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Despite his wife’s disapproval, Hector bides his time as a deep-sea diver to provide for his family and to save for his own fishing boat. But after an accident at sea, Hector is forced to confront the deadly nature of his profession and the responsibilities to his family.

Shot on location in the coastal towns of Baja Mexico, Contra el Mar (Against the Sea) is a portrait of a young marriage struggling to find common ground amid hardship and uncertainty.

CAST Adolfo Madera  Elba Cortes  Diego Marroquin  Pedro Rodman  Javier Diaz

CASTING DIRECTOR Mara Gutierrez

PRODUCTION DESIGNER Noney Riddle

EDITOR Richard Parkin

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Topher Osborn

PRODUCERS Laura Irene Arvizu  Richard Parkin  Tim Shechmeister

WRITER & DIRECTOR Richard Parkin

2011 • Mexico/U.S.A • 19 min. • Spanish with English Subtitles • contraelmar.com • facebook • imdb

 

 

AWARDS

  • 2012 Student Academy Awards – National Finalist
  • 2012 Art of Film Award Presented by LACMA
  • 2012 Best Student Narrative Film – RiverRun International Film Festival
  • 2012 Vanderbilt Golden Opportunity Award (Honorable Mention) – Nashville Film Festival
  • 2011 Directors Guild of America Student Film Award (Latino/Western Region)
  • 2011 Best Screenplay – UCLA Festival of New Creative Work
  • 2011 Best Director – UCLA Festival of New Creative Work

 

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

  • 2011 Palm Springs International ShortFest & Film Market – World Premiere
  • 2011 Carmel Art & Film Festival
  • 2011 Boston Latino International Film Festival
  • 2012 Next Reel International Film Festival
  • 2012 San Diego Latino Film Festival
  • 2012 Charlotte Film Festival
  • 2012 River Run International Film Festival
  • 2012 Nashville Film Festival
  • 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival
  • 2012 Tel-Aviv International Student Film Festival
  • 2012 Little Rock Film Festival
  • 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival
  • 2012 Festival Internacional de Cine Monterrey
  • 2012 Festival Internacional de Cine de Lago Puelo
  • 2013 Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias
  • 2013 Festival de Cine Tapalpa
  • 2013 Short of the Week - Online Premiere
  • 2013 Vimeo Staff Pick

Poster Designed by Akemi Hong. Photo by Judy Phu