QUEDÉ A LA ORILLA
Rafi Mercado | USA – Puerto Rico | 2020 | Fiction | 11 min
“A surreal tale of transgenderism through the eyes of a mother.”
When a widowed mother receives the visit of her embodied memories, she embarks on a suffocating spectral dance between the painful regret of lost opportunities, and the infinite guilt caused by voluntary ignorance.
Totally filmed by remotely during this pandemic quarantine.
Rafi Mercado is a Puerto Rican award-winning director and production designer with over thirty years in the film, theater, musical events, and nightclub industry. Miente, La Gunguna, The Projectionist, Biodegradable, Reinbou, 204, Rent the Musical, and Soundfactory are some of the titles of this filmmaker and artist. He is also the founder of House of Mercado Entertainment born in New York City. Quede a la Orilla is quite special to Mercado since this short film helped him survive the hard times of this pandemic quarantine allowing him to immerse in creativity with a wonderful international Latino cast and crew via remote thanks to Secuelas de La Cuarentena. Today he’s in the process of developing the script for his next film as a director; 14 Stitches; Caribbean stories dealing with psychological, social, spiritual, and sexual identity crises. Believing that life is about learning and teaching, He has created workshops specialized in character development via production design and costume design at different film festivals like Icaro in Guatemala and Nicaragua. He has also created a Master Class at the University of Santo Domingo on Production Design.