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Her pregnancy at risk, a young girl and her mother set out on a pilgrimage to ask a statue of St. Francis for divine protection. Read more

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Her pregnancy at risk, a young girl and her mother set out on a pilgrimage to ask a statue of St. Francis for divine protection.

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We made it!!!

Now everything that goes over our goal will be used as Distribution Funds.

A HUGE thank you to everyone who has supported us along the way!

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Great News!

If you hadn't seen us the past two weeks, it's because we were out shooting the film! October 4th is Saint Francis Day so we had no time to lose.

Our crew and cast were relentless. They made this film possible working long days with most of our scenes taking place in the midst of thousands of devoted, parading St. Francis pilgrims. It was truly inspiring to direct traditional Huichol people, as well as actresses Paty Blanco and Daniela Flores. This was truly an amazing shoot!

We still need your support.
Some of the major expenses were placed on a credit card and the owner of the hotel we stayed in was kind enough to give us an extension until our fund raising campaign is successful. We also have post-production costs coming up as we are on a deadline to finish by December.

Here's a preview of what we shot in Mexico:

Join us as we race to meet our goal! 

Expect lots of updates from us and don't forget to share with your friends.

Don Jesus (Huichol Marakame), Daniela Flores (actress), Paty Blanco (actress), Mario Rodriguez (sound), OTIS IKE (executive producer), Ivete Lucas (director)
Don Jesus (Huichol Marakame), Daniela Flores (actress), Paty Blanco (actress), Mario Rodriguez (sound), OTIS IKE (executive producer), Ivete Lucas (director)
Coco Gonzalez (Asistant Camera), Mario Rodriguez (sound), Joaquin del Paso (Director of Photography), John Carrithers (2nd Unit Cinematographer)
Coco Gonzalez (Asistant Camera), Mario Rodriguez (sound), Joaquin del Paso (Director of Photography), John Carrithers (2nd Unit Cinematographer)

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**Wanna know what we're up to?

What is ExVotos?

ExVotos is a short film by writer/director Ivete Lucas that will be shot during the Saint Francis festivities in Real de Catorce, Mexico.

How you can help:

Your support through Kickstarter will ensure that the project can be completed at the highest possible quality. What makes ExVotos so special is also what makes it expensive: we are an international co-production that spans several countries. We need all the help we can get to provide for production costs such as travel expenses, lodging, equipment rentals, and meals for the cast/crew.

Additionally, funds raised will allow us to complete post production. After spending so much time and effort shooting in Real de Catorce, we want to make sure the film is polished and looks as amazing as we know it can. This will require funds for sound design, color correction, graphic design, and post-production equipment.

What is Kickstarter?

Kickstarter is a crowd-source funding platform that allows you to make donations towards independent projects, like this film. To donate to our movie, choose one of the awesome rewards on the right of this page, then click on the "Back this Project" button on the top right.

Kickstarter is an “all-or-nothing” platform, which means we’ll only be funded if we reach the $5,000 goal. If we don't reach the goal, we'll get nothing and this wonderful project that we've all worked so hard on will not be completed. The cast and crew would be left stranded in Mexico with no food or water and chaos would arise.

More about the film:

The Story

15 year old Anayansi is 7 months pregnant. Her mother Dorotea is stricken with anxiety for her daughter and the child that she bears. The gunfire from a neighborhood shootout between waring drug cartels caused her to fall as she rushed for safety. This has put her pregnancy at risk.

Dorotea prays to St. Francis every day and believes he was the one who
saved her daughter. The doctors have told Anayansi to rest, but they
are not women who sit and wait. Moved by their devotion to St.
Francis, they pack their belongings and embark on a pilgrimage to
visit his holy chapel in the mountains of Real de Catorce.

The trip is grueling. They travel in the back of a pickup truck surrounded by thousands of pilgrims. On the passage into town they encounter a group of Huichol pilgrims who have lost their way and are out of food. Dorotea shares the little food and water she has. Once in the town the women are lost in a sea of people trying to get into the church. Anayansi's wheelchair is useless over the cobble stone streets. Realizing she must abandon the chair or her quest, Anayansi attempts to walk into the procession to St. Francis. The Huichol community, seeing she is very weak, congregates around her and forces a passage into the church.

