Every project should be a passion project.
From Laura Somers (co-writer/director):
I’ve been living with this film for a really long time. Please come in. I’m so happy you’re here.
Just know that this story came from a personal experience in my life. The house in the movie is the one I grew up in. The characters are inspired by people David and I grew up with. Some of them you may recognize as your own friends. Some you may recognize as yourself. Most of the actors couldn't believe we wrote roles for them long before we even knew they existed. What does that tell you about the human experience?
I made this movie because as a woman in film, I was tired of being marginalized. I was tired of seeing other people being marginalized in film. So I thought, let’s get together and make something beautiful and allows us to scream to the world who we really are.
I'm grateful to all the amazing people who chose to come on this journey with me. They think I picked them to be on the team, but really, they picked me. :) It's a good feeling. Their courage and creative joy has been imprinted in every single frame, and I know you will feel it when you watch the film.
I hope Rich Kids makes you realize that we want many of the same things. But I hope that you will also see that our voices bring something different to the table, and that you realize: you like different. And maybe even: you want more different.
From David Saldaña (co-writer/co-producer)
When Laura and I met to discuss her idea for the Rich Kids script she already had a basic story line mapped out in her head and ideas on shaping the narrative and characters. Having developed a familiarity with each other's work over the past six or so years we'd discovered our overlapping storytelling sensibilities and love of character over plot.
Before typing a single word we talked a lot, about being from Texas, about being a teenager, about being a parent, about groups unrepresented in film and television today and how all those things have shaped us as filmmakers.
I saw Rich Kids as an opportunity to develop and explore the lives of characters that I'd always wanted to see on the screen. To me, this meant an obligation to be as honest as possible so that the film would be compelling and hopefully provoke some real thought and emotion from the audience.