About The Project
Based on the award-winning short film that is still screening in festivals nationwide, the feature film Acid Test follows Jenny as she turns 18 and grapples with what it means to be an adult in the early 90’s. Steeped in the aesthetic of punk music, we watch Jenny discover a new aggressively feminist perspective inspired by the Riot Grrrl – girls in punk – movement. Along the way, she experiments with LSD and begins to question all of the rules and truths she’s lived by her whole life. Set against the backdrop of the 1992 Presidential Election and themes of civic engagement, Jenny launches a rebellion against her family, against the patriarchy her father represents, and tumbles into a new sense of self. It is based on unfortunately-true events!
The feature film is an activist film. With a female lead of Mexican descent, our story showcases much-needed diversity on screen as part of a need in the film industry and film market for more diverse content. We are also showcasing that diversity behind the camera: as a female writer director, it is vital to me to be part of the changes needed in my industry in hiring women and people of color in crew positions.
Houston has an amazing depth of talent in the filmmaking community and I am dedicated to promoting and utilizing our local resources and showcase their talents. All of our crew and almost all of our talent is Houston-based. Among them are our producers are Eddie Rodriguez (Rich Kids), Anna Tran (Lion Killer), and new-to-film Hillary Felice. Our DP is Dan Mohr. Our lead is Houston-born Juliana DeStefano, her father will be played by local actor Brian Thornton, and her mother will be played by local actor Mia Ruiz. Her best friend is the local actor Mai Le and her love-interest is the Texas-born Reece Everett Ryan.
We are also partnering with Houston Community College (HCC) where I teach filmmaking full-time to help develop and train Houston’s talent pool by offering students the opportunity to train on our feature film set to gain valuable professional experience while also earning credits toward their degrees.
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