|THE BLOOD IN OUR VEINS|
|East Coast Premiere|
|Crew: ||Producers: Ethan Felizzari - Screenwriters: Mateo Marquez
Daniel Royas, a young undocumented Hispanic man growing up in the streets of Corona, Queens does everything he can to provide security for his sister Sofia and his mother Alejandra. On the day of his birthday Daniel tells his mother his concern over her poor health, and so schedules an appointment for her to see a doctor. Reluctant at first, Alejandra gives in and agrees to go to the clinic. That afternoon Daniel and Alejandra arrive at the clinic where tests are run. The doctor delivers devastating news that Alejandra has late stage Leukemia, with very little time to live. That evening Daniel and Alejandra argue over the state of his mother’s health. Angered and confused Daniel storms out of the house. He meets with Jonny to attend a local party, where he drinks too much and gets into a fight. The following morning Daniel tells Jonny the news about his mother. Jonny encourages Daniel to stay strong and stick by his family. Daniel arrives home, battered, but ready to help his mother in her time of need.
Mateo Marquez is a hard working filmmaker based in Queens, New York. He is the son of Colombian born parents and frequently visits the South American country. He began his education at Hunter College with a concentration in international relations, deciding later pursue his true passion as a filmmaker in Hunter’s Filmmaking Program. He has worked on several student shorts, and commercial shoots for clients such as CitiQuiet Windows and PBS. Matthew has also been a Camera Production Assistant for a Food Network series “Restaurant Redemption” produced by Lion Television Studios. Aside from commercial shoots, Matthew has also worked on his own narrative short films as producer, writer, and director. His most successful short film “Until Next Time” has finished as a finalist at the CUNY Film Festival (2014) and also as an official selection for the Chicago Shorts Festival (2014). Matthew’s primary goal in his career is to direct and write his own personal narrative films that seek to enhance, understand, and enlighten on the lives of disenfranchised people.
As the son of an immigrant father, I cannot ignore the contrast between the privileges I have enjoyed as a United States citizen, and the struggles my father, and many like him, faced in a new and challenging environment. Many people from South and Central America have immigrated hoping to fulfill the promise of the American dream. Unfortunately, the reality of being undocumented in the United States can be a daunting and traumatic experience. La Sangre En Nuestras Venas tells the story of a small, undocumented family trying to get by in New York City. When illness strikes, a mother's fear for her son and daughter's future, takes its toll. For many undocumented immigrants, information concerning healthcare, civil rights, and labor laws can be inaccessible. Lack of education and fear of the authorities prevent many undocumented immigrants from seeking proper medical care or demanding an acceptable working environment. With this film I hope to cast a light on only a small fraction of today's immigrant experience and to keep this issue alive in the American consciousness. La Sangre En Nuestras Venas is rooted in the experience of those who have suffered under our inadequate immigration system.