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Teressa in the Background

When under-parented Teressa steals from Carmen's restaurant she gets a lot more than a free meal.

  • Sarah Howard
    Key Cast
    "Teressa"
  • Jennifer Rosario de Casiano
    Key Cast
    "Carmen"
  • Anna L. Newbury
    Key Cast
    "Morgan"
  • Stefany Espinoza
    Director
  • Stefany Espinoza
    Writer
  • Zach C. Lane
    Producer
  • Shelby Fintak
    Cinematographer
  • Ruoyu Zhang
    Production Designer
  • Rita Al Cunha
    Editor
  • Stefany Espinoza
    Sound Design
  • Olivia Isabel Comas Wood
    First Assistant Director
  • EmilyFaye Cobb
    Second Assistant Director
  • Braxton Marie Thompson
    First Assistant Camera
  • Madilyn Macy Witherspoon
    Second Assistant Camera
  • Zachary Grant
    Sound Mixer
  • Ayana Jones
    Gaffer
  • Juliana Lee White
    Best Electric
  • Morgan Miller
    Key Grip
  • Aaron Kudja
    Script Supervisor
  • Nedgine Saint-Louis
    Production Assistant
  • Carlos Nolla
    Production Assistant
  • Yaynarys Rabeiro
    Production Assistant
  • Pacey Hansen
    Production Assistant
  • Sean Ahmadzadeh
    Assistant Editor
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Coming of age
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 16 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 2, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Red 5K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.85:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Florida State University
Director Biography - Stefany Espinoza

Stefany Espinoza was born in Caracas, Venezuela.

She studied Film, Video, and New Media for Undergrad at Florida Atlantic University and earned a Master's Degree in Film Production from Florida State University. After graduation, she was hired as an adjunct Professor of film history and editing at Florida State University.

During her free time, she enjoys writing scripts, reading non-fiction, and drowning herself in music. She is an avid watcher of both classic and modern movies.

Stefany currently resides in Brooklyn, NY, working as a freelance editor and production assistant.

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Director Statement

I wanted to make a film for young adults who feel alone and misunderstood. More specifically, a story that spoke to children of incarcerated parents. Something that tapped into the importance of needing a parental figure in your life.

I made this film with the hope of helping create a set of images that looks beyond the surface of everyday actions - images that will lead us into a different way of seeing children who lacked the love and guidance provided by a parent from an early age.