"La Camioneta" by filmmaker Mark Kendall
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. 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.
About the Filmmaker
Mark Kendall is a Student Academy Award-nominated director from Ardmore, Pennsylvania. After studying Anthropology and Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University, he 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, premiered at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival and marked him as "a name to watch" by Variety.
World Premiere: 2012 SXSW Film Festival
International Premiere: 2013 FICG
Running Time: 72 min // 52 min
USA & Guatemala // Color // HD // English & Spanish