INTERNATIONAL FILMMAKERS IN A TIME OF IMMIGRATION CHALLENGE

After the recent American elections, the global scenario in America changed for immigrants, at least psychologically. In a recent event with accomplished cinematographers, writers, editor, and producers from different countries, I could get a sense of how their unique and peculiar way of seeing life and bringing it to their craft and our experience as an audience is essential to the industry.

Los Angeles is the place to be, and it’s also where you can find such artists. The first one I met was Luciana Capela, a Brazilian writer and editor that’s been living in the US for almost four years now and had her films screened in more than fifteen festivals in America and in Europe, taking home a few awards for titles like Mirage, a psychological thriller co-written with the Mexican Nuel Caslo, Heavy Cross, which also she co-produced with the Greek director and producer Dimitris Tranos, A Sense of Reality and Zelma’s Unfinished Business – a production she co-wrote with Batsheba, a Malaysian actress, and director and worked with Giulia Governo – an Italian director of Photography.

Giulia is a free spirit that has been traveling all over the world to get the best angles and learning lights and composition. With not only her background in Italy with photography, she got deeply invested on Filmmaking, celebrating her awards with her colleagues thought the years. Never afraid of a challenge, Giulia embraces it all, from web series to shorts and feature films. Her awards count from Zelma’s Unfinished Business, Heavy Cross, and nominations for Plenum and with her ongoing success “At Least give me a Kiss.” Giulia and Luciana are working together again on the project SEDONA, a web series produced by Little Wolf Productions, owned by Lizz Whalen – an American producer and documentarian specialized in matters that talk to the soul, self-healing and grounding, who had her productions in festivals and on her youtube channel. “Sedona is a project that started after a personal life crisis, and we keep developing it into something bigger so we can not only take something to ourselves but help more people with its outcome,” says Luciana, who created the concept and is also the writer and editor of the episodes. “We are very excited about this piece because it’s also about personal experience and we want to show how differently we all perceive the same events,” Giulia added.

It is especially interesting to notice how often they end up working together, and they all claim that the diversity take it to a whole new level, because it helps to reach out to more cultures globally. The struggle is real, but they’ve been proving how much we all can benefit from having this connection and to make this world a more united one.