Xan Aranda selected for NALIP residency

Kartemquin producer Xan Aranda, currently working with us on Mormon Movie (working title), has been selected for the inaugural National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) Artist Retreat Center (ARC) for Women Filmmakers of Color Residencies Program for Sept. 13-21, 2014.

Xan will join 11 other exceptional women filmmakers of color to workshop their projects at a private 100-acre farm in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont during prime New England Foliage Viewing Season. This residency begins with a strategic artistic envisioning workshop, then allows each artist uninterrupted time to work in an inspiring environment with a nightly workshop of each artists' film. Get more details.

Inspired by dramatic religious educational films her mother starred in while a student at Brigham Young University during the 1960s, in Mormon Movie Xan faces her personal departure from the (LDS) Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and its impact on their promise of a “forever family.” Against the backdrop of this evolving religion’s American and Mexican pioneer roots, Mormon Movie chronicles director Xan Aranda’s reconnection with the LDS community, interweaving her story of teenage doubt with her mother’s films and enduring faith, Xan’s father’s struggle as a closeted gay Mormon Mexican, and her quest to create a fictional short film with collaborators in Utah.

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