Story consultant Perla Rico reveals her creative process with director on El Chácharero

Kn2s Productions interviews Perla Rico, story consultant of El Chácharero, a documentary short film that will stream online at the 13th annual Plaza Classic Film Festival this Friday August 7th, 2020.

El Chácharero is the third installment from a trilogy of documentary films from the border community of Juarez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas. This third chapter tells the story of Edras, a man that survives by picking up trash in downtown Juarez.

In this interview, Rico goes into detail about how she joined the creative team, her impression when watching El Chácharero for the first time and the process of working with the director, Krisstian de Lara.

Below is the full interview with the story consultant:

Thank you Perla for joining us today for this Kn2s Productions interview and congratulations on the screening of El Chácharero at Plaza Classic Film Festival this Friday, August 7th. 
Rico: Thank you for having me and congratulations to the entire team for this achievement! I cannot wait to watch it unfold once again.

1. We cannot wait either. How did you become part of the creative team?
Perla: Everything came about through a great friend of mine, the director, Krisstian de Lara, who I had the opportunity to work with many years ago in a television network in Juarez. Krisstian told me about his project and I thought it was interesting, I accepted the invitation in a heartbeat.

2. How was the process and dynamics between you and the director during the polishing process of the film?
Rico: I was in Denver, Colorado when he showed me the rough cut via a private link. We talked over the phone and discuss its context, additional material, and its story. Ultimately, what Krisstian wanted to portray in the documentary and little by little it started to take shape. It was important to showcase, just like the other two installments, a real urban story from the borderland.

3. What was your impression when you watched El Chácharero for the first time during the post-production phase?
Rico: Sadness because he brings his granddaughter into what seems now to be a routine and instills in her this form of lifestyle. Unfortunately, he’s not aware of city programs for children that can help generate a better future for them.

4. Lastly, what can we learn from the border through this film?
As a Juarez native, I’ve seen these stories up close and they are very gut-wrenching but at the same time they show us the self image of Juarez in several aspects. It reflects the level of education, values, and survival including how families have turned this phase into a habit.

Thank you Perla and we look forward to the premiere of El Chácharero at Plaza Classic Film Festival!

Perla concludes the interview by thanking Kn2s Productions, and inviting the audience to join the director and producer after the stream of El Chácharero at the Q&A this Friday, August 7th at 7:00pm over at plazaclassic.com. More info click here.

Watch El Chácharero’s second sneak peek below or click here.

El Chácharero will stream at Plaza Classic Film Festival, under the “Local Flavor I” program:
A livestream followed by Q&A with filmmakers via Zoom conducted by curators and filmmakers Zach Passero and Lucky McKee – Friday August 7th, 2020 at 7:00pm. Get your tickets here.
Festival runs from July 30th through August 9th.
View the program here. | Visit the Official site: kn2s.com/elchacharero

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