Forrest and Cristina met in College- cut to almost twenty years later…Forrest had written a screenplay loosely based on true events when he was a kid while Cristina had been writing and producing movies. A college alumni show reconnected them and Forrest reached out to Cristina to get her input on FREE LUNCH. Forrest had saved some money toward producing the film, but not enough to complete it. Cristina had been looking to direct a project, and so she created a budget that was manageable yet still compensated the cast and crew (Like food- people have to eat!) Cristina went back to Forrest with what she calls a “bare bones budget”, which was still a tall order and would only get them through production. Filmmaking is pricey, but Forrest was determined to make this happen, and a few months later, Cristina received a text from Forrest: “I think I may have the money…”
We were off to the races. Cristina likes to say “Everyone wants to jump on a moving train” and sure enough, once the train got moving, people wanted to support! Cristina reached out to Alex Linares with whom she had worked before to help Forrest and her produce, and together the three pooled their resources to get the movie “in the can”.
We almost didn’t complete Free Lunch because of the pandemic. During production, a covid outbreak halted our production (despite following strict guidelines for everyone’s safety). Production could not continue until everyone was healthy. With winter break almost over, and school resuming, we weren’t sure if we would lose cast and crew to other projects. But, as a testament to everyone’s great experience on set, we lost zero cast members. Everyone was excited to return and finish telling this story! We resumed on weekends and finished principal photography in 16 days.
Currently, we're in the final stages of creating a full-length, feature film. We have locked in scenes, color-graded, and are now re-watching what we have to finalize the scenes (i.e, what scenes need to get DNR, catching any mistakes, and making sure that the movie flows) This film is set to release in 2024.