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Crowdfunding Spotlight: NYWIFT Member Amanda Nicole Reyes' Rosa's Esperanza

From Writer/Director and NYWIFT member Amanda Nicole Reyes, Rosa's Esperanza is a Chicano film that explores the difficult transition of bringing a loved one home from incarceration. Rosa has waited nearly a decade for her daughter, Esperanza, to be released from incarceration. Her extended families' unexpected Welcome Home party crashes the mother/daughter reunion but the families' joyous celebration also comes crashing to an end as Rosa realizes that Esperanza is not the daughter she remembers. This is a film about longing, love, and coming to terms with change. The dedicated post team needs finishing funds to complete this powerful film.

The deadline to donate is December 28, 2017. 


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Amanda Nicole Reyes is a Mexican American actor and director from Denton, Texas. Amanda has devoted her life to the visual arts from studying method acting at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Hollywood, California and working as a professional actor in L.A., Austin, Dallas, and N.Y. areas, to currently completing her M.F.A in Directing Narrative Cinema at the Brooklyn College Barry R. Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema. As a visual storyteller, Amanda’s artistic focus centers around social realism as she uses film as a catharsis for the hardships she’s experienced. Amanda’s latest role was in a feature film called 'Marisol' where she portrays an undocumented U.S. student, now streaming on Amazon Prime. This past summer Amanda directed her first pilot for a new comedy series called Half-Life, the story follows Patty, a working mom trying to balance her home life with working in the movie industry. Amanda’s thesis film, Rosa’s Esperanza is the story about a mother who tries to reconnect with her daughter one night after bringing her home from serving ten years in prison and is scheduled for festival release next year.

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts