Private Project


An undocumented immigrant receives a heartwarming yet heartbreaking phone call from his daughter across the border.

  • Emilio Vazquez Reyes
  • Emilio Vazquez Reyes
  • Emilio Vazquez Reyes
  • Nicolas Vazquez Reyes
    Executive Producer
  • Nicolas Vazquez Reyes
    Key Cast
  • Renata Saori
    Key Cast
  • Dara Perez
    Key Cast
  • Donald Kurti
    Key Cast
    "Racist Thug #1"
  • Connor Eaton
    Key Cast
    "Racist Thug #2"
  • Camille Mak
    Make-up Artist
  • Angel Nava
    Audio Engineer
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
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  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 7 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 15, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    350 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Heritage High School
  • SXSW Film Festival
    Austin, Texas
    United States
    March 12, 2022
    Grand Jury Award - Texas High School Shorts
  • San Francisco International Film Festival
    San Francisco, California
    United States
    April 21, 2022
    Golden Gate Award - Youthworks
  • NewFilmmakers Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    May 14, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Florence Film Awards
    Best Super Short Film
  • BARCIFF Barcelona Indie Filmmakers Festival
    Official Selection
  • All American High School Film Festival
    New York, New York
    October 22, 2022
    Best Screenplay nominee
Director Biography - Emilio Vazquez Reyes

Emilio Vazquez Reyes is a 17-year-old High School filmmaker based in Frisco, Texas. With deep love and passion for the art and expression that cinema has to offer, he buried himself into his computer screen by writing scripts and making short camera tests with Super 8, 16mm, and digital cinema cameras. His influences of old foreign cinematic masters mixed with contemporary auteurs deeply encouraged his perspective of the essence of humanity, poetry, and emotion in cinema.

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Director Statement

As a second-generation Mexican immigrant, the topic of immigration is and will always be very personal to not only myself but my family as well. Although I personally never experienced much discrimination in my life, the fact that so many others similar to me have to suffer every day is nothing short of sickening. Through the emotional power that cinema holds, I wish to give a voice to those who are silenced. Although you can argue the politics of immigration, you cannot argue about the legitimacy of the torment that immigrants must face. I dedicate this film to the many Hispanic immigrants, whether they're undocumented or not, who have to constantly endure the brutality of racism and prejudice that scar this nation.