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Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna Hit Kickstarter to Bring Ambulante Project to California

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood June 18, 2014 at 3:04PM

Mexican actors Gael Garcíá Bernal and Diego Luna are seeking to bring their traveling documentary festival, Ambulante, to the U.S.--and they're crowd-sourcing funds on Kickstarter to help them do so.
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Mexican actor-director-producers Gael Garcíá Bernal and Diego Luna are seeking to bring their traveling documentary festival, Ambulante, to the U.S.--and they're crowd-sourcing funds on Kickstarter to help them do it.

Ambulante began 10 years ago as a documentary festival that would move around Mexico, bringing new audiences together in public spaces to share in the experience of watching new films.  According to Ambulante, the group's mission is to "reach[] areas with limited access to film to diversify and democratize documentary culture."  Eventually, the festival's creators hope to set up Ambulantes globally, each run by the local community and responding to the needs of the region.

First, though, they have their sights on California, with the help of the Ford Foundation.  From September 21 to October 4, Ambulante plans to screen one documentary per night in different neighborhoods in the greater Los Angeles area, all for free.  Past documentaries that Ambulante has screened include "Which Way Home," "Searching for Sugar Man," "El Árbol" and "Pina."

Over the next month, Bernal and Luna hope to raise $52,780.  So far, they're a little bit of the way past $2,500.

Take a look at the Ambulante project, and the two actors' promotional video, on the group's Kickstarter page.

This article is related to: Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Documentary, Kickstarter


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.