VFX vet Dean Wright (THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE and THE LORD OF THE RINGS) is in post-production on his first directorial feature, CRISTIADA, an epic about the Cristeros War concerning the rebellion against the Mexican government's attempt to secularize the country. The adventure, with vfx by Method Studios and Sandbox FX, stars Andy Garcia, Oscar Isaac, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Santiago Cabrera, Eva Longoria and Peter O'Toole. Wright is collaborating with editor Richard Francis-Bruce (HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, SE7EN), composer James Horner (AVATAR) and the Oscar-winning sound team from THE MATRIX.
"This isn't a film about Middle Earth or Krypton, and it's about as far as you can get from a visual effects driven film -- which is ironically one of the things that drew me to it," Wright told AWN/VFXWorld. "This is a film set in the 1920s telling the (hidden) story of a rebellion in Mexico over who would determine what the concept of "freedom" means for a nation, that exploded into a full-fledged civil war, one that the United States was silently involved in and one that ultimately changed the destinies of both countries.
As a visual effects person, I was always pulled towards the types of films that were more than simply showcases for spectacle. With CRISTIADA, I wanted to create something very new, and I believe we are doing just that… It's the first major motion picture to feature historical Mexican individuals as the heroic and inspirational people they were and became… all set against an epic backdrop of the beautiful Mexican countryside."
You can stream and download the new trailer from the film's website: www.cristiadafilm.com