Welcome, TO THE LOTTERY OF LIFE.
IN THIS FEATURE-LENGTH DOCUMENTARY, AMERICAN DIRECTOR/PRODUCER LEXI HILAND JOURNEYS BACK TO PAMPLONA, COLOMBIA TO UNCOVER THE DETAILS ABOUT HER FIRST YEAR OF LIFE. AFTER BEING ABANDONED AT A HOSPITAL AS A BABY, A STRANGER WILLINGLY AGREES TO TAKE CARE OF HER UNTIL SHE IS ADOPTED TO THE UNITED STATES. TWENTY THREE YEARS LATER, WITH NO PLAN AND A FEW NAMES ON A TORN PIECE OF PAPER, SHE MEETS THE WOMAN WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR SAVING HER LIFE. THE STORY IS AN INCREDIBLY PERSONAL INVESTIGATION ON THE THEORY OF CHANCE AND THE MEANING OF OPPORTUNITY. AS THE STORY GROWS, WE SEE A CHARACTER SPLIT BETWEEN CULTURES, PRIVILEGE AND IDENTITY. WITH AN UNLIMITED AMOUNT OF OPPORTUNITIES GROWING UP, THE DIRECTOR BEGS TO ASK THE QUESTION: WHAT PATHS ARE GIVEN TO US AND WHICH ONES DO WE CHOOSE?
LA LOTERÍA DE LA VIDA (THE LOTTERY OF LIFE) EXPLORES THE CORE OF HUMAN NATURE IN SITUATIONS OF ABANDONMENT AND SEPARATION; LUCK AND COINCIDENCE. IS CHANCE THE ONLY THING THAT SEPARATES US FROM A LIFE OF STRUGGLE AND POVERTY, OR CAN WE RIG THE SYSTEM KNOWING THAT OUR CHOICES WILL RIPPLE THROUGHOUT ALL OF HUMANITY? AT ITS CENTER, IT’S A SELF-DIRECTED JOURNEY TO UNCOVER THE TRUTHS OF WHAT MAKES A FAMILY—A NARRATIVE THAT EXPLORES THE POWER OF ADOPTION, Cross cultural identity AND THE IMPORTANCE OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL WHO WALK THIS EARTH.
IN THE NEWS
FEATURED: TEDxPURDUEU TALK
1.1.17 - WE ARE A FINALIST FOR THE AT&T DEVELOPER SUMMIT!
Para Mi Mamá was selected to be a part of the AT&T Developer Summit in Las Vegas on Jan 3-4. Tongal.com hosted a contest a few months back and the film was notified that it was selected as 1 of 3 finalists! This is GREAT news for the long form documentary as we continue to look for funding on the post-production end. Follow along at #ATTDevSummit
10.18.16 - TAISA MUNdy, NEWly APPOINTED PRODUCER
Taisa Mundy, has officially been appointed as a producer for the remaining post-production items for the documentary. Mundy has an extensive background in producing for television in her home town of Rio, Brazil. She has held producing positions for Conspiração Filmes and has a journalism and casting background from her time with Rede Globo. Mundy is a volunteer for Heartland Film Festival and Portuguese Interpreter at LUNA Language Services, in Indianapolis, IN. She's a go-getter, and we're so excited for her to join the team!
09.10.16 -POST PRODUCTION FUNDING/OUTREACH BEGINS
Post-production funding and outreach has began as the search for partnerships and organization sponsorship grows. If you are interested in learning more, please click here.
06.09.15 - HILAND NAMED #1 OF 10 LATINO FILMMAKERS TO WATCH!
Director of La Lotería named the number one spot for latin filmmakers to watch. This notice comes from Remezcla, a company that strives to "put emerging latin content on the map. at the 2015 NALIP (National Association of Latin Independent Producers) Media Summit in Los Angeles, CA. Congratulations to all the following filmmakers who made the list!
Lexi Hiland, Chris Valdes and Theodore Griswold, Gabriela López de Dennis and Jeremiah Ocañas, William Caballero, Gloria Morán, Adam Valencia, Kat Castaneda and Reko Moreno, Katia Gomez, Ángel Estrada Soto, Guillermo Escalona and Pau Brunet.