Every day dozens of decommissioned school buses migrate from the United States to Guatemala, where they are repaired, repainted, and resurrected as the brightly-colored camionetas that bring people to work each day. Since 2006, nearly 1,000 camioneta drivers and fare-collectors have been killed for not paying the extortion money demanded by local gangs. "La Camioneta" follows the migration of one bus as a vehicle into the stories of five men whose lives become intertwined with its resurrection. Like the bus that unites their stories, the choice between obsolescence and innovation defines their decisions, propelling them toward an increasingly uncertain future.
La Camioneta - The Journey of One American School Bus
Director(s): Mark Kendall
Executive Producer(s): Esther Robinson
Producer(s): Mark Kendall, Rafael González, Bernardo Ruiz (consulting producer)
Cinematographer: Mark Kendall
Editor(s): Mark Kendall
Sound Designer: Tom Paul
Music: T. Griffin
Additional Credits: Sound Recordist: Andrew Larason, Rafael González, Colorist: Will Cox, Associate Producers: Kara Andrade, Andrew Larason, Ellen Peck, and Sascha Weiss, Co-Editor: Shannon Kennedy, Additional Editor: David Teague
Mark Kendall is a Student Academy Award-nominated director based in Brooklyn, NY. Kendall was a Fellow at the 2011 Sundance Institute Creative Producing Summit and was selected to participate in the first annual Emerging Visions program developed by IFP and the Film Society of Lincoln Center at the 2011 NYFF. "La Camioneta" is his feature directorial debut.
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