: Narrative Feature
GENRE: Science Fiction
STATUS: Development


Bodegas is a sci-fi film, about sisters feuding over the future of their designer drug cartel, when a portal to an alternate universe is discovered.


New York City is home to more than 10,000 bodegas, a.k.a. Delis, corner stores, or miniature Wal-Marts. They’re all different, yet the same. A bodega is a place where you can get anything, at any time- even a new world.


Bodegas is a dramatic comedy about loyalty and the evolution of sin. It explores a world in which one coded pill can satisfy every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved. It will have simple visual styles of the “MATRIX” and “The Godfather.” 

Inclusion Statement

How do we close the gender disparity gap in entertainment? How do we see more diversity on screens?

It starts with investing in women. 

My goal has always been to create space for Black, Latinx, women, and PoC in front and behind the camera. Women accounted for 4% of directors in 2018 (source).

This film is a meaningful conversation we desperately need to have. As an award-winning, Latinx filmmaker, I'm ready to be supported in this new narrative structure, to spark and lead these critical conversations.


Wilfredo Suarez - Cinematographer/Producer
15 Plus years as freelance Digital Content Creative for BuzzFeed, Mitu, Tidal, La Flama-

Katherine G. Mendoza  - Producer

Producer / Content Creator with over a decade of experience Katherine has used her passion for visual storytelling to create content for companies like Buzzfeed, mitú & NBC Latino. 

Allison Anastasio - Editor
15 Plus years as Editor for HBO, VH1-

Buck Rivers - SFX Coordinator

BFA in VFX Producing, many years of experience with Shotgun, VFX Pipeline, Animation Pipeline, Adobe Creative apps.

Yohanna Emelinda Baez - Writer, Director, Producer

Yohanna Baez is a winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Screenplay at Urbanworld Film Festival. Her transmedia projects have been selected for the 6th edition of the Oaxaca Film Festival's Global Script Challenge and the 14th edition of Urban MediaMakers Film Festival. She won the first European Performing Arts and Transmedia Lab grant. Yohanna was also a participant in the Artist Summer Institute- a week-long intensive professional development workshop for artists- presented by Creative Capital and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Also a member of the impressive Diverse Filmmaker's Alliance, NYC. A former production assistant for The Tavis Smiley Show and various reality shows for BBC Worldwide, Yohanna produced a short experimental documentary about tourism in her native Dominican Republic. The documentary was an official selection at the Boston Latino International Film Festival, Costa Rica International Film Festival and inducted into the CUNY Dominican Studies Library.


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The Gotham Film & Media Institute - Fiscal Sponsorship Program 2024
Quarterfinalist, ScreenCraft Film Fund (Fall 2018)


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