Film Details

Runtime: 15 min

Genre: Drama

Screenplay:Jay Arcansalin

Director: Jay Arcansalin

Status

In Development

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Logline

Logline

A young Filipino-American who goes through the last stages of the immigration process to become a United States citizen. She soon finds out that the Immigration officer who is swearing her in for citizenship is responsible for her father’s deportation.

A young Filipino-American who goes through the last stages of the immigration process to become a United States citizen. She soon finds out that the Immigration officer who is swearing her in for citizenship is responsible for her father’s deportation.

FAQ

Q: Why this story?

A: Immigration, naturalization, and deportation is such a hot topic that I wanted to tell one of the many stories immigrants have as they take the journey to become a United States citizen.

Q: Is this based on a true story?

A: No. However the process of becoming a citizen as shown in the film is factual. The rest is inspired by immigrant stories.

Q: Who is this film for?

A: Everyone. I feel like everyone would benefit from this story as it gives a different perspective on the theme of Identity. I do believe however that this film would really speak to those who are going through the immigration process or have done it. This film is really dedicated to would be US citizens who come to the United States seeking a better life.

Q: What's with the poster?

A: The poster of One Day: One is the flag of the United States and embedded in it is the 15 pages of the first draft of the film.

Q: Why?

A: Two reasons.

 

         1, It is a bold artistic choice as the filmmaker to use the flag for a female minority                  led film. Name one other movie that does that. I'll wait.

         2, I wanted the first draft of the screenplay underneath it as a symbolic statement. The          first draft of screenplays are usually filled with errors and flaws. So are the immigrants            and citizens of this great country. I want it to serve as a reminder to everyone and                  myself that our circumstances however bad or flawed it might be, doesn't define us. 

Q: How political is this film? Does it lean left or right?

A: The one thing you need to know about me (Jay) is that I am the least politically charged person I know. I am not a fan of politics. The story found in One Day: One is simply a woman searching for her identity. The politics surrounding immigration and deportation can be left to one's own discretion. I myself have recently gone through the legal naturalization process and it is something that is often left out of the discussion.

Q: What is the current status of the film?

A: The crowdfunding campaign is underway. I am also currently looking for producers, cast and crew.

Q: What is your distribution plan?

A: I specifically wrote this film for HBO's APA Short Film competition. If for any reason One Day: One does not make it through, I fully intend to go on a full festival tour. 

 

Q: How can I help?

A: The first stage of crowdfunding is on One Day: One's facebook page. From there I will set up an official crowdfunding site via Seed&Spark/GoFundMe/Kickstarter etc.

Q: What happens if you have more than you need?

A: Filmmaking can get pretty expensive. Additional funds are always appreciated and as a filmmaker, I intend to put it on screen.

 

Q: What is your goal for this film? What are you trying to achieve?

A: I want to be able to give viewers a chance to see that beyond politics and discrimination, there is a story waiting to be seen that would give hope and understanding. In order to really make an impact on this topic, an additional goal of the crowdfunding campaign would be that any excess funds outside of production/post production/festival budget, would go to a selected US permanent resident/s to pay for the application process to become a citizen. How cool is that!

© 2018 by Jay Arcansalin

randall212@gmail.com

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