The Life Force

Los Angeles, California | Film Feature

Drama, Fantasy

Eric Marinho

1 Campaigns | California, United States

Green Light

This campaign raised $27,700 for production. Follow the filmmaker to receive future updates on this project.

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Through our project The Life Force we want to empower Latinos to embrace their spirituality when facing life's struggles.

About The Project

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Mission Statement

This project is created by two Latino filmmakers, a group that is largely underrepresented in the media. The film explores themes of Latino representation and spirituality.

The Story

The Story

After grieving her parents’ death, Gina discovers a dark karmic generational curse inherited with her father’s passing. Gina’s romantic interest, Jason, is a mastermind behind an underground religious organization that is aware of this energy within her. He lures her into a cult devoted to observing the seven deadly sins. She embarks on a spiritual journey against her will. Along the way, she uncovers the truth about her destiny in an exploration into the afterlife.

As creators, we wanted to develop a story from a Latino perspective. Having filmmakers of color in front of and behind the camera, especially Latinos, will make a step to close the gap in the entertainment industry. We can't wait to show you this diverse story from diverse creators!

An important note about COVID-19: in order to ensure that our community stays safe we will be delaying production until the stay at home order has been lifted. It is our highest priority to keep those around us healthy. Once the all-clear has been given, we will start production ASAP. In the meantime, we will continue to work and develop our project to be the best it can be!




What We Need

Film is a powerful way to spread our message of Latino representation and spirituality; however, it's also an expensive one. We need to pay for things like crew, equipment, permits, the list goes on and on. This is where you come in, your contributions will help us get this important project made.




What You Get

Every little bit counts, and we want to personally thank each and every one of you for your contributions. When you support this campaign you have the opportunity to receive a wide variety of perks, to show our sincere appreciation. Some of the perks include: a personal shout out on our Facebook page, a private link to view the film as soon as it is released, or even an executive producer credit on the project!



The Impact

In today's world, it's incredibly important to support both independent artists and the Latino community. We hope to use this film to not only showcase Latino artists but also empower members of the Latino community to proudly embrace their own heritage and spirituality as well.




Other Ways You Can Help

In order to reach our goal, we will need help from as many of you as possible. In addition to contributing to the campaign, sharing the link to the campaign via social media will help to spread the word about this important story.




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Cash Pledge

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Costs $4,800

There are many people who make up our film crew, and it's important we pay them for their hard work!


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We need insurance to make sure we are protected when renting out film equipment.


Costs $1,700

It may not be glamorous, but shooting in California requires film permits for all locations!

Hard Drives

Costs $1,620

We need to be able to store all of the footage and audio we've recorded for our editor!


Costs $3,500

The editing room is considered the last re-write. This is where everything comes together!


Costs $1,800

We will be filming long hours and need to keep our team well-fed throughout the day!

Camera Package

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We are committed to creating a beautiful film, which is why we need a great camera package!


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Creating a great looking film means we need to have the best lighting equipment in town!


Costs $3,600

We are hiring professional actors to make the best film possible, and it can quickly get expensive!


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We want to tell the most authentic story possible, which means we need to shoot on location!

About This Team



Born and raised in Brazil, Eric Marinho came to the United States to pursue his dream of making an impact in the entertainment industry. Eric is a charismatic leader. Someone who is organized with maturity and polished professionalism. He dedicates himself to any endeavor he commits to with a smile and humble energy that attracts the right people around him. The path to his dream is an interesting and influential one.
Prior to arriving to the United States, Marinho was fully immersed in the Capoeira Martial Arts, where he was a student, who moved onto to becoming a professor, at a very young age. After studying Chemistry in college at the highly accredited Senai Institute of Rio de Janeiro, Eric was hand picked, out of thousands of others in Latin America and recruited by the world renowned Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus to be a main choreographer and performer for the “Greatest Show On Earth". After a few years performing for live audiences all over the country he settled in Los Angeles to pursue a different direction in his creative career.
Having both above and below the line experience, Eric is dedicated to working collaboratively and creatively. As a Director & Producer of award winning projects ("World Champion Legacy" & "Martial Life”) receiving ‘Best Action Drama’ Award from the prestigious Culver City Film Festival ‘17 (Martial Life).  “Marinho” (TV Pilot SAG-AFTRA) ‘Outstanding Achievement for Sound Design’ & ‘Score’ in a drama series (Los Angeles Web Festival ’15). He is a trained actor who graduated from the prestigious Joanne Baron & D.W Brown Studios of Dramatic Arts. 

Eric is represented by ETA - Esprit Talent Agency. Over the past 20 years Marinho has developed robust credits which include: America’s Got Talent, "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", performing alongside of the Black Eyed Peas and Sergio Mendes, appearances on Hannah Montana, Univision network as well as on stage at The Hollywood Bowl with Seu Jorge and The Electric Lodge. Music Videos with global artists include Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias, Jonas Brothers, and Ricky Martin. Commercial credits include Mazda, Doritos, Coca Cola, and McDonald's. Eric is happily married with three beautiful children. He channels his energy by being a four discipline martial artist (Capoeira, Kung Fu, Hapkido, and Jiu-Jitsu).





Sandra Santiago was born in Sinaloa, Mexico and is a graduate of La Sorbonne University in Paris. She has ignited the screen with superstars such as award-winning actors Danny Glover and Danny Trejo. The most recent film she shares the big screen with Golden Globe award winner Brian Cox and one of her latest production is called Sangre Negra where she plays Erik Estrada's wife on his major comeback role.

Sandra was raised in Mexico . At a young age, she gave family and friends a glimpse of what was to come by showing off her acting and dancing skills when her father brought home Banda Music such as El Recodo and others who he befriends.

During her senior year in high school, she took part in an exchange program at Washington State's Kent-Meridian High School. Sandra studied theater where she impressed audiences with her lively portrayal of the Godmother in Disney's Cinderella. Upon graduation, she returned to Mexico to continue her studies, this time in El Centro De Capacitacion De Televisa, home to stars such as Victoria and Gabriela Rufo, Eugenio Derbez, Eduardo Yanez and many others. Santiago's commercial credits include working alongside Danny Glover for the international market as well as a national commercial for retail giant Walmart.

Film credits include The Etruscan Smile with Brian Cox & Rosanna Arquette, Pendejo with Danny Trejo and Hostile Border with Julio Cesar Cedillo. Theater credits include Reservoir Bitches a take on the Quentin Tarantino's movie. Santiago also starred and produced the short film Chihuahua Day which shot in Los Angeles and received critical acclaim. Santiago has traveled extensively through Spain, England, France, Denmark, Belgium, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary Italy, Greece, Russia, Japan and Indonesia.
She is fluent in French, Japanese, English and Spanish, which is her first language.

Sandra Santiago lives in Los Angeles, California where she volunteers helping several non-profit organizations focusing on education and drug rehabilitation.




Reinaldo Vandres


Reinaldo Vandres is a producer and art director specializing in entertainment, public relations, and promotions. Mr. Vandres began his career working in shows and special events with artists like Carlos Santana, Peter Gabriel, Sting, and UB40. Through his company, Aknanda Productions (PR Services, Music & Event Productions), he has created and produced several wide-ranging PR campaigns for musical acts, entertainment productions, actors, nonprofit organizations, and corporations.  Mr. Vandres has also been accepted as a member by The Recording Academy (Grammys) which is quite an honor.

His interest in films came from the mentoring of film producer Eric Sherman, director and founder of the film department of Pasadena California Art Center  College of Design.

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