MORELIA, Mexico – Rigoberto Perezcano (“Carmin Tropical”), whose latest feature project “Los Amantes Se Despiden Con La Mirada” (“Lovers Bid Farewell”) participated in Morelia’s maiden Sundance Lab, is making his first foray into television.
Co-penned with scribe Rogelio Guedea, Perezcano is developing a film noir-ish police TV drama series and a horror series based on various ‘ghost city’ tomes from the Almadia publishing house. Both still-untitled series would likely comprise 13 episodes each. “The demand for quality series is up; this is a good time to dive into the TV medium,” said Perezcano, a partner at Paloma Negra Films. The ghost city series will shoot in Mexico City. Perezcano hopes to offer them to digital platforms, including Netflix and Amazon.
With “Los Amantes,” Perezcano completes his Oaxaca trilogy that began with immigrant tale “Norteado” (“Northless”), which participated at 2011’s 9th Morelia Int’l Film Festival (FICM), and “Carmin Tropical,” where he took home the Best Mexican Film award at last year’s edition. “Carmin Tropical” follows a transvestite who returns to her home in Oaxaca to find out who killed her friend, Daniela.
Co-produced with Tiburon Films, “Los Amantes” centers on a father and son who are goat herders and will likely shoot next year, after tapping various funds and initiatives available.
“It was my first time participating in a script lab and it was incredible; I got great advice that will help me immensely in polishing the screenplay,” said Perezcano. Project participated in the Los Cabos Int’l Film Fest’s Meet Mart, a co-production forum, in 2016.
Perezcano and Jorge Hernandez will also co-produce, through Chula Vista Cine, Hernandez’s drama about a patriarch reaching out to his estranged adult sons, “Benigno Cruz,” in partnership with Lucia Films and Factor RH Prods (“From Afar”), which Hernandez hopes to shoot in Venezuela.
Paloma Negra Films, with the support of the Tribeca Film Institute, also produced Luis Rincon’s documentary about divers in a Nicaraguan fishing village “Reino de la Sirena” (“The Mermaid Kingdom”) which has its world premiere at the DOK docu film fest in Leipzig, Germany on Oct. 31. Its producers were Perezcano, Bruno Carcamo Arvide and Cristina Velasco.