Alejandra Chacon Gallardo
Screen writers: Alejandra Chacon Gallardo, Alberto Vázquez Meade, and Monique Zepeda
Certified Psychoanalyst, certified Lawyer, entrepreneur, Mexican director, screenwriter, social activist, social project sponsor, and CEO and cofounder of Respect Under Construction Company that produces contents for books, short films, streaming series, TV series, and films. As a founding CEO of her company, she has led the designing of their company purposes and values, the integration of a multicultural group, and the supervision of all the company’s activities. Before COVID-19, her company produced a short film that was recognized with awards in more than twelve festivals worldwide. Their most recent project is a web page to spread verified information about COVID-19. This project is the result of national and international alliances in the public and private sector organizations that has informed millions of people about mitigating the spread of the pandemic and the best ways to face its consequences.
Mexican producer, director and screenwriter. He combined his studies in cinematography with making his first short films in Spain, where he received various awards in Madrid, Basque Country and Barcelona. He continued his professional career in Santiago de Chile where he wrote and directed several fiction T.V. series. In 2008, he received the Working Progress Award at the Cannes Film Festival for his first movie "A Blue Giraffe". He is currently founder partner of Tanke Films, where he produces advertisement content for Mexico and Spain.
Writer of children and teenagers’ books, psychotherapist with a specialty in children and teenagers. Speaker and workshop conductor on subjects like child development, promotion of literacy, gender equality, and prevention of violence. She is a certified trainer for the Finnish KiVa anti-bullying program, and a certified pedagogue, graduated from Nacional Autonomous University of Mexico (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico). Additionally, she obtained a General Studies Diploma on Psychology at Sorbonne University of Paris, France, a master´s degree in Children Psychology at the Autonomous University of Morelos State (Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos), and she is currently studying a literature master degree at the Research Center and Humanity Teaching of Morelos State (Centro de Investigación y Docencia en Humanidades del Estado de Morelos). Additionally, she is a social activist in No Human Trafficking Association (Sin Trata), and also in other NGO´s dedicated to prevent human trafficking.
1. Your script is entered in our Best Script Award. What is your script about?
It is a streaming series about 2 misfit kids´ friendship and an extraordinary character: Kibombo.
One day, Leonardo and Valentina found a mysterious door; they dare to cross it. Inside the house, they meet Kibombo, a fantastic character who helps them to discover the power that lays in questions, and the strength to accept their fears and desires. With wisdom, and humor and willingness to move forward, they face bullying, the absence of a parent, and the ghost of illness within the family.
2. What are your ambitions with your project?
Our ambitions with Kibombo jumps in Capital City are to celebrate a co-investment with a prime streaming company, and contribute with our plot and our know-how about contents to produce a prime global fantasy series that promotes empathy, peace and equity through a captivating non-common and unique children story.
3. How long have you been writing the script? What was difficult to write this script?
We have worked on Kibombo jumps in Capital City for more than 6 years, and the most important difficulty we faced was to create an innovative content that would talk about children-reality in a very natural way, with humor, courage, and heartiness. Our most important challenge was to build an entertaining product that could stand parents and children in front of a mirror and allow them to recognize themselves with love and empathy, no matter what.
4. For what target group is your film?
Our main target are children from 7-10 years old, but is actually a family series.
5. Why should distributors buy your film?
Because it is a fascinating beloved kids story about friendship, fears, and courage inside families that face everyday reality, and it is narrated from a very particular point of view: from the vulnerability perspective. Our plot shows each character subjectivity and reflect, in a very particular way, how each person feel empathy and curiosity, fears and violence, resilience and hope.
6. How would you specify your work? What characterizes your film?
This is a story about the others´ point of view, about empathy, and about curiosity. It is a journey through childhood’s innocence, the search for adolescence and adulthood’s confusion. The fantastic discovery of a surreal and hidden house filled with strange encoded messages will lead Leonardo and Valentina to a magical encounter with an extraordinary creature called Kibombo, who presents us the value of making questions about life to understand ourselves and others. Kibombo jumps in Capital City is a streaming series that was designed to live in a book –which is already published–, in a streaming series, or even in an immersion theater, to show us de diversity of each character.
Our story gives the possibility to develop different complete seasons based on the story of each character because the series was designed to show the value of diversity through different characters. The season one is totally developed.
7. Why did you decide to become a filmmaker?
Because we know that creating awareness is a strong tool to find relevant and massive changes in the world, because we consider that the world needs to offer new child contents that promotes critical thinking in an interesting way, and because the planet seems to be on the verge of re-prioritizing the importance of our problems as new constructs are being developed with a commitment to peace, equity and global sustainability. Our compromise is to create new contents that allow us to be part of the discussion and the solutions, as media content creators, and as human beings.
8. Who is your greatest role model?
Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan because they had the ability to discover the silenced speech of every person, the art of the silence and its incredible value, and they revealed how our most intimate feelings are hidden in our words and actions. Lacan and Freud taught us how to unveil the non-said speech with a unique art: the art of questions.
9. Which movies are your favorites? Why?
The mission because it shows us the value of the authenticity, empathy, and peace. The mission develops masterfully the art of having a purpose in life.
The Shindler List because it is fully compromised with reality and truth; this movie express-–without a doubt-– the destruction caused by ideologies, racism, and hate.
Dead Poets Society because it shows clearly the beauty of friendship, the magnitude of freedom, and the enormous difficulties to respect diversity.
10. Where do you look for inspiration for your films?
We look for inspiration in our personal experience, in real life, and in any kind of content namely books, movies, TV series, or theater plays. We try to find expressions of beauty and pain, of the evident and non-evident truth, of diversity and uniqueness; we look for the metaphor in any phrase, action or human creation.
11. Which topics interest you the most?
The endless search of a reason in life, the beauty, the human pain, the path of resilience, and the different ways to build dignity in life.
12. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
As an author of children books, some of her greatest achievement are that she had published more that 30 books, she had been selected for the White Raven award in Bologna book fair with two titles, and that she had written a text book for the Mexican Ministry of education which was printed in 11 million copies.
Her greatest achievements amongst others is to serve as counselor for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), creating refugee settlements, and had given advice about international agreements with respect to human rights. Other great achievements were working for the Pacification Agreement Commission in Chiapas State (Comisión para la Concordia y Pacificación en Chiapas), finding solutions to protect Mexican First Nations’ human rights and their ways of life, and have founded a production company that creates contents to spread awareness about empathy, peace, and equity.
Finding my true passion at a very young age has given me the chance to make my wildest dream come to life; to travel around the world doing what I’m most passionate about…film making. Each project has rewarded me with a great variety of satisfactions and experiences. Collaborating with people around the world has given me invaluable learning opportunities that make me feel constantly thankful. The gift of spending the last years of my mom’s life by her side, and becoming a parent have taught me to live in the here and now and to understand that all we have is the moment. Bringing every project to an end has brought to me a new opportunity to continue with the same illusion and commitment as in the beginning of my professional journey; and this is my greatest achievement.
13. What do you consider most important about filming?
Any film needs a story to tell. In our opinion, quality rest mainly on it. All productions have a responsibility with society even though not everybody know it: we have to generate awareness, social activism, and change makers in our critical world moments.
14. How would you divide your script into parts? (exposure, collision, 3 act ..)
The script is divided in 12 episodes forming an arc. In this arc, we can find 3 different parts: the first one guide the viewer to meet the characters and their circumstances; the second part is about Kibombo discovery and his magical traits, and the third part is about the effect that Kibombo has on the lives of each character and how they choose to solve their problems.
Kibombo is a journey through authenticity, acceptance, imagination and fantasy. It is almost a graphic representation of the complexity of human mind. The development of the episodes will have, besides the progression of a central dramatic arch, an individual argument with a unique treatment, nurtured by its characters and situations. The rhythm of these short but exquisite stories with a beginning, middle and ending provides the spectator with a dose of comedy and awe in each and every chapter with the purpose of captivating the audience.
During the first act of our first episode, we provide a fair understanding of the Universe of Capital City and its inhabitants. Something strange has occurred during bedtime. A weird type of luminous comet has descended in a dark alley. Valentina and Leonardo, two kids who live in the same neighborhood have witnessed what happened. Both kids attend the same school at different grade levels and have never spoken to each other. Valentina has a reckless and fearless personality, however she is harshly criticized and singled out at school for her strange way of mixing up words, as a consequence of dyslexia. Leonardo is a sharp minded child with hunger for knowledge, shy and poorly talented at sports who is victim of bullies at school.
