MORELIA – In Morelia to present docu feature “El Patio de Mi Casa” by Carlos Hagerman and a work-in-progress presentation of acclaimed photographer Maya Goded’s searing docu “Plaza de la Soledad,” producer Martha Sosa seeks to straddle both worlds of fiction and non-fiction. “I’m more interested in documentaries that are character or story-driven, not reportage,” she said.
A co- executive producer of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s cinematic launchpad, “Amores Perros,” along with Monica Lozano under the now defunct AltaVista Films banner, Sosa has been producing documentaries in recent years, including the Emmy-winning 2011 docu “Presunto Culpable,” (“Presumed Guilty”), which caused a huge stir when the courts forced distributor Cinepolis to pull it from theaters.
Sosa is now developing “Mi Primer Amor” (“My First Love”), the debut fiction feature of Hagerman, her partner in prod. company La Sombra del Guayabo, whose past docus she has also produced. “This will mark my comeback to fiction, I guess,” she said. Budgeted at roughly $908,000 (15 million pesos), Hagerman’s drama will “tackle family issues, which Hagerman is obsessed about,” she added.
But first she has Goded’s “Plaza de la Soledad” to steer, a co-production with Lozano’s Alebrije Prods. and Eamon O’Farrill’s Monstro Films. “It’s an intimate exploration of maternity and sex among five women working at La Merced, the oldest commercial district in Mexico City,” she said, noting, “What’s interesting about Maya is her access, her intimacy with her subjects.”
“Maya reminds me of Inarritu who was already a successful advertising director and DJ when he made ‘Amores Perros,’” she said. “They take risks, they venture out of their comfort zone, even when they’re already so successful, “ she added. “She’s a quick learner, just like Inarritu; she’s driven by danger and extreme situations.”
Sosa’s now developing Goded’s next project, which will shoot in Ciudad Juarez.
Sosa is also co-producing docu “Rush Hour” with lead producer Cactus Films & Video. The “Amores Perros” link also lies here, as helmer Lucina Kaplan was the script continuity girl in the drama. In “Rush Hour,” Kaplan, whose previous doc was “Eufrosina’s Revolution,” explores the emotional cost of commuting in three major cities: Mexico City, Istanbul and Los Angeles. “We’ve already finished shooting the part in Mexico and are shooting in L.A. in two weeks,” said Sosa, adding that they’ll be seeking a U.S. co-producer.