Brooklyn, New York | Film Short

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The Story

“Leche” is a story that came to me via an odd article that popped up in my Facebook newsfeed. A young hunter had shot an albino deer and a former high school classmate had captioned the article “Catch of a lifetime.” I was deeply saddened and a bit outraged by his response to the kill. Only later did I also learn that albino deer are not always protected under law from being hunted, but my first thoughts on the matter was what if that deer meant something to somebody. I thought about who would feel like that deer and the obvious connection to me would be an outsider like a young ethnic albino girl. To be albino is to stick out already physically, but to be a black or latino albino can mean feeling an outsider within a minority group.

The idea of whiteness meaning privilege is something being a young Latina I’ve experienced. It’s often through ignorance and youth that one wants to blend in. I attended predominantly white catholic schools until college. Diversity was lost on me. At a young age, you realize what sets you apart as you try to understand human connection and image how people perceive you and you perceive others. I think it’s interesting that being an ethnic albino might mean you feel like you don’t belong in any skin. I wanted to explore that notion along with the idea of the hunt and how at a certain age girl on girl bullying can feel like being prey. 

The whole film visually will be about playing with dark colors and whiteness through the imagery of things such as : communion dresses, snow and milk versus dirt, paint and blood. Imagery where Framing where Nina is on one side of the frame will help get across the isolation. I want wides that are expansive and intimate CU’s. I want the film to feel raw through the use of handheld. I’ve begun writing drafts of a short version of the concept and started searching for young albino actresses of color who might fit the role of Nina. This is a dramatic tale that I think can speak to young girls of color about isolation, the power of strength and the beauty within. I hope audiences will be exposed to the animalistic tendencies of humans even especially when they’re children. I want to create a beautiful rich story with stunning images that speak to adversity. I see the film on screen in my sleep and feel like it’s a story I have to tell. I’ve always been drawn to stories about youth and outsiders and this combines the two perfectly whilst drawing in on the tensions of race and skin color in the latino community. Being Dominican, I’ve often had people tell me that I’m black, but it’s clear that most Dominicans don’t see themselves as black or white or Taino. We are a melting pot and skin color shouldn’t define a race and certainly doesn’t as far as Latinos go. I want to explore this through the lens of a community of darker Dominicans and a girl who can’t find comfort amongst her own. I want to speak to the cruelty that can be found amidst children and the ignorance in innocence or the lack there of sometimes with kids. I want to do tell this story within a latino community setting to give screen time to the underrepresented and to tell a story that can be felt by outsiders of all ethnic backgrounds, but with details that speak to my culture and experiences as a woman. 




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G-Technology® Hard Drive ($300)

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Accessories - Filters

Costs $200

day for night in the woods!


Costs $2,000

the woods, nina's house and a schoolyard - permits for picturesque places

Cargo Van

Costs $1,000

driving around staten island and pumping that gas to get our equipment and crew around

Motion Graphics

Costs $500

creating albino deer in the woods - movie magic

Production Design

Costs $300

The milk, the blood, dead deer, curtains - the color and style of the world.


Costs $1,000

A full crew equals a happy crew - breakfast, lunch and snacks!


Costs $500

The heart and soul of the film - the talent that will be bringing the characters' to life.

Lighting Package

Costs $200

The better to see our actors with...

About This Team



Gabriella A. Moses is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Currently Gabriella works as a freelance Director, Writer and Production Designer in New York City. Her thesis film “Las Mañanitas” was accepted to numerous festivals and screening series including Sunscreen Film Festival, Cine Las Americas and NYU's First Run Film Festival where it won Best Ensemble Cast, Production Design and Score and the Katra Film Fest Series where it won Best Film. Her feature film script for "Leche" was a Semi-Finalist for the Latino Screenwriting Project sponsored by the Sundance Institute. She has directed commercials, music videos and just completed a short for 2015 festival submissions called "Sticky Fingers."

She most recently has Production Designed Sundance Alum Tahir Jetter's first feature OCCASIONALLY DATING BLACK WOMEN. She also has Production Designed and Art Directed shorts and features that have screened at the Sundance, Tribeca and SXSW Film Festival.



Shelley Cheung is a freelance producer who is well-versed in the commercial world and the branded content/narrative space. She most recently worked as a broadcast producer at Saatchi & Saatchi New York, where she produced dozens of national Walmart campaigns, and managed TV and digital spots from pre-pro to post. Her clients have included Tide, Yoplait, Sam Adams, P&G, Global Citizen, and Atlantic Records UK. A Stanford University graduate,Shelley applies her creative writing English degree to all forms of visual storytelling and media. When she's not on set, Shelley enjoys writing and exploring Brooklyn. 


production company ANCHORLIGHT 


executive producer & casting director ERICA HART

Erica A. Hart is the Casting Coordinator at ABC Primetime Casting in New York City. She holds a BFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied film and television at the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television. She has also studied production and film theory in Washington, DC and abroad in Dublin, Ireland. With a plethora of productions in her portfolio, ranging from documentaries to fictional films, she has always continued to broaden her range of storytelling. Along with her creative partner Joseph Gerbino, she has received grants from the Kevin Spacey Foundation, Puffin Foundation, The Digital Bolex Grant, in addition to developing new series for BET. She began casting films her sophomore year at NYU and has never looked back. She has cast feature films, shorts, music videos, web series, and commercials that have been featured in SXSW, Cannes, and other film festivals around the globe. She has also teamed up with Karlee Fomalont to co cast many features and shorts as well. Besides ABC, she has also worked in the casting offices for NBC, Kendra Carter and JLC Entertainment. She has worked on pilots such as The Goldbergs, Resurrection, American Crime, and How to Get Away with Murder. She has also worked in the casting department for the Emmy Award winning NBC show, 30 Rock as well as the hit Comedy Central show, Broad City. Erica tries to spread her wings in the artistic world and is not only a filmmaker, writer and casting director, but also a dancer and choreographer.


cinematographer DAVIDE SORASIO

Davide Sorasio is a freelance Cinematographer from Cuneo, Italy. He received his Bachelor in Psychology from the University of Turin and studied Cinematography at the New York Film Academy. He uses his understanding of human emotion and psyche in his work. He has shot on 16 mm, 35 mm, DSLR, ARRI ALEXA and RED cameras. He's always looking for the next challenge to capture. His clients have included Air France and Expo Milan 2015. He is currently based in Brooklyn, NY.



production designer KELSEY HILLERUD

Kelsey Hillerud is a graduate of the State University of New York at New Paltz Digital Media production program. She grew up in Upstate New York and the natural oddities and scenic wonder of the area has always influenced her work. She has worked in the art department on professional film sets for various television shows, independent films, and commercials for 2 years in which she has worked for various award winning designers. 




Joanna Naugle was born and raised in the suburbs of New Jersey. She is a graduate of NYU's Kanbar Institute of Film & Television. Since graduating in Summer 2011, she has edited numerous projects including comedies, dramas, musicals, music videos, web series and more. She worked for a year in the technology department at "Saturday Night Live" before joining the Senior Post team as Lead Editor. Her greatest professional goal is to one day work with Roderick Jaynes. She is also a huge fan of flea markets, banana bread, Pictionary and warm socks.



assistant director CECILIA DELGADO

Cecilia Delgado is a Brooklyn-based assistant director and editor. Born in São Paulo and a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, her resume includes feature films (HOLLIDAYSBURG, 5 DOCTORS, UNTITLED LAKE LUCILLE PROJECT,) independent TV series (LIFE SUCKS), as well as short films and commercials. As an editor, her work has screened at festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, and BAMCinemafest. 


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