Three Latina Sisters on a Movie Mission

All-Latino film launches all-or-nothing fundraiser for "After the Wedding," a terrific comedy about marriage

By The Cifuentes Sisters
Published on LatinoLA: May 14, 2012

Three Latina Sisters on a Movie Mission

"After the Wedding" is a dramedy that follows newlywed Diego Diaz (Nick Puga) as he heads down to Miami Beach for a few weeks to finish his latest novel, but when he becomes emotionally intimate with a sexy bartender, he and his wife are left to examine the true state of their young marriage.

Funny, romantic, and honest, "After the Wedding" is an intimate portrait of a young couple navigating their new roles as husband and wife, and contemplates traditional love in a modern age.

In order to make our movie this summer in Miami, we've turned to www.aftertheweddingkickstarter.com, the all-or-nothing fundraising platform. At the start of our campaign, we set a timeline and fundraising amount. Unless we reach that goal by the time the campaign is over, then no money is exchanged and no movie is made. Our goal is $75,000 and we have until May 26th to reach it!

We know it's RISKY but we have faith in the Latino community to show their support of a film starring an all-Latino cast and made by Latina producers. We definitely cannot do this alone though, and need your help to spread the word about our campaign.

Would you kindly consider pledging support to our campaign? As it's all-or-nothing, every dollar helps!

Here are additional great reasons to support our film:

- You will be supporting Latinos in Hollywood. Fun Facts: According to the 2010 Census, there are now 50.5 million Hispanics in the United States, making up 16.3% of the total population. And according to The Hollywood Reporter, this demographic is also increasing its presence at the box office, "accounting for over $1 billion in movie ticket sales in 2008." But sadly, Latinos are still underrepresented in front of and behind the camera. Our film is being made by a Latina writer and director, Latino producers and features an all-Latino cast.

- It's time to see ourselves reflected. We think the portrayal of Latinos in Hollywood movies needs an update. We recognize that there are Latino housekeepers and gardeners, but a lot of times these characters are still being portrayed as one-dimensional background stereotypes, not complex individuals. Our goal is to portray Latinos as three-dimensional leads who do good things and bad things, just like in real life, but while focusing on their humanity and not their nationality. This is not a 'Latino-themed' film. It's a story about a relationship. Our characters are trying to navigate their messy romantic lives just like everyone else. They just happen to be Latinos.

- We've got some really fun rewards! Want a custom bag filled with coffee and Latin treats? Or how about joining us at the Wrap Party and Movie Premiere? We've got something for everyone.

- If we don't reach our fundraising goal we get NOTHING! That's right - that's how Kickstarter works. We will only get the money we've raised if we meet our goal by our deadline. Otherwise, we get nothing, zilch - NADA!

To support our mission, please take a look at our campaign. Change will only come from within and we're hopeful that we are not alone in believing that Hollywood needs more Latino voices!

You may visit our campaign at: www.aftertheweddingkickstarter.com.
Thank you y Gracias!

Con mucho cari??o,
Claudia Cifuentes, Lisa Michelle Cifuentes and Karina Cifuentes

About The Cifuentes Sisters:
We are three Latina sisters who produce films, music videos and commercials.
"After the Wedding" is our first feature film.
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