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Through The Screen Door - A CSUN Senior Thesis Film

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Project ended on February 14, at 12:00 PM PST
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"Through the Screen Door" - A CSUN Senior Thesis Film


Through the Screen Door is a Latinx coming of age drama centered around the unique Mexican Catholic ritual of the Quinceñera: a transformative celebration in which, on the day of her fifteenth birthday, a Mexican girl "becomes" a woman. Set in the late 1960's and 70's, the film follows Liliana as she tries to accept her newfound adulthood while being forced to interact with the man that stole her childhood. With the help of her older sister, Margaret, Liliana confronts the haunting memories of her childhood assault, a family marred with antiquated morals, and the gender norms forced on young women of color.

An Intimate, Personal Film. Inspired by True Events

Through the Screen Door is based on the close family stories of Co-Director and writer, Emilio Zertuche and shaped by the strong female role models that continue to inspire the production. This film presents a unique opportunity to highlight the Mexican American experience from the vantage point of someone who was born and raised in a small farming town in California's San Joaquin Valley. TTSD goes in depth on the major obstacles so many women of color endure when trying to speak out about their experiences with sexual assault. Our goal as a crew is to create a film that sparks conversation within our audiences and allows our viewers the opportunity to confront a harsh reality through the power of the moving image.  

The film first took shape in the Summer of 2018 and continues to grow with the help of our amazing crew. The Co-Directors and our entire team strive create a film that we are all proud to be a part of and worthy of the CSUN name. Your generous contributions will help us achieve this goal!

All Monetary Contributions will be Used for the Following: 

  • Camera Department - Lenses, Equipment Rentals and Media Storage 
  • Art Department - Unique Period Wardrobe and Props
  • Casting - Talented Actors of Color 
  • Location Funds - Securing Locations and Sets Accurate to Real-World Events
  • Catering - To Feed our Hardworking Cast and Crew
  • Post Production - Secure Editing Drives, High Quality Sound, and Original Score
  • On Set Safety - To Provide a Safe and Healthy Working Environment for All Cast and Crew

Bonus: ALL DONATIONS AND CONTRIBUTIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE! CSUN is a 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization.

Thank You for your Consideration and Support! See you on the Big Screen!

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Executive Producer Credit

To show our gratitude for such a generous donation, those who contribute one thousand dollars or more will receive an Executive Producer's Credit.



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