A Boyle Heights filmmaker is raising funds through a social media campaign to film an animated short about a Latina superhero who uses folklórico dance to fight crime.

Kayden Phoenix said in an email that she was inspired to create the character named Jalisco as a child watching her mother dance folklórico.

“She was amazing to watch and secretly record”, Phoenix wrote. “She was my super hero growing up. And every little girl should have a superhero.

The filmmaker is hoping to raise $15,500 by Dec. 14. The filmmaker hopes to enter the short into film festivals and eventually incorporate the short into a feature length film.

Boyle Heights Beat is a bilingual community newspaper produced by its youth "por y para la comunidad". The newspaper and its sister website serve an immigrant neighborhood in East Los Angeles of just under...

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