Opening Night

7:07 PM

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Joseph Hooten

Run Time

15 m


Drama, Action

Content Warnings: 



Marina Del Rey, CA


In the not too distant future, we follow LEAH, 36, and her daughter, ARIEL, 7, as they race against the clock to immigrate across the U.S./Mexican border before sunrise. As officers close in, the direction they run becomes less and less clear.

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From the Director:
"USMX centers on a woman and her daughter who will stop at nothing to find a better future. They will never give up, no matter what the cost. This is a story about placing our faith in the youth. It’s also a story about sacrifice and resilience. Even in the darkest of times, we can find strength and hope in future generations’ potential to do better.

With the current political climate in America, tensions are high, and we often find ourselves divided. Unfortunately, anxiety and fear have become recurring themes in everyday life for many. Our characters fight against those emotions. They fight to progress. In a chaotic, ever-changing world, stories like this are more important than ever."

Joseph Hooten graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts in December 2015 as a first-generation college student and a scholarship recipient. He is passionate about telling emotionally tense, thought- provoking stories about socio-economic classism in modern society. He has produced films that have screened at festivals across the globe. He grew up in the Southeastern United States and now lives on a sailboat in Marina del Rey, CA. He is also dyslexic.