Traces of Eliza

From Director Carlos G Sanchez comes a film like you've never seen. Please be prepared for a wild ride. Samantha (Samantha Verheyen) is just a young American girl who lives care-free, but when the stresses of life, work, relationships and anxiety break her down; symptoms of a disorder begin to surface. The dark side of herself who she calls Eliza leaves behind a trail of blood and a shell of her former self. When lipstick leaves stains three kisses are all that remains.

  • Carlos Sanchez
    Director
  • Carlos Grimaldo Sanchez
    Writer
  • Carlos Grimaldo Sanchez
    Producer
  • Samantha Verheyen
    Key Cast
    “Samantha”
  • James Stuchly
    Key Cast
    “Mr. White”
  • James Stuchly
    Key Cast
    “Cab Driver”
  • Alex Velasquez
    Key Cast
    “Jesse”
  • Carlos Grimaldo Sanchez
    Key Cast
    “Mark”
  • Wilson Donovan
    Key Cast
    “Dr. Flemming”
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes 11 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 20, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Carlos Sanchez

My name is Carlos G. Sanchez, a native Texan, born & raised in San Antonio. First and foremost, I'm an artist not a film-maker, film is just another medium to project my creative wisdom. I have been an artist ever since I can remember. I started with drawings, paintings, sculptures and eventually music. In my adolescence I was classically trained to play many instruments. In my teens I began playing heavy metal but after many bandmates began not showing up or putting in any effort I decided to become a one man band which eventually lead me to producing and creating IDM, electronic indie music. It wasnt until college that I found film as the best medium to pursue my creative dreams. However, filming in San Antonio would prove to be harder and more demanding than I ever imagined. So I wrote a small script, went to several actors studios, only to get shown the door because I did meet the criteria. I'm not a quitter, so I started making films on my phone, which was the most exhilarating time I've ever had filming, no audio, no lights just a script and a camera. After coming up with a good script I gathered my friends to shoot my first feature with a $5k budget. The winning recipe was remaining focused on the budget & doing 90% of all the required jobs myself. So here I am 25 films later, & I'm still hopeful about finding actors, producers or a crew that have the passion & work ethic I do. Traces of Eliza is my best work yet, after watching it and viewing the credits you will find I filled all the positions myself since we had a $3k budget for a 30min short. Over the last 15yrs, I have been arrested, risked my life multiple times, ruined relationships and lost a great deal of my money but film is forever and pain is just temporary.

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Director Statement

Pain is temporary film is forever.