Once inside the church, Anayansi feels inconceivable pain and begins to bleed from her womb. A hysterical Dorotea charges to the shire of St. Francis begging for him to intervene. Being so far from a hospital, the only person that can intervene is Don Jesús, a Huichol shaman. Dorotea believes that shaman rituals are witchcraft and unholy. Anayansi must decide if she’ll listen to her mother and wait for divine intervention or participate in a shamanic ritual with no certain outcome.

ExVoto?

A physical and permanent offering placed in a church to request or
give thanks for an act of divine intervention.

Retablos are a form of ExVotos
Retablos are a form of ExVotos

Día de San Francisco de Asís

Saint Francis is the Catholic Church’s patron saint of animals and the environment. He is also believed to have performed countless miracles, which is why pilgrimages are performed in his honor. On the day of his festivity, the effigy of Saint Francis is taken from its altar and placed at the bottom of the parish of the Immaculate Conception. Patrons give their votive offerings (exvotos) at his feet. By touching the statue it is believed that a person’s prayers will be answered. The statue is then taken down and carried in a procession through the town.

Ivete Lucas’s artistic goal is to create a film that blurs the edges between fiction and reality. In order to achieve this, ExVotos will be shot amidst this real-life religious procession in Real de Catorce, Mexico. Thousands of pilgrims arrive from all over Mexico, many of whom have walked hundreds of miles to visit the church of Immaculate Conception, where Saint Francis resides. The cast and crew will follow the pilgrims up the mountain, capturing the raw energy and power of this religious event.

Huichol?

© Adrián Gutiérrez
© Adrián Gutiérrez

The Huichol are an ethnic group native to central Mexico whose population number approximately 26,000. Real de Catorce is located in Wirikuta, a mountainous range that is sacred to them. Every year they make a pilgrimage to bring offerings and to perform rituals at Cerro Quemado, a mountain that they believe is the origin of their ancestors. Their pilgrimage is around the same time as the festivities of Saint Francis. 

You can make this happen.

ExVotos has been in the works for years, and now that we are in the final stages, we would love your support in completing the film. Donations of any amount are deeply appreciated and will help us make the best film possible. 

Donating is not the only way to help. We welcome you to visit our blog, where you can follow us through production, and to share this page with your friends. Thanks again for trusting in our project! We will strive to make a movie that you're proud to be a part of.

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Special thanks to OTIS IKE, Russell Bush and Adrián Gutiérrez (Cinematography), Carlos Mundalah Díaz/ Epifanía (Music), Chris Sullivan (Text Advising)

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    CONFESSION
    You have confessed your sins.
    This gets you a shout out and a prayer in our Facebook page and the ExVotos blog.

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    BAPTISM
    You have been cleared of the original sin.
    You will receive a DVD of the film and a psychedelic sticker.

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    FIRST COMMUNION
    You are now ready to receive the body of Christ.
    You will be rewarded with a DVD of the film, a postcard with a personalized prayer in Spanish and a miracle charm.

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    CONFIRMATION
    You have made an irrevocable commitment to the Catholic faith.
    You will receive the DVD of the film, a photo of one of our Huichol actors, dedicated to you in Wirrarika, and a beautiful craft made by the person in the photo.

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    RECONCILIATION
    You have found the courage to return to God.
    The ExVotos crew will pin your photograph to the altar of the church and send you a photo of it. You will also receive a DVD of the film.

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    HOLY ORDER
    You have renounced the pleasures of the flesh.
    For your courage, you will receive a 16'' x 20'' print of an OTIS IKE photograph of your choice and a DVD of the film.

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    ANOINTING OF THE SICK
    You have the power to heal.
    To express our gratitude, you will receive a handmade retablo by Ivete Lucas and OTIS IKE, along with a DVD of the film and a special thank you in the credits.

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    BEATIFICATION
    You are now worthy of worship.
    Please accept an archival limited edition print of your choice of OTIS IKE's Mexico images, signed by the author (size up to 48'' x 36''). You will also receive an invitation to the premiere of ExVotos in Real de Catorce, a DVD of the film and a special thank you in the credits.

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    CANONIZATION
    You are a saint!
    This entitles you to a magical session with Huichol shaman Don Jesús. You will also receive an invitation to the premiere of ExVotos in Real de Catorce, a DVD of the film and an Associate Producer credit.

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