Maria Carter

USA, Drama, 2009
7 min, DVCPro - HD, Color
Spanish with English subtitles


Each morning shrouded by fog, two pairs of hands sort through curbside garbage looking for bottles and cans. Rising every day at dawn, Sr. and Sra. Martinez gather recyclables in hopes of building an inheritance for their son, one nickel at a time. A story about an immigrant family's unflagging belief in the American Dream, Cleats is a short film inspired by a true story of sacrifice and dignity, where a family’s humble, yet heroic acts help make each other's dreams come true.


Regional Premiere

María Agui Carter is the founder of Iguana Films in Boston and a graduate of Harvard University. A former staff producer for WGBH Boston and currently a Brandeis Visiting Scholar, Agui Carter was the only woman director featured for her dramatic work on Discovery En Espanol's Hispanic Heritage Month. Over a dozen of her documentaries have aired on public television.


Producer: Sarah Schenck
Production Companies: Iguana Films
Screenwriter: Maria Carter
Cinematographer: Edwin Pagan
Editor: Maria Carter
Sound Design: Geof Thurber
Music: Joseph Julian Gonzales
Cast: Christian Ortega, Brenda Garcia, Ted Mejia



Regal Metropolitan - Sun. April 25  4:00PM

(preceding Morenita)