Logline: Lalo is a kid dreaming about singing in the church choir. Soon, everyone will find in him an extraordinary gift that will change the course of his life.
Length: 11 min
Director: Omar Iñygo
Producer: Jane Arapawe
About the producer and director:
Jane Arapawe (producer) graduated in Film at the UDCI (Tijuana), with studies of classical music and singing at Northwestern School of Music (EMNO). She has made altruistic work in various youth and environmental foundations. She has participated with UDCI Film School, Lucertola Films and New York Film Academy in several film projects in the area of production, production assistance, directing, writing, acting, among others.
Omar Iñygo - Director and Screenwriter, graduate from the screenwriting course at Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC)
Looking for (producers, sales agents, buyers, distributors, film festival directors, journalists): Journalists
Funders: Universidad de las Californias Internacional (UDCI) Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Made in association with: UDCI FILM SCHOOL
Release date: November 2015
Congratulations! Why did you make your film?
We wanted to tell a story about the wishes and goals a kid in an abusive situation.
Imagine I’m a member of the audience. Why should I watch this film?
Because it offers likeable moral values that everyone can relate to.
How do personal and universal themes work in your film?
It’s a way of reflecting realities about issues like bullying and the strength of faith.
How have the script and film evolved over the course of their development and production?
The short started as a classroom project for a screenplay, made by Jane Arapawe as homework, the teacher Omar Iñygo participated as a co-script writer. At the end we unintentionally had a story arch similar to “The ugly duckling” with one of main elementsbeing religion and bullying. The development of its production started with a really limited and low budget.
What type of feedback have you received so far?
Positive, people are interested in the development of the film, many times thinking the budget used for it was higher than it actually was.
Has the feedback surprised or challenged your point of view?
It was surprising that the response for people who watched it was great, because we didn’t expect that much attention for something that started in a classroom.
What are you looking to achieve by having your film more visible on www.wearemovingstories.com?
We want to get a chance for people to know about our work, as well as to meet and admire others work.
Who do you need to come on board (producers, sales agents, buyers, distributors, film festival directors, journalists) to amplify this film’s message?
We want to promote the local talent in the city of Tecate and Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. There are tons of talented people here that need to be discovered in a place where it looks like film making is not active.
What type of impact and/or reception would you like this film to have?
We expect to get young film makers inspired to create new concepts in a media as diverse as film making.
What’s a key question that will help spark a debate or begin a conversation about this film?
A quote from the short better describes it: Since when do the duck’s shoot at the shotguns?
Would you like to add anything else?
This project reflects the same story it's trying to tell, at the beginning not many belived the film could go far beyond a classroom, neither did they an approve it for making it possible, but it did, and now it is on at Short Film Corner Cannes 2016
What are the key creatives developing or working on now?
We are currently working on the exhibition of another short film named “The reward” by Marco Antonio Espinoza. And on preproduction of a feature film by the same director, named “Rafa de Tijuana”.