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About The Film

VAMONOS is a funny, touching, personal story about Hope, a gay latina that is mourning the death of her butch girlfriend, Mac. When Hope learns that Mac’s mother plans on burying her in a dress, Hope and her friends realize they must take matters into their own hands.

About Project Involve

“Vámonos” is a project being created through Project: Involve which is Film Independent’s diversity program that has launched filmmakers such as Justin Simien (Dear White People), Patricia Cardoso (Real Women Have Curves), Aurora Guerrero (Mosquita y Mari), and Javier Fuentes León (Undertow).

#OOTDead

Would you want to be buried in your work uniform? What about in your underwear?
Probably not the last image you saw yourself leaving all your friends and family with, right? Some butch-identified women and trans men and women often are buried in clothes that doesn’t represent their identity because of family who either are unaware of the distinctions or whose religious beliefs lead them to turn a blind eye to the importance of an individual’s identity.
Use #OOTDead to tweet about what outfit you want to be buried in one day as an act of empowerment and solidarity with your friends and families in the LGBT community.

The Crew

Marvin Bryan Lemus

Marvin Bryan Lemus

Director

Marvin Bryan Lemus is a Mexican-­American comedy director, producer and editor who has worked on a variety of videos, which have gained millions of views online and have been featured on The Huffington Post, Gizmodo, UpWorthy, Fast Company, Funny Or Die, and Mic.com to name a few.

In under three years, Lemus directed over 50 sketches with his sketch group, The Kids Table, and gained over 10k subscribers. The Kids Table's work has screened at SXSW 2013, 2013 LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival, 2014 San Jose International Short Film Festival, and won the Best Web Series Award at the 2013 Montreux Comedy Festival.

Additionally, Lemus developed and produced multiple shows for Russell Simmons’ YouTube channel, All Def Digital, before launching Moose Hill Productions, where he directed and produced the successful viral video campaign for the feature film, Dear White People, garnering over 5 million views. Presently, Lemus is developing a web series with The Kids Table and writing his first feature length film in Spanish and English.

Moira Morel

Moira Morel

Cinematographer & Co-Writer

Moira Morel is a cinematographer living in Los Angeles, CA with a background in both documentary and narrative filmmaking. Since 2004, Moira has dedicated herself to working on film projects that focus on women, the LGBTQ community and other social issues such as immigration reform and food politics. Moira has shot various music videos and documentaries, including the feature doc The Punk Singer. Over the last 9 years, many of the films that Moira has lensed have screened and won awards at film festivals nationally and internationally. In 2013 The Punk Singer had its world premiere at South By Southwest in Austin, TX. In 2015, Maddy, a short film completed through the Directing Women’s Workshop at AFI, had its world premiere at LACMA’s 14th Annual Young Director’s Series in. In 2014 Moira completed her MFA in cinematography at the American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles.

Carlos Garza

Carlos Garza

Producer

Originally from Monterrey, Mexico, Carlos Garza spent a decade in the film world before switching gears to producing and screenwriting. He was a founding member and Programmer of the Morelia Film Festival in Mexico, serving on international festival juries such as OUTFEST while also working in journalism and publicity. He earned a B.A. in Comparative Literature at the University of Texas at Austin and recently completed an M.F.A. in Producing at the American Film Institute Conservatory. His thesis film Ni­Ni premiered at Clermont­Ferrand and has since screened in over twenty international film festivals. In 2014 he produced A Robot Walks Into a Bar directed by Alex Rivera ( Sleep Dealer ) for PBS's FutureStates , the web series American
KOKO , and two short films by Sundance Feature Film Program Fellow Yolanda Cruz, whose first feature La Raya , backed by Canana Films, will begin production early next year.

Erick Castrillon

Erick Castrillon

Co-Writer

Castrillon was spawned in Bucaramanga, Colombia, during the unfolding heat of early May. When he was twelve, his family immigrated to Florida displaced by a messy civil war. He got his B.A. in English Literature at FIU where deconstruction became his jam. After college he went off to study Mandarin in China and Italian and risotto­making in Italy.

Castrillon has completed his M.F.A. in Writing for the Screen and Television at the revered USC film school and interned at Ad Hominem Enterprises. He has written and directed several short films and published Basic Sleight of Hand , a collection of short stories. He has written three feature screenplays.

The man puts acrylic hues to canvases and picks to acoustic guitar strings. He composes songs, he loves the environment, he follows “I Fucking Love Science.” If it’s chilly out, well he might wear a scarf. He values ideas and insightful conversations. Recently he was invited to participate as a 2014­2015 Project Involve Screenwriting Fellow!

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