Zarco Films is an independent film production company based in San Jose, California. Its mission is to highlight the rich Latino culture. Founded in 2010 by actors and writers, Zarco Films produced five short films and is about to complete the shooting of "Sin Visa," its first feature film.
The campaign’s goals are mainly to involve the community in the “Sin Visa” project, spread the word, and help Zarco Films putting the message out about the struggles of undocumented immigrants and the role of higher education in improving people’s lives. The feature “Sin Visa” will impact the viewers on different levels, including encouraging people to vote and attend college. Also it will personalize the undocumented immigrants’ experiences.
Zarco Films strives to make high-quality films with very low budget. Having spent more than $30,000 from personal funds to produce five shorts and the feature film “Sin Visa,” Zarco Films needs to raise $6,700 more, which will be spent on the post-production of “Sin Visa,” like editing picture and sound. In addition to “Sin Visa,” Zarco Films’ experience includes five shorts films that tackle various themes, such as Alzheimer's disease, bullying among teenagers, bisexuality, mid-life crisis, and suicide. The shorts are being shown at festivals. Once all production is completed, all five shorts and “Sin Visa” will be compiled on a DVD set.
“Sin Visa” is a big endeavor that Zarco Films took on and its filming lasted one and a-half year. Midway we stopped filming for several months because Magda Ortega, one of our producers, was separated from her family members -- all of whom are U.S. citizens --, was uprooted from her 20-year life in California, and was deported to Mexico. Her only ‘crime’ was having exited the U.S. without pre-approval to visit her sick mother in Mexico. While Magda was leaving her family and the filmmakers at the airport, her only wish was “to finish Sin Visa.”
The other partners in Zarco Films are immigrants and first generation Americans. The founder Alex Perdomo is from Honduras. He is an actor and an acting coach. He wrote and co-directed four of the shorts films. Ana Simoes is a film director and a linguist from Brazil. Bassam Kassab is an engineer, an actor, and a film producer from Lebanon. He wrote “Sin Visa” in Spanish. Sinai Quijano is a Mexican actor, a set designer and a producer. Dago Martinez and Elsa Amaya are Mexican actors and producers. Arnulfo Moreno, from Mexico, is an actor and the assistant director of “Sin Visa.” Edgar-Arturo Camacho-González is a Xicano artist, poet, actor and activist. Chris Lopez is a Mexican-American film student and actor. And the list goes on. What bring them all together is the love of good cinema and stories that have not been told before.
Your support will bring this project to completion. No donation is too small. Please consider becoming a part of the “Sin Visa” film project and pass this funding request to your family and friends.
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