La Madrina: The [Savage] Life of Lorine Padilla

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World Premiere

FEATURE | USA | 78 MINUTES

LA MADRINA: THE [SAVAGE] LIFE OF LORINE PADILLA

In 1970's NYC, while the Bronx burned, beloved matriarch Lorrine Padilla claimed her rightful place as “First Lady”of the legendary gang The Savage Skulls. As wife to one of its founders, her no nonsense attitude and nurturing presence helped to strengthen the surrogate family that so many of their young members longed for. Now, over 40 years later, she looks back at the impact that she has had in the intervening years: as a mother, spiritual advisor, community activist, and keeper of a complex legacy. Celebrating the overlooked female pillars of a male-dominated community, La Madrina: The [Savage] Life of Lorrine Padilla is a love letter to those unsung heroines.

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker/author Raquel Cepeda and Executive Produced by Nas and renowned artist/filmmaker Henry Chalfant (Style Wars), this brilliantly entertaining documentary incorporates never-before-seen archival footage of the borough that gifted the world both salsa and hip-hop culture. This history is melded with present day interviews to present a portrait of a larger-than-life personality, struggling to remain visible in the rapidly gentrifying community that she helped to rebuild.


CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Raquel Cepeda

Born in Harlem to Dominican parents, author and filmmaker Raquel Cepeda's work primarily focuses on the American-Latinx experience, one she feels is grossly underrepresented on the screen, behind the lens, and in publishing. She lives in her beloved New York City with her husband and son.

Director
Raquel Cepeda
Producer
Raquel Cepeda
Screenwriter
Raquel Cepeda
Cinematographer
Ethan Mills, Alejandra Araujo
Composer
Bobby Sanabria
Editor
Sonia Gonzalez-Martinez
Executive Producer
Henry Chalfant, Sacha Jenkins, Nasir Jones
Associate Producer
Djali Brown-Cepeda, Nicholas Pacchiano
Sound Recordist
Judy Karp, Enrique Larreal, Brian Neris
Archival Producer
Sofia Santana
Cast
Lorine Padilla, Elizabeth Maldonado, Senator Luis Sepulveda, Council Member Ritchie Torres

CONTACTS

Press Contact
Raquel Cepeda
mass appeal
New York, NY 10034
Phone: 917 912 8999
raquel@djalirancher.com
Press Contact
Sylvy Fernandez
Tribeca Film Festival
SFernandez@tribecafilm.com
International Sales Contact
Jad Dayeh
WME
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: 310 859 4152
JDayeh@wmeagency.com
US Sales Contact
Jad Dayeh
WME
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: 310 859 4152
JDayeh@wmeagency.com
Print Source
Sonia Gonzalez-Martinez
Self-Employed
Bronx, NY 10451
Phone: 646 541 7183
editorsonia@gmail.com