Sequoia 2 Fri, Oct 12, 2018 8:45 PM
Film Info
Category:Viva El Cine
Mind the Gap
Section:US Cinema
Running Time:82 min.
Premiere Status:World
Director:Richard Levien
Producer:Jesse Garcia
Vincent Cortez
Frazer Bradshaw
Screenwriter:Richard Levien
Cinematographer:Frazer Bradshaw
Editor:Richard Levien
Cast:Jesse Garcia
Izabella Alvarez
Ana de la Reguera
Jason Garcia
Print Source:Richard Levien
Note Writer:Alexis Whitman


The devastating impact of the United States’ increasingly draconian immigration policy falls on one family in this breathtaking and timely first feature. With her passion for science and going to the mall, Itan Bautista is a typical San Francisco 12-year-old. But she is also responsible for caring for her little brother, Neto, while her mother, Yoana, works one of her four jobs—until the day the children return home to discover their mother missing after an ICE raid. The siblings end up on the doorstep of their estranged uncle Evencio (Jesse Garcia, Quinceñera), a hard-drinking truck driver with little interest in them. As ICE shuffles Yoana between detention centers, Itan is left with the burden of finding her mother, managing Evencio and Neto, and keeping up with her studies. Local writer-director Richard Levien puts the weight of his film in the hands of young Izabella Alvarez as Itan to mesmerizing effect.

Expected Guests: Director Richard Levien; Producers Frazer Bradshaw, Vincent Cortez, Zareen Levien; Talent Jason Garcia, Jessie Garcia, Ana de la Reguera, Izabella Alvarez  (All Screenings)

In association with Canal Alliance

Additional Information

Richard Levien has been writing, directing, and editing award-winning films for 12 years. Levien's short, Immersion (2009), about a 10-year-old boy from Mexico who struggles to fit in at his new school in the US, premiered at Slamdance and won Best Bay Area Short at the San Francisco International Film Festival. The film received a Resolution of the California Legislature, and is used by more than 50 school districts and universities to support education about English Language learners. Collisions, his debut feature film as a writer-director, received SFFILM / Kenneth Rainin awards for development, production, and post-production.