Moses

THE STORY

A student film launches a homeless man on a ten-year journey to reclaim his life, his family and his past as a gifted musician.

Homeless for twenty years in San Francisco, a charismatic panhandler named Moses meets Fran, a Spanish film student, who casts him as the central character in his short narrative film. For the next decade, their lives remain intertwined in a turbulent story that unfolds across San Francisco, Chicago, Nashville and Spain. The resulting genre-twisting narrative unveils the brightest and darkest regions of Moses’ soul, including a promising music career as a guitarist abruptly cut short in the late 70’s.

Filmed over the course of eight years on Mini DV, 35mm, Super 8mm, 4K and HD video, the project is now in post-production and is expected to be finished in July of 2017. Check it out on IMDB

Moses has been produced by Free Range Puppies.

TEAM

Fran Guijarro

Writer & Director

FRAN is a filmmaker and creative director based in San Francisco. He holds a MFA in Copywriting from the Academy of Art University and has also studied Screenwriting at Cuba International School of Film and Television.

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Currently, he teaches as part of the BFA and MFA programs at the Academy of Art University and is co-founder of Free Range Puppies, a multicultural hybrid creative agency/production shop based in San Francisco. His first short documentary titled Mexican Cuisine has been screened at more than 50 festivals around the world, including Cannes SFC, the AFI Fest in LA and three other Oscar-qualifying festivals. It has also been awarded Best Documentary at the Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente (La Plata, Argentina) and Best Film at the International Migration Art Festival (Milan, Italy), among other recognitions. His second short documentary, The Mural, has received 14 international awards and screened at 52 film festivals. He’s about to finish his first feature-length film, titled Moses.

Martín Rosete

Producer

Winner of the 2013 Melies d’Or Award and nominated for a Spanish Academy Award (Goya Award) with Voice Over, MARTIN is a Spanish film director and producer based in New York City.

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Voice Over, his latest short film, was released by Canal + Spain, and won more than eighty awards at internationally-acclaimed film festivals, such as the Chicago International Film Festival, New York International Short Film Festival, Sitges International Film Festival, and Gijon International Film Festival. Voice Over has also been chosen as an Official Selection at Tribeca, San Sebastian, Clermont Ferrand, and Los Angeles Film Festival.

Martin Rosete began his filmmaking career by directing and producing a 35mm short film, Revolution, which won more than fifty a wards at international film festivals. Martin studied Audiovisual Communication at the The Complutense University of Madrid, Directing Actors at the legendary San Antonio de los Baños International Film School in Cuba, completed a Master’s degree at the New York Film Academy, and was invited to attend the First Talent Campus of Berlin International Film Festival. He has recently completed his first feature-length film, titled Money.

Alex Lora

Editor

Winner of a New York Emmy® after being nominated 3 times, finalist for the Oscars®-Student Academy Awards, and winner of a Gaudi® Catalan Academy Award after three nominations.

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ALEX is a Spanish filmmaker based in New York City who has screened twice at Sundance Film Festival as Official Selection. Listed as one of the top 10 promising Spanish directors to watch for in Variety’s Cannes Edition of 2014, his work has received over 100 awards, being officially selected in some of the most internationally-acclaimed film festivals like IDFA, True/False or Rotterdam. Alex has also participated at Berlinale’s Talent Campus and three times at Cannes Short Film Corner. He has taught film at several prestigious universities and received his MFA in Media Arts Production at City College of New York as a Fulbright scholar, mentored by Antonio Tibaldi and the late Chantal Akerman. You can watch some of his work at www.alexlora.com

Juli López

Cinematographer

JULI is an award-wining Director of Photography and Producer based in San Francisco. He holds an MBA in International Business from the Moore School of Business in Columbia S.C. and an MFA in Cinematography from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

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Juli is co-founder of Free Range Puppies (http://free-rangepuppies.com/), and an Honorary Board Member of the DSLR Filmmakers Guild.

His work on Mexican Cuisine, a documentary that honors the flavor of Mexican immigration in the United States, was awarded Best Cinematography at the New York Digital Short Film Festival and received sixteen other international awards, including the prestigious Clio Award. He worked for two years and continues to collaborate as Director of Photography for Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, creator of the famous campaign Got Milk? and named Agency of the Decade by Adweek Magazine in 2009. He was the cinematographer on the Adobe Cloud piece I am the New Creative, which was a warded with a Silver Cannes Cyber Lion 2014.

