It's been a while. We did not add any blog post since Hot Docs, but we can tell you it's been a busy summer. We have been preparing the fall festival season and our US premiere in October. Next, la Prenda is going to Hollywood for a sneak preview at the iconic Egyptian Theater. When you have been working on a film since 2012, it really means something to be able to present it in Hollywood. Especially because one of the main participants is going to be there with her family. This LA screening allows us to let Astrid be in the spotlight she deserves for her courage and we will do the same thing for Karin, the other main participant, very soon. If you look at the current situation in Guatemala, you'll understand why it was so important that these 2 women decided to speak out. We would like to thank the Guadalajara Film Festival in LA and the Mill Valley Film Festival for making this screening happen. This will be an unforgettable event. We hope to see you on Saturday August 29 at 5:00 pm at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood!
Time has really flown by very quickly since the North American Premiere of the film at Hot Docs in Toronto at the end of April. The amazing festival was an amazing experience. To be selected by one of the 2 largest documentary film festivals in the world was already incredible. But we couldn't imagine what would follow. Full screenings, enthusiastic audiences, numerous meetings, interviews....Hot Docs really set something in motion for the film, the same way Guadalajara had done it in March. We are now working on the US premiere of the film that will be amazing as we are planning to have the participants of the film with us this time. Unfortunately, Karin and Astrid could not travel to Toronto. Astrid will definitely be able to attend the US premiere and hopefully Karin should be too.
Hot Docs also stands out in the festival world because of its incredible team of programmers and volunteers. They make you at home from the moment you set a foot in Toronto until the moment you leave. Special mention to Angie, Kathleen, Will, who were simply incredible.
We added 2 community screenings of the film for the Latino Community in a church with Voces Latinas Radio. This was also a great experience because of the warm welcome there too.
And finally, the great interview with KatieChats!
The film was featured on March 31st, 2015 in Le Petit Journal de Mexico, an online publication based in Mexico City. The reporter attended the world premiere of the film at the Guadalajara International Film Festival. He wrote about "a terrifying account of violence in Guatemala" and a "exceptional testimony. You can read the review here.
Having the right festival to launch a film is key. La Prenda had its world premiere at the famous and amazing FICG in Guadalajara in Mexico. And it was an incredible experience. The film screened 3 times in very different venues. The first one took place at the Hilton and was meant for professionals and for the press. The second one was scheduled at Cinepolis Centro Magno in a cinema setting. Watching the film on a giant screen was a blast! And the last screening took place at the University of Guadalajara. This scheduling allowed us to reach very different audiences. And it led to great conversations after the screenings. One of the questions people kept asking us, was about what we chose to show and not to show in the film as the subject matter is so brutal. Screening La Prenda in Mexico was also very important because people can relate to the issue of kidnappings. We are looking forward to showing it to audiences in Guatemala, the country where the film was shot.
FICG is very well organized and draws key players in the film industry. The festival took good care of La Prenda and we are extremely grateful. The best moment of the week was the coffee we shared with students after the 3rd screening of La Prenda. It was pouring in Guadalajara and the roof of the small car was leaking. But it did not drive the students away. One of them had had a case of kidnapping in his family. Another young woman who saw the film, mentioned her father's murder and the lack of justice she felt. Thanks to these people, who shared their stories with us after watching the film, we left Guadalajara with the feeling that there was a need for a film like that. And this will be Kelly's and Micaela's legacy.
We can't wait to do a screening with Karin, Astrid, and the other participants of the film. This will make the Q&A sessions even richer. And they are the ones who truly deserved to walk on the red carpet the festival rolled out for its guests. Because, without them there would not have been a film.
After more than 2 years of work, this is an exciting time for the entire team of La Prenda and for the participants of the film as we are getting ready for the world premiere of the film on March 8 at the prestigious Guadalajara International Film Festival in Mexico. The film will screen 3 times there before moving on to Greece for the great Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, one of the most important documentary film festivals in Europe. And we will announce another major selection in the coming weeks.
But we do not forget that at the time the film is coming out, Kelly's family is still fighting for the justice in Guatemala. We will keep you updated on the proceedings in Guatemala.