Midnight Family


The Main 2 Mon, Apr 8, 2019 7:00 PM
The Main 2 Tue, Apr 9, 2019 7:10 PM
The Main 2 Thu, Apr 18, 2019 9:50 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$15.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Guest Attending:Yes
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Festival Programs:Cine Latino
Health & Wellness
Social Justice
Culture & Society
Release Year:2019
Runtime:81 min
Festivals & Awards:Sundance Film Festival - U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award: Cinematography
Website:Official Website
Print Source:1091 Media's The Orchard
Director:Luke Lorentzen
Producer:Kellen Quinn
Luke Lorentzen
Elena Fortes Acosta
Daniela Alatorre
Cinematographer:Luke Lorentzen
Editor:Luke Lorentzen
Composer:Los Shajatos


Filmmakers Luke Lorentzen and Kellen Quinn Attending!

Luke Lorentzen's second feature documentary follows the Ochoa family, who have dedicated their careers to the service of others. Running an ambulance in Mexico City, the Ochoas must contend with EMTs patrolling the same areas in order to make their living. While they are committed to their work, the reality of making an income in the city against increasingly difficult odds is not lost on the Ochoas. When a police crackdown forces them to start legitimizing the business, the Ochoas face even more hurdles–the pressure leading them to compromise ethics in order to continue providing care. Highlighting the current government and healthcare climate, Midnight Family examines the true costs faced by emergency responders like the Ochoas, who must regularly navigate the responsibilities they have to each other and to the people they save.

Director Biography

A graduate of Stanford University, Luke Lorentzen has worked in documentary film as a director, writer, cinematographer, and editor. Midnight Family is his second feature.


"[T]he film achieves a powerful measure of suspense that’s intricately tied up in its despairing sociological depiction of a system that’s come apart at the seams." - Variety