LOURDES has been accepted by the Capital City Film Festival in Lansing, Michigan, which takes place April 12-21.
A blog by film maker Anthony Collings
As of today, a total of 2,500 people have viewed LOURDES on YouTube.
I’m glad to see that more than 2,000 people have seen LOURDES on YouTube.
LOURDES was shown last night at the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and afterward there was a discussion of the implications for immigration policy. Lulys, Lourdes’s 16-year-old daughter, attended the meeting.
I’m happy to see that the VIva! Latino Film Festival NYC International in New York has accepted LOURDES for its 2019 festival.
The University of Michigan student group Michigan Refugee Assistance Program has scheduled a screening of the film for Nov. 15.
I’m glad to see that screenings of LOURDES have been scheduled in Ann Arbor for Nov. 16 and Nov. 29, 2018, and Jan. 17, 2019. Also, Michigan Radio’s Stateside program has scheduled an interview with me about the film, to be broadcast shortly before the Nov. 29 screening.
So far 1,333 people have seen LOURDES on YouTube. Some of the comments:
“What you have done here is nothing short of incredible. This is a fantastic film, and puts a human face on the issues facing our country right now. Lourdes is not a number or a statistic, she is a wife, a mother, a human being. I live 5 miles from the Mexican border, I have been to the tent cities, and I see people like Lourdes and her family every day.”
“Please take a half hour out of your day to see this powerful and important film by our friend Tony Collings about the deportation of a Mexican mother from our very own town. It will make you furious about this current administration's immigration policies, but fury in the service of positive change is a good thing.”
“I just finished watching your documentary and I was very close to tears. I can earnestly say that Lourdes and the way you crafted her story emotionally touched me and broke my heart, even though I already knew her story from our many discussions. Being able to develop a deep personal connection with the Salazar family allowed you to get honest, raw content that makes this film touch its viewers very very very deeply.”
“I don’t even know where to begin. So unbelievably powerful and emotional—brought me to tears. Amazing work!”
“This was magnificent, just a terrific piece of journalism, moving and suspenseful, meaningful, uplifting and at the same time sad... a portrait of people who want to do right but are entrapped in a drama of their own doing. Inspiring but also maddening and ultimately disappointing.”
I have submitted the film to several film festivals including the Ann Arbor Film Festival. We will see what happens.
So far 781 people have seen the documentary on YouTube.
Editing is finally done and the film is now online at https://vimeo.com/286548558
I'm grateful to all who helped, not only Lourdes and her wonderful family, but also videographers Patrick Murphy and Andrew Collings, and also:
Department of Communication Studies, University of Michigan
Cristhian Carlo Espinoza-Pino
Yesterday I drove from Ann Arbor to Battle Creek, Michigan, to film the jail where Lourdes was held in 2010. One of the last shots for the documentary.
Today I had the pleasure of interviewing two remarkable people who helped Lourdes avoid deportation for years. They are Laura Sanders and Ramiro Martinez, of WICIR (Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights). They told of the public campaign they waged in 2011 to pressure the Obama administration to postpone Lourdes's deportation.
I am going through the video clips we shot in Toluca to select the ones to include in the documentary film LOURDES. There are many shots showing how Lourdes and her family are doing one year after her deportation.
My son Andrew and I shot additional footage in Toluca, Mexico, April 27-29, 2018.