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Emerald City Short Film

Rigo’s parents were deported when he was young, and he spent most of his life in foster care. He follows the quickly growing folk religion based on Santa Muerte, the Saint of Death. 

Paul dropped out of college after a fight with his father, a laid-off auto worker. He says he’s headed for the Pacific Crest Trail. He’s running from a part of himself that he can’t share with anyone. 

Traveling together, they land at a van-camp called Emerald City,  a place where vagabonds and nomads of all kinds seek refuge.

At this timeless place, they find common ground, but  where will the ghosts of their pasts and their passions lead them?

DIRECTOR: Josef Steiff is a professor of Film at Columbia College in Chicago, IL, his films have exhibited throughout the world.  His recent short film, “Jesse James,” screened at over 80 film festivals (Santa Fe Film Festival, LGBTQ+Toronto Film Festival, Festival Internacional de Cine LGBTQ+ de Mexico, WILDsound, among others) and is currently streaming on QueerBee and GayBingeTV. 

SCREENWRITER, PRODUCER: David Bobrow  has  worked with foster youth along the Border for 25 years. His film, “Country People,” won awards at Qflix New England, Oaxaca Film Fest, New Rennaissance Film Festival Amsterdam, Blastoff L.A., Cannes Screenplay Contest, Flicks London, Rome International Cinefest.)
It streamed on GayBingeTV, VimeoOnDemand, Plex and is distributed by Bonella Productions in Paris, France.

Alan Vasquez (Rigo) is an actor and producer who has appeared in Andi, Back To You, and Sincerely Saul.

Havon Baraka (Paul) has over 70 acting credits and is best known for his work on Station 19 and Single Single.

Comparable to films like Wild, The Power of the Dog, and God’s Own Country, this LGBT Film digs into universal themes.

Shot near scenic Tecate, Mexico, this project is currently in post production.

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