La Madrina: The Savage Life of Lorine Padilla

2020 Official Selection: Features

FEATURE | United States | 81 MINUTES

LA MADRINA: THE SAVAGE LIFE OF LORINE PADILLA

Women

In 1970's NYC, while the Bronx burned, beloved matriarch Lorine Padilla claimed her rightful place as “First Lady”of the legendary gang The Savage Skulls. As wife to one of its founders, her no nonsense attitude and nurturing presence helped to strengthen the surrogate family that so many of their young members longed for. Now, over 40 years later, she looks back at the impact that she has had in the intervening years: as a mother, spiritual advisor, community activist, and keeper of a complex legacy. Celebrating the overlooked female pillars of a male-dominated community, La Madrina: The Savage Life of Lorine Padilla is a love letter to those unsung heroines.

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker/author Raquel Cepeda and Executive Produced by renowned artist/filmmaker Henry Chalfant (Style Wars), this brilliantly entertaining documentary incorporates never-before-seen archival footage of the borough that gifted the world both salsa and hip-hop culture. This history is melded with present day interviews to present a portrait of a larger-than-life personality, struggling to remain visible in the rapidly gentrifying community that she helped to rebuild.

Choose a screening time

Thu June 10 - 8:00 PM
Van Cortlandt Park

CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Raquel Cepeda

Born in Harlem to Dominican parents, author and filmmaker Raquel Cepeda's work primarily focuses on the American-Latinx experience, one she feels is grossly underrepresented on the screen, behind the lens, and in publishing. She lives in her beloved New York City with her husband and son.

Director
Raquel Cepeda
Producer
Raquel Cepeda
Screenwriter
Raquel Cepeda
Cinematographer
Ethan Mills, Alejandra Araujo
Editor
Sonia Gonzalez-Martinez
Composer
Bobby Sanabria
Executive Producer
Henry Chalfant, Sacha Jenkins
Associate Producer
Djali Brown-Cepeda, Nicholas Pacchiano
Sound Recordist
Judy Karp, Enrique Larreal, Brian Neris

CONTACTS

Press Contact
RJ Millard
Obscured Pictures
New York, 10010 NY
Phone: 2126200727
rj@obscuredpictures.com
US Sales Contact
Daniel Braun
Submarine Entertainment
dan@submarine.com