MIKAILWITL: A JOURNEY THROUGH LIFE AND DEATH
Dir. Rudy Miera - 2010 - 20m
Kalpulli EHECATL is a MEXICA (Aztec) dance group based in 'Burque (Albuquerque, New Mexico). The performance of MIKAILWITL for Día de Los Muertos is intercut with interviews of founder and leader PAZ (Mapizmitl), who gives an overview of the aims, process and philosophy of surviving Native traditions.
“MIKAILWITL” features Indigenous music by Michael Heralda and is enhanced by an original suite of melodies especially composed and performed by Melyssa E. Garland (of Garland Piano Studio) for the concluding montage of dynamic dance and ritual images.
This ‘Mini-Documentary’ film screened at : the Guild Cinema, (2013, Albuq.) as the winner in the “Wildcard” category of the Filmmaker’s Showcase of the New Mexico Film Office, at the XICANINDIE Film Fest (2013, Denver, Colorado), the Tortuga Art Gallery (2013, Albuq.), a 1st cut version as a winner of the Tupelo Film Fest (2010, Tupelo, Mississippi), etc.
Original Music by Melyssa E. Garland (2009)