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Dominga’s Film Production Kit: The Time Before

Dominga's Film Production Kit: The Time Before

Dominga Sotomayer who directed my favorite film of last year’s Latino films, Thursday Through Sunday, is now crowdfunding to produce a 30 minute short  called  The Time Before  with a Polish co-director on Indiegogo.  I hope readers interested in Latino talent and/or in shorts will visit her public funding campaign.  The film will have international sales representation through New Europe Film Sales, the only sales agent in Poland – read more on  New Europe Film Sales was launched by Jan Naszewski, around the time of The American Film Festival’s US in Progress, November 2011.  Jan works there as the publicist, sales, international outreach and guest director.  He started New Europe Film Sales as an international sales agent for shorts but during the first US in Progress, he picked up the film Now, Forager. The newest feature film in the catalog is I Used to be Darker by Matt Porterfield (Sundance/Berlinale Forum 2013) which showed in last year’s US in Progress.  Now he is producing the Latina-Polish written and directed project The Time Before. With 15,000 Euros of its 35,000 Euro budget, this 30 minute film is an international co-production, initiated by the CPH DOX’s 2012 DOX: LAB programme, which brought together acclaimed female directors Katarzyna Klimkiewicz and Dominga Sotomayor. They were joined by an international production team: Benjamin Domenech (Argentina),Rebeca Gutiérrez (Chile) and Jan Naszewski (Poland) to make a 30 minute short film written and developed by the two directors. This team of artists, producers, festival organisers and sales agents gives the project high creative, production, sales and promotion value.

The film is financed by a grant from CPH DOX and by pre-sales, in-kind services and deferrals from the creative team. The shooting will take place on the Chiloé Island in Chile, using existing buildings and local nature (beaches, forests, etc.) as locations. A small crew will film non-professional actors over a period of 10 days. The project will be presented at the BAFICI FF’s Buenos Aires Lab in March 2013 (part of the DOX: LAB’s programme), which will allow the crew to fly out to South America and combine that with location scouting, shooting and other pre- and post-production activities. The film is set to be ready in October 2013, for the next edition of the CPH:DOX festival.

My readers will see that this combines my two favorite parts of the world, Latin America and Central-Eastern Europe. 

A group of people gather for a family reunion in a house on an isolated island. They are waiting for the last person to join them, but as the evening arrives and he doesn’t arrive, a strange anxiety overwhelms them. The group dismantles and the family members wander away from the house separately, confronting the sea and an unspoken fear that slowly consumes them.

Written and Directed by:
Dominga Sotomayor & Katarzyna Klimkiewicz

Produced by:
Rebeca Gutierrez, Jan Naszewski, Katarzyna Klimkiewicz, Dominga Sotomayor

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