Shortstop Scores

A team of 2 Latina filmmakers is recognized at one of the top film festivals in the country

By Rafael Calderon
Published on LatinoLA: March 28, 2006

Shortstop Scores

It all started with two independent women sharing the same dream: to make movies that shed a unique light into Urban Latino Life void of stereotypes.

Risa Machuca and Fanny V?liz? chance meeting while acting in a film has proven to be the piece that completed each other?s careers? puzzle because since this dynamic duo joined forces they have produced and acted in films that have won them praise from industry insiders. Latina Magazine named Machuca one of the new power players in the entertainment industry and Ciudad Magazine recognized V?liz as one of the fast rising filmmakers.

All of this has been intensified by their experience at one of the top film festivals in the country South by Southwest, where out of 2800 submissions their latest collaboration ?Shortstop? enjoyed a successful premiere.

During the festivities ?Shortstop? was praised by audiences and critics alike. At the award ceremony it received the special Jury Award, Runner Up for Best Short film.

?Shortstop? tells the story of two young Latinas who discover they?re both sleeping with the same man. They confront each other as they reflect on the decision they are about to make? all in the front seat of a car?

Machuca and V?liz used their natural talent and charm to raise funds for this film by creating a raffle in which the lucky winner would go on a date with both of them. ?Shortstop? was also produced by Joey Mendez.

While both Fanny Veliz and Risa Machuca have several projects in development and are thrilled with all the possibilities the festival has brought to them, their goal is to make ?Shortstop? into a feature film.

For more information go to: www.shortstopmovie.com.

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