OJOS TRISTES follows a closeted Chicano teen, Mateo, as he travels from El Paso, TX to visit his sister, Lupita, a struggling actress in Hollywood. But, what Lupita doesn’t know is that Mateo has plans to meet someone else in Los Angeles; a handsome older stranger who he’s been chatting with on a hook-up app. Lupita’s concerns for her little brother grow as he distances himself from her, and she must find a way to protect him from the dangers of the outside world.
Before his acceptance to the UCLA MFA Directing program, Andrew Arnold spent 14 months in South Korea filming a documentary through the Fulbright Research Scholar Program, titled 21 Days With Buddha. Growing up in North Carolina and Georgia, Andrew’s parents ran a community theatre company which Andrew lovingly describes as his “family circus.” With over ten years of acting and improvisation classes, Andrew’s theatre training is rooting in acting technique and has fundamentally influenced his work with actors. Andrew’s commitment to exploring LGBTQ issues and social activism in film began with his short film, Ojos Tristes. The film was written in collaboration with his partner and co-producer, Will Robelo, whose brother César plays the lead opposite Vivian Rubio. Andrew works closely with his Sound Designer sister, Eolyne Arnold, to keep their family circus running year round.