During the second act, we present the problems that our main character’s face at home. Valentina's mother suddenly started complaining of a strong pain and had to be urgently hospitalized. Valentina does not understand what is wrong with her mom and does not get any explanation from her sisters or father. Silence unleashes a terrible anguish and she decides to take refuge at the park. Leonardo asks his mother if his dad will ever come back; he’s been away from home for quite a while and Leonardo has not received any news: “Things weren't going well and maybe it was all my fault”, Leonardo thought. A need to overcome his fears takes him to the park behind his building. There is a magical encounter: Valentina and Leonardo meet. They are so strangely different… But there is something that instantly bonds them. They have both witnessed the strange events of the night before and are determined to find answers.
During the third act, a pact is consolidated. Valentina and Leonardo are willing to enter the dark alley, they decided to spend some time every day trying to find the clues that will lead them to reveal the hidden mystery. Many adjustments have been made in Valentina's home to try to replace the presence of her mother. There is an environment of uncertainty that grows with each passing minute. Leonardo confesses to his mother, that he feels guilty for his father's abandonment. There are no words that can heal his heart. That night, lightings and colorful flashes of light in the sky return. The mysterious alley is flooded with a strange electricity; one of the walls begins to transform and creating a small door. In the reflection of a small puddle, we’ve managed to see its true appearance for an instant: It is an orange and yellow strange character. The image is distorted and the strange character disappears quickly through the dark alley.
15. How would you rate current filmmaking?
There are a lot of masterpiece productions that inspire us in uncountable ways, but we, as content creators, are on debt with our society; violence is the Queen of a big percentage of the entertainment industry in a Century where peace, creativity, and resilience are crucial elements to succeed and save the planet.
16. What can make you angry in a movie?
That it does not share a responsible point of view about life, namely just showing ideas or violence without a reason and without any pain explanation related to it.
17. Who supports you in your film career?
During her film career, she has been accompanied by her husband, daughters, and family. To find partners for developing her content company has been an incredible journey that gave her the opportunity to build beloved relationships with Ramón Amezcua –her husband-, Monique Zepeda, Javier Macías, Ana Laura Delgado, among others.
Respect Under Construction is a company interested in generating innovative contents for kids and their families, and for this project this company has supported her to write Kibombo´s book.
My passion for film making flourished thanks to my relationship with my father. Every weekend, we went to the movies together until it became a ritual to have deep discussions about every movie we saw. We shared opinions on the actors, director, script, etc. I always had the support of my parents and sister to pursue my dream. Along the way, I’ve had the great fortune of meeting people that have boosted my career by giving me the chance to work with amazing teams in different countries.
18. What are the reactions of your surroundings to your screen
When people read the screen play, they love the friendship story, they really appreciate that it talks about real life in a very honest and simple way, they recognize the unique deep character development, and they recognize that the story talks about incredible dear characters.
Additionally, people remark the resource of being part of each character experience: they recognize that being on character shoes is a great way to understand other persons. Moreover, people love the strength of Valentina, the naivety of Kibombo, and more than one have recognized themselves in Leonardo´s story, who has the ability to show our daily vulnerability.
Moreover, people recognize that our story revels truths for everybody–parents and children–, that our story has a structure that justify every word, every action and every decision, and that our story has a meaningful core careful knitted to each situation and each character.
Finally, people find a very different story that do not have any similar precedent, because of the characters, because of the story, because of the deep content.
19. Have you already visited any of the prestigious film festivals?
Yes, our screenplay was Official Selection of the WorldFest-Houston Festival 2021 and obtained a Sliver Remi. Furthermore, our project has been included as Best Film Awards Official Selection.
20. What are your next projects?
We will work on Kibombo jumps in Capital City to make it a global streaming series that would move people to work on social projects in a world that imperiously needs to be saved.
Also, we are working on a film that analyzes personal responsibility in climate change, pandemics and inequity. We would like to produce an incredible film that would move worldwide people to save our planet.
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