Trace the Line is a feature length independent film being shot in Wisconsin by filmmaking duo, Alex and Noel Miranda. The film will mark Alex's first feature as a writer/director. Alex is collaborating with LA based professional CInematographer, Greg Hatton. Greg has extensive experience working in Hollywood productions like Lady Bird, Dear White People, and the upcoming reboot of Space Jam.
As a member of the Screen Actors Guild in Los Angeles, CA, Alex Miranda was featured on both TV and film and is a recipient of the ALMA Award. In addition to acting, Alex worked in creative development for a top Hollywood studio before moving to Madison as a creative director at an Ad agency.
Originally working for a Fortune 500 company in Los Angeles, CA, Noel Miranda moved to Madison to work in the non-profit sphere for a top research institution before working in development for humanitarian efforts that sought to bring more equity for the Latino community in Dane County.
The filmmaking duo co-own Bravebird, a video production agency that seeks to transform the way narratives depict diversity and gender on-screen. They have been featured in several publications including: Madison Magazine, The Isthmus, The Cap Times, and Wisconsin Inno. Noel is the 2020 winner of a $5K grant from the Doyenne 5x5x5 competition for her presentation on Bravebird and its methodology, Cinema Dignité.
This film is being produced using Bravebird’s methodology, Cinema Dignite, with a mostly local crew comprised of 60% people of color and 50% women. The Cinema Dignite model focuses on impeccable creative quality and ethical story-telling, all with the goal of empowering communities.
Trace the Line tells the story of a poet and a painter, as they struggle to understand the world around them while practicing physical-distancing during the tumultuous year of 2020.
The lead roles are portrayed by two native Wisconsinites, Matthew Charles who is a spoken word poet and Brooke Leland, a visual artist who recently graduated from UW Madison. Matthew and Brooke will be playing fictionalized versions of themselves.
The film is seriously taking into account COVID-19 restrictions and safety procedures. While filming, the cast members will never touch each other, remaining six feet apart, with most scenes being filmed outdoors. The filming will mostly happen with a 10 person crew, practicing physical distancing. All members have taken COVID tests and will be wearing protective gear as well as having daily temperature checks.
The production is receiving fiscal sponsorship through Arts Wisconsin. All donations are tax-deductible through our Fiscal Page: Arts Wisconsin Trace the Line. The support we raise goes directly to our cast and crew who have lost most of their work for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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