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Thursday, August 17
 

4:00pm PDT

Vanquishing the Witch Baba Yaga
New York documentary-maker and animal-keeper Jessica Oreck manages a well-attuned act of cultural ventriloquism in this nutritious cine-essay looking east for inspiration. Just as the majestic course of the Danube prompted a search for the roots of western culture in The Ister (2004), here the vastness and darkness of Slavic forests draw Polish-narrated reflections on the nature-culture boundary, interspersed with animated segments from the Baba Yaga fairytale. Dampening the recorded sound on the real-life excerpts (lumberjacks, Soviet-style towerblocks, a wedding) that are used as visual wallpaper, Oreck makes eastern European – or rather, human – life seem otherworldly. Occasionally, this hauntological stream flows too quickly, and the insight gets diluted. At its best, however, the imagery cleanses and reinvigorates the ideas in play: a sequence in a headstone-filled forest seems to touch on the defeat of human agency by nature threatened in the Baba Yaga story, when the sight of a pensioner picking mushrooms amid the graves turns things on their head. There are rich pickings here, with a little effort.

See more at http://myriapodproductions.com 

and watch trailers right here http://thevanquishing.com/home.html


Thursday August 17, 2017 4:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435
 
Saturday, August 19
 

12:30pm PDT

Little Saints

Little Saints screening; this movie features the Mazatec mushroom tradition and the Producer’s direct experience with the culture. Filmmaker, Oliver Quintanilla, has had a near 20-year connection with a legitimate curandera in Mexico, Natalia Martínez. She does not advertise; his initial meeting with her was filled with synchronistic magic, beginning two weeks before they met. After many years, filled with many personal visits for healing, and his continuous insistence, she allowed him to film five mushroom healing ceremonies, four with individuals and one with a couple. With the support of National Geographic’s All Roads Film Project, family, friends, associates and even some strangers he produced and directed the documentary film Little Saints, which is the name given to the psilocybe mushrooms by the Mazatec people. The film is reverent; it does not sensationalize; there are no ‘trippy’ graphics or ‘trippy’ music. Weaving in several interviews with individuals in the fields of anthropology, ethnography, entheogens and theology. It’s a serious subject and deserving of respect; this film is an objective documentary work on native healing rituals It does not ‘push’ anything, it documents and exalts. Highly recommended for anyone with an active interest in these topics and for anyone with serious curiosity about them, interested in learning.

There will be a discussion beforehand and a chance to ask questions.




Saturday August 19, 2017 12:30pm - 3:00pm PDT
SHOW Bar Sheridan Opera House