Elán Santiago

Producer

Born and raised in Cuba, ELAN completed a BA in Art History at the University of Havana in 1979. Due to his accomplishments as a student, the Paris Audio Visual Institute awarded him with a grant to study in France, where he also shot and directed several documentaries.

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After completing his studies in Paris, he decided to seek new adventures in California.

He worked as a freelance photographer for various companies based in San Francisco, until he was hired by the Academy of Art University to lead the Department of Photography as a Technical Director. Thirty years of hard work and dedication, together with his vocation for teaching, earned him his current title of Technical Director of both the Photography and the Motion Pictures & Television Departments at the Academy of Art University.

Elan has mentored, advised and inspired hundreds of students, leading many of them to land jobs in Los Angeles thanks to the excellent relationships he holds with the Hollywood film industry.

Diya Guha

Producer

DIYA was born and raised in Kolkata, India. She grew up in a family with academic conviction about the intrinsic value of education and the deep sense of satisfaction and fulfillment that can arise through its pursuit. After finishing high school, she decided to move to Mumbai.

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1250 miles away from home, to pursue an undergraduate degree in Economics at The Sophia College of Mumbai. Then, she joined the world-renowned advertising and media company, Mindshare. At this time, the dynamics of the media world caught her attention. Life took Diya to San Francisco, where she completed her MFA in Creative Strategy at the Academy of Art University. San Francisco gave her the opportunity to expand as an artist, a thinker, and most importantly, a human being. This is exactly where she started getting involved in several film projects and working at Free Range Puppies. Diya has already produced her first short documentary, titled The Mural, and is producing Moses’ film.

Kristine Samuelson

Creative Consultant

KRISTINE is a documentary essayist; her films (made in collaboration with John Haptas) include Tokyo Waka, Barn Dance, Silent Disco, The Days and The Hours, Riding the Tiger, The World as We Know It, Empire of the Moon, and Wrong Place Wrong Time.

More info about Kristine

These works have screened at festivals worldwide, from Sundance and San Francisco to London, Mannheim, Sao Paulo, Melbourne, Tokyo and Seoul and have appeared on PBS and at museums including NY MOMA. Tokyo Waka had a recent theatrical run at the Film Forum in New York. She is also the Edward Crossett Emerita Professor at Stanford University, where she taught in the Documentary Film and Video Program for thirty years. Samuelson was nominated for an Academy Award for Arthur and Lillie and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Her work has been supported by artist fellowships from the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, the Victoria College of Art in Melbourne, the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, and the California Arts Council. She has also served on the Board of the Independent Television Service and has taught workshops in Ghana, South Africa, Vietnam, and Australia.

John Haptas

Creative Consultant

JOHN is a filmmaker and free-lance documentary film editor.

He recently finished editing and co-writing Regarding Susan Sontag (premiere: Tribeca Film Festival, Special Jury Award; HBO broadcast December 2014).

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Other editing credits include Soundtrack to a Riot for Frontline World (Emmy Nomination), Hunting the Hidden Dimension, a PBS Nova program on fractal geometry (“Pierre-Gilles de Gennes” Science Film Prize), and Inside Guantanamo Bay, a two-hour National Geographic Explorer special (editor/co-writer; Emmy nominations for Best Documentary and for Writing). He has been a guest lecturer in graduate film production classes at UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism and at Stanford University. With Kristine Samuelson, he was an Artist in Residence at the Victoria College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, and taught master classes at the Hanoi Academy of Theater and Cinema. Haptas and Samuelson have together made documentaries on a wide range of subjects, including tourism in Paris, the Vietnam War, and homelessness. Their latest film, Tokyo Waka, has appeared in festivals worldwide and won numerous awards, and has been screened theatrically in Toronto and Seattle, and in New York at Film Forum.

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SUPPORTERS

These are the 412 amazing people that have supported Moses on Kickstarter:

ADRIANA FLORES, ADRIANA GONZALEZ, ALAN WIGLEY, ALANA ROTHLEIN, ALBERTO SLEZYNGER, ALDO FRANCISCOLO, ALEX MESSIANU, ALEXANDRE LACERDA, ALEXANDRE NORMAND, ALEX LORA, ALVIN SHEN, AMANDA GILES, ANA GOÑI, ANA TURU, ANDREA PANIAGUA, ANDREAS, ANISARA SMITH HOOPS, ANITA GALEANA, ANITA SCHLOSSER,  ANN LANGLEY, ANN PATTISON, ANN TRACY, ANNA HITCHNER, ANNE PINKOWSKI, ANTONIO PACHECO, ARAKNO, 
ARAMI, ARANTZA, ARLENE ZAMORA, ARNETTE DAVIS,  BAUTI, BEATRIZ, BELEN TORREGROSA, BEN MAJOY, BETSY, RUSSAKOFF, BETTINA ABASCAL, BJORN, BOB SCARPELLI, BORJA, BRANDON UTTLEY, BRIDGET RENEE PLAIR, BROOKE-ERIK PETERSON,  CAMERON MADDUX, CARL RIVAS, CARLOS RANEDO, CARMEN FRAILE, CARMINA DIAZ, CAROL BEAN
CAROLA CHAURERO, CAROLE DELMAR, CAROLINA, CAROLINA GALLEGOS, CAROLINE WINDFELDER EACHUS, CARRIE, BIGGS-ADAMS, CECIL NEWTON, CES MOSTAZA, CHARLENE JANZEN, CHARLES BAUMBERGER, CHELO GAMEZ AMIAN
CHELO&NACHO, CHRIS ARATA, CHRIS WESSLING, CHRISTINA, CHRISTINA JENKINS, CHRISTOPHER COLEBOURN, CHRISTOPHER MUDIAPPAHPILLAI, CHRISTY JOHNSTON, CLAUDE JOHNSON, CLAUDE SHADE, COLIN EVOY SEBESTYEN, COLLEEN PISANESCHI, CORY ROSS, CYNTHIA WHEELER,  DALTON J. ROONEY, DANA, DANIEL, DANIEL PRADILLA, DANIEL ROMERO, DARLENE, DAVID BEALL, DAVID DEL ROSARIO, DAVID M MAYERI, DAVID PRUÑONOSA
, DAVID SKETCHLEY, DEREK JOE, DIANA CORDERO, DIEGO DE LOS RIOS, DIEGO PROVENZA, DIPANKAR DAS, DONNA, STAPLETON, DORIS, DOUGS, DULANEY FARKAS, ED MARTIN, ELENA MORATALLA, ELIZABETH JOHNSON, ELSA, ELVIRA CASTELLANOS GIL, EMILIO TALLÓN, ENRIQUE PRADILLA, EPACH, ERIK NORVELLE, ERIN DORAN, ESTEFANIA SEQUEIRA, ESTELA Y JOSE, FEDERICO, FELICIA BELL, FELIPE PRADILLA, FERNANDO ARMENTA, FRANCISCO, FRANCISCO CRANE
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, MIRIAM, MIRKO STOLZ, MISHPEN, MOISÈS FERNÁNDEZ VIA, MÓNICA BALANZATEGUI, NAISA CARNEIRO REYES, NANCY FOLEY, NATALIA VAHL, NEYDY GOMEZ, NICHOLAS MANOUSOS, NICK SAGE, NICOLE CARTER, NICOLE KRAMER, NORA SEGRESTAN, NORA SIGNER, NURIA, OLGA GAREY, OLIMPIA, ONINTZA, OREN WEIZMAN, PABLO, PABLO BOGUÑA FISAS, PABLO M. LOZANO, PAM HUDSON, PATRICIA VALLS, PAULA UBILLOS, PEDRO GARRE PÈLACH, 
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Stories Behind the Fog

Moses inspired Stories Behind The Fog, a digital platform that challenges a single-minded view of homelessness, one story at a time. The site displays stories of people affected by homelessness, and encourage storytellers to take them further, through any form of art.

Moses and Stories Behind The Fog make a multimedia project that aims for compelling storytelling to connect citizens with this critical domestic issue, and to influence the dialogue held by policymakers, advocates, educators and media.

Check out storiesbehindthefog.com