Mosquita Y Mari

Mosquita Y Mari

A scene from MOSQUITA Y MARI, a film by Aurora Guerrero. Picture courtesy Maya Entertainment. All rights reserved.

Mosquita Y Mari (2012)

Opened: 08/03/2012 Limited

Cinema Village...08/03/2012 - 08/16/201214 days

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Genre: Drama

Rated: Unrated

In a fast-paced immigrant community where dreams are often lost to economic survival, two young Chicanas contemplate life when they stir unexpected desires in each other.


Mosquita y Mari is a coming of age story that focuses on a tender friendship between two young Chicanas. Yolanda and Mari are growing up in Huntington Park, Los Angeles and have only known loyalty to one thing: family. Growing up in immigrant households, both girls are expected to prioritize the well-being of their families. Yolanda, an only child, delivers straight A's and the hope of the American Dream while Mari, the eldest, shares economic responsibilities with her undocumented family who scrambles to make ends meet.

When Mari moves in across the street from Yolanda, they maintain their usual life routine, until an incident at school thrusts them into a friendship and into unknown territory. As their friendship grows, a yearning to explore their strange yet beautiful connection surfaces. Lost in their private world of unspoken affection, lingering gazes, and heart-felt confessions of uncertain futures, Yolanda's grades begin to slip while Mari's focus drifts away from her duties at a new job. Mounting pressures at home collide with their new-found connection, forcing them to choose between their obligations to others and staying true to themselves.

Cast Biographies

Fenessa Pineda (Mosquita)

Fenessa is a 17 year old Chicana/Latina born in Lynwood and raised in South Gate, California by her Mexican mother and Guatemalan father and has appeared in such motion pictures as; You, Me, & Dupree, MaxiDoodles, Girlfriends.

Venecia Troncoso (Mari)

Venecia is a 20 year old Chicana born in Torrance, California, raised in Downtown Los Angeles. A member of the high school drama club, she attended acting lessons with "Studio for Young Actors" before making her screen debut. She has appeared in such films as The Chosen and Madoggin'

Laura Patalano ( Cruz Olveros)

Laura has built her artistic background and Theatrical experience through her work in her native Mexico. In 1982 she graduated from The Instituto de Arte Escenico where she studied Drama. She has extensive experience on stage, movies and television productions. Her screen credits include several short and feature films including the independent feature film The Imperialists Are Still Alive which has been released worldwide on April 2011.

Joaquin Garrido (Mr. Olveros)

Joaquin started acting professionally at the age of 17 in theater and radio. He studied for a degree in acting in Mexico and was awarded scholarships to train at Berliner Ensemble in Germany and at the British Theatre Institute in London. Joaquin spent about 15 years of his life, working on Theater. He has worked in many Mexican soap operas, and has appeared more recently on "The Shield" "Dragnet" (new version) "My Name is Earl" "Monk", "Joey"among others episodic TV in the States. Currently he has had roles in some 30 films, debuting in "Chido One" (1985), directed by Alfonso Arau, and was honored with a Mexican Academy Award nomination (Ariel Award) for Best Supporting Actor in "Like Water for Chocolate".

Dulce Maria Solis (Mrs. Rodriguez)

Dulce Maria Solis (Actor/Writer) can be seen on TNT every Friday in the movie Coming and Going opposite Sasha Alexander. As a writer/performer, Solis' first play "Chela: Her Third Husband, Her First Orgasm" has been a standing ovation hit. Her second play "I'm a Feminist til I fall in Love" is scheduled to go up in the summer of 2012. Solis is happy to be making her Sundance Debut. MAria

Omar Leyva (Mr. G)

Omar Leyva was born in Mexico City and was raised by his grandmother in a small village in the state of Puebla. Omar has appeared on TV shows like CSI, Entourage, 24, Criminal Minds, The Mentalist, and many more. His film projects include "Beverly Hills Chihuahua", "Weather Girl", and recently completed a lead role in the independent feature film "Ilegales". He has been a "Care Actor" for Kaiser Permanente's Educational Theater Program for over five years and is currently returning to his roots in writing.

