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Young Female Native American Filmmaker Breaks Barriers with her directorial debut, “Ruser” hitting Skins Film Festival 11/19
Los Angeles, CA (November 4, 2011): Young, female, Native-American filmmaker Carrie Madariaga is breaking barriers with non-stereotypical roles created her own material, crafting characters who are proving to be relatable and able to transcend all cultures, and the industry is taking notice. Her directorial debut, a live action short titled Ruser, is appearing at the Skins Film Festival on November 19, 2011 at the Wells Fargo Theater- Autry Nat’l Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027
While her film’s title, Ruser, comes from “to ruse” meaning “a trick,” Madariaga says there’s no trick for success or substitution for hard work. “I was tired of waiting around for good Native American roles which were few and far between. I decided to take the reigns of my career, break some barriers, and work hard to change the stereotypical perception of Native Americans in TV and film,” Madariaga says.
The 5th Annual LA Skins Fest, celebrating new and exciting films from Indian country this year, felt Madariaga’s film was a perfect fit. Ruser follows the thrilling story of Sam Kruse, a man who meets a female scientist named Coda (Madariaga) who is not who she seems. Coda has fallen into a web of deceit, drugs, and murder and is part of a radical Native splinter group that believes a virus could be used as a weapon as it was in the past. Kruse finds himself trying desperately to stay one step ahead of a killer who’s targeting scientists developing a hybrid retrovirus aka Smallpox.
Under the banner of Draws The Line Films, LLC, Madariaga is currently developing a hilarious three part web series called Edge Falls. . No stranger to comedy, the actress who made her TV debut on “Weeds,” says the three part web series is about the life of 20 somethings living on today’s reservation. “Think Friends on a Reservation,” she laughs.
Showcasing her versatility, Madariaga, who studied Journalism at the University London Union and acting at The Stella Adler Academy in LA, is also developing a Native American sitcom Eagle Falls. No stranger to comedy, the actress who made her TV debut on “Weeds,” says the three part web series is about the life of 20 somethings living on today’s reservation. “Think Friends on a Reservation,” she laughs.
Madariaga is represented by Angel City Talent and managed by Jeffrey Loseff.
Carrie Madariaga is available for interivews.
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Coda is part of a radical Native splinter group that believes this virus could be used as a weapon as it was in the past. In efforts to secure the virus they are stealing the virus and unfortunately there are casualties in this war. Posing as a scientist Coda works in a laboratory where the virus is being developed. At the funeral of one of her colleagues she unexpectedly meets a man who is tracking the killer across the globe. When he discovers her apartment ransacked he fears she may be the next victim. As Sam tells Coda the events leading up to their meeting he reveals there is a vaccine in development in Denmark. Later in a hotel room Coda injects Sam with the virus, revealing she is part of the murders. She leaves in search of the vaccine in Denmark. Sam, who isn’t dead yet, has a small window of time before the virus kills him. He must get past the thug and race to Denmark to get the vaccine before Coda does. There Coda has a change of heart and helps save Sam’s life.
About Carrie Madariaga
Carrie Madariaga is a Luiseno Native American Actor, Director, Producer and Writer. She studied Journalism at the University London Union, London UK; Acting at The Stella Adler Academy in Los Angeles Ca. Carrie has worked as a professional model, appeared in TV commercials and the Showtime hit series "Weeds" as the "Native Woman". She is developing a Native sitcom "Eagle Falls". "Ruser" is her directorial debut.