Midnight Family

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    Midnight Family

    Directed by

    Mexico

    2019

    90 min

    • Spanish

    Documentary

    In Mexico City's wealthiest neighborhoods, the Ochoa family runs a private ambulance, competing with other for-profit EMTs for patients in need of urgent help.

    Awards

    • U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematography - Sundance FF
    • FACT:AWARD Special Mention - CPH:DOX
    • Firebird Award (Documentary Competition) - Hong Kong IFF
    • Grand Jury Award - Sheffield Doc/Fest

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Juan Ochoa
    Fer Ochoa
    Josué Ochoa
    Manuel Hernández
    Cinematography
    Luke Lorentzen
    Music
    Los Shajatos
    Sales
    AUTLOOK FILMSALES
    Production
    KELLEN QUINN & LUKE LORENTZEN

    Press

    An intriguing perspective on health care in urban Mexico.

    John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

    Luke Lorentzen

    Luke Lorentzen

    USA

    Verite filmmaking is at its best when a director can dive into someone else’s world and build a connection.

    Luke Lorentzen is a graduate of Stanford University's Department of Art and Art History. His first film, SANTA CRUZ DEL ISLOTE (2014) – a short documentary about a small and densely populated fishing community in Colombia – won awards at over ten international film festivals including the San Francisco International, Full Frame Documentary, Camden International, and Chicago International. His undergraduate thesis, NEW YORK CUTS (2015), explores six hair salons in disparate cultural enclaves of New York City. The film had its world premiere at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam and its US premiere at the Camden International Film Festival. MIDNIGHT FAMILY (2019) – Luke’s first feature documentary out of school – tells the story of a family-run ambulance business in Mexico City. The film won a Special Jury Award for Cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival and the Grand Jury Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019. Luke is also a director and producer on the Netflix documentary series, LAST CHANCE U (Season 4). His work explores elements of everyday life, often through rigorous formal means, questioning and experimenting with the ways in which non-fiction stories are told.

    Selected Filmography