• TITLE (ORIGINAL): Girl In Progress

    FILM TITLE (English): Girl In Progress
    DIRECTOR: Patricia Riggen
    YEAR: 2012
    LENGTH: 93 min
    FORMAT / COLOR /BW: 35mm, Color
    LANGUAGE: Inglés con subtítulos en español

    Producers: John Fiedler, Ben Odell
    Executive Producers: Greg Coote, Robert Lundberg, James M. McNamara
    Screenwriter: Hiram Martinez
    Cinematographer: Miguel Bunster
    Editor: Dan Schalk
    Cinematographer: Checco Varese
    Cast: Eva Mendes, Cierra Ramirez, Patricia Arquette, Matthew Modine, Eugenio Derbéz


    Single mother Grace (Eva Mendes)—born Altagracia, “but the white man can’t pronounce it”—toils as a maid and a waitress to keep her petulant daughter, Ansiedad (Cierra Ramirez), in private school in Seattle. Although the teenager’s name translates as “anxiety,” she exhibits no fear or apprehension when, inspired by an English class on rites of passage taught by Patricia Arquette, she decides to plot a series of coming-of-age crises that will supposedly expedite her entry into adulthood with the help of her only friend, wealthy, chubby Tavita (Raini Rodriguez). “Girl in Progress” is an old story about a young girl told in a smart way, and that’s something you don’t see every day, no matter how many times you think you’ve seen it before.

    Director's Biography
    Director / Producer / Writer born in Mexico. Directed the award winning first feature film “Under the Same Moon” (“La misma luna”) in 2007. “Girl in Progress” is her second feature.