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  • Gabriel Jesse Medina
    Painter of Dreams, Service With A Smile, Disposable
  • Gabriel Jesse Medina
  • Shadé Quintanilla
  • Alejandro Santana Jr.
  • Isaac-David Trimble
  • Diana Cabuto
    Key Cast
  • Javier Diaz
    Key Cast
    "El Diablo"
  • Tammy Xinatxli
    Key Cast
  • Jayden Sanchez
    Key Cast
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  • Genres:
    Horror, Drama, Magical Realism
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 19 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 10, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
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Director Biography - Gabriel Jesse Medina

Gabriel Jesse Medina is a Mexican-American writer, producer, and director known for his documentary Painter of Dreams and narrative short films Lurker, Service with a Smile, and Disposable.

Gabriel began his film career in high school when asked to join his school’s Video Academy program where he developed his skills in short narrative and documentary filmmaking. After, Gabriel attended UCLA for undergraduate study, where he Interned at several companies and grew his skill in film producing and studied Latinx, Chicana/o/e literature, and filmmaking. After graduating, Gabriel returned home and developed a short filmmaking program through the non-profit organization the Digital NEST. In 2020, Gabriel established Calavera Media where he is currently developing projects in magical realism, horror, and the drama genre while centering Latino and Indigenous voices.

Gabriel is an active MFA Candidate in the Peter Stark Producing program at USC and a recipient of the George Lucas Foundation scholarship, and the TELACU & USC Latino Alumni Scholarship. Gabriel is also a part of the Cine Si Puede Fellowship through the Watsonville Film Festival.

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Director Statement

Horror genre films are excellent at getting your adrenaline pumping. Whether it’s a psychological thriller, a suspenseful flick, or just plain zombies, we all seek some form of excitement when we watch horror movies. Equally, the genre of Magical Realism transcends our expectations of what is possible in this world. It suspends our reality and puts the audience in a world where anything is possible.

The story of ETERNIDAD takes the audience through a young mother's journey of reuniting with her children. Using the Mexican folk tale of “La Llorona” as a primary inspiration for the story, this film uses a fantasy approach to demonstrate the horrific lengths a mother will go to be with her children. Writer and Director Gabriel Jesse Medina, embeds elements of his own experiences as a child who grew up seeing multiple forms of addiction among paternal and maternal figures.

ETERNIDAD is an excellent film for anyone who enjoys both Horror and Magical Realism. Filled with hidden meanings and critiques, this film is an excellent launching pad for discussion and dissection.

"In a lot of ways, the story was inspired by elements from my own life. Growing up with an absent father, I constantly searched for him through stories I wished were my own reality. I wanted him to fight for me in the same way I've created Maria to fight for her children. Her love is terrifying and beautiful to me."