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El Halcón

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Project ended on May 31, at 11:59 PM PDT
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El Halcón - A CSUN Senior Thesis Short Film

Welcome to the fundraising campaign for the CSUN Senior Thesis Film, El Halcón!

El Halcón is a CSUN thesis film centered around the story of Fern de la Cruz, a tattoo artist and ex-gang member who utilizes his art to go beyond his circumstances as his surroundings threaten to disrupt the world around him.

Our Story

Born and raised in the toughest streets of Los Angeles, Fernando De La Cruz, a tattoo artist and ex-gang member, will do anything to stay out of trouble to bring his immigrant mother back to the United States. Forced to grow up in poverty amidst gang violence, Fern turns to his art to escape from the harsh reality of his upbringing. However, life takes a turn when he crosses paths with his new neighbors, who consist of an abusive father and his sweet 12-year old son, JP.

Let's Make The World A Better Place.

El Halcón is a story about making challenging decisions and pursuing one's true passion amidst all the physical and mental barriers life throws along the way. Fern De La Cruz is just like any other broken soul, wanting to be healed from his traumatic past to become the best version of himself for the people he loves the most.

This story sheds light on many grounding topics, like immigration, gang violence, abuse, racism, poverty, and those who come from underrepresented communities. By capturing this story, we can help bring individuals from all walks of life together and in unity. During these crazy times, the world needs more of that, and with your generous contribution, we can make that happen.

What Your Donation is For 

This film would not be possible without your generous contribution and continuous support! The donations will 100% go to all the stages of this film, from pre-production to post-production.

 Our goal is $40,000 that we will put towards:

  • Camera Department (camera & lighting equipment, etc.)
  • Art Department (wardrobe, hair & make-up, sfx, production design, props, etc.
  • Casting (talent, background actors, studio teacher, etc.)
  • Location Funds (permits, transportation, insurance, etc.)
  • Catering & Craft Services (to feed our hard-working cast & crew!)
  • Post Production (editing, music composers, color correcting, etc.)
  • Covid Mitigation (COVID Compliance Officer, PPE, cleaning supplies, etc)
  • Film Festival Entry's (each film festival entry can range from $50-$200)
  • & more!

Contributions to El Halcón are 100% Tax Deductible, CSUN is a 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization. 

Safety First 

We are dedicated to maintaining a COVID safe set, and maintaining the health of our cast and crew is our top priority. We will be following the industry safety guidelines released by SAG-AFTRA and the CDC and providing all equipment and resources to assure the highest level of safety and comfort for our cast and crew.

Help Support El Halcón By: 

We appreciate your effort and understand if you do not have the sufficient funds at the moment. 2020 was a rough year for everyone, but if you would still like to support El Halcón- please make sure to follow @elhalconfilm on all our social media platforms for the latest news, merch, fundraiser launch, & BTS content.


Instagram  Twitter  Facebook  Tik Tok  Youtube

El Halcón Merchandise:

Meet Our Crew

Director/Writer- Arlene Torres ~ DP- Mia Moran ~ 1st AD- Nathan Principe ~ 2nd AD- Emily Vail ~ 2nd 2nd AD Audrey Saca ~ Script Supervisor- Fernando Negrete ~ Producers- Miranda Puatu, Irlanda Silva, Stephanie Ledesma ~ Post- Producer- Brian Longlax  ~ Editors- Bayley Doyle, Stephanie Ledesma ~ 1st AC Shane Mayer ~ Cam Op- Zach Harrison ~ BTS Director- Alex Alarcon ~ Sound- David Berry, Brett Podrigo, Joey Jawiche ~ Post sound- Cristine Ramos, Jordan Hayes ~ Production Designer- Shania Gez ~ Art Director- Allison Loewe ~ Gaffer- Chris Siefert

Thank You!

If you have any questions or comments regarding our Film, please feel free to contact us via email.


Choose a giving level


Social Media Shoutout

For this tier, you will receive a shoutout on our film's Instagram and Facebook accounts as a personal thank you for your donation!


Personalized Letter of Thanks

For this tier, you will receive a personalized letter of thanks for your contribution that will be sent to your home! (Includes all previous levels)


BTS Digital Access

For this tier, you will receive an exclusive BTS photos/footage from El Halcón! (Includes all previous levels)


Signed Movie Poster

For this tier, you will receive an El Halcón poster, personally signed by our crew, and delivered to your home! (Includes all previous levels)


Exclusive Magazine

For this tier, you will receive an exclusive copy of our magazine that features all our behind-the-scenes content, concept art, storyboard, etc. that brings you along on our journey in making this film! (Includes all previous levels)


Virtual Premiere Seats

For this tier, you will receive access to our virtual premiere screening and get to watch the film before it is released publicly! (Includes all previous levels)


Special Thanks Credit

For this tier, you will receive your own credit in our film! Thank you so much for your support, and we look forward to seeing your name in the "special thanks" section in the credits! (Includes all previous levels)


Executive Producer Credit

For this tier, your credit will be upgraded to "Executive Producer" at the end of the film! Welcome to the El Halcón Team! We cannot thank you enough for all of your support in our filmmaking endeavors! (Includes all previous levels)

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