Business24 February 2021
Linda Yvette Chávez Adapting the Feature Film Based on The New York Times Bestselling Novel of the Same Name
The Anonymous Content and MACRO produced feature film adaptation of New York Times bestselling novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, is coming to Netflix.
Award-winning actor, producer, and director America Ferrera (Superstore, Real Women Have Curves) will direct Linda Yvette Chávez’s (Gentefied) adaptation based on Erika L. Sánchez’s novel of the same name.
Anonymous Content optioned the rights to the book under the company’s first-look deal with Aevitas Creative Management.
Producers: Anonymous Content’s Doreen Wilcox Little, MACRO’s Charles D. King and Poppy Hanks, and Aevitas Creative Management’s David Kuhn.
Executive Producers: Aevitas’s Michelle Brower, and MACRO’s Greta Fuentes
Co-Producer: Erika L. Sánchez
Quote from America Ferrera: “Years ago, I fell in love with Erika L. Sánchez’ stunning novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter. The depth, wit and searing intelligence of her writing, and her young Latina heroine, struck me to my core and left me wanting so much more. I am truly honored and humbled to direct Linda Yvette Chávez’s beautifully adapted screenplay. The opportunity to direct the work of these two incredibly talented Latina writers is a dream come true. I can’t wait to share this film with the many fans of the novel, and to introduce this funny, profound, and resonant story to the world.”
A National Book Award finalist in 2017 and winner of the 2018 Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter is a poignant, laugh-out-loud funny contemporary YA about losing a sister and finding yourself amid the pressures, expectations, and stereotypes of growing up in a Mexican American home. The story follows Julia Reyes, the precocious and strong-willed teenaged daughter of first-generation Mexican immigrants. She often clashes with her more traditional parents, who wish she were more like her sister Olga, the platonic ideal of a Mexican daughter. However, when Olga is killed in a tragic accident, it is up to Julia to hold her family together.
About AMERICA FERRERA
Ferrera is an Emmy®, SAG® and Golden Globe®-winning actor, producer, director and activist. She most recently produced, directed and starred in the NBC workplace comedy, Superstore, now in its sixth and final season. She is currently executive producing and directing episodes of the second season of Netflix’s, Gentefied. Additional television and film credits include her award-winning performance on the hit ABC show Ugly Betty, Diego Luna’s biopic, Cesar Chavez, (ALMA Award Special achievement in Film), the Oscar® nominated franchise films How to Train Your Dragon, The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants and Real Women Have Curves. A longtime activist, Ferrera co-founded the organization Harness (to amplify organizations and individuals’ work on behalf of social justice) and the social platform She Se Puede (a social platform dedicated to bringing together and providing resources for the Latina community). Ferrera was one of the founders of the Time’s Up movement and was an integral part of the Biden/Harris and Georgia Senate grassroots campaigns during the 2021 Presidential elections.
About LINDA YVETTE CHÁVEZ
Linda Yvette Chávez is the co-creator, co-showrunner, and executive producer of Netflix’s hit series GENTEFIED, a series produced by America Ferrera and MACRO Studios. While producing the first season of GENTEFIED, Linda adapted I AM NOT YOUR PERFECT MEXICAN DAUGHTER. Linda’s a graduate of the WGA’s prestigious Showrunner Training Program, a Sundance Momentum Fellow, and was named a writer/creator to watch by Robert Rodriguez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Zoe Saldana as a part of their LATINXT LIST in 2019 and 2020. Glamour Magazine named Linda one of the top Latinas changing the game for representation in television. Linda’s currently writing FLAMIN' HOT for Searchlight Pictures, showrunning season two of GENTEFIED, and preparing to direct her first feature film, FIERAS.
About ERIKA L. SÁNCHEZ
Erika L. Sánchez is the daughter of Mexican immigrants. A poet, novelist, essayist, feminist, and cheerleader for young women everywhere, she was the sex and love advice columnist for Cosmopolitan for Latinas for three years, and her writing has appeared in Rolling Stone, Time, The New Yorker, and the Paris Review. Since she was a twelve-years-old, Erika has dreamed of writing complex, empowering stories about girls of color–what she wanted to read as a young adult. Her debut poetry collection, Lessons on Expulsion, was published by Graywolf in July 2017, and her young adult novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, published in October 2017 by Knopf Books for Young Readers, is a New York Times Bestseller and a National Book Awards finalist. Her memoir in essays, Crying in the Bathroom, is forthcoming from Viking books in 2022. She lives and teaches in Chicago.
About ANONYMOUS CONTENT
Anonymous Content is a visionary and disruptive media company that produces multi-platform premium content and boasts an exceptional client roster which includes many of the world’s most renowned and innovative directors, writers, actors, and comedians. The company’s award-winning Film & TV division boasts many commercially successful and critically acclaimed works including BABEL, WINTER’S BONE, BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, THE REVENANT and Best Picture Academy Award winning SPOTLIGHT. Current Anonymous Content films include the recently released THE MIDNIGHT SKY (Netflix) as well as the upcoming STILLWATER (Focus Features) and SWAN SONG (Apple). The company’s TV credits include “True Detective” (HBO), “Mr. Robot” (USA Network), “Schitt’s Creek” (POP), “Dickinson” (Apple), “Home Before Dark” (Apple), and “Defending Jacob” (Apple). Through its Commercial work, Anonymous Content is also the driving creative force behind countless leading global brands. For more information, visit www.anonymouscontent.com.
Launched in 2015 by Founder & CEO Charles D. King, MACRO is a multi-platform media company representing the voice and perspectives of Black people and people of color. The company’s multiple business verticals include a film (MACRO) and television studio (MACRO Television Studios) that finances, develops and produces theatrical features and premium television, talent (M88) and influencer (UNCMMN) management divisions, a branding and creative agency (Brand MACRO) and an affiliated venture firm (Mac Venture Capital). The company’s film projects have received nine Oscar nominations and one win. MACRO co-financed the critically-acclaimed Mudbound, Fences, Roman J. Israel, Esq., Sorry to Bother You and Just Mercy. It also produced Netflix’s Tigertail and co-financed and produced Judas and the Black Messiah for Warner Bros. Pictures that premiered on February 12, 2021 in theaters and on HBO Max. MACRO is also partnered with Warner Bros. Pictures, giving the studio a first look on all projects MACRO intends to develop or package as feature films. The studio also has the option to co-finance these projects alongside MACRO and will handle their global distribution. On the television side, the drama series’ Raising Dion and Gentefied are both executive produced by MACRO Television Studios and already greenlit for second seasons on Netflix. Go to https://www.staymacro.com/about for more information.
About AEVITAS CREATIVE MANAGEMENT
Aevitas Creative Management, home to over 35 agents in six cities (New York, Boston, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Seattle and London) represents the literary interests of numerous prestigious authors, artists, brands, celebrities, journalists, thought leaders, literary estates, and public figures. Its authors include winners of countless literary and artistic awards, fellowships and prizes including, among many others: the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, MacArthur Fellowship, PEN/Faulkner, Guggenheim Fellowship, National Book Critics Circle Award, Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award, John S. Knight Fellowship, Pushcart Prize, Whiting Writer’s Award, Nobel Peace Prize, as well as the Tony, Grammy, Emmy, and Academy Awards.