Stitch by Stitch

A women's embroidery collective in Mexico passes down traditional Maya patterns while innovating new designs and expanding gender roles for future generations.

  • Rachel Thompson
    Director
  • Juliana Kasmanas
    Producer
  • Erick Joaquin Chuc Santos
    Producer
  • Andrew Miller
    Editor
  • Sarah Jane Kopecky
    Sound
  • Juliana Kasmanas
    Camera
  • Rachel Thompson
    Camera
  • Andrew Miller
    Camera
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Cadena en Cadena
  • Project Type:
    Student
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 6 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 30, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Mexico
  • Language:
    Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes - University of Tampa
  • Black Box Film Festival
    Tampa
    United States
    April 28, 2023
    Best Documentary
  • 10th Americas Film Festival NY
    New York
    United States
    June 15, 2023
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Student Student World Impact Film Festival
    Online
    June 18, 2023
    Official Selection
  • 6th Foça International Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Documentary Film Festival
    Foça
    Turkey
    October 4, 2023
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Rachel Thompson

Rachel Thompson has made numerous short films ranging from narratives to documentaries that showcase a variety of themes. She enjoys taking general ideas and analyzing them through a new perspective whether that is through color, storyline, or the blending of genre. Rachel received the inaugural John Giancola Award for Excellence in Videography for 2023 from the Communication Department at the University of Tampa.

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Director Statement

Collaboration is at the core of my approach to filmmaking and I couldn't do it without my team; Juliana Kasmanas, Andrew Miller, Sarah Kopecky, and Erick Chuc Santos who all worked on Cadena en Cadena. For instance, Erick, who is from Xpichil, was the film's associate producer and both enabled our access and helped shape the film's perspective. With this project and looking forward, I will continue to seek new ways to making filmmaking more sustainable and ethical with a production process that is as transparent and inclusive as possible.