- United States
Director of photography:
Juan Daniel Garcia Traviño (Ulises), Bianca Coral Puernte Valenzuela (Chaparra), Jonathan Fernando Espinoza Gamez (Jeremy), Luis Leonardo Zapata (Isai), Leonardo Ernesto Garza Ávila (Pekesillo), Estefania Judith Tovar Ramirez (Negra), Rocio Monserrat Rios Hernandez (Wendy), Brandon Yahir Alday Vazquez (Sudadera), Yesica Avigail Silva Ríos (Patricia)
The movie traces the journey of Ulises Samperio, a 17-year-old Mexican boy, who after an unfortunate misunderstanding with members of a local cartel, is constrained to migrate to the U.S., leaving behind what defines him most: his gang and the dance parties that he loves so much. He tries his best to adapt to a new country, but Ulises quickly realizes that he would rather return home to his family and friends in Monterrey than confront the alienation and loneliness he faces in America.
IMCine / Cinereach / Panavision New Filmmakers Grant / Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund / Sundance Screenwriters Lab / Sundance Creative Producers Lab / NALIP Award at Guadalajara Film Festival / Premio Bengala
Born and raised in Mexico City, Fernando Frias attended Columbia University as a Fulbright Scholar and has worked as a director, cinematographer, and editor. His first narrative feature, Rezeta, won several awards on the festival circuit, including the Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2014 Slamdance Film Festival. Fernando attended the 2014 Sundance Screenwriters Lab with Ya No Estoy Aqui. He will be directing the new HBO Mexico City pilot starring Fred Armisen.
2012 - Rezeta - fiction - 85 min.
2008 - Calentamiento Local - doc - 52 min.
Production in Monterrey, Mexico, began in September 2017 and finished in October. We’re taking a hiatus to wait for the weather to change in New York and raise the remainder of our shortfall ($580,000). Pre-production in the New York City unit will start on late March 2018 and production will begin on May 2018 (14 days). Post-production will be between June 2018 – December 2018. We will apply for festivals in the Fall 2018, and we hope to premiere a top tier festival in early 2019.