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Del Rio - Columbia U. MFA Thesis Film A Project of Shorts

Del Rio is a Columbia University graduate thesis film written and directed by Raj Trivedi and produced by Brittany Northcross.

"I didn't know I wasn't born in the U.S. until I got deported. I swam back across the Rio Grande to be with my kids." -F.M.

"As a teen, I walked from Honduras, through Guatemala, and up through Mexico to the border. No one would believe me when I told them I was born in Dallas. It took an American family to file for my lost documents for me to be allowed back into the U.S." -A.V.

Del Rio is a film about survival--about family--that happens to take place at the US/Mexico border. We are trying to highlight the realities of day-to-day life without making any judgments. Since we started working on this film in July 2016, much has changed in the world. A new president, a new American imperative on the Mexican-American border, and a new take on immigration of all sorts makes our film's subject matter all the more timely.

The film's goal is to show the human side of the US Border Patrol as well as that of undocumented immigrants searching for a new life in America. In our months of research and speaking with locals in Brownsville, Texas, we've gotten a chance to get to know the border community in a very real way. It is very easy to caricature the humans at the border in black and white terms, but we're hoping to play in the shades of grey of reality. Nobody is a villain, nobody is a hero, we're all just trying to survive the best way we know how.

We really need your help to ensure an honest depiction of the world we're telling the story about. All donations will go to paying the talented cast and crew, feeding everyone on set, buying wardrobe and props, securing locations and permits, renting vehicles necessary for the film, paying the musicians and editors for their post-production skills, and having a paramedic and stunt coordinator on set to ensure it is a safe production. We have recruited a bevy of talent to help us make this film, and their passion for the project deserves commensurate payment.

Every little bit helps! We can't thank you enough for your support for this project!

$7,651 Raised
63% towards $12,000 Goal

Supported by 115 Donations:

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    Looking forward to seeing your movie Raj!
  • Jenna C.
    Congrats Raj ! I wish this could be more, I am still paying off my peeps in post prod. Have a great shoot !! Xxxooo
  • Quin Q.
    I Gave $25
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  • Corinna N.
    I Gave $25
    Way to be Abhirass. You're unstoppable.
  • Brent  L.
    I Gave $250
  • Ryan W.
    I Gave $25
    Way to go raj!!!
  • Ranjit T.
    I Gave $250
    All the best for success of your project.
  • Liba V.
    I Gave $18
    GO Raj GO! xo Liba / Riley
  • Deo P.
    I Gave $500
    Let's do this.
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    Anonymous
    Good luck Raj!
  • Anita M.
    I Gave $1,000
    We are so excited and proud of you Raj! Wish you all the best! - Anil & Anita
  • Micah P.
    I Gave $10
  • Marcelo M.
    I Gave $25
  • Chantel C.
    Good luck!
  • Magdalena W.
    I Gave $10
  • Thomas B.
    I Gave $200
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    Anonymous
    I Gave $150
    Great work, Brittany. I'm so proud of you. Good luck.
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  • Scott R.
    I Gave $25
    Go Raj Go!!! Good luck, and have a blast shooting.
  • Kelly K.
    I Gave $100
    Send a message Raj, cast and crew. I know you will.
  • Vadim L.
    I Gave $125
    Best of luck with filming!
  • Kevin F.
    I Gave $100
  • Mustafa K.
    I Gave $50
  • Andrew D.
    I Gave $100
    Andrew Dancy
  • Geeta C.
    I Gave $25
    Joyful birthday wishes Raj. Peace from Citybaby n mommy
  • KY J.
    I Gave $75
    0> /( )\ `` FLYING PENGUIN!
  • brian a.
    I Gave $25
  • Jennifer C.
    I Gave $25
    Jennifer Chang
  • Brittany C.
    I Gave $25
    Good luck and happy belated, Raj!