How Far I Am, animated documentary, 14 min.
What happens to the Mexican traditions, identity and the ideologies of one family after three generations of assimilation into American culture? By bringing old photographs to life, the filmmaker attempts to find why things have changed, how traditions were lost and asks what makes him who he is today. He explores the life of his grandmother, her parents and confronts his no-longer-living great-grandfather to learn if he would approve of how his family has changed.
Evan Apodaca is a filmmaker and media artist based in San Diego, CA. He received his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009 and is the director of Que Lejos Estoy: Picturing Assimilation, an animated documentary, which streamed nationally through PBS and received over 325 thousand views. Evan’s films have also screened at film festivals and museums such as the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Chicano International Film Festival (LA), the Tijuana Film and Food Festival and the San Diego Latino Film Festival. In 2013 Evan was a resident artist for the International Symposium of Electronic Arts in Taos, New Mexico. He currently teaches special effects in filmmaking at Platt College and runs his own independent video production company in San Diego.