Our mission is to tell the stories that we crave to see. Stories that give people a space to feel the struggles and successes of what it means to be human. We want our audience to be passionately invested in our characters and their journeys. To showcase the reality and diversity of humanity through film. We strive to use the different genres of art within the motion-picture spectrum in creative and innovative ways, and we hope to collaborate with all kinds of artists and creative types to produce beautiful motion pictures.
For many years the voices of women, LGBT and otherwise, have been silenced, unheard, and ignored. They have been misrepresented with stereotypes and a simplicity that many of us find disheartening. Recluse Films welcomes women filmmakers, artists, writers, and storytellers and we encourage them to reach out to us so that we can work together and make it known that our stories are powerful and that they matter. We care about you, and we want to tell your story.
BRING YOUR VISION TO THE SCREEN
PRE-PRODUCTION and PRODUCTION
If you have a script you would like produced, we have established relationships and resources that include producers, artists, technicians, and musicians globally that can bring your vision to the screen. At Recluse Films we accept work that we believe in and that we are passionate about. We cater to women and to the LGBT community but would be happy to look at other projects as long as they are gender, race, and sexual orientation inclusive.
Our team has relationships with musicians and technical experts who can contribute with sound design, original tracks, and music composition. We also offer color correcting from basic balancing to really complex projects. Whatever your vision, we can bring it to life. Please contact us with your needs so that we may help you add that finishing touch.
In addition to Video Production we also offer on-site or off-site photography. We specialize in actor headshots, event photography, and personal photography that can adhere to industry standards or adapt to the image that you want to portray. Whatever you are looking for, we are happy to work with you.
If you believe that your story and we are a good fit, please contact us for a consultation where we can discuss our future working relationship.
Branding is a process that can help filmmakers better define themselves and the pictures they produce. It is important to have brand consistency in every phase of marketing and promotion, from film synopsis and log line to key marketing messages and the trailer. Coordination early on and balance between message and visuals can help ensure that the brand is thoughtfully woven into the fabric of the entire process. We network with extraordinary branding experts that will put you on the track to begin promoting your film.
BEHIND THE SCENES
A TEAM OF BRIGHT PROFESSIONALS
DIRECTOR | PRODUCER | ACTOR | COORDINATOR
Astrid Ovalles founded Recluse Films because she believed that women’s stories were often left untold or were a misrepresentation of their lives. She has been training as an actor since childhood, and since her beginnings as a filmmaker has been working to expand her knowledge of the various artistries involved in the craft. Astrid believes that a film can be much more than entertainment, she believes a film can touch a human being so deeply that the moment in front of the screen becomes a part of the viewer’s story. She is a writer, producer, director, actor, painter, and colorist who has dedicated her life to filmmaking and storytelling.
Sarah Jo Ovalles
VOCALIST | OPERA SINGER | ACTOR | MUSIC SUPERVISOR
Sarah Jo is a natural-born opera singer with classical and operatic training in New York City. Sarah is a talented vocalist and composer with a range of jazz, folk, pop, opera and many other genres. In addition to singing, Sarah has knowledge of the piano as well as the violin. She is the source responsible for creating tracks, coordinating score composition with other musicians, and supervising the overall musical soundtrack in our films that creates a lasting bond with the audience and highlights each scene boldly and appropriately.
A feature-length film that explores the relationship between three women. Bobbi and Samantha are estranged sisters who seek to reconnect after hearing of the loss of their mother, and Ally, a talented and peculiar character who is Bobbi’s romantic partner. In an effort to find closure upon learning about their mother’s sudden death, the three embark on a road trip that takes their relationship for a spin. “Stray” is a dark comedy that explores the beauty and possibilities of relationships between women who have renounced the expectation of having to adhere to the “norm.”
“Stray” will feature the on-screen talent of Oriana Oppice, Sarah Jo, and Astrid Ovalles as well as cinematography by award-winning Director of Photography Valentina Caniglia.
Please consider contributing today
With every donation, small or large, we have the opportunity to hire a new artist, execute innovative ideas, and to serve our community through art.
Recluse Films is dependent upon donations and investments to continue to bring women’s and LGBT stories to the screen. As a donor you have the chance to actively participate in the future of Lesbian Cinema. Together we can bring our stories to the light and insure that our culture and history is documented. Please consider contributing today.
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“Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can’t remember who we are or why we’re here”
– Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees
RELEASED AUGUST 2014
A short film about the coming-of-age story of Camp leader Rose and her encounter with Nurse Gin. This short story, set in the 1950s, depicts the journey and evolution of a friendship between a young woman and her counselor at a time when their rapport would have been unlikely.
Camp Belvidere was an official selection at the Roze Filmdagen Film Festival in Amsterdam, Dyke Drama Film Festival in Australia, the New Filmmakers festival in New York City, Reeling LGBT festival in Chicago, the Barcelona International LGTIB festival, London Lesbian Film festival of Ontario, Canada, and the Women’s Independent Film Festival in California.
The short film was awarded Best Narrative Feature, Best Directing, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Actor, and Best Editing at the Women’s Independent Film Festival in California. It was also awarded 2nd place in OUTTv’s Audience Choice award at Roze Filmdagen in Amsterdam in 2014.
For more information please vist www.campbelvidere.com