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.