Stages

Meerkat Media Collective

USA, Documentary, 2009
82 min, Mini DV, Color
Spanish, English with English subtitles

 

In New York City's changing Lower East Side, a group of older Puerto Rican women and inner-city youth come together to create an original play out of the stories of their lives. Over twenty weeks, the participants confront stereotypes and examine their own histories, exploring themes of immigration, relationships, aging and coming of age. Woven together, their stories take on new meaning, first as they are spoken across generations, and later when they are performed for a sold-out show. In response to a political climate that assigns little value to community arts initiatives, Stages offers an intimate portrait of an unlikely ensemble, transformed by the liberating power of their own stories. Stages was awarded the Best Documentary Award at HBO's New York International Latino Film Festival.

 

Austin Premiere

www.stagesmovie.com

 

Collaboratively directed by twelve people, Stages is the Meerkat Media Collective’s first feature-length film. Meerkat Media has also produced over twenty short films, which have been featured in film festivals and screenings nationally and internationally. Through skill sharing and collective authorship, Meerkat Media strives to create works with a non-hierarchical and inclusive creative process.

 

Producer: Meerkat Media Collective
Production Companies: Meerkat Media LLC
Screenwriter: Meerkat Media Collective
Cinematographer: Eric Phillips-Horst, Jay Arthur Sterrenberg
Editor: Jay Arthur Sterrenberg
Sound Design: Meerkat Media Collective
Music: Meerkat Media (Josh Davis, Elliot Liu, Josh Hoisington)
Cast: Lucy Calderon, Juanita Ferrier, Monsserate Vasquez, Maria Roman, Kelli Holsopple, Shontina Vernon, David Williams, Min Naing, Robin Munro

stages

 

Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC)

Sun. April 25  7:00PM

FREE

Filmmakers Sally Bergom, Brian John and Jay Arthur Sterrenberg in attendance.


Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC)

Wed. April 28  5:00PM

FREE

Filmmakers Sally Bergom, Brian John and Jay Arthur Sterrenberg in attendance.