Follow Your Nose Films is proud to present the U.S. national tour of La Camioneta, the acclaimed debut feature by Mark Kendall, “a name to watch” (Variety). Hailed as “an upbeat story of resilience, regeneration and artistic imagination” by the New York Times’ Stephen Holden, the surprising and unique documentary film traces the migration and transformative journey of a decommissioned American school bus to the streets of Guatemala.
After successful theatrical engagements in New York City and Los Angeles, the film will travel across the U.S. in a national tour playing in over 40 North American cities, including some additional theatrical engagements at The Screen in Santa Fe, Big Picture Cinema in Toronto and the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago. The film opens for a one-week exclusive run on Saturday, October 5 at the Colonial Theater in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.
Every day dozens of decommissioned school buses leave the United States on a southward migration that carries them to Guatemala, where they are repaired, repainted, and resurrected as the brightly-colored camionetas that bring the vast majority of Guatemalans to work each day. Since 2006, nearly 1,000 camioneta drivers and fare-collectors have been murdered for either refusing or being unable to pay the extortion money demanded by local Guatemalan gangs.
Winner of an IDA Documentary Award, and an official selection of the SXSW, Los Angeles, and Guadalajara Film Festivals, La Camioneta follows one such bus on its transformative journey: a journey between North and South, between life and death, and through an unfolding collection of moments, people, and places that serve to quietly remind us of the interconnected worlds in which we live.
“La Camioneta is a poetic, even dreamy, film that ultimately conveys the mystical sense of a transmigrated (mechanical) soul.” – J. Hoberman, Blouin Artinfo
LA CAMIONETA (USA/ Guatemala, 2012, 72 minutes. In Spanish with English subtitles) Director: Mark Kendall; Executive Producer: Esther Robinson; Producers: Mark Kendall and Rafael González; Original Music: T. Griffin; Director of Photography: Mark Kendall; Editors: Mark Kendall and Shannon Kennedy; A Follow Your Nose Films release. (http://www.followyournosefilms.com/)
About the Director: After studying Anthropology and Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University, Mark Kendall graduated from the MFA program in Social Documentary Film at the School of Visual Arts in New York. His first film, The Time Machine, was a National Finalist at the 2011 Student Academy Awards, recipient of the CINE Special Jury Award and CINE Golden Eagle Award, and winner of 11 additional festival awards. Kendall was a Fellow at the 2011 Sundance Institute Creative Producing Summit and was selected to participate in the IFP/Film Society of Lincoln Center’s “Emerging Visions” program at the 2011 New York Film Festival, a year-long fellowship that showcases and mentors 25 emerging filmmakers. La Camioneta, his feature directorial debut, was recipient of the David L. Wolper Award at the 2012 IDA Documentary Awards.
For more on the film including showtimes, visit thecolonialtheatre.com.