New York City, New York | Film Short

Drama, Foreign Film

Lauren Sowa

1 Campaigns | New York, United States

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"Marisol" follows the experience of a young undocumented mother as she struggles to make a good life for her daughter, while calling attention to the dangers of giving power to individuals who hold inhumane political views, and the tension between local and federal governments.

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Mission Statement

"Marisol" is a bilingual film. It is important to us to reach both the English-speaking and Spanish-speaking communities. As an immigrant, Marisol's world represents that of thousands of Americans and we want to tell her story in an inclusive way. We are dedicated to having a diverse cast & crew.

The Story

Para leer sobre nuestra campaña es español visite: 



a short film


Directed by Zoé Salicrup Junco

Written by Tim Eliot


We would love to have you join us on this journey. Together, we will create a film that moves people and leaves you thinking. We hope you'll come on board as a collaborator!



After the election, our writer Tim Eliot had a terrifying dream and producer Lauren Sowa had an eye-opening experience in an Uber, both of which influenced how the story unfolds. Marisol was born.



Marisol is a bilingual short film that will be shot digitally. It’s about a young mother struggling to make ends meet. She takes a seemingly small risk and finds herself in her worst nightmare.



We’re making this film so that people can experience the kind of courage it takes to live as an immigrant in this country. In all the debate about immigration today, we often lose sight of the people whom our attitudes and policies affect the most. 


We want Marisol’s story to inspire people to engage with the immigration debate with a fuller understanding of what it means to be an immigrant here in the US. We are excited to be sharing a story that is timely and thought-provoking. As artists, it is important to us that the work we create be of use to the world - something that moves our collective narrative forward. 


This film has the potential to move hearts and minds. By reaching both Spanish and English-speaking communities, we are speaking directly to people affected by events like that in our film.



We’re in the last stages of pre-production now, and we’re about to start casting all the roles! We’ve hired most of our crew, we’ve put together the budgets, we’ve planned out the shoot — and we start shooting in a month!



The Seed&Spark platform allows us to not only raise money, but build our audience as well. We hope to find people who are as excited about watching socially-relevant films as we are.


Form & Pressure Films is about creating art that speaks to the world we live in, and we’re hoping you’ll join us to help bring this story to life.



All contributions go to paying our cast and crew as well as keeping them well fed during shoot days. Other expenses include renting equipment, costumes, dressing the sets, and acquiring necessary insurance and permits. 


With your help, we’ll make a beautiful, intense film that will open hearts and leave people thinking.


Gracias por su tiempo and thank you for joining us!





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Camera Equipment

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Art Department

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Art allows us to create Marisol's world, with unique character-driven touches.


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Help us feed our cast and crew! Healthy, nourishing food goes a long way during shooting days.

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From directing, to operating the camera, to dressing our set, the crew makes everything happen.

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About This Team

Meet our team!


 Zoé Salicrup Junco (Director)

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Zoé Salicrup Junco is a narrative and

commercial film director. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the

Arts, Zoé has created content for Sony, ESPN, AOL, and more. Her

short film "GABI" competed in numerous festivals such as Tribeca

Film Festival, Palm Springs International Shortfest, and Clermont

Ferrand International Short Film Festival. Zoé has been named one

of The Independent Magazine's "Top 10 Filmmakers to Watch" and

her work has won top prizes like King Screenwriting Award, the

Wasserman Directing Award, and the National Board of Review

Student Grant. Zoé is also an HBO/DGA Directing Fellowship Finalist,

a Cinefestival/Sundance Latino Screenwriters Project Fellow, and a

Sundance Women’s Financing Intensive Project Fellow.


 Tim Eliot (Writer / Frederick)

Tim primarily writes dramaturgical guides to Shakespeare. The

deepening humanitarian crisis surrounding immigration enforcement

in America, especially in the increasingly nativist political climate, has

inspired this film as a plea for understanding, empathy, and clear

moral action. Tim was a producer on the indie feature Seven Lovers,

and on several short films. He has acted in many films, plays,

webseries and TV series, and has directed and produced theater.

He has been featured on Boardwalk Empire, The 3Bits, and duder,

and in The Rainbow Experiment and Seven Lovers. He has played

Hamlet, MacBeth, Romeo, Claudio, and Posthumous, and has

directed Much Ado About Nothing, Suicide, and Romeo and Juliet.

Tim has studied with Bill Esper, Bob Krakower, and David Hammond,

and holds an MFA from ART and a BA from Yale.


 Lauren Sowa (Producer / Officer Smith)

Lauren recently produced and directed Midsummer 3.2, an exploration of Shakespeare on screen. She and Tim Eliot founded Form & Pressure Films to tell stories that will inspire and provoke thought, while encouraging diversity and equality on set and on screen. She received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her acting credits include the films 42 Seconds of Happiness, Café Artist, The Rainbow Experiment, and The Devil’s Well. Upcoming: Paris is in Harlem. On stage: The Importance of Being Earnest, Harvey, Private Lives (Walnut), Emma (Lantern), Othello & Much Ado About Nothing (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre), Cymbeline (Opera House Arts), Hamlet & All’s Well That Ends Well (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Romeo & Juliet (NC Shakes). Upcoming: Red Velvet at the Lantern, followed by Noises Off at the Walnut. Proud member of AEA.


 Tine DiLucia (DP)

Tine was born and raised in Oslo, Norway where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Radio and Television Journalism. On a quest to further explore visual storytelling she ended up in New York where she later received a second degree in Film Production and fell in love with the art and craft of cinematography.

Having a documentary background has trained Tine to work efficiently and take advantage of natural and existing light, but she very much enjoys the opportunity to design and execute more stylized visuals as well. In her work she aims to serve the story and performances and strives to create a safe and harmonious environment on set.

Tine has served as cinematographer on both narrative and documentary features as well as countless shorts, music videos, commercials and branded content. When she's not shooting chances are Tine can be found cuddling or photographing her beautiful cat, Beverley.


 Sparkman Clark (Script Supervisor)

Sparkman grew up between southern Connecticut and Munich, Germany. She has worked for the Richmond International Film Festival and MNA Productions, as well as numerous independent productions. Her New Media project, St. Madison, is currently in post-production. She just wrapped the feature Film ISN'T IT ROMANTIC for New Line Cinema, for which she was the Director's Assistant to Todd Strauss Schulson. BA, University of Richmond.


 Leila Min Dai (Editor)

Leila is a filmmaker and film editor. She was born and raised in Beijing, China. Early on, Leila discovered her passion in visual arts and decided to devote herself into the art of expression, using human emotions and images to tell a story. Leila moved to NYC in 2010 to study filmmaking. She later became a film editor and has been working on various film and television projects around the world. Many of her works have been seen by audiences around the world on Television and at various film festivals. Her most recent project “Better Us, Better Future” Jinjiang, Fujian Province (China) promotional video has just been released in Tahiti, France for “The World’s Gymnasiade 2020”’ event and its host city candidacy.

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