Directed by Maru Buendia-Senties
Two isolated women bond by sharing their lives from a distance through their apartment windows. They are blocks apart, but despite their efforts, will never meet. Two women. Two windows. Two realities.
Award winning Mexican writer/director, Maru Buendia-Senties, graduated with an MFA from UT-Austin in Film Production. She worked for three years in the Visual Effects Department for Director Robert Rodriguez at Troublemaker Studios and currently works at Mirada Studios.
Over the years, Maru, has premiered five award-winning films, directed Mexican Ariel winning actors, received the Visionary Award by the Sor Juana Festival: A tribute to Mexican Women and the Cary Grant Film Award by The Princess Grace Foundation. Her latest sci-fi short, Windows, has been chosen as one of four projects of NALIP: Latino Lens Narrative Short Incubator program 2016. She was also been honored to attend this year’s Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Artist Academy.
Living on the Mexican/American border exposed Maru to two different cultures that created a desire to share that unique perspective through her storytelling. As a female Mexican filmmaker, Maru sees a great opportunity in utilizing genre films to explore our deepest fears, push boundaries and challenge the audience by approaching universal themes like identity, belonging, and solitude.
Writers: Maru Buendia-Senties, Glenn Eanes
Producer: Michele K. Borheim
Cast: Gabriela Ostos, Krista Vendy, Rich Paul
José María Cabral / Narrative / Dominican Republic / 2017 / Drama / 106 minsJulián finds love and a reason for living in the last place imaginable: the Dominican Republic's Najayo Prison. He 'meets' Yanelly from across the prison yard and manages to learn a kind of sign language to communicate with her and avoiding the prison guards. Using real prison locations and non-actors throughout, WOODPECKERS is based on real events. Premiered at Sundance.
Preceded by: Windows