Paperless The Movie

A single mother immigrates from Mexico to Arizona and struggles to support her daughter after the law SB-1070 passes.

Teaser Trailer

Nina's Story

In 2010 Arizona, SB-1070 was causing mass distress among people of Mexican heritage. Nina and her daughter Sofia are victims of this law, and are coping with the reality that they could be deported at any moment. Both of them find solace in their artistic dreams, despite the constant 

danger. However, Nina is forced to throw away her passion for the arts as the reality of being illegal sets in. After losing her only job, she must struggle to find security for her daughter, but only makes their relationship worse. No one can risk helping her, because she is seen as less of a person and more of a problem. In a world that sets her up for failure, can she truly find success in her art?



The very talented Ava Del Cielo playing the lead role of Nina Flores. She is a local SAG actor from New Mexico represented by Mitchell & Associates Talent. She has been on movies and TV Shows such as Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, House of Cards, Longmire, and now Paperless. She is a passionate actor who loves to express herself through acting and hopes to inspire those around her with her art.


Amazing Jade Vargas playing the main supporting role, Sofia Flores. Jade Vargas was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the land of Enchantment to a Single Mother of two and Also Immigrant from Mexico City. She quickly learned to take direction as well as how to make her voice heard. Jade has been Acting and Modeling at the age of 3. Jade also Acts for our Local Community Theaters like The Albuquerque Little Theater and Musical Theater Southwest. Jade loves spending time with her little brother Jowell and go shopping with her mom. 


Marguerite Scott playing the supporting role of Ruby, the land lord of the apartment. Marguerite Louise Scott is an Actor/Playwright Living in Santa Fe, NM where she’s appeared on the stage at the Santa Fe Playhouse and Teatro Paraguas. She recently portrayed Rosie  in the short film Truth or Consequences, written and directed by Samantha Franco. She’ll also be seen as Sophia in Bottled Up, written and directed by Sara Casaus.  Her short plays have been produced in the last two Benchwarmers series at the Santa Fe Playhouse and her one act, Not Me, was produced in the 2010 Estogenius Festival in NYC.  Marguerite has lived and performed in NYC, Boston and Portland, OR and is grateful to now call Santa Fe her home. 


Brian, the Owner of the Laundromat, played by Ruben Muller. Ruben is a New Mexico actor. He's been seen on many New Mexico stages doing Bless Me Ultima, La Dolorosa, and Shadow Box. On television he's appeared on Better Call Saul and Arrest and Trial. Other film credits include Micheal and Jack, a short film written and directed by Morse Bicknell and in Patricia Crespin's as well as many mpre. He has trained with Frederick Ponzlov, Marcos Martinez, Valli Rivera, and Salome Martinez-Lutz. 


Barney Fuller playing the role of George Hall, the dean of the school at Phoenix University of Art and Design. Barney Fuller is an Albuquerque based film actor whose credits include Better Call Saul, Silent April, A Soldier’s Passing and Quicks and and Paperless. His interest in film stems from a deep appreciation of all aspects of the human condition, and a desire to be a part of authentic, compelling and truthful cinematic storytelling. He has been devoting his full time and energy to developing his craft for the past three and a half years. Barney is represented in New Mexico by Presley Talent agency. In addition to acting, Barney enjoys fly fishing, reading and making music. He continues to reside in New Mexico with his wife Wendy and their cat and two dogs, who occasionally let them up on the furniture.



Alejandra Castro was born in Baja California, Mexicali. She is an award winning Robert Redford Scholar for the Unique Voices Project by representing the unheard voices of the young Hispanic women. She has directed a number of short films, including a large-scale production with featured talent from the Twilight Saga and True Detective. Alejandra strives to tell stories in the hopes that change will come from the messages told.


Lia Gotz is an award-winning creative producer from the Dominican Republic. A Robert Redford Scholar, she has made it a priority to find the creative voices of minorities and help them spread their message through a variety of mediums such as documentaries with the award-winning director Chris Eyre, commercials for Apple with George R.R. Martin, music videos with a mixture of indie rock bands, and now with Paperless the narrative. 


Nathaniel Regier is an award-winning cinematographer from Houston, Texas. His portfolio includes a variety of projects including short narratives, and music videos. Many of which have gone on to receive several different awards around the country. Most recently he's worked with acclaimed-director Chris Eyre, as well as collaborating with MacGyver creator, Lee Zlotoff on several projects.


William Gallegos is a professional video editor from Albuquerque, New Mexico. His work varies widely from long-form narratives to short-form music videos and content for the web. His narrative work has been with award-winning short films starring actors like Sosie Bacon or Michael Welsh. He currently resides in New York City, where he’s worked with clients such as Google, Bud Light, LG, Nike, Five Star, and more. While his work spreads across genres, he always enjoys an opportunity to work on narratives with an important message, such as Paperless.


Alec Brown was born in Austin, TX and moved to Santa Fe, NM after being awarded the Robert Redford Milagro Emerging Artist Scholarship to study film post-production.  His love expanded into music composition after collaborating on Alejandra’s short film “Up The River”.  Alec now works full-time on creative staff for Meow Wolf, as well as a collaborator with acclaimed filmmakers like Chris Eyre, Lee Zlotoff, and Alejandra Castro.  He aims to grow his love for film scoring into a career.


Austin Roth is a sound designer and audio engineer from Denver, Colorado. Award winner for short films such as Heartland Emmy for best student achievement long form fiction. Austin has collaborated with voice actor Brian Cummings (Beauty and the Beast) and Lara Dale sound engineer (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, The Mechanic)


Keith Maldonado is a passionate filmmaker. Now he is a Production Designer for multiple short film projects and is currently collaborating in the Art Department for Cohen Brothers films.


Jordyn Gregory was born in Perth Western, Australia. She has worked on many acclaimed short films as both a 1st AD and Script Supervisor. However, her true passion lies in casting. From drama to horror, Jordyn has worked with various union and non-union actors across the country. Most recently she is working as the lead casting director on a series music video for an LA-based rap artist.