MOVING PARTS is a narrative feature film in post production, crafted by a female writer director, produced primarily by Caribbean women and told from the perspective of a female protagonist. Shot on location in Trinidad and Tobago, the Southern-most islands of the Caribbean chain, which is one of the most industrialized countries in the Caribbean with an ethnically diverse population of 1.3 million people made up Amerindian, European, Mediterranean, African, East Indian, Asian and Middle Eastern descent.
MOVING PARTS is the story of Zhenzhen, a young Chinese woman who is smuggled into the island of Trinidad to reunite with her brother Wei, who works construction there. Wei finds Zhenzhen work at a Chinese restaurant which she discovers serves more than just food.
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Crew & Cast:
Emilie Upczak is an independent filmmaker with an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Art; she is a Rotterdam Producer’s Lab alumni and a member of the EAVE producers network. Originally from Boulder, Colorado, she has been living and working in Trinidad for the past ten years. Her films reflect her interest in ritual practice and in sexual identity; interests that were first sparked after she spent two-years travelling throughout Southeast Asia when she was 19, where she encountered numerous religious traditions and worked as an escort in a hostess club in Tokyo. Her experiences have helped to shape a body of work that reflect groups or practices that are considered non-normative; her films aim to challenge and humanize those on the outskirts. Her first short documentary ‘dancing deities’ explored the Afro-Caribbean Spiritual tradition in Trinidad and Tobago. She then directed another short, ‘y-ning’ about Caribbean contemporary social dance and created a series of experimental work where she explored bodies in action, bodies of color and the female gaze. Following this, she departed into the narrative form and directed the short film ‘knockabout’, distributed by Anansi Studios. Moving Parts is her maiden feature.
After graduating with a Master of Science in Communications from Grand Valley State University in Michigan, John Otterbacher moved to Chicago where he splits his time between teaching and filmmaking. Otterbacher has mainly worked as a producer and cinematographer specializing in independent film/tv/new media and work for non-profit organizations. As a college instructor, Otterbacher has taught at a number of institutions and is currently coordinator for the Cinematography program at Tribeca Flashpoint College in Chicago. He is a board member and serves as Vice President for IFP Chicago and is a member of the Education Advisory Committee for Cinema/Chicago. More recently, John received his MFA in film from VCFA as part of the inaugural class there. Officially Limited and Father Burke’s Boss Battle are John’s most recent film projects. Moving Parts will be his fourth narrative feature.
RHONDA CHAN SOO
Rhonda Chan Soo is a Trinidadian filmmaker who has worked on short films surrounding immigration, women and gender, and the relationship between humans and their built and natural environments. She received a Master of Arts degree in documentary filmmaking from the Documentary Film Program at Wake Forest University, where she co-directed, co-produced and served as principal editor on Unconditional (2013), a short human rights documentary that has screened at number of festivals in the United States. Rhonda returned to Trinidad to develop a body of work dealing with contemporary issues of Caribbean identity.
ANNABELLE MULLEN PACHECO
Annabelle Mullen Pacheco is an attorney by profession and a producer by vocation. Currently, she is the executive producer of her own company, Belle Films. She is an expert in film finance, specifically tax credits, and serves as the local representative of Puerto Rico Production Capital.She has produced several feature films and documentaries including Elite, Witness-El Testigo, Desconocidos, Mi Verano con Amanda 2, Mi Verano con Amanda 3, Demented, Curiosity, Infame, Las Estupidas, Apartment 9 and Solo Aqui. Annabelle is a member of the Directors' Guild of America, Production Manager.
Nancy Schreiber is an award winning cinematographer based in both New York and Los Angeles. She came up through the ranks as an electrician and gaffer, working in commercials, features and documentaries. Nancy was voted into membership into the prestigious American Society Of Cinematographers over a decade ago, the fourth female in the organization’s history. Schreiber was chosen as the director of photography on Visions Of Light, a stunning documentary on the art of cinematography. Her most recent feature, Silver Skies, directed by Rosemary Rodriguez with George Hamilton and Valerie Perrine is just hitting the festival circuit and should be released in 2016.
Roma Zachemba is an Assistant Director with over 40 features, shorts, music videos and TV commercials to her name, including Lunch Date and London, Paris, New York which were both picked up for international distribution and Keeping up with the Joneses which was nominated for a BAFTA.
Valerie is a Canadian actress. She is best known for her role as Su-Chin in Juno and Burns in 21 Jump Street. She recently acted in Words and Pictures with Juliette Binoch and Clive Owen and portrayed Morgan in a guest starring role in the first season of Arrow. She has also appeared in X-Men 2, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. In 2004, she played alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme in the action movie Wake of Death. Valerie was a series regular on the CTV series, Motive.
Kandyse is a South African-born Canadian actress. She has played Anastasia Dualla on the Sci Fi Channel’s television program Battlestar Galactica. In 2012 McClure joined the cast of Netflix original series Hemlock Grove (premiered in January 2013) as Dr. Clementine Chasseurand completed the feature film Broken Kingdom (alongside Rachael Leigh Cook). McClure has also appeared in other television programs, such as Whistler, Andromeda, Jake 2.0, Smallville, and Reaper.
Jacqueline Chan was born in Trinidad and Tobago. She is known for her work on The World of Suzie Wong (1960), Cleopatra (1963), and Mutant Chronicles (2008). She just wrapped shooting in Malaysia on the Netflix Marco Polo series (2016).