THE FATES- FEATURE FILM
An American girl travels to Brazil and falls in love with a drug dealer from the favelas, in the captivating city of Rio de Janeiro. (Currently submitting to festivals. Shot on location in Rio and Los Angeles)
THE FATES - ORIGIN STORY
In January of 2012, actor/filmmaker Iyin Landre started writing "The Fates" due to her own personal frustration with the stereotypical characters she was auditioning for as an Asian-American actress. She saw a lack of three dimensional characters, Asian-American women who were strong, complex and flawed, and the leads in their own stories.
After Landre finished a first draft, she decided to go down to Brazil to film a concept trailer for the feature, to show what the film would look like, feel like. Drawing inspiration from her favorite drug-induced movies such as Requiem for a Dream and Trainspotting, "The Fates" is about an American girl who travels to Brazil and falls in love with a drug dealer from the favelas.
Landre went down to Rio de Janeiro in May of 2012 determined to film the trailer even though she didn't speak Portuguese and only had two email contacts. Over the course of a month, she pulled together a cast, crew and shot over the last few days of her trip. It turned out to be one of the most thrilling yet terrifying experiences of her life, and nothing short of a miracle.
KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN THAT WENT VIRAL
A year after shooting the concept trailer, Landre decided to launch a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the feature. She naively set the goal at $75K but halfway through and at only 15% funded, she realized she had needed a plan B. She quickly shot and edited a second video in which spoke of the lack of opportunities she experienced and her intentions to change that. After sending it out to every media outlet, Upworthy.com picked it up and the campaign went viral with only 2days to go. In the last 40 hours the campaign made $64K and reached their goal! It was a roller coaster ride to say the least.
PRESS ON IYIN LANDRE
THE RIO TIMES
SINGDAO DAILY (Chinese Press)
NORMA JEAN MAGAZINE (Brazilian Press)
ACHEI USA (Brazilian Press)
ASIAN AMERICAN PRESS