Crew Biographies

Aurora Guerrero (Director/Writer)

Aurora Guerrero has over 10 years of filmmaking experience. She directed award-winning short narrative films, including PURA LENGUA (official selection 2005 Sundance Film Festival) and VIERNES GIRL (winner of the 2005 HBO/NYLIFF short film competition). Based on the strength of her first feature length script, MOSQUITA Y MARI, Aurora was awarded the 2005 Sundance/Ford Fellowship, the 2005 Paul Robeson Development Grant, was selected to participate in the 2005 Sundance Native/Indigenous Lab; 2006 Tribeca All Access Filmmaker Program; 2009 Film Independent Producer's Lab. Most recently, MOSQUITA Y MARI was awarded the 2011 SFFS/KRF grant, LG Cinema 3D Fellowship, and the Sundance Institute/Time Warner Foundation Fellowship for post production.

Her accomplishments as an emerging writer/director earned her a slot in Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film." She has also had the honor of assisting directors Patricia Cardoso (REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES, 2002) and Peter Bratt (LA MISSION, 2009). Aurora received her B.A. in Psychology and Chicano Studies from UC Berkeley and her M.F.A in Film Directing from Cal Arts in Los Angeles.

Chad Burris (Producer)

Burris is founder of Indion Group of Entertainment Companies. Chad developed, through the first Indion company, the country's first private film incentive in the country for the state of Oklahoma. That incentive program was instrumental in financing a number of feature films there and s bringing film production into the state. Chad's influence in the film industry is attributed to his work, producing award winning films including Goodnight Irene, Four Sheets to the Wind, and Barking Water by Sterlin Harjo. Chad produced the award-winning short film Shimasani for Navajo director Blackhorse Lowe and Executive Produced the Michael Winterbottom feature The Killer Inside Me, starring Jessica Alba, Kate Hudson and Casey Affleck. Both of those films premiered at Sundance 2010. In 2011 he also executive produced the directorial debut film for Famke Janssen, Bringing Up Bobby, and more recently the Nick Cassavetes feature Yellow. Chad's films have collectively screened at some the world's most prestigious festivals including Sundance, Tribeca, New Directors/New Films, Toronto, Cannes and Venice. His latest film, Mosquita y Mari has been selected to premier at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012 and he is nominated for Film Independent's Spirit Award for the Piaget's 2012 Producer of the Year. Chad won the Mark Silverman Award for New Producers from the Sundance Institute in 2007.

Jim McKay (Executive Producer)

Jim McKay is co-founder, along with Michael Stipe, of C-Hundred Film Corp. McKay's debut film GIRLS TOWN (1996) received the Filmmakers Trophy and a Special Jury Prize for Collaboration at the Sundance Film Festival. His career as a director has since given birth to numerous awardwinning films including OUR SONG (2000 Sundance Film Festival, New Directors/New Films), EVERYDAY PEOPLE (2004 HBO) and ANGEL (2005 Toronto Film Festival 2005 and premiered on HBO 2006).

While as a producer McKay has an equally impressive slate of films to his credit, including AMERICAN MOVIE, (Chris Smith and Sarah Price), SPRING FORWARD (Tom Gilroy), STRANGER INSIDE (Cheryl Dunye), LA BODA and ESCUELA (Hannah Weyer), BROTHER TO BROTHER (Rodney Evans). He is currently in development on MOSQUITA Y MARI (Aurora Guerrero). McKay was a Rockefeller Fellow in 2003 and a Guggenheim Fellow in 2004.

