Los Angeles, CA - April 30th, 2019
Writer / Director Sara Robin is going into production on her upcoming short film “Cranberry Nights”. It’s a contemporary coming of age drama about an undocumented young woman, Juana. The film is intended to shed light on the experience of undocumented immigrants in the United States and offer opportunities for creators from marginalized communities on screen and behind the camera.
Inde Navarrette is set to play the lead, 16 year-old Juana, who balances living two lives: With her friends she is a regular American teen, at home she is an undocumented Latina who struggles to have a future in the United States. Juana has to decide whether to tell her friends about her status. Inde said, “This story is about trust between Juana and her best friend, Kelly.” When Kelly spills the secret about Juana’s status, their friendship is called into question.
“We live in a time where the topic of immigration, and what it means to be American are at the forefront,” said Producer, Matias Letelier. “We often forget that this is a topic about real people and about people’s lives. We aim to create empathy and bring this closer to home for our audience.” To prepare for the film, Sara Robin met with young leaders in the undocumented community, gathered facts, and held in-depth conversations about their experience. “The trust that was put in me by every single person I talked to who shared their story with me was immense,” said Sara Robin. “The most important thing to me is that the story I tell is truthful.”
The film is currently in pre-production and will launch its crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter in early May. Principal photography is scheduled for early June. Sara Robin actively sought to involve members of the undocumented community as part of the cast and crew. “Juana is me, I am Juana. This project showcases what I went through and what people like me go through all the time,” said Associate Producer Aura.
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