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Directed by Camilo Vilaplana and Lilo Vilaplana
Narrative Feature
United States | 150 | 2023

Alina, Luisa and América are three women who after fighting to restore and stabilize democracy to their country realize they’ve been betrayed by the leader of the revolution. The three women begin to confront and challenge the new system in their own ways and for different reasons they find themselves jailed. Their lives become intertwined in the misfortune that they endure within the dungeon of a jail where their human rights are violated without respect to their womanhood.

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The Film Stage

After years of creative frustration and burnout, “Earlybird” flew out of my fingers, through my keyboard, and onto a screenplay. I seasoned it with my guilt, my feelings on collaboration (and “the auteur”), a series of run-on sentences, and tried to make it funny. I hope people enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it.

As is so often true about the independent filmmaker, Earlybird explores how those who work in theater define themselves by their output and the reception of their work. Each character shows they have lost their patience and, now threadbare from too many long nights and too little material success, they are at odds with each other. In this film, we explore how our culture, not limited to the arts, of constant grinding pushes people to losing their humanity. It isn’t just our protagonist Michael that forgets to consider the feelings and needs of the people around him. In this film, our goal is to show how difficult it is to live well when you’re living for the attention and approval of the ever-elusive kudo.

As an artist, I have struggled at times with the balance of commerce and art. Not just for financial gain, but within the art I make. As the term “content” becomes more prevalent in relation to art, I feel Earlybird’s focus on the balance between work, art, and life becomes more and more pertinent. The film’s theme of workplace culture within the arts is also more relevant than ever, given the seemingly daily reveal of toxic work environments in collaborative art-making.

Plantadas - Poster

Plantadas - Camilo VilaplanaCamilo Vilaplana

Camilo Vilaplana (Bogota, COLOMBIA, 1998). He studied film at Emerson College. He has worked as first assistant director in the United States and Colombia, Plantadas is his first film as co-director.

Plantadas - Lilo VilaplanaLilo Vilaplana

Lilo Vilaplana (Camagüey, CUBA,1965) is a Cuban-American film, theatre and television director. Director of well-known television series such as El Capo (four seasons), La Mariposa, Mentes en Shock, Lynch, Dueños del Paraíso, and many others: La muerte del gato, La casa vacía, El Caballo, Plantados and Plantadas.He has won two EMMY awards, award for best short film in Latin America at Festival Iberoamericano de Cortometrajes, eight india catalina awards, three awards at the Miami film festival, among others. He has also taught at academies and universities and has published his book of short stories in several countries.

Film Information

Director: Camilo Vilaplana and Lilo Vilaplana
Country: United States
Year: 2023
Language: Spanish
Runtime: 150 min
Rated:  R


Writer:  Angel Santiesteban, Ninoska Perez, Lilo Vilaplana
Producer: Irasema Otero, Reinol Rodriguez
Cinematography: José Ovi Jiménez
Editor: Eduardo Corria
Music: Alfredo De La Fe

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