"The Poplin Pigeon" is a tribute to my family and childhood home.
I grew up watching Disney movies and reading fairy tales. But I hardly saw charactors like me or my family in these stories. So, even if I loved the stories and understood the lessons, they made me feel different and even less than.
My Tia Geny passed away during the pandemic. Her passing made me reflect on my childhood. Although I didn't always see it growing up, my childhood was full of happiness, wonder, and love.
I decided to rewrite "The Velveteen Rabbit" by Margery Williams. It is a beautiful story of love and loss. But, instead of a toy rabbit, there is a toy pigeon. Instead of taking place in the English countryside, it takes place in Washinton Heights.
I decided to write a story of love and loss for the hispanic child growing up in New York.
I went through so many family pictures to find inspiration. I wanted the images to be authentic to my experience. Here are some of the references I used for the opening scene.