PARK CITY, UT — Chiqui was part of The Sundance Film Festival’s Indie Episodic Program. The series is set in 1987 and centers around Chiqui and Carlos, who emigrate from Colombia to the United States, where they hope to find a better life for themselves and their unborn son. Upon their arrival in New Jersey, they quickly realize that the American dream is not as easy to achieve as they thought.
Sophia de Baun served as producer, editor and co-writer on Chiqui, and says it was an intense production from beginning to end.
“Shooting a low-budget, indie period piece with my New York City film family was a huge endeavor from the start, from driving hours upstate to pick up an extremely heavy vintage payphone, to coordinating post production as a one-woman editor/post producer. Everyone wore multiple hats and with limited crew due to COVID-19, it was a real challenge to pull off.”
Chiqui was shot on Kodak 16mm using an Arriflex SR3. Footage was scanned and processed by Metropolis Post, and was edited in Adobe Premiere Pro. Color grading was achieved using Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve.