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Thursday
Dec012011

We are an official 2012 Sundance Selection!

Team MyM is proud to announce that Mosquita y Mari will be making it's world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in the NEXT <=> category!

Read all about it here:

http://www.sundance.org/press-center/release/2012-festival-program-announcement-spotlight-next-new-frontier-midnight/

To everyone who has spread the word about our project, to our KIckstarter supporters, and to our families who have maintained their faith in our project, from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!

More exciting news and updates to come!

 

Abrazos,

Team MyM

Thursday
Jul212011

Production Diary, Day 15

Hola, MyM familia!

At the monitor.

We're coming to you live from the set of Mosquita y Mari! We are 3 days away from finally bringing this project to life.

We've endured long hours, shower-less days, sticky heat, and we are happy to report that regardless of the pain and waning personal hygiene, this project is shaping up into something very special.

And we have even more good news! We are finalists for a much-needed post-production grant from the SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grant! Read about it here: http://sffs.org/content.aspx?catid=22,37&pageid=2275

Though we've managed to raise over $80,000 via our Kickstarter campaign, we still need money to finish our movie! This grant could really help us out, so let's all keep our fingers crossed.

Keep checking back in for more updates, and thanks for all of the support!

Abrazos,

Team MyM

 
Wednesday
Apr272011

A FRESH VOICE AND PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE: AURORA GUERRERO’S MOSQUITA Y MARI

My first inspirations were writers. Women of color feminist writers like Audre Lorde, Cherrie Moraga, Gloria Anzladúa, Chrystos, June Jordan and Angela Davis. When I discovered their brave works as a freshman in college, a fierce creative seed was planted in me. It was a calling I had the moment I was stripped naked by their words. I wanted to write with that same naked honesty. It was a critical juncture in my life and it spurred me to become the filmmaker I am now. All the work I set forth is my naked truth as a woman, a Xicana, an indigenous Mexican, a daughter of immigrants, a tough urban girl who never acquiesced to societal norms.

The inspiration behind my debut feature-film, Mosquita y Mari, was my own adolescence. I had a few same-sex friendships throughout my youth that were very layered. How can you not have a whirlwind of feelings for your closest friends? You pick them because they’re cool, they’re nice, they’re different from the rest, they look out for you, they listen to you, and they take care of you. There’s bound to be chemistry there. Feelings of love and desire are bound to develop. It can be such a loaded relationship because we learn not to cross that line and so a lot of this tension goes unspoken.

Mosquita y Mari explores this vulnerable space we navigate as young people. MyM in essence revisits the power that love has. It’s the kind of emotion that opens you up in a way that is deeply spiritual. It opens your eyes to life and it makes you want to stay with that connection. In a way it can remind us of our potential as humans. The characters in this film reclaim that emotion and I think it is important that it be two girls experiencing it together. I have experienced love with both genders and the rollercoaster ride of emotion is no different. What makes the experience different is homophobia, heterosexism and heteronormativity. All in all, I feel this film has a unique angle on the coming of age story and it deserves to be told.

So how can we tell this story? Thankfully, Sundance recently partnered with Kickstarter to help launch projects like mine.   So it is with great enthusiasm that I invite you to become a part of this exciting community we are building around Mosquita y Mari.  My team and I have worked very hard to produce an exciting campaign that includes a teaser-trailer of the film as well as special rewards/incentives for ANY level of donation.  For example, award-winning Xicana printmaker Favianna Rodriguez has designed an original poster inspired by Mosquita y Mari available only via our Kickstarter campaign. I hope you'll feel inspired to join me in telling the story of Mosquita y Mari!  Visit: http://www.kickstarter.com/profile/mosquitaymari  and PLEASE share with your network of friends.  Last day to donate, May 26th!!

Wednesday
Apr272011

Day 1, Kickstarter Diary

Hooray!

When people use the expression, "Your film is your baby," they're not joking. Filmmakers cater to their project's needs with the patience and endurance of a mother with a newborn. We nurse our films 24-7, and share the workload when possible.

Today we launched our Kickstarter Campaign to fundraise the remaining amount we need to cast, shoot, edit, and finish our movie. Fundraising takes a lot of effort and a lot of love, and today, we had heaps of both! In a mere 7 hours, we managed to raise $5,000, and right before midnight, we were able to finish the day with $5,591!

So how did we do it? Well, Team MyM is a strickler for schedules, so we divided up our team to take on certain days of the week, managing our social networks, blogging, emailing, and basically doing what we can to get the word out.

Today was our FIRST day of launch, and I was left in charge. Below is a play-by-play diary of how the day went.

12:00 am - Emailing with Aurora back and forth, deciding on which thumbnail to use. The poster or the girls holding hands?

12:17 am - Why can't I embed a picture of the poster on our Kickstarter page? Ugh, I should have learned HTML!

12:32 am - Why won't this poster post?!

1:38 am - Last looks before we launch!

9:20 am - Last minute tweaks, image embedding still being funky, prepping Facebook for onslaught of status updates.

9:52 am - We've launched, we're LIVE and we're READY!

10:01 am - Our first Backer just pledged $50! Thanks, Sofia Quintero! Expect a crazy hug if ever we meet!

10:30 am - Still figuring out the image embedding problem. Need coffee.

10:43 am - A $250 pledge! Yes!

11:00 am - I'm blowing up our Facebook and Twitter. And my gchat is blowing up with friends and colleagues asking about the project.

11:03 am - $725 so far! Wow!

11:40 am - Working on a publicity blog to help get the word out in the film community. Still in my PJs, feeling very classy!

2:00 pm - It took a while, but finally had lunch. You think you've mastered eating and email? Try it with chopsticks. $2,085 and over 13 Backers!

3:00 pm - We get a Facebook shout-out and donation from my friend, Writer and Director, T.J. Peters. I'm so stoked!

3:38 pm - 29 Backers, $3,860. Maybe we can get $5k by 5pm. Its a catchy slogan, so I post like mad.

4:00 pm - I manage to tear myself away from my laptop for a shower.

5:12 pm - $5,021! We're overwhelmed and inspired by all the feedback people are giving us!

7:00 pm - Pizza break. Feeling nervous about being out of the house and only having my iPhone on me.

10:00 pm - Team MyM pow-wow via phone. We are pumped and gush over the amazing feedback.

11:00 pm - Posted a note on Facebook, thanking all 50 of our Backers. Too excited to sleep!

1:04 am - Just peeked at our Kickstarter page... $5,893! We're off to a good start on our 2nd day already!

Now that I've peeked one last time, I can finally go to bed.

Thanks to all of you who made our first day AMAZING and please keep up with us! Your support keeps us going!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mosquitaymari/

With Gratitude,

Charlene Agabao
Tuesday
Apr122011

Adventures in Guerilla Filmmaking

Adventures in Guerilla Filmmaking

From our Kickstarter Video Shoot

Filmmakers are a very unique breed of people. We tend to survive on little sleep, and thrive on a lot of repetitive hard work. And these are qualities that apply to all filmmakers, whether or not they're working with a huge budget or have no money and are forced to call in every favor they have left. We practically kill ourselves to simply share a story.

So, it is with great masochistic pleasure to share some very good news. Though we had little money, and even less sleep, we were able to successfully shoot our Kickstarter video, which will premiere and launch our fundraising campaign on April 19th!

Though we were sunburnt, barely equipped and improvising a lot of our work, we managed to create some amazing images.

Aurora and I even got some killer shots of Alameda and Slauson on a BMX bike with an HD GoPro camera strapped to our heads. No equipment, directors or producers were harmed in the making of our video!

We had a wonderful time doing it and we cannot wait to shoot the feature. Please share our pictures with your friends and familia, and spread the word. MOSQUITA Y MARI is coming!

Be sure to check out our Twitter, Facebook, and Myspace for behind the scenes pictures of our Kickstarter shoot, details and information.

 

With deep respect and gratitude,

Charlene Agabao