A poetic short about single motherhood by director Kristian Mercado Figueroa (previously featured here). Based on the words of contemporary poet Rachel Inez Marshall, “Mariposa” explores the emotional gaps between generations of Latinx women as we see how the day to day lives of mothers and daughters flash between love and loss.


Angela Del Sol Varela
Hailey Helena Hult
Eviny Padilla
Blaine Morris
Cely Riva
Ineabell Figueroa Velazquez
Debora Perez
Quim Del Rio

Directed by Kristian Mercado Figueroa
Poem by Rachel Inez Marshall
Story by Rachel Inex Marshall & Kristian Mercado Figueroa
Editor: Stephen Mlinarcik
Epilogue Editor: Alejandro Medina
DP: Kristian Mercado Figueroa
DP 16MM: Carmelo Verla
DP Auxiliary: Rudolf Costin
EP: Todd Boss, Egg Creative, Cori Cooperider
Producer: Kristian Mercado Figueroa & Marc Reign
Motionpoems Support & Logistics: Saara Myrene Raappana, Su Hwang
Animation: Anne Beal
Titles: Jillian Adel
Story Support: Michael Reuter, Tiffany Stephens, Stephen Mlinarcik
Music: Pull
Sound Mixing: Sound Lounge
Sound Design: Stephen Mlinarcik
Color: Josh Bohoskey / The Mill

Special Thanks:
Ineabelle Mercado

Shot on Location:
Spanish Harlem
Puerto Rico

Motionpems are Made Possible in part by funding from:
The McKnight Foundation
The Archie D. and Bertha H. Walker Foundation
The Andy Warhol foundation for the Visual Arts


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