As economic and social conditions become dire, a wave of suicides among young people disrupts life in a small Mexican town. Most affected by the tragedy, the Bolaños family and the town residents perform ceremonies and daily rituals to recapture the past.EL LUGAR DE LA MEMORIA presents a reflection on the reconfiguration of rural life in México.
EL LUGAR DE LA MEMORIA is a fiscally sponsored project of the Austin Film Society. You can make a donation to this project using the form below. You will receive a letter acknowledging your gift to the Austin Film Society on behalf on the project. Since AFS is a non-profit organization, your donation may be deducted from your taxes as a charitable contribution under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code.
About the Filmmakers
Juan Pablo González – Director
Named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” for 2015, Juan Pablo González is an emerging Mexican filmmaker whose work includes documentary, fiction, and experimental films. His work and collaborations have screened at film festivals such as Cannes, Locarno, IDFA, Edinburgh, Slamdance, Morelia, and Full Frame, among others. He has been a grantee of the Mexican National Fund for Culture and Arts (FONCA), the Austin Film Society, and received a Jesse H Jones Fellowship for his thesis project at the University of Texas at Austin. Juan Pablo currently teaches MFA in film directing at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).
Megan Gilbride – Producer
Megan is an Emmy-winning and Independent Spirit Award nominated producer of narrative and documentary films. Her credits include Venice Film Festival premiere Habibi, PBS’s Sunshine, Love & Air Sex, and Lovers of Hate, which premiered in the US Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival and was distributed by IFC. The film was nominated for the Film Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award in 2011. Megan co-produced the Emmy and Film Independent Spirit award-winning documentary Where Soldiers Come From, which screened at numerous festivals worldwide and aired on PBS in a special Veteran’s Day edition of the acclaimed series POV. In addition to El Lugar de la Memoria, Megan most recently produced Keith Maitland’s doc Tower, a TFI grant recipient, and is producing Kyle Henry’s Wild Nights. She is a Film Independent Fellow.
Toiz Rodríguez – Producer
Toiz is a Mexican filmmaker and co-founder and Director of Teonanacatl AudioVisual, a production company established in Mexico and Canada. He has worked as a producer, director, and creator of renowned projects in fiction, documentary, and television. He has twice been nominated for the Latin Grammy for music documentaries he has done for the bands Maná and Jesse&Joy. His first film production Todos Somos Mari Pepa competed at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival. He also produced Sofía Gómez’s Los Años Azules and was co-producer of Nosotros La Piedras by Alvaro Torres. He’s currently co-producing the feature film Los Perros (pre-production) and the documentary El Lugar De La Memoria (post-production).
Jamie Gonçalves – Producer
Jamie Gonçalves is a nonfiction filmmaker, most frequently found in Chicago or Los Angeles. He produced the feature length documentary Killing Them Safely (formerly Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle, 2015), which premiered in competition at Tribeca, was picked up by IFC Films, and currently lives on Netflix. He is currently producing The Art of Making Money, an upcoming shorts trilogy for Field of Vision, and the soon to be released Balloonfest, all directed by Nathan Truesdell. Filmmaker Magazine named him one of the “25 New Faces of Film in 2015”, and the True/False Film Fest employed him for five years as a programming associate. He recently shot and directed a segment for Jeff Deutchman’s upcoming election documentary, 11/8/16, and is currently in production on a feature length film dealing with gentrification that he’s co-directing and producing with Edwin Martinez.
Makena Buchanan – Producer
Makena Buchanan is a filmmaker and producer who lives and works in Texas and Southern California. Makena’s short film debut played at the SXSW film festival in 2013. Having lived in Texas his whole life, Makena has produced numerous short films that deal with new perspectives about the Lone Star State. One explores a struggling immigrant family dealing with tragedy in south Austin, another looks at the legacy of an aging astronaut in central Texas, and yet another deals with border relations in the West Texas town of Presidio and it’s sister Ojinaga, MX. Projects that Makena has helmed have played in festivals such as SXSW, Maryland, Fantastic Fest, Morelia, among others.