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Mezcal: El Espiritu de Nuestra Tierra is a Documentary- Short exploring the role of Mezcal during the Dia de Muertos
Mezcal: El Espiritu de Nuestra Tierra is a Documentary- Short exploring the role of Mezcal during the Dia de Muertos
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Thank you soooo much to all of you who have contributed so far. This is all super exciting but it's not over… Mezcal: Espiritu de Nuestra Tierrais a living breathing project. As I grind through the many stages of pre-production, new challenges are constantly arising but of course that’s all part of the process! So if you are interested in making a contribution and becoming part of this journey, now is the time to give! Every penny given will go directly into making Mezcal: Espiritu de Nuestra Tierra the best it can be.

If you have any questions about this project or how you can help, please feel free to contact me at any time.

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Mezcal: A single sip is worth a thousand words or perhaps a thousand images. A spirit born in the rural mountains of Mexico, changing very little in its over 400 year history.Where else can you find such a stark dichotomy of sophistication and simplicity? Considered by many to be one of the most complex and sophisticated spirits in the world, it is steeped in lore and tradition and understood by very few outside of these rural mountain communities. For the men and women who make mezcal it is both an art and a calling. It brings people together in the spirit of joy and of community and no holiday exemplifies that more profoundly than El dia de Muertos. Mezcal is there for your joys, for your sorrows and for everything in between.

Aquilino Garcia Lopez (Vago)
Aquilino Garcia Lopez (Vago)

 

Xicaras, machete and an open still of Tio Pedro
Xicaras, machete and an open still of Tio Pedro

El Dia de Muertos is a celebration of life! Most of us spend our entire lives running from death but on this day death is welcomed. It is a grand celebration. Family members both living and dead come together to remember and to look ahead. They dance, they sing, they eat, they drink Mezcal! Life is a party, death is the after party

Palenque of Maestro Aquilino Garcia Lopez
Palenque of Maestro Aquilino Garcia Lopez

Dixebee!

Who am I? 

 My name is Omari Wheat and I am a photographer, sommelier, agave spirits specialist, story teller, soon to be film maker and I want to share a few things with you. I have had the rare privilege of being invited into the lives of so many wonderful people around the world, but no place has ever struck me quite like Oaxaca. Its vast natural beauty, the warmth of its people, and its gastronomic rarities are just some of the few things I'd like to capture as I share with you its hidden treasures!

Dog resting on bagasso
Dog resting on bagasso

What will you see? 

Meastro Pedro Hernandez (Koch) Preparing an Ensemble
Meastro Pedro Hernandez (Koch) Preparing an Ensemble

 Mezcal: El Espiritu de Nuestra Tierra will follow the Cortez’s, a traditional Zapotec family, considered by many to be the royals of Oaxacan mezcal, as they celebrate El Dia de Muertos. The film will be a personal glimpse into their family practices as well as how their craft honors their history, their ancestors and brings their community together.

The rural mountain villages of Oaxaca are a feast for the senses. It is a different world, a different time and it requires different mindset. The goal is to capture the essence of this place on this most special of occasions and bring you the viewer into this rarely seen world.

 

 

What are the funds for? 

 Mezcal: El Espiritu de Nuestra Tierra is a short documentary (probably around 15-20mins) and production will be tight. All funds will be put toward equipment rental/ purchase, production and post production cost. As you guessed $1250 is not enough to cover all expenses. This is a passion project and is something very near and dear to my heart. Much of the production cost will likely come out of pocket but unfortunately it is not something I can do completely on my own. This is my contribution to a culture that has given me (and I’m guessing many of you) so much. Any contribution, large or small is greatly welcomed and appreciated. In addition if you have any equipment or resources that can be provided for a low or no cost that would also be immensely Appreciated as well.

Clay Still in Sola de Vega
Clay Still in Sola de Vega

 

Maestro Ignacio Parada aka Don Chucho (Zoquitlan)
Maestro Ignacio Parada aka Don Chucho (Zoquitlan)

 

El Lobo (La Venenosa, El Lobo de la Sierra) Le Sierra de Jalisco
El Lobo (La Venenosa, El Lobo de la Sierra) Le Sierra de Jalisco

Thank you all for everything!

( Above I have Included a few images and a short video comprised of moments that I have shared with some of the amazing people I have met on past visits to Mexico. This is merely meant to be an “Amuse Bousch”.  The final film will be Very different).

 

Risks and challenges

The obstacles are the "unknown". I have been to Oaxaca a few times and am quite familiar but the fact is I have no idea what i will see. The "unknown" is difficult to plan for so the funds raised in this campaign will help me acquire equipment that will make the production more nimble and allow me to adjust to different, unforeseen situations.

I am open to the serendipitous and looking forward to sharing all of these experiences with you!

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