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Paola Mendoza, Brendon McQueen, Danielle Russell, and Jeremy Kipp Walker at Reach Out 2009

Paola Mendoza, Brendon McQueen, Danielle Russell, and Jeremy Kipp Walker at Reach Out 2009

Cinereach and The Reach Film Fellowship afford the emerging filmmaker more than an opportunity: they provide a setting where curiosity is nurtured and where asking questions is what it’s all about. Being awarded the Reach Out Award (along with Danielle Russell) has made all the difference in creating opportunities for my film. Following the fellowship I have received great feedback on of my work, notable press, and the potential to start producing more films. I urge  young filmmakers with a passion for a particular idea to apply – doing so only increases your chances of having your cinematic voice heard! Take advantage of this now, and fulfill your filmmaking dreams today, period. Thanks guys!

MovieMaker Magazine lists 25 film festivals worth the submission fee. To view the full article click here.

Paola Mendoza & Gloria La Morte, the co-directors of ENTRE NOS, were interviewed by The Bergen Record before the World Premiere of their film at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival:

For two years, the women worked on the script of ENTRE NOS, which begins when Mariana (played by Mendoza and based on her mother) is abandoned by her husband in Queens with two young children and $50 to her name. Unable to speak English, Mariana struggles to find work to keep her family together.

For La Morte, the film is about how a family survives by banding together. “When Mariana is at her lowest, she sees a light at the end of the tunnel because of her children,” says La Morte. “When they all work together, the family is strong. No matter what’s put in front of them, they triumph.

“I hope that families facing these kinds of [economic] difficulties … can find hope and inspiration from the story.”

Mendoza, who was last seen in SANGRE DE MI SANGRE, winner of the best film award at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, credits La Morte with giving the film a spine of realism.

“Neither one of us could have directed this movie alone,” says Mendoza. “It’s a personal story for me, and Gloria kept the movie from becoming just a gushing tribute [to my mother]. Gloria made sure the story became universal.”

 

Danielle Russell Accepts The Reach Out Award

Danielle Russell Accepts The Reach Out Award

Finishing BRIDGING THE GAP was a major feat for me. I cannot begin to explain the feeling of accomplishment I felt turning over the HDV tape with my final cut. Leaving Postworks in New York, following my color correct session, seemed to mark the end of a chapter for me. I felt as though I crossed over into the professional filmmaking world upon completing this project. I have learned a great deal during these past six months and the one lesson that stands out the most is to believe in your film wholeheartedly. There were times when things looked pretty grim, but I can say that with perseverance and a great support team I was able to accomplish the goals set by Cinereach. I was surprised and honored to receive the Cinereach Award at Reach Out, which will assist with outreach and the distribution of BRIDGING THE GAP. I couldn’t think of a better way to end the last six months. I am excited about moving on to promote the film. Since Reach Out I have visited my alma mater, Savannah College of Art and Design, to screen the movie and hold Q&A sessions in two classes. During the making of the film, I knew I wanted to educate while being sure not to bore my audience. I feel as though I have surpassed this goal considering the warm reception BRIDGING THE GAP has received. 

 

Danielle Russell Accepts The Reach Out Award

Danielle Russell Accepts The Reach Out Award

Finishing BRIDGING THE GAP was a major feat for me. I cannot begin to explain the feeling of accomplishment I felt turning over the HDV tape with my final cut. Leaving Postworks in New York, following my color correct session, seemed to mark the end of a chapter for me. I felt as though I crossed over into the professional filmmaking world upon completing this project. I have learned a great deal during these past six months and the one lesson that stands out the most is to believe in your film wholeheartedly. There were times when things looked pretty grim, but I can say that with perseverance and a great support team I was able to accomplish the goals set by Cinereach. I was surprised and honored to receive the Cinereach Award at Reach Out, which will assist with outreach and the distribution of BRIDGING THE GAP. I couldn’t think of a better way to end the last six months. I am excited about moving on to promote the film. Since Reach Out I have visited my alma mater, Savannah College of Art and Design, to screen the movie and hold Q&A sessions in two classes. During the making of the film, I knew I wanted to educate while being sure not to bore my audience. I feel as though I have surpassed this goal considering the warm reception BRIDGING THE GAP has received. 

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The Apple Store, SoHo is teaming up with the Tribeca Film Festival again to celebrate the spirit of independent film, by hosting free filmmaking events from April 22 to May 3. On Saturday, April 25th, the store will host filmmaking duo So Yong Kim and Bradley Rust Gray to discuss their work. Kim will talk about her film TREELESS MOUNTAIN, which will be at Film Forum, and Gray will discuss his film THE EXPLODING GIRL which will make its North American premiere at Tribeca. Click here for more information.

IndieWire interviews ENTRE NOS co-directors Paola Mendoza & Gloria La Morte before the World Premiere of their documentary film at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.

 

aola Mendoza, pictured above, plays adoring mother Mariana in the film.

Paola Mendoza, pictured above, plays adoring mother Mariana in the film.

Click here to check out the ENTRE NOS trailer. The film will be making its world premiere at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. Click here to purchase tickets to the film’s TFF screenings.

Yamin Segal’s short film, EL LADRONCITO, about a young boy in a Nicaraguan barrio who steals money from his family to buy a video game, will screen at the 2009 Arizona International Film Festival!

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