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).
This is a movie by gay and Latino filmmakers that isn’t about experimenting with you best friend at boarding school, or crossing the border, or gang violence, or even coming out of the closet. We want to tell a different story. And although this film is being produced through Film Independent, our budget is very limited. We don’t want that to stop us from creating a film that has the same quality of a larger Hollywood flick. With YOUR help, we can make the best version of this film. And keep in mind, Film Independent is a Non-Profit organization. That means your donation is TAX-DEDUCTIBLE.
What your contributions will help us secure:
- Proper Locations - Our script calls for a funeral home. Unfortunately, that doesn’t come very cheap.
- Proper Equipment - In order to make this thing look like a real movie, we gotta get the right tools.
- A Special Song - The title for our film was inspired by a song of the same name by an incredible Mexican singer, Chavela Vargas. Getting permission to use her song would take this film to the next level.
Instructions On Donating:
- Indicate the amount you want to donate.
- In the “Designation” drop down menu, choose Vámonos.
- Fill out the rest of your information, then click SUBMIT.
- Then give yourself a hug because you are amazing!
Marvin Bryan Lemus
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 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.
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.
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!