Logline: A young man wakes up in an interrogation room unable to recall the last 12 hours.
Director: Angelita Mendoza & Victor Capiz
Producer: Angelita Mendoza & Victor Capiz
About the director and producer: Angelita Mendoza is from San Diego, CA (USA) is of Mexican descent. She now resides in New York City where she works as a promo editor. Victor Capiz is from Tijuana, Baja California (Mexico). Victor Capiz & Angelita Mendoza are a married director & production team. Together they have produced branded content & music videos and are now branching out into narratives. The Darkest Black is their 1st short film.
Looking for (producers, sales agents, buyers, distributors, film festival directors, journalists): we are looking for anyone interested in featuring our short film on the website, magazine or at any festivals. We are also interested in meeting producers & sales agents to help us make a feature.
Funders: Self Funded
Made in association with: VidiVici Films & Xizmo Media
Congratulations! Why did you make a film called The Darkest Black?
We wanted to make a film that lived in both the Hispanic & American worlds we both grew up in. We wanted to tell a dark and horrific tale about human trafficking and the notorious & mythical effects of incapacitating, hypnotic drugs used in Latin America - all set in the US.
Imagine I’m a member of the audience. Why should I watch this film?
You should watch this film because you will be moved & intrigued. You'll walk away wanting to know more about the world the characters live in and the reason behind their actions. It's not mindless entertainment.
How do personal and universal themes work in your film?
In the end the story is a twisted & sad love story. We can all relate to young love and that hope that comes with it.
How has the script and film evolved over the course of its development and production?
The story was always going to be the same from beginning to end. The dialogue and scenes are always evolving. The moment you meet the actors you will be hiring, the character & dialogue will change to fit the person that actor is and make it the most natural possible.
The scenes change depending on what is available to you in terms of set, wardrobe, props and time. That change between script and final product is what is exciting for us as filmmakers.
What type of feedback have you received so far?
So far, people have told us the evolution of the story is unexpected and shocking, which is very positive feedback for us.
Has the feedback surprised or challenged your point of view?
We've been very happy with the audience reaction so far. Their interpretation isn't exactly what we had in mind but they understand the story clearly with their own idea on the motives of the characters' actions. I love it. Art should always be the viewer's interpretation.
What are you looking to achieve by having your film more visible on www.wearemovingstories.com?
I am hoping this article will bring some interest to our project. We are currently featuring our short at the Cannes Film Festival's Short Film Corner. We invite anyone with access to go and watch the film. Also, to follow us for any future updates on festivals we will be attending and wide release.
Who do you need to come on board (producers, sales agents, buyers, distributors, film festival directors, journalists) to amplify this film’s message?
We would like anyone interested in our project to join us to make a feature.
What type of impact and/or reception would you like this film to have?
I would like audiences to be entertained while learning what it's like to live on the fringes of society. Learning what the impact of forcing a culture to the edges of society all because they were not born into your country.
What’s a key question that will help spark a debate or begin a conversation about this film?
What are you willing to risk in order to be free?
Would you like to add anything else?
Check out our film. The 15 minutes feel like 5min. You will be entertained and it will be thought provoking.
What are the key creatives developing or working on now?
We are developing a feature film version of The Darkest Black as well as other stories involving Hispanic & American cultures. Both stories have a dark & twisted edge.