Flamenco dancers and musicians frequent the Albuquerque performance spaces. The abundance of practitioners represents the strongly knit Latino and Chicano communities in New Mexico. After seeing a Flamenco youth group performance, I felt compelled to participate in this burgeoning cultural renaissance. As an aspiring filmmaker, my role was to manipulate the time and space of the traditional dance into a display of cinematic collaboration. Filmmaking is not about imitating reality; rather it is the refiguring of performance.
When I envisioned this project, I relished the idea of leaving the subject matter to the hands of the performers. The purpose of the film was to show me everything involved in the filmmaking process. Learning about lighting, focal lengths, sound, and editing revealed to me that actualizing filmic ideas comes from the way I understand the many facets of the medium.