Rift City feature film will defy US/Mexico border stereotypes

Writer and Director, Krisstian de Lara, Producer, Victor Manuel Mares Bersosa, and Actor, Sebastian Tafoya get invited to Contacto Matutino newscast to speak about the production of the independent feature film Rift City. The project will be filmed in the border community of El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

Rift City tells the story of Oriana, a college student who travels to Juarez to make a documentary about Chuy, a teenager whose mother has gone missing. However, once she finds her whereabouts, Oriana struggles to come to terms with doing what’s best for her or Chuy.

Krisstian de Lara starts off the interview speaking about how this independent project will send a good message about the border community since is so unique, “We must showcase this story that tells a lesson of hope, that people of Juarez are arduous workers and show the world Juarez is not what they think it is.” Victor Mares adds that this project has been in the works for two years. The host of Contacto Matutino, Claudia Vega accentuates, “because filming a feature film is complex and costly.” Mares confirms, “It is costly, but it is incredibly satisfying. We have worked with a team that is very self grounded and a crew of almost 25 people.”

Sebastian Tafoya also sums up his character from the film, Chuy, as a young and brave teenager but who lacks the intelligence when issues emerge, “he’s a sixteen-year-old kid that gets carried away by his emotions.” Vega jokes, “Well, at sixteen!” The four laugh. De Lara continues by explaining the inciting incident that kicks off the story.

Vega concludes by wishes the team good luck, and points out the talent and rigorous work from the director and producer in their willingness to go far and not letting the lack of resources prevent them from accomplishing their goals.

The project is expected to release in the United States and Mexico in 2020. Watch the full interview below:

Follow the behind the scenes photographs on Krisstian de Lara’s Instagram here.

Visit the Official site for more info: RiftCityMovie.com

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