|THE ART OF REMEMBRANCE|
|Crew: ||Executive Producers: Raul Paz Pastrana - Producers: Raul Paz Pastrana - Cinematographer: Raul Paz Pastrana - Editor: Raul Paz Pastrana - Composer: Debajo Del Agua Cornejo, Michael Heralda, Noah Bates
An immigrant artist ponders the meaning of life and death in two cultures as he prepares a community altar for the Day of the Dead to remember those whom he has lost and his own native Mexico. 'THE ART OF REMEMBRANCE' captures Mexican artist Daniel Valle as he creates giant paper mache skeleton sculptures and constructs a community altar to remember the dead. This intimate snapshot of a New York City Day of the Dead celebration explores Valle's quest to preserve the memory of lost loved ones and keep Mexican culture alive through art. Along the way Valle challenges our own notions of the meaning of life and death and reminds us that remembrance truly is an art.
Raúl Paz Pastrana is a Mexican-Immigrant filmmaker and cinematographer whose cinematic style melds visual anthropology with cinema verité. His films, which focus on indigenous and immigrant rights, have screened in festivals worldwide, including the Sheffield Doc/Fest in the U.K, DOCSDF (DocsMx) in Mexico City and at the Ethnografilm Festival in Paris France. He is a Princess Grace Awards recipient and a Tribeca Film Institute All Access Program recipient. Recently he was a fellow for the Film Society of Lincoln Center Artist Academy at the 2016 NYFF54 in NYC and received the 2017 Art Matters and Jerome Foundation Artist Residency at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France.
Raúl graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts in Social Documentary Film from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2012 where he received the Paula Rhodes Memorial Award for exceptional achievement in social documentary Film. Currently he is working on his first feature film “BORDER SOUTH/FRONTERA SUR,” a gripping story that documents the lives of Central and South American migrants as they cross through Mexico and has received support from the Jerome Foundation and the Undocumented Migration Project.
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