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Project of the Day: 'Lake Los Angeles' from the Makers of 'Littlerock'

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire April 3, 2013 at 11:24AM

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.
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Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

"Lake Los Angeles"

Tweetable Logline:

A middle-aged Cuban man and a ten year old Mexican girl bond over being away from home in a hopeless backdrop that is Lake Los Angeles.
 

Elevator Pitch:

This is the story of Roberto, a middle-aged Cuban immigrant working at a holding house, and Cecilia, a 10 year old Mexican girl who ends up at that house with no family members to fend for her.

Cecilia turns the desert into her own fantastical world - creating characters and stories to make the hopelessness of the empty landscape a survivable habitat.

Through navigating what was supposed to be both Roberto and Cecilia's promise land, they find a common hope in each other while navigating the hauntingly beautiful and desolate world that is Lake Los Angeles.
 

Production Team:

Director: Mike Ott (Littlerock, 2010, Pearblossom Hwy, 2012, Someone to Watch Spirit Award 2011, Gotham Award for Littlerock in 2010)

Cinematographer: Mike Gioulakis (Pearblossom Hwy, 2012, John Dies at the End, 2012)

Editor: Santos S. Santos (The Murder of Hi Good 2012, Pearblossom Hwy 2012)

Producers: Atsuko Okatsuka, (Littlerock, 2010, Pearblossom Hwy, 2012) Frederick Thornton, (Littlerock 2010, Pearblossom Hwy, 2012, Sawdust City, 2011) Trinity Shi, Alexandra Gioulakis

About the Production:

"We were inspired to make this film because of director Mike Ott's former student who told of the story of crossing the border from Mexico to come to the States as a child with his sister. During their journey, they made the scary experience into a game by playing "hide and seek" from immigration jeeps and helicopters, making the trip easier to cope with.  Lake Los Angeles follows a little girl who gets to the United States with no family -- and uses fairy tales and her imagination to make her new surroundings a survivable place." -- Atsuko Okatsuka

Current Status:

In production.
 

For more information and to support this projprect:

Kickstarter Page
Filmmaker Website


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