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Synopsis: Set in Caracas, the most dangerous city in the western hemisphere, deMonica tells the story of Maye, a woman guilt ridden by her violent past, who must come back to the world she escaped when her sister is possessed by a malignant entity. To help her, she must recruit a fabled Jesuit priest and force him out of retirement. Both the priest and Maye must come to terms with their troubled past, and learn to forgive themselves in order to defeat a seemingly all powerful force and save her younger sister, Monica.

Language

Spanish

Run Time

22 minutes

Starring

Francisco Denis (Father Lopez)
Daniela Azuaje (Maye)
Claudia Serven (Monica)
Alec Whaite (Kilo)

Produced by

Wil Romero
Eric Gaunaurd

Executive Producer

Pedro Alonso

Production Designer

Vince Sanchez-Sambrano

Cinematographer

Jan-Michael Losada

Director's Statement

deMonica was a bit of a discovery for me. A coming-of-age, behind the scenes if you will. I’ve always loved the horror genre, but never had the courage o frankly even the thought of exploring its vast tendrils of storytelling possibilities. It was only when I landed on the characters that I fell in love with the story – characters that carry a heavy cross and who believe they do not deserve forgiveness. That and the notion of finding redemption through sacrifice, family, and faith in oneself, seemed to have aligned pertly with my life story.

I grew up in South America, my Cuban mother is a spiritist of sorts, and my Spanish father is agnostic. So growing up I got a nice kitchen sink of all things in the religious and spiritual world. From Sunday mass to walking into Santeria rituals were all a normal occurrence through my childhood. Add to that the fact that one of my dearest teachers is a Jesuit, who was taught the Catholic Exorcism Rite by the priest that inspired The Exorcist, and it’s no wonder that once this story came to me – it gripped me and hasn’t let go since.

The interconnectedness of the supernatural horrors and the real life horrors of living this kind of life in South America is something that the actors and I also wanted to explore. Poverty, abuse, corruption, and a dog eat dog mentality works as a powerful undercurrent that carries the characters of this piece and forces them to face their inner most fears in order to free themselves from the shackles of guilt.

We hope you enjoy this story, and that it leaves you with something to think about it long after the credits roll.

Miguel Angel Ferrer – Director

Director's Bio

Miguel Ferrer is an award-winning writer and director. His feature directorial debut FFC was distributed by LionsGate, and his short film Culpa was acquired by HBO for worldwide distribution. A former National Geographic cameraman, Miguel has written, produced, and directed over 50 music videos for Sony Music, Universal Music, Warners Music Group, and independent artists. His videos have been nominated for VIDEO OF THE YEAR and have reached the top of the Billboard charts and have garnered millions of hits on YouTube. Miguel has directed Super Bowl and national campaigns in both the North American and Hispanic markets, for clients such as NBC UNIVERSAL, PEPSICO, FORD, and CADILLAC.

A graduate of the University of Miami, Miguel relocated to the United States as a teenager from his native Venezuela, where he displayed his creative passion for cinema at an early age.

Country of Origin

Venezuela/USA

Production Year

2020

Official Website

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