1. An animated short film about a little girl who visits the land of the dead, where she learns the true meaning of the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos.

    Student Academy Award Gold Medal winner, 2013

    Produced by Ashley Graham, Kate Reynolds, and Lindsey St. Pierre at Ringling College of Art and Design as their senior thesis.
    Score by Corey Wallace, sound by Mauricio D'Orey
    Special thanks to everyone who supported our Kickstarter!

    Lindsey St. Pierre: http://gloryfeet.blogspot.com/
    Kate Reynolds: http://katereynoldsart.blogspot.com/
    Ashley Graham: http://ashleygrahamart.blogspot.com/

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  2. English:

    I’m a Mexican girl who is proud of her roots, bearer of big celebrations such as the Day of the Dead, an important date that belongs to our great Mexican culture.

    We use to celebrate it on November 1st and 2nd, this tradition of venerating our loved ones who passed away, we received them in our home with the famous “offering” -the one you can watch in the video-. There is no reason to cry or feel blue. We just make fun of the death, play and share with it.

    The offering that you can see was respectfully prepared in our home for my mother, who died about four years ago. That day when we finished preparing the offering, we also placed my aunt´s picture at night, who died a few weeks ago due to a cancer problem.

    The offering includes sugar and chocolate skulls as well as Catrinas made of caramel, colorful flowers and a Mexican traditional folk art involving cutting out patterns on colorful papers etc.

    This is my culture and I wanted to express it in a different way, making this video from a view involving my professional life close to the technology.

    My husband who is French has learned a lot from this tradition and its meaning. He helps me to make the video and he is also proud of that culture that is discovering since seven years ago with me as a Mexican woman that I am and always will be.

    Hope you enjoy it :)

    Must read:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_the_Dead
    http://www.dayofthedead.com/

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    Español:

    Ofrenda de Día de Muertos

    Soy una chica mexicana, orgullosa de sus raíces, portadora de grandes celebraciones como la del Día de Muertos, fecha que forma parte de nuestra gran cultura mexicana.

    Acostumbramos a celebrar el 1 y 2 de noviembre esta tradición de venerar a nuestros muertos, los recibimos en nuestra casa poniéndoles la famosa ofrenda como esta que pueden ver en el video. No hay motivo por el cual llorar o ponerse triste. Nos burlamos de la muerte, jugamos; convivimos con ella.

    Esta ofrenda que pueden ver, la hemos puesto dentro de nuestra casa con mucho respeto a mi madre, quien murió hace poco más de cuatro años. Ese mismo día al terminar de instalar la ofrenda, pusimos por la noche el cuadro de mi tía al lado, quien acaba de fallecer hace unas semanas de cáncer.

    La ofrenda está conformada por calaveras de azúcar y de chocolate. Catrinas de dulce también, flores, colores, papel picado, etc.

    Esta es mi cultura y quise expresarlo de una manera diferente haciendo este video desde una visión un tanto cercana a lo que es mi vida profesional, pegada a la tecnología.

    Mi esposo que es francés, ha aprendido muchísimo también de esta tradición así como del significado. Él fue quien me ayudó a hacer este video, orgulloso también de esa parte cultural que ha descubierto conmigo a lo largo de siete años como mexicana que soy y siempre seré.

    Espero que les guste :)

    Leer:
    http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altar_de_muertos
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    Canon 60D
    After Effects
    FCP

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  3. On November 1, as Americans are finishing their Halloween candy, our neighbors to the south are celebrating Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Often mistaken for the same holiday, the celebrations are actually quite different. While Halloween is about costumes, haunted houses and trick or treats, Dia de los Muertos is an annual holiday where the living remember and honor their dead. Families across Mexico transform their towns and cemeteries with bright orange marigolds, colorful sugar skulls, and stylish skeleton ladies called Catrinas. At night, by candlelight, they gather to eat, drink and reflect on the lives that have gone before.

    One of our first films, made for Safe Crossings, a Seattle-based non-profit that helps grieving children heal, it has also turned out to be one of our most popular: it’s been viewed, posted, embedded, shared and blogged hundreds of times on multiple sites all over the world. This evocative short film opens a conversation about the fragility of life, shows us how one culture honors relatives and friends who have died, and reminds us that though our own loved ones may be gone, they needn’t be forgotten.

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