INMIGRANTE explores the undervalued heroes in societies worldwide. Elena, a cleaning lady from South America, is mopping the floors of an apartment building, remembering parts of her past, as she hears a woman in pain.
We all came from different parts of the world to eventually meet in Los Angeles - the mecca of filmmaking - to chase our own individual goals.
We've got Pedro from Brazil, Paul from England, Esmeralda from the Dominican Republic, Nick from Ukraine, Kenny from Switzerland, and Yessi, a Swiss-Mexican citizen.
The members of this crew met on the extension program of UCLA, onset, and at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Pedro is a junior in Film Production at California State University - Northridge with a specialization in cinematography. His short film “The Cup" was ranked first place at LACC’s cinema division and won the Best Film Award by the audience selected favorite at LACC’s film festival in 2019.
Paul has studied filmmaking for over 14 years. In 2013, he received a BA in Media Production from Ryerson University in Toronto. After working on the business side of film for two years, he completed the Directing certification at UCLA Extension in Spring 2020 and is currently working on several projects as a filmmaker and photographer in Los Angeles, California.
Esmeralda has a wide classical repertoire in ballet and theater and has danced and performed in multiple professional productions in the United States and the Dominican Republic. In 2016, she was accepted into the two-year performing arts conservatory program of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the oldest acting school in the English-speaking world.
Nick Dromin is a producer, recording and mixing engineer from Ukraine, who moved to Los Angeles in 2019 to study Music Production at UCLA Extension. The idea of utilizing his passion and skills to branch out to the Film industry eventually grew on him and Nick started working on sets as a sound recordist and boom operator.
Kenny has always been fascinated by the art of filmmaking, and his mother being a photographer sparked his love for creating images at a young age. Subsequently, he studied multimedia production at the University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur in Switzerland and continued to hone his craft at UCLA, through the extension program.
Yessi began her professional acting career by appearing in Swiss short films and commercials. She made her feature film debut in The Radicalization of Jeff Boyd (2017), for which she won the Fusion Award as Best Lead Actress. In 2017, she moved to Los Angeles to attend The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and decided to stay.