AdeRisa Productions, LLC co-founded by Adelina Anthony and Marisa Becerra is a small progressive independent film company based in Ventura, CA, but they have a huge vision. Along with their newest co-producer, Karla Legaspy, they are in the midst of producing the feature film, Bruising for Besos.
The story is about a charismatic X/Chicana lesbian who seduces an alluring Puerto Rican woman and discovers she's recreating a tumultuous past. Writer-Director-Actor, Anthony, recently participated in the 2nd Annual Sundance Lab Screenwriters Intensive in Los Angeles, where she received affirming and positive feedback on her script from her two advisors.
The film will break ground in several arenas. This will be first feature film with an out lesbian X/Chicana as its main protagonist. It's also the first time a professional out Xicana lesbian actor (Anthony) will perform in such a role. Moreover, the world of this film is described as a Queer/Trans People of Color (QTPOC) scene in Los Angeles, guaranteeing an array of diverse characters. Much like the protagonist, the other lead and supporting roles have been cast with out QTPOC actors and Women of Color allies, inlcuding nationally recognized trans performance artist, D'Lo.
Anthony and her team have launched a tax-deductible fundraising campaign through the artist driven non-profit organization, AIM/Hatchfund. If they can keep the momentum going over the next 16 days, they will have raised enough funds to realize this unique vision. For more information you may also visit: here.
(Featured in photo are three Femme of Color actors from the film: Natalie Camunas, Lawrencia Dandridge and Brenda Banda)