[Editing] Today’s Grapes, Tomorrow’s Wine: Vendimia Festival 2009

ORIGINAL Several hundred people chat away, the smell of multiple barbeques, fried empanadas and live music fill the air, glasses are in hand and wine bottles are everywhere. Chile does not let the start of the grape harvest pass by without a party. La Festival de la Vendimia (wine harvest festival) is the way to experience the best Chile has to offer. In many ways it resembles the national independence day, Diezyocho de Septiembre (the 18th of September). There is plenty of the traditional music and dance, the cueca, at least three empanadas for every man, woman and child, but…

[Editing] ‘Lucía, Luis y el lobo’: A Dreamy Nightmare

ORIGINAL "Video art is like pornography.  In pornography anything goes as long as there's sex, just as anything filmed can be video art," said Niles Atallah, one of the three creators of Lucía, Luis y el lobo ("Lucia, luis and the wolf") With the awareness that not all video art is good, the three artists of this stop-motion film, Niles Atallah, Joaquin Cociña and Cristóbal León, went to work.  It is difficult to explain the exact premise of the story as it is not a literally definitive piece.  Basically, the first segment, named "Lucía", involves a young girl who is…

[Editing] ‘Cocalero’ and the Journey of Evo Morales

ORIGINAL Featured at Vina Del Mar’s International Film Festival and at Santiago’s