About BRUJO THE MOVIE
The original idea for BRUJO THE MOVIE was conceived by Glenn Mack and is his feature film directorial debut. Glenn studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC and has been involved with over 22 major feature films with such luminaries as Jacqueline Bisset, Tilda Swinton, Jonathan Winters, Keith Carradine, Daryl Hannah, Cloris Leachman, Noah Wyle, etc. Collaborating extensively on independent film productions, he has worn multiple hats, from Locations Manager and Transportation Coordinator, to Producer. Glenn has also worked as an actor and written several screenplays. Presently, one of his scripts, a feature comedy, is in development.
Brujeria is the Spanish word for witchcraft. Both men and women can be witches, brujos and brujas, respectively.
There is a brujo in this film, which combines mystical elements with modern dance. The story revolves around activity in a dance retreat where a jealous lover enlists the help of a witch – a brujo – to place a curse on her perceived rival.
The language of modern dance is abstract. Through nuance and implication it can provide insight into some of the intertwining aspects of relationships between cause and effect. It functions as a different prism through which to perceive the often-told story of jealousy and its concurrent relationship dynamics.
The film is also about how a choreography is made. Creating movement is a sacred and personal experience that asks dancers to truly look within while responding to their environment, other dancers, and to music: The choreography informs what is happening on the screen, while it is at the same time guided by it. The lines of reality and imagination get blurred…
The work of choreographers Marina Fukushima and Maris Wolff is the heart of the visual feast BRUJO THE MOVIE. Dance scenes were shot using at least two (at times three or four) cameras. Award-winning cinematographer Ashley James is successfully revealing the beauty and charm of a hidden gem of wilderness in rural Vermont – itself indicative of enigma, intrigue, and mysticism. One of the performance scenes was shot at the Joe Goode Annex in San Francisco.
Pulled together in San Francisco by film editor Kirk Goldberg at Beyond Pix Studios, sound mix at First Generation Productions, the film showcases outstanding music – both by musicians on camera and on the original soundtrack.
MEDIA: You can see a lot of production images here. Megan James from Seven Days in Burlington wrote a great article about the filming of BRUJO, which you can read here. Also: read ‘BRUJO’ in the Times Argus (8/13/2012) and a mention in the Journal Opinion, a local paper out of Bradford, VT.
BRUJO THE MOVIE enjoyed dual premieres: At the Savoy Theater in Montpelier, VT and at the Delancey Screening Room in San Francisco, CA. Other screenings as well as a theatrical release in the Burlington-Plattsburgh area are presently planned.