Directed by Nelson G. Navarrete and Maxx Caicedo, A La Calle is a firsthand account of the extraordinary efforts of ordinary Venezuelans to reclaim their democracy from the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro, whose corrupt and brutal policies plunged the country into economic ruin. Working with a network of clandestine camera crews, smuggling hard drives out of Venezuela, the filmmakers spent three years recording exclusive interviews with key opposition figures including Leopoldo López (whose arrest and imprisonment inspired a national movement), Venezuelan democratic leader Juan Guaidó, and grassroots activist Nixon Leal, as well as a host of everyday citizens.
A La Calle is produced by Priority Pictures and Vitamin Productions in association with The Brakefield Company and executive produced by Greg Little, Karen Lauder, and Lizzie Friedman.
“It is an honor to have the film premiere on HBO Max where audiences will now have the chance to experience this beautifully told, powerful story. Our hope is that A La Calle, raises critical awareness about the ongoing humanitarian and political crises in Venezuela,” said EP Little of Priority Pictures.
The film was produced by Emmy Award-winning producer Shawna Brakefield-Haase, p.g.a. (Momentum Generation, Nossa Chape, Girls Can’t Surf), Marcus Cheek, p.g.a., Maxx Caicedo, p.g.a., and Nelson G. Navarrete, p.g.a. David Mosquera is the film’s Director of Photography, and it is edited by Yesenia Higuera, with music by Venezuelan native Elik Álvarez, who includes traditional local instrumentation and musicians in the score.
“OneFifty understands documentary films can be more than just art or entertainment, but a medium through which the world can learn about the most important sociopolitical issues of our time,” said Navarrete and Caicedo.
A La Calle won Doc Aviv “Beyond the Screen Award” at the pic’s Israel festival premiere. A La Calle has also played at Doc NYC (where Navarrete and Caicedo made the Doc NYC “40 Under 40” list), Miami Film Festival, Movies That Matter Film Festival and Activism Competition, Cleveland International Film Festival, as well as the Human Rights Watch Film Festivals in London, Toronto, and Amsterdam, among others.
The documentary campaign’s distinguished panel series featured a private screening and discussion with members of the Council on Foreign Relations at maximum capacity.
Endeavor Content handled domestic sales on behalf of the filmmakers. International rights to the film are still available. The deal was negotiated by Chris Grunden, SVP Content Acquisitions HBO and HBO MAX.
Priority Pictures is a production and financing company owned by producers Lizzie Friedman, Greg Little, and Karen Lauder. Past credits include the Emmy Award-winning documentary, Momentum Generation and the Sundance Award-winning films The Land, The Stanford Prison Experiment, as well as Bel Canto, Ride and Emelie.
WarnerMedia OneFifty is inspired by the nearly 100-year tradition of innovation at Warner Bros. The label serves as the content innovation hub for WarnerMedia. Their mission is to serve as an artist studio where content innovation happens, seeking to bring the best, most compelling untold and artist-forward stories to audiences.