Midnight Family

Midnight Family
Midnight Family

USA | 2019 | DCP | Color | 81min| Luke Lorentzen


Director: Luke Lorentzen
Screenplay: Luke Lorentzen
Producer: Daniela Alatorre, Elena Fortes, Kellen Quinn & Luke Lorentzen
Editing: Luke Lorentzen, Paloma López Carrillo & Mary Lampson
Sound: Matías Barberis
Music: Leonardo Heiblum, Jacobo Lierberman, Alexis Ruiz & Andrés Sánchez
Production Company: Hedgehog Films
Cast: Juan Ochoa, Fer Ochoa, Josué Ochoa & Manuel Hernández

In Mexico City’s wealthiest neighborhoods, the Ochoa family runs a private ambulance, competing with other for-profit Emergency Medical Technicians (or EMTs) for patients in need of urgent help. As they try to make a living in this cutthroat industry, the Ochoas struggle to keep their financial needs from compromising the people in their care.

Born in 1993, Luke Lorentzen graduated in History and Film Studies from the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University. His first documentary, New York Cuts (2015), explores six hairdressers in different enclave cultures of New York City. The film had its world premiere at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam and its American premiere at the Camden International Film Festival. The same is part of the creative team behind the Netflix documentary series, Last Chance U (seasons one through four). His work explores elements of everyday life, often through rigorous formal studies. It means, questioning and experiencing the ways in which non-fiction stories are told.

Sundance Film Festival/ Nominee a “Grand Jury Prize”, 2019, USA
Sheffield International Documentary Festival/ Winner a “Best Documentary”, 2019, GB
Sarasota Film Festival/ Nominee a “Best Documentary”, 2019, USA
San Francisco International Film Festival/ Nominee “Best Documentary”, 2019, USA
Monterrey International Film Festival/ Winner “Best Mexican Documentary”, 2019, MX
Montclair Film Festival (MFF)/ Winner “Best Cinematography”, 2019, USA
Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival/ Winner “Best Latin Documentary”, 2019, USA
Mammoth Lakes Film Festival/ Winner a “Best Film”, 2019, SP
Lima Latin American Film Festival/ Nominee a “Best Film”, 2019, PE
Jerusalem Film Festival/ Winner a “Best Documentary”, 2019, IL
Hong Kong International Film Festival/ Winner “Golden Firebird award” Best Documentary, 2019, CN
Guanajuato International Film Festival/ Winner “Best Mexican Documentary”, 2019, MX
Guadalajara International Film Festival/ Winner of “Guerreros de la prensa” for Best
Documentary and “Mezcal Award” for Best Director and Best Cinematography, 2019, MX
Gimli Film Festival/ Winner “Special Jury Mention”, 2019, CA
Bergen International Film Festival/ Nominee a “Best Foreign Documentary”, 2019, NO
Calgary Underground Film Festival/ Winner for “Best Documentary”, 2019, CA