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‘De Nada’ Looks to Find Levity in the Life of Undocumented Teens

'De Nada' Looks to Find Levity in the Life of Undocumented Teens

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De Nada

Logline: A bilingual comedy-drama about a pack of undocumented teenagers, hustling together to get through a summer day.

Elevator Pitch: 
Most Latino immigrant films usually go for brutal realism that functions mostly as a guilt trip. The characters are usually two-dimensional, because they’re either morally flawless or gangsters. The truly realist thing would be to focus on them as teenagers: funny, stubborn, selfish, hopeful, and totally lost in life.

Production Team:
Daniel Larios – Writer, Director, Producer
Jon Hwang – Executive Producer, Director of Photography

About the Film:
My family immigrated here during and after the Salvadoran Civil War. Many of them came as teenagers. Their stories only on the surface resemble what’s portrayed in film. Yes, they had to risk life and limb to make it here. Yes, they had to work long hours and live in awful conditions at times. But they were also teenagers, wanting fun and love and all the things all teenagers do. This often goes missing in these films, which tend to focus on the politics rather than the people caught in the middle of it all.

Current Status: We’re currently fundraising on Indiegogo, while also locking down locations and casting.

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