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 Skip to main content Skip to toolbar      Albuquerque Journal     New     View Post     Section Fronts     Breaking     Gallery      Howdy, William Baker / copy editor  Log Out Edit Post Add New Enter title here Permalink: https://www.abqjournal.com/1315306/nm-film-has-hope…-in-martineztown.html ‎ Add Poll Add Poll div » dl » dt » img Word count: 673   Last edited by Sally Trigg on May 14, 2019 at 12:02 am	  Show All  Default  Sports  Business  Features  Special  RRO  Adrian Gomez / Journal Arts and Entertainment Editor  May 14, 2019 at 0:02  ---------- cutlines ------------> Ana Isabel Dow stars as Maia in the New Mexico-filmed short "Pozole." (Courtesy of Hardline Films) ^^^^^^^^^^^ The production for "Pozole" took place for three days around Albuquerque, including the bosque. (Courtesy of Hardline Films) ^^^^^^^^^^^ The cast of "Pozole" filmed for three days in a home in Martineztown. () ^^^^^^^^^^^ ---------- Date posted is 2019-05-13 21:50:19 ---------- Filename: Journal_Daily_News_a01_aqpozole_14_state.htm ---------- ------------- NM film has hopes for an Oscars nod  Edit Preview (opens in a new window) Preview changes in AMP (opens in new window) Status: Scheduled Edit Edit status Visibility: Public, Sticky Edit Edit visibility Revisions: 3	Browse Browse revisions Scheduled for: May 14, 2019 @ 00:02 Edit Edit date and time AMP: Enabled Edit Edit Status Needs Editing  Top of Category  KEEP CHECKED PLEASE: Featured image showcase display off  Insert MyPix Breaking Form Breaking Headline:  Breaking and New are Tweeted Quickly Editor's Picks: Move to Trash Post Formats Standard Gallery Chat      All Categories Most Used       ABQnews Seeker     AP Feeds         Oddities     Around the Region     Blogs     Bright Spot     Business         Business Columns         Careers/Jobs         Earnings         Energy         Health & Safety         Health Care         Money         Most Recent Biz News         Outlook         People         Real Estate         Retail         Success         Technology     Courts     Education     Fetch!     From the newspaper     Front Page     Health     Journal North         Journal North Breaking         Journal North Opinion         Journal North Recent News         North Politics         Out and About     Journal North Entertainment     Journal North News     Living     Military     More News     Most Recent Entertainment News     News         Albuquerque News         Crime         Nation         New Mexico News         Rio Rancho News         Science & Water	             Science         Southern NM and the Border         World     Obituary Profiles     Opinion         Columnists         Editorials         Guest Columns     Paperboy Exclude     Politics         Election         Legislature Blog: latest news         Legislature News         Politics Notebook         Washington     Sponsored     Sports         Boxing/MMA         College	             Men's basketball             UNM Lobos             Women's Basketball         Go! Outdoor Sports	         Sports Breaking     Uncategorized     UpFront     Wildfires  + Add New Category Add New Tag  Separate tags with commas  Click the image to edit or update  Remove featured image Author URL      Title: URL:     X      Title Icon Keywords:     Photo icon — photo | slideshow | gallery     Map icon — map | location     Video icon — video | film | tape     Audio icon — audio | recording | sound     Interactive icon — interactive | multimedia      Sally Trigg, 6 hours ago (May 14, 2019 @ 00:02:22)     Sally Trigg, 4 hours ago (May 13, 2019 @ 21:55:57) [Autosave]     Sally Trigg, 4 hours ago (May 13, 2019 @ 21:51:42)  Excerpt A largely local cast and crew filmed &#39;Pozole&#39; in Martineztown  Excerpts are optional hand-crafted summaries of your content that can be used in your theme. Learn more about manual excerpts. Author  Send trackbacks to:  Separate multiple URLs with spaces  Trackbacks are a way to notify legacy blog systems that you’ve linked to them. If you link other WordPress sites, they’ll be notified automatically using pingbacks, no other action necessary.  Allow comments Allow trackbacks and pingbacks on this page Slug  This post will be available as Instant Article once it is published and shared on Facebook.  This post was transformed into an Instant Article with some warnings [Learn more | Transformer rule configuration | Toggle debug information]      No rules defined for <div class="wp-caption alignleft"> in the context of InstantArticle     No rules defined for <div class="wp-caption alignright"> in the context of InstantArticle     No rules defined for <div class="wp-caption alignleft"> in the context of InstantArticle   Image Details Caption Ana Isabel Dow stars as Maia in the New Mexico-filmed short "Pozole." (Courtesy of Hardline Films) Alternative Text Display Settings Align Size Link To Image Title Attribute Image CSS Class Open link in a new tab Link Rel Link CSS Class

Ana Isabel Dow stars as Maia in the New Mexico-filmed short “Pozole.” (Courtesy of Hardline Films)

Take three days of production in Martineztown.

Add a dedicated cast and crew.

Stir in a few months of editing.

Give it some time to simmer and you’ve got “Pozole.”

Less than a year since wrapping production, the New Mexico short film is making waves on the festival circuit.

In March, “Pozole” earned best narrative short at the Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival in San Jose.

With that distinction, the film now qualifies as a contender for the Academy Awards and producers will push for it to make the shortlist of candidates later this year.

“There are only six awards given out in the festival,” said producer Jenn Garcia. “We are so excited and the next goal is to make a short.”

The production for "Pozole" took place for three days around Albuquerque, including the bosque. (Courtesy of Hardline Films)

The production for “Pozole” took place for three days around Albuquerque, including the bosque. (Courtesy of Hardline Films)

Collecting awards isn’t the only reason “Pozole” is getting noticed. The small-budget film is helmed by a mostly female – and Latina – crew.

Writer/director Jessica Mendez Siqueiros noted how rare this is for a Latino film.

“Last year, only 140 short films qualified for Academy consideration. So few are ever even comedies, given the incredibly vital dramas they go up against each year,” Mendez Siqueiros said. “But I can guarantee not a single one has ever been a comedy film directed by a U.S. Latina about U.S. Latinas: our love, our positivity in the face of hardship, our power.”

“Pozole” tells the story of a mixed-race Latina who feels isolated from her proud, traditional Mexican family.

When she sets out to reconnect with her roots on her Nana’s 100th birthday, things go terribly wrong.

Garcia said it’s a dark comedy about what it means to be the “other” in the family.

“The story really catches to connecting with your culture,” Garcia said. “The main character is trying to reconnect with her Mexican family. She’s vegan and doesn’t speak Spanish, and feels like an outsider. There’s not a lot of representation of Latin women in traditional media. We wanted to change the narrative.”

Mendez Siqueiros said “Pozole” is a dramatized version of her own life experience. Her proud Mexican family is from South Tucson.

“Often, I have felt isolated and lost for not being ‘Mexican enough,’ not just by my family, but by the community overall,” Mendez Siqueiros said. “There are deep, unspoken divides within the Latino community in this way. In our current political climate, I think it’s vital that we start talking about the gray areas in society. It is a time to celebrate pride, heritage and honor, especially within each cultural minority community where sometimes racism, isolation and otherness can lead people to abandon their roots.

“Much like Maia, my grandmother died shortly after her 100th birthday. I have regretted not feeling closer to her, a feeling that reaches far beyond racial/cultural audience divides. This film is my return to my own roots.”

The crew set up in Albuquerque’s Martineztown neighborhood last June with about a 90% local cast and crew.

“Pozole” was produced by Viscera Productions in association with New Mexico’s Hardline Films. It was created through the support of WeTransfer and Seed&Spark’s 100 Days of Optimism Grant, as well as the New Mexico tax incentive program.

Garcia said one of the biggest obstacles was finding the house and casting.

The cast of “Pozole” filmed for three days in a home in Martineztown. (Courtesy of Hardline Films)

“We wanted to find the right people to look like a family,” she said. “We had a little meet-and-greet in our Hardline Films office. We heard their stories and figured out where we were going. We managed to get the perfect house as well that became part of the film.”

Garcia said the film will continue its run on the festival circuit – “Pozole” was just accepted into the Seattle International Film Festival, which is also Oscar qualifying. A win there would further boost its Academy Awards chances next February.

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