads for State Farm, Intel and AT&T. Most recently she appeared on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and in the Season 2 premier of Nickelodeon’s Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn. She also starred in Matthew's recent short film, LAS GITANAS. Michelle speaks Spanish fluently, which will help us on our road trip! michelle-ortiz.com
Caitlin Michael Riley is a Los Angeles based actress originally from Portland, OR. She trained at Mt Holyoke College, the University of Massachusetts, University of Bologna, Italy and the Upright Citizens Brigade. She has appeared on stage and screen in various shorts and features that have screened at festivals and on television, including the Venice Film Festival and the independent TV station KVMD. She recently starred in the upcoming feature film High & Outside. Much like her character Hannah, this will be Caitlin's first journey south of the Mexico border line. caitlinmichaelriley.com
Lou is a cat. She will appear in her debut role as Hannah's cat Lou.
From the bottom of our hearts for enabling us and joining us on this trip. We literally will not be able to make this film without your pledge and support in sharing this page with others. We're willing to hustle to make this happen. We really can't wait to share this journey with you.
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Risks and challenges
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With that said, micro budget independent filmmaking is always difficult. Even a small project like BAJA COME DOWN requires a huge investment of time and energy from the cast and crew. And of course all artistic endeavors including this one is subject to reality. Sometimes disasters happen like fires, car crashes, financial crises, or other unforeseeable that makes completing project impossible. Filmmaking has many variables that could potentially blind-side a production and bring it to a halt.
The team of BAJA COME DOWN has years of experience in filmmaking and with all best efforts will attempt to deliver a unique and honest film of the highest quality to YOU, our backers, and an expanded audience via film festivals and other means of distribution.
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