Charlene Agabao (Co-Producer)

Charlene Agabao graduated from Columbia College in 2005, with a degree in Film & Video Studies. She was the Associate Producer for Nice Threads (2006), which was featured in the 2007 Asian American Showcase at the Gene Siskel Center. Her short piece American Beauties (2007), which she produced, wrote, and directed was featured on the Dove website for their "Pure Beauty" campaign. In 2009, she was Associate Producer for 5 Stick Films, on Peter Bratt's La Mission, which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Later that year, she was selected to participate in the FIND Producer's Lab with MOSQUITA Y MARI, where she pitched the project at the "Pitch Me" panel event to over 200 people at AFM.

Along with MOSQUITA Y MARI, she is currently producing Sydney Freeland's Drunktown's Finest, which was selected for the 2010 Sundance Screenwriter's Lab and was awarded the 2009 New Mexico "New Visions Filmmaker" Award.

As a first-generation Filipino- American, Charlene was intimately drawn to the immigrant parent-child dynamics of MOSQUITA Y MARI, and related to the story through her own personal experiences with "intense female friendships," and "awkward adolescent romance." As a woman of color in the film industry, Charlene hopes to continue to work on future projects that embrace unique and often unheard voices in cinematic storytelling.

Magela Crosignani (Cinematographer)

Magela Crosignani is originally from Uruguay and holds a BFA degree in Film from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and a Masters degree in Cinematography from the American Film Institute. Since graduation Magela has shot a number of feature films as Director of Photography, including "The Imperialists are Still Alive", which was named an Official Selection of the 2010

Sundance Film Festival, starring Cannes and Cesar award winning actress Elodie Bouchez; "Mary-Marie" for which she was awarded Best Cinematography at the Brooklyn Film Festival in 2010, "Ruta de la Luna" shot on location in Panama, and the film "Gus" starring Michelle Monahan and Radha Mitchell -currently in post production. Magela has also worked as a Camera Operator and 2nd unit Cinematographer in films like: "Everything is Illuminated" Directed by Liev Schreiber; "My own Love Song" starring Renee Zellweger and Forrest Whitaker and most recently "Cowboys and Aliens" Directed by Jon Favreu starring Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig.

Dalila Mendez (Production Designer)

Dalila Paola Mendez is a first generation Guatemalan/Salvadorean indigenous queer artist born and raised in Los Angeles. A versatile artist, she works in several media including acrylic paint, silkscreen, etching, digital art, photography, and film. Dalila's film work includes assisting Production Designer Brigitte Broch and set decorating for the feature film REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES. She worked as the Production Designer for the short films PURA LENGUA (Sundance 2005), MAUSI, and VIERNES GIRL (HBO, 2006). In 2012, she will be working again with her mentor Brigitte Broch on an upcoming film. She received her B.A. in International Relations from the University of Southern California.

Augie Robles (Editor)

Augie Robles comes off a ten year stint editing C.S.I: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS Productions/ Jerry Brukheimer TV) and makes his move into independent features with the release of MOSQUITA Y MARI, official selection for the Sundance Film Festival 2012. Currently, Augie is directing, writing and editing his short film, THE ROOKIE AND THE RUNNER, which is to be released this year.

In addition to his work in commercial television, Augie has edited several independent short film narratives and documentaries: Aurora Guerrero's short films, PURA LENGUA (Official Sundance selection 2005) and VIERNES GIRL (HBO/ New York International Latino Film Festival 2006). During the Screen Writer's strike of 2007, he edited a short documentary for the University of Notre Dame about Latin American immigration issues examined through art in an exhibition called CARAS VEMOS, CORAZONES NO SABEMOS. Most recently, he cut a short film for the Arts Catalyst project, and chimpanzee demographic, in Rachel Mayeri's PRIMATE CINEMA: APES AS FAMILY.

After college he directed and produced three documentaries that screened at film festivals at home and abroad. He received a letter of recognition form the City of San Francisco in 1995 for !VIVA 16!, an oral history project about the historically gay Latino enclave on 16th Street in San Francisco's Mission District.

Augie Robles is a graduate of both the American Film Institute, where he was a directing fellow class of 1995, and University of California at Berkeley, class of 1990.