WATCH NOW | The Corona 5
It was the summer of 2020, when a series of pandemic films were made by one filmmaker who journeyed across the Old West (Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana and Washington) in the midst of a global lockdown. The wide open country was the quest. Armed with his camera gear and riding a new used pick-up truck, the Brooklynite was a fish-out-of-water in the American frontier with a fancy to seek out scattered tribes of creative misfits and get into some good trouble.
Making movies is one of those ultimate community builders - and throughout this particular wild west wander, our cineaste found and assembled teams in towns he never stepped foot in prior. He spent up to two weeks at a time in each region, developing and executing on stories customized to the locations and talent he was able to cultivate swiftly.
The Corona 5 films might have been flukes, but one can't help to think there's possibly a science behind this radical way of filmmaking when combining the tenets of cinema's history digitized and available at one's finger-tips to inform craft, a team's collective passion for character-driven fiction coupled with today's obtainable cutting-edge prosumer grade tools.
Below you may select a poster and a movie window will pop up for you to watch the festival cuts of these five micro budget shorts written, produced and shot by Sasha Santiago in 2020.
Each film could be seen as a case study for a storyworld that'd benefit from further sketching. Altogether, these films have been award over 50 film festival accolades in 2021.
Moonshine Films was founded in 1999 by Sasha Santiago. It's a guerrilla film production group that operates outside the margins of the mainstream.
We strive for a more holistic film ecosystem that empowers and facilitates independence through new creator methods.
A Moonshine picture is made by people passionate about the movies and wants to solve the human problem - not the movie problem.
It might be the era of superabundance, but that doesn't stop us from feeding our desire to search, experiment, and be willing to fail hard because we're ambitious about pushing storytelling, performance, and challenging the ideologies of how cinema can be built and shared in the 2020s.