Andrew Becker is a director, producer, cinematographer, editor and composer residing in Brooklyn, New York. Since 2008, he has worked primarily in television, creating content for cable outlets such as Discovery, Travel Channel and A&E.
Becker also records music under the name, “Human Potential”, and has released two solo albums on his label, What Delicate Recordings.
Daniel Mehrer is a Brooklyn, New York based director, producer, cinematographer and photographer. He has produced both long and short form content for various cable outlets such as Discovery, OWN and MSNBC.
SANTOALLA is Andrew and Daniel's directorial debut.
Making The Film
When we set out to make this film, we were initially intrigued by the bizarre circumstances surrounding Martin Verfondern’s disappearance, as well as the decision made by his wife, Margo, to continue living in a nearly abandoned village with the family that she believed was responsible. In our minds, SANTOALLA existed simply as a crime story. However, after living in the village for months at a time, we uncovered the roots of the dispute that existed between the two families. While the Rodriguez family revered the pueblo as a place that preserved centuries-old customs and traditions, Martin and Margo envisioned their adopted home as a location to build their own utopia and foster their progressive ideals. Despite their mutual love for the village, neither side accepted the other’s concept of what Santoalla should be. That’s when we knew that the film was about more than just a disappearance. The catalyst that sets the film in motion is as old as time—leaving one's home to find a better life in a foreign land. Through Margo’s journey, the film considers the importance of understanding and tolerance in an increasingly borderless world, and examines the very essence of the word, "home".