We traveled together for the first time out of the Country to Mexico City as a part of SWAMP’s Emerging Filmmakers Grant to screen our short film, Journey of the Opportunist. On Wednesday we departed to Mexico with our film mentor Ya’Ke Smith and his friend and fellow filmmaker Ralph Lopez. The flight was short and we had an amazing view of the majestic mountains and the huge city. We stayed in a beautiful hotel in the financial district of Mexico City and had our welcoming party with the other fellows and Mexican filmmakers at the Universidad Iberamericana. On Thursday we met at the University to screen and discuss all the short films. It was so exciting to finally see what everyone accomplished and to show them our film. We got a tour around the amazing campus and radio station. On Friday we got some time on our own to look around the Historical District of Mexico City with filmmakers Mylene Moreno and Terence Nance. We saw huge murals by Diego Rivera and ancient Aztec ruins. It was so much fun. Then we attended the public screening of the films and enjoyed a small after party they held for us. It was a nice way to end our trip, and gave us some time to realized how much this program has meant for us as filmmakers.
Update: Watch the film.