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"Lost and Found in Mexico" (01:42)


Rick Davis welcomes documentary filmmaker Caren Cross, a Mexico resident touring the U.S. with her recent project. She was inspired by Fred Wiseman's "Titicut Follies" about mental asylums to become a psychotherapist and filmmaker.

"Lost and Found in Mexico" Trailer (02:39)

View a clip of Cross' documentary about her experiences as part of an expatriate community in Mexico.

Relocating to a Foreign Country (01:49)

Cross discusses her decision to move to Mexico, after going there on vacation. She had intended to continue her therapy practice, but decided to make films instead.

Making "Lost and Found in Mexico" (01:20)

Cross researched how to make documentaries, and then jumped into filming. In hindsight, she would have written a script first.

Editing "Lost and Found in Mexico" (03:45)

Cross found that TV editors charged less money and worked faster than documentary editors. She hired a former University of Texas student to edit the project; he convinced her to appear in the film but did not share her storytelling vision.

QA: Production Challenges and Uprooting a Life (02:11)

Cross had trouble allowing herself to be seen and heard in "Lost and Found in Mexico." The film's purpose was to make viewers examine their lives. Her family and friends in the U.S. were mystified when she decided to move to Mexico.

Interviewing Expatriate Community Members (01:38)

Cross talks about her subjects' openness to sharing their experiences about moving to Mexico. She used her psychotherapy skills during interviews.

Target Audience (01:28)

Cross filmed "Lost and Found in Mexico" with an American audience in mind, but Mexican viewers have also reacted positively to her self-discovery message. Most expatriates in San Miguel de Allende are from the U.S.

QA: Long Term Message and Student Advice (01:44)

Cross hopes her film will continue to inspire people to examine their lives, twenty years from now. She urges people not to be deterred by technology, funding, and nay-sayers; having something to say is the most important part of filmmaking.

Sound and Visuals (02:04)

MiniDV and Final Cut Pro programs helped Cross to make "Lost and Found in Mexico" without professional training. She worked with local musicians on a soundtrack.

Funding (02:52)

Cross rented her home to tourists to raise money for "Lost and Found in Mexico." Professors of a documentary filmmaking class finally convinced her to appear in the film.

Working with Film Editors (02:28)

Cross compares the working styles of a TV editor and a film editor who had worked with Woody Allen. She hopes to make another documentary in Mexico.

Credits: Documentary Filmmaker: Film & TV Caren Cross—How to Make It In Film (00:59)

Credits: Documentary Filmmaker: Film & TV Caren Cross—How to Make It In Film

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Caren Cross began her filmmaking career as writer/director of the Gracie award winning documentary Lost and Found in Mexico. The film focuses on the reasons why U.S. citizens move to Mexico. Covering all aspects of the filmmaking process, this program is designed to teach students what it takes to make it in the business. 

Length: 28 minutes

Item#: BVL118097

Copyright date: ©2016

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