Private Project

Angela

A Cuban immigrant tries to find her place in New York City.

  • Juan Pablo Daranas Molina
    Director
    Customer Service; Yunaisy; Twilight; The Premiere
  • Juan Pablo Daranas Molina
    Writer
    Customer Service; Yunaisy; Twilight; The Premiere
  • Idalmis García
    Writer
    Behavior (Conducta)
  • Juan Pablo Daranas Molina
    Producer
    Customer Service; Yunaisy; Twilight; The Premiere
  • Idalmis García
    Key Cast
    Behavior (Conducta)
  • FILA20 filmes
    Production Company
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 26, 2018
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio:
    4:3
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Glasgow Short Film Festival
    Glasgow
    United Kingdom
    March 16, 2018
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Trinidad + Tobago Film Festival
    Port of Spain
    Trinidad and Tobago
    September 21, 2018
    Caribbean Premiere
    Official Selection
  • San Francisco Latino Film Festival
    San Francisco, California
    United States
    September 22, 2018
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Third Horizon Film Festival
    Miami, Florida
    United States
    September 30, 2018
    Florida Premiere
    Official Selection
  • New Orleans Film Festival
    New Orleans, Louisiana
    United States
    October 20, 2018
    Louisiana Premiere
    Official Selection
  • The TIDE Film Festival
    Brooklyn, New York
    United States
    November 9, 2018
    New York Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Latino and Iberian Film Festival at Yale
    New Haven, Connecticut
    United States
    November 11, 2018
    Connecticut Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Roma Independent Film Festival
    Rome
    Italy
    November 17, 2018
    Italian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Capital Filmmakers Festival Berlin
    Berlin
    Germany
    December 6, 2018
    German Premiere
    SEMIFINALIST
  • Latino Film Market
    New York, New York
    United States
    December 15, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Capital Filmmakers Festival Lisbon
    Lisbon
    Portugal
    February 8, 2019
    Portuguese Premiere
    SEMIFINALIST
  • Meraki Film Festival
    Berlin
    Germany
    March 7, 2019
    SEMIFINALIST
  • Caribbean Film Series at BAM
    Brooklyn, New York
    United States
    March 16, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Muestra Joven
    La Habana
    Cuba
    April 3, 2019
    Cuban Premiere
    BEST SOUND
  • Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia di Roma
    Rome
    Italy
    July 3, 2019
    Italian Premiere
  • HBO New York Latino Film Festival
    New York City
    United States
    August 17, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Capital Filmmakers Festival Madrid
    Madrid
    Spain
    September 13, 2019
    Madrid Premiere
    SEMIFINALIST
  • Seattle Latino Film Festival
    Seattle, Washington
    United States
    October 3, 2019
    Washington Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Bushwick Film Festival
    Brooklyn, NY
    United States
    October 5, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Oaxaca Film Festival
    Oaxaca
    Mexico
    October 5, 2019
    Mexican Premiere
    Official Selection
  • 180’ Berlin FilmFest
    Berlin
    Germany
    November 15, 2019
    SEMIFINALIST
  • Key West Film Festival
    Key West, Florida
    United States
    November 23, 2019
    Key West Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Stories at Replika
    Bucharest
    Romania
    June 2, 2020
    Romanian Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Juan Pablo Daranas Molina

Juan Pablo (Juampa) Daranas Molina is a Cuban filmmaker and the president of FILA20, a film collective based in New York City. FILA20's work has been screened at hundreds of festivals, including Sundance, Warsaw, Glasgow, New Orleans, Miami, Borscht, Rooftop Films, etc.; and on platforms like Amazon Video, Booooooom.TV, Comcast Xfinity, Short of the Week, and ShortsTV.

Curiosity and happenstance have led Juampa into a wide variety of experiences, like amateur astronomy, operating large artillery during his mandatory military service, being part of Cuba’s National Teams of Maths and Physics, teaching film history, composing music, emigrating, playing baseball for his childhood neighborhood’s team, coding, or being a servant to his two dogs... Juampa is passionate about nature and science and tries to explore these topics in his films in a way that is not boring. At least, not too boring.

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Director Statement

ÁNGELA was a unique experience for both actress Idalmis García and me. Having recently emigrated from Cuba, we wanted to make a film about our experiences as immigrants in New York City. But there was one problem - we had no money to make it!

This lack of resources threw us into an unusual creative journey. Idalmis and I (a two-people operation) started filming improvisations in public spaces, interacting with people who didn't know they were being part of a fictional plot.

After a few months of these filmed improvisations, Ángela, the character, was born. Then we sketched a plot for her and used simple narrative cues to keep triggering specific interactions within the spaces we "infiltrated". The result is a fictional story with documentary value.

One of the unintended values of the short is that it might be the first narrative film to show the Central Park rumba, a decades-long tradition amongst Cuban (and other Latino) exiles in NYC. Actually, many of the rumberos ended up in the film as first-time actors.

Two years later, our little weekend project has been shown by 30+ festivals all over the world, including Glasgow, New Orleans, Oaxaca, Third Horizon, Trinidad + Tobago, and the HBO New York Latino Film Festival. It's also been on a few streaming services but never available online so, hopefully, Short of the Week will help us reach a much wider audience.

Thanks for watching it!