Strange Love

  • Mikel Cruz
  • Mikel Cruz
  • Diego Gomez
  • Anthony Rodriguez
  • Maymie Mitchell
    Key Cast
  • Quinn Scicluna
    Key Cast
  • Wesley Swedenberg
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Romance, Thriller
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 49 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 13, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    600 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    RED Scarlet & Panasonic GH4
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Mikel Cruz

Born in the Philippines and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Kel Cruz, is a writer, filmmaker, and student who currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Cruz both wrote and directed Strange Love in association with the University of New Mexico, IFDM, and Back Alley Films (an Albuquerque based student production group). When he is not writing or making films, Cruz is a passionate advocate of student work and a multimedia projection artist. Cruz was a founder of UNM’s Cherry Reel Film Festival and also created the audio/visual projection installation IRO NO with electronic artist CLRCHSR.

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Director Statement

Love is such a fragile thing. When it is broken, the lonely hearted are left to pick up the fragments left behind. A senior film project from the University of New Mexico meant to fit into a larger TV pilot, STRANGE LOVE, is a sci-fi noir mystery that follows lonely-hearted Celia and her journey to mend her broken heart after the unexplained loss of her husband. The dream home Celia and her husband bought together, 3 years later, is now but a hollow shell of what it once was. This is a love story...but something strange and twisted lies beneath the surface. This is STRANGE LOVE.