film / documentary


Santa Ana elucidates the mysterious link between evil and the infamous Santa Ana Winds. The "Red Wind" originates inland and blows through the coastal Southern California. Legend has it that these extremely dry down-slope hot airs cause drastic mood swings among Angelenos, sparking tensions and uneasy wrathful human behaviors.

This devilish horror art-doc is a collection of visual allegories and testimonials from denizens of the deserts. Their bloodcurdling accounts, coupled with visual references from classic horror films, as well as literary works from authors like Joan Didion and Raymond Chandler, give the viewer a glimpse into the bleak landscape shaped by this wicked natural force.

A PANDORA: project
Produced by STORY: In Association with Wild Goats Creative

Directed by César Pesquera
Written by Kako Mendez, Christian López and César Pesquera
Art Direction: Christian López, César Pesquera and Kako Mendez
Executive Producers: Víctor Mata and Ana Laura Solís
Produced by Salvador Gutiérrez Chacón and Víctor Mata
Co-Produced by Cecilia Salguero and Aldo Chacón
Director of Photography: José Luis Bernal
Still Photographer: Javier Tles
Costume Designer: Mairi Chisholm
Editor: César Pesquera
Music and sound design: Nick Smith
Colorist: Marc Morató
Title Lettering: Marta Cerdà
CGI: Entropy
VFX: Lastcrit


Selected Screenings
2018. LA OLA. Los Angeles, New York, CDMX (USA, MX)
2018. Imagine Film Festival. Amsterdam (NL)
2018. South By Southwest (US)
2018. Fest. Int. Cartage de Indias (CO)
2018. Guadalajara Film Festival (MX)
2018. Slamdance Festival (US)
2017. Sochi Film Festival (RU)
2017. Interfilm Festival. Berlin. (DE)
2017. BFI London Film Festival (UK)
2017. Sitges Film Festival (ES)
2017. Raindance Film Festival. London (UK)