Quinceañera

By Jessica Garcia
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This campaign has ended. It raised $16,270, reaching its minimum goal.
Only 4.5% of film directors are Latine, but with your support we'll be able to increase that percentage one story at a time – starting with Quinceañera, a coming-of-age short film that tells the story of a blossoming Queer teen romance.
Quinceañera
Film

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Synopsis


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Funding


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Risks and Challenges

 

Time is money. Consolidating so many shots in one day in a quick turnaround encompasses its own risk. If we can’t film everything in time within a 12-hour time limit, that can weigh on the cast and crew’s mental and physical health. 

 

Additionally, we work with expensive, heavy, and dangerous camera and lighting gear with replacement values that go upwards of thousands of dollars. If there’s any damage, theft or injury we have insurance.

 

 

Thank You

 

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Jessica Garcia
Writer/Director

Jessica Garcia (she/her) is a Queer Latina writer and director from Inglewood, CA. Since graduating from UC Merced with a Bachelors in English, Jessica has dove into the art of storytelling as a Writer and Video Producer for mitú and Creative Producer for MyCode. Altogether, the videos she has produced and directed have gained a total of over 20 million views, including integrated and sponsored content with prominent brands such as Toyota, State Farm and Clorox. With all of the stories Jessica shares, her goal is to bring authentic Latine and Queer representation to the screen. Ultimately, Jessica wants to make the movies that she wished she had seen growing up. 

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JoSSlYN GLENN
Producer

Josslyn Glenn (she/her) is a Southern California native and Black Latina transgender filmmaker, writer, spokesperson, and Outfest Programmer dedicated to promoting nuanced representations of queer and trans people of color that have historically been under- and misrepresented in media. Since graduating from UCLA with a dual degree in Chicana/o Studies and Gender Studies and a triple minor in Film, Television, and Digital Media; Spanish; and LGBTQ Studies, she has developed and produced content of her own, featuring predominantly Latino and Black American queer and trans characters.

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elizabetH uribe
co-producer

Elizabeth (she/her) is a visual artist and film producer from SouthEast Los Angeles. A lover of the arts, adventurer, and old soul, she graduated from UCSD with a double B.A. in Communications and Theatre. Her preferred art mediums are collage, mixed media, and film. Elizabeth's enthusiasm for film & media has led her to work with entities such as PBS, Crimson Edge Productions, and Independent filmmakers as a production assistant and producer. Her current adventures are advocating and coordinating arts & culture programs/events in her South East LA community, and producing film & media projects inspired by her community and family.

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Camilha Contreras
1st Assistant Director

Camilha Contreras (she/they) is a Colombian-American 1st Assistant Director and Filmmaker currently based in Los Angeles. Camilha earned a B.F.A. from Art Center College of Design’s film program where she found her strength as an Assistant Director. She began her career on "The Real" Talk Show and has worked on a variety of commercial, music video, film, and new media productions. She has collaborated with companies such as Rattling Stick, Tilta, Mitú, and Black Dog Films. Recently, she worked on "The Inconvenience Store" a short film created as part of ColorCreative’s Find Your People Program. Camilha finds purpose in sharing authentic stories from often marginalized or overlooked perspectives.

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Kathryn Boyd Batstone
Cinematographer

Kathryne (she/her) is an award-winning Director and Cinematographer of narrative and documentary films in the Los Angeles area. Most recently, she DPed the short film “ Fathead," which was made in partnership with Amazon, Narwhal Studion, and the ETC. A 2019 ASC Student Heritage Award Finalist and USC School of Cinematic Arts MFA graduate with a master’s degree in cinematography and directing with years of dual immersion Spanish bilingual education, she is dedicated to helping tell stories that make you feel and push for change.

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Angelica Sheen
Production Designer

Ang (they/them) is a Queer Latine Production Designer and artist living in Los Angeles. Their set dressing and building experience centers narrative shorts and music videos, and they are passionate about building immersive worlds for stories that reflect the experiences of queer and marginalized communities. They have an experimental short of their own on the way and their current dream is to run their own fabrication shop/build props for fashion shows or KPop music videos! When they aren't working on DIY projects around the house, they spend their time at the bouldering gym, the aerial dance studio, or in their mind (daydreaming about their next big idea). 

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Sandra Perez
HMUA

Sandra (she/her) is a passionate makeup artist and full-time creative based in Los Angeles. Helping people feel beautiful is her true calling and she's been fortunate enough to own her own studio for the past five years. It is incredibly fulfilling for Sandra to bring out the unique beauty in each of her clients.

Today is the last day to support us!
Tue. April 2, 11:23 AM PDT

Our crowdfunding campaign closes tonight at midnight! If you've already contributed and can contribute again, we'd greatly appreciate it. 

 

Or if you can send the link to close friends and family, that will help too! 

 

Remind them that today is the last day and any amount helps! 

Have you ever wanted a custom design?
Fri. March 29, 3:11 PM PDT

Now's your chance! Enter our limited time raffle for your chance to win a CUSTOM DESIGN VALUED AT $1,000. This design will be made by the one and only, Godoy – a Mexican American designer and drag artist who competed on Season 2 of Netflix's Next In Fashion. 

 

Check out the details below. 

 

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We've casted another role!! Woooooo
Thu. March 28, 11:35 AM PDT

Huge welcome to the extremely talented Armida Lopez, who will be playing the role of Laura (Dani's mom). Something about Laura is that she is a social butterfly – she is the life of the party and loves a good cheetah print top. 

 

Happy to have you on our team, Armida. And remember that part of your contributions will go towards our amazing cast who work so hard to bring the characters to life. Please help us reach our goal!

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$15,000 or nothing
Wed. March 27, 11:04 AM PDT

Hello supporters,

 

You read that right. We either reach $15,000 or we get none of the funds we've raised so far.

 

Can you help us? Here are some actions you can take to support:

 

1- Send our campaign to two of your friends and ask them to contribute any amount.

2- If you're able to, Increase the amount of your contribution, but only if you're able to, we're already incredibly grateful for your current level of support.

3- Post on your social media with a few words sharing why you decided to support.

 

Thank you for being a part of this journey with us. We know that with your support we can reach our minimum goal and beyond. Thank you!

 

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Thank you for your support
Tue. March 26, 7:17 PM PDT

Thank you to everyone who has contributed. We appreciate the support and can't wait to make you all proud with this project that means a lot to us. 

 

If you have the financial means to contribute again, we would greatly appreciate it. Any amount will help us get closer to our goal. 

 

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Guess what...we've casted another role!!
Mon. March 25, 9:34 AM PDT

Huge welcome to Wednesday!! So happy to have you as part of the Quinceañera team. 

 

Part of your contributions will go towards our hardworking cast. Please support and help us get to 15K!! ONLY 2 DAYS LEFT!

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WE'VE CASTED ANOTHER ROLE!!
Sat. March 23, 3:24 PM PDT

So happy to welcome Gilberto Ortiz to our Quinceañera team, who will be playing the role of Ivan the chambelan. Part of your contributions will go towards our talented cast who work so hard to bring these characters to life. Please contribute any amount! 

 

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Exciting news! We've casted one of our character roles!
Wed. March 20, 9:41 PM PDT

So happy to welcome Raquel Justice to our Quinceañera team, who will be playing the role of Angie. Part of your contributions will go towards paying the talented cast who work so hard to bring the characters to life. Please support and help us reach our goal! 

 

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We have a Matching Donor Challenge!
Mon. March 18, 7:54 PM PDT

Here's how the challenge works: When someone contributes, we'll share the amount and see who can match it! Please make a contribution of ANY amount and help us get to 15k by this Wednesday, March 20th. Thank you!!

 

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Help us get to 10k!
Thu. March 14, 6:59 PM PDT

We reached our first mini-milestone of 5k and now we need your help to get to 10k! Spread the word and help us get to 10k by Friday night, March 15. 

 

Thank you! 

Incentives
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For the love of love ($10+)
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Having authentic Latine LGBTQ+ representation on the screen matters to you and we recognize that. ¡Que viva el amor!
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Godoy x Quinceañera Custom Design ($25+)
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Enter our limited time raffle for your chances to win a custom Godoy design! The winner will receive a custom Godoy design valued at $1,000!
Unlimited supply.
Special thank you ($50+)
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Your name will appear in the film credits, thanking you for your generous contribution.
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Access to virtual Q&A ($100+)
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In addition to your film credit, you will also obtain access to an exclusive Q&A Session with our Writer/Director, Producer and more.
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Executive hard copy of the script with BTS photos ($250+)
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In addition to your film credit and exclusive access to our virtual Q&A session, you will also receive a hard copy of the script + BTS photos.
Unlimited supply.
Associate Producer credit ($1000+)
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Your generous contribution gets you Associate Producer credit!
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Executive Producer credit ($3000+)
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Your contribution helps us tremendously in reaching our goal of bringing this story to life and also gets you the film credit of Executive Producer!
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