Rituales Breaks New Ground for Mexican Alternative Films!
For Theater and Film Department Teachers and Students:
This presentation captures some of the excitement of Rituales (Rituals), an experimental film from San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico.
Teachers and students of creative writing, theater and performance art will find the text and photos inspirational and useful as an example of contemporary alternative production values. The set designs and costumes made of found materials reflect some of the
most innovative movements and ideas represented by theater and film collaborations in many cosmopolitan centers of the arts today.
The PDF module integrates photographs from the stage and film performances with the original text. Rituales (Rituals) is a feature-length video that brings four epic poems to vibrant life!
Traditional native elements of water, fire, wind and earth are represented with acting, choreography, shimmering set designs and mutli-camera effects. Translated into Spanish, adapted for the stage by Mexican director, playwright and translator Lilia Trápaga Rituales engages the talents of nine performers from the El Caldero (Caldron) Theater Troupe.
Early filmmaking in Mexico began with Salvador Toscano Barragán. In 1898 Toscano made the country's first film with a plot, titled Don Juan Tenorio. During the Mexican Revolution, Toscano recorded several clips of the battles, which would become a fulllength
documentary in 1950, assembled by his daughter. Other early short films were either created or influenced by French film makers.
“Like Water for Chocolate” a 1992 film based on the popular novel, published in 1989 by first-time Mexican novelist Laura Esquivel (conference feature speaker in 2014), earned all 11 Ariel awards of the Mexican Academy of Motion Pictures, including the
Ariel Award for Best Picture, and became the highest grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the United States at the time.
San Miguel's collaboration with Guanajuato's Expersión En Corto Film Festival and the city's role as host to other international film organizations such as Sundance, make it a strong future contender for video, short and feature-length productions.
Rituales is part of an international wave of new alternative films that make use of current digital technologies to develop ambitious video projects on location, with tight shooting schedules and budgets, and themes that are “outside of the box.”