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A struggling metropolitan visits her neglected hometown in the country side after her estranged father dies, testing her commitment to her reinvented identity.
Her bittersweet journey makes her question what she wants to be unbound from; her true self or her fake persona.
Shot on iPhone with special equipment.
Shot between Quito, Los Angeles and the Ecuadorian Tropical Andes Lowlands in 4K.
THIS FILM DEALS WITH THE FUNDAMENTAL YET UNDERVALUED NEED TO DISCONNECT FROM SOCIETY AND RECONNECT WITH NATURE; WITH OURSELVES.
IT WAS ALL CONCEIVED AS WE EXPLORED MINDO. WE GOT RID OF THE SCRIPT THE MINUTE WE ARRIVED; WE KNEW OUR INSTINCTS WOULD GUIDE US
THE ONLY BIT THAT SURVIVED FROM OUR ORIGINAL STORY WAS HER FATHER'S DEATH. PEOPLE HAVE BECOME TOO COMFORTABLE OF EVERYTHING THEY HAVE, WITHOUT CONSIDERING THE VALUE. WE AMOUNT RICHES FOR THE SAKE OF QUANTITY.
WE NEEDED A TRUE CATALYST TO TAKE HER OUT OF HER COMFORT ZONE.
WE'RE AT A TIME WERE PEOPLE WOULD RATHER SPEND AN AFTERNOON WITH THEIR PHONE THAN EXPLORING NEW PLACES. WE WANTED TO REMIND PEOPLE HOW LIBERATING AND TRUTHFUL NATURE CAN BE IF YOU ALLOW IT TO BE
WE DECIDED TO SHOOT IN BLACK AND WHITE SO PEOPLE COULD FEEL THE COLORS. WE WANTED SOUND AND IMAGE TO PAINT THE FILM AND REMIND PEOPLE OF THEIR OWN INTERACTIONS WITH CITIES AND NATURE.
STRAY DOGS PLAYED A BIG PART IN OUR FILM, MELLOWING OUR CHARACTER'S HEART (AND OURS IN THE WAY)
THEIR UNCONDITIONAL LOVE, THE WAGGY TAILS DESPITE ADVERSITY (ABANDONMENT) AND THEIR COMMITMENT TO PEOPLE REGARDLESS OF WHO THEY ARE, INSPIRED US TO INCLUDE THEM. THEY ARE A WAY FOR OUR CHARACTER TO OPEN UP AND SEE THE WORLD AROUND HER
OUR FILM ISN'T PERFECT BUT THE MESSAGE IS OUR GIFT. WE HOPE TO SEE PEOPLE REGAIN THEIR LUST FOR ADVENTURE AND THEIR WILLINGNESS TO LISTEN AND INTERACT WITH OTHER HUMANS.
Our team consisted of two people. Sabine (L) and Mateo (R).
We thank La Casa de Piedra for allowing us to rest and shoot at their beautiful hostel.