LOS CABOS, Mexico – Lucia Gaja had an auspicious start from her University film studies where her thesis “Todos los Aviones del Mundo” was nominated for a Mexican Academy Award, the Ariel, in 2002. Her next docu short, “Soy,” snagged the Ariel a few years later. Her debut full-length docu “My Life Inside” made a sweep of local and international prizes, and had such an impact that the case of immigrant Rosa Estela Olvera, who was accused of killing her young ward, was reopened. She remains in a U.S. prison and Gaja intends to do a follow-up docu on the case. Her second docu feature, “Intimate Battles,” about domestic abuse in five different countries, has its U.S. premiere Nov. 18 at the 5th Cine Latino Film Fest in Minneapolis, curated by Hebe Tabachnik.
After seeing his docu “The Filth and the Fury,” Gaja decided on her next project, “Temple,” which delves into the life and career of Julien Temple, the iconic English punk rock chronicler, and docu and music video director. Participating in Los Cabos’ project development forum with producers Rodrigo Herranz of Caguama Prods. and Carlos Sosa of Viento del Norte on board, Gaja seeks U.K. and U.S. co-producers for the doc, which will film mainly in London and Los Angeles. “I liked how Temple approached the history of punk rock pioneers Sex Pistols within the context of the socio-political changes of the times,” said Gaja.