|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.
Shaped by his own immigrant experience Raul Paz Pastrana is passionate about making films that empower marginalized communities to tell their own stories, raise the social awareness of mainstream audiences, and document the hope, beauty, and struggles of the human spirit. His most recent documentary is THE ART OF REMEMBRANCE, a 2011 Student Academy Award semi-finalist for best documentary that premiere at the Sheffield Doc/Fest 2011 in the U.K. THE ART OF REMEMBRANCE explores an immigrant artist's quest to preserve the memory of lost loved ones by constructing an altar to remember them and in the process challenging our own notions of the meaning of life and death. He is currently in production for "THE HUAORANI'S LAST STAND," which will be Raul's first documentary feature and thesis film project needed to complete his MFA in Social Documentary Film from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.