Checkbox: Other

“What are you?” is a question that most people aren’t usually asked in a normal day-to-day conversation. Most people can be put off or confused by such a question, which is understandable in all cases, but being biracial, it is most times the first question asked right after “What is your name?” Being biracial is the definition of a “gray area”, because you are considered a minority, but you also have “white privilege” which results in the lack of affirmation from either side. You are everyone yet no one all at the same time.

Today’s society burns bright with the desire for equality, as it should. However, those of mixed races fall between the cracks. At a young age, we have to make the decision to choose one race to identify with in hopes of fitting in; we are reminded daily that we aren’t enough of one race when the other race is jokingly used against us, and when we want to speak out against racism we ask ourselves, “Am I even allowed to?”

“Checkbox: Other” sheds light on biracial cousins, Paisley and Maddy. While they are alike in almost every way -- being biracial, age, gender, and both are artists -- they learn about how each other's lives have been drastically different solely because of their ethnicities and appearance.

  • Maddy Santamaria
  • Maddy Santamaria
  • Cassie LeFevre
  • Cassie LeFevre
  • Paisley Amrein
    Key Cast
  • Maddy Santamaria
    Key Cast
  • Bonnie Clarisse Utter
    Music Composer
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Documentary, Short, Student, Other
  • Genres:
    animated, short film, podcast, student film, experimental
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 24 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 4, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    750 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - University of Colorado Denver
  • Colorado Dragon Boat Film Festival
    United States
    March 4, 2021
    Emerging Artist Showcase
Director Biography - Maddy Santamaria

As a female, Asian-American director, she stands proudly as part of the movement towards equal representation, proving that regardless of who you are or what you look like, your story deserves to be told. Her passion drives her to share the stories left too often untold, showcasing minorities of gender and race at the heart of each of her films. Madison Santamaria is a third-year film student attending the University of Colorado Denver.

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Director Statement

Growing up a woman who is half Filipino and half White, I have always felt like I fall into the cracks. Discrimination is not something that is unfamiliar to me, however I know that I have been blessed enough to not have the worst. I chose to pursue becoming a Director because I want to give a chance to those unable to, to share their stories with the world. I strive to show diversity however I can in my films, whether it is the storyline, the cast, the crew. I believe that change in the Film and Television industry needs to be made and I hope to be a part of that movement. Being a woman of mixed race, I seek to inspire and empower those around me so they can see that their lives and their stories are just as significant and deserve to be told. I am driven to challenge myself as a filmmaker to explore non-traditional ways of filmmaking to tell the legends of life as we know to put me one step closer to my dream of becoming a diversity-advocate Director.