Magazine article Screen International

Trinidad-Based Director of 'Moving Parts' Turns to Kickstarter

Magazine article Screen International

Trinidad-Based Director of 'Moving Parts' Turns to Kickstarter

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"Moving Parts takes a fictional look at a very real issue," said Upczak. "The film's protagonist Zhenzhen, is a Chinese immigrant who is smuggled into Trinidad to be with her brother Wei following the death of their father.

"A tragic event leaves Zhenzhen vulnerable and only through the help of a neighboring art gallerist, Evelyn, and the restaurant's cook does she have a chance at life."

The film has been in development for two years and is now in pre-production. Principal photography is set to begin in spring with a production schedule of one month.

Upczak, who until recently worked as creative director of the trinidad+tobago film festival, where she was in charge of the Caribbean Film Mart and Caribbean Film Database, is initially targeting $25,000 on Kickstarter.

She describes herself as a filmmaker and festival programmer specifically interested in ritual practice and sexual politics.

Upczak developed an interest in these areas after she spent two years travelling through southeast Asia, where she encountered numerous religious practices and worked as an escort in a hostess club in Tokyo.

"We decided to crowd-fund the film in order to build our core audience and to engage individuals in our fundraising process," said Upczak. …

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