SATOS

Sometime after Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, three families intersect at a special dog sanctuary and form a bond that will change their lives, priorities and dreams forever.

  • Roselyn Sanchez
    Director
    Without A Trace
  • Roselyn Sanchez
    Writer
    Without A Trace
  • Paul Kampf
    Producer
    Imprisoned
  • Juan Agustin Marquez
    Producer
    The Last Colony
  • Holly Levow
    Producer
    Imprisoned
  • Berto Colon
    Key Cast
    “Ivan Morel”
    Orange is the New Black
  • Modesto Lacen
    Key Cast
    “Ricardo”
    Celia
  • Maria Coral Otero Soto
    Key Cast
    “Brendaliz”
    Start Up
  • Marisol Calero
    Key Cast
    “Magaly”
    Rosaura
  • Elia Enid Cadilla
    Key Cast
    “Abuela Rosa”
    Imprisoned
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    SATOS
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    39 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 30, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Puerto Rico
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
    Digtal, Sony F-55
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.39:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Roselyn Sanchez

Roselyn Sanchez is a Puerto Rican actress, producer, writer and philanthropist. She’s now making her Directorial debut with ‘Satos.’ On television, she is best known for her roles as Elena Delgado on the CBS police procedural ‘Without a Trace’ (2005-09), and as Carmen Luna on the Lifetime comedy-drama ‘Devious Maids’ (2013-2016). In film, she has appeared in Rush Hour 2 (2001), Boat Trip (2002), ‘The Game Plan’ (2007), ‘Act of Valor’ (2012) and ‘Traffik’ (2019). Most recently she played the comic role of Gigi Mendoza in the highly acclaimed ABC series ‘Grand Hotel.’

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Director Statement

I’ve been immersed in the entertainment business for 25 years mainly as an actress. For a while I had contemplated the idea of experimenting with directing but fear and time always got in the way. I finally made the best decision of my life beginning of last year when I took the leap of faith to do it regarding a topic that was close to my heart.

I’ve been an advocate against the overpopulation of stray dogs in Puerto Rico as well as animal abuse. This problem has become like a disease in complete juxtaposition to the beautiful island where I was born and raised represents. I knew I wanted to speak up about the problem in a way that would bring compassion, humanity, and positive attention through a cinematic experience.

I wanted to intertwine three completely different stories, while making all the characters vulnerable and empathetic to an audience. This was done to force them to confront their own problems and highlight each of their unique and compelling connections to the dogs that come into their lives. What better place than a dog shelter, post Hurricane Maria’s devastation, to set this story?

My mission was and is to make people feel, think, smile, cry and identify with the stories and the issues in the film. We all know somebody that is going through something similar to the families in this story. It’s heartfelt and not preachy; it’s short but complete. It has become my third child, and I truly hope the audience enjoys it as much as I enjoyed creating the world of SATOS.

As a footnote, SATOS was shot entirely in Spanish and in English, so there are two versions of the film. We are submitting the cut with English subtitles. However, we have a full version in English as well if you would like to view and/or screen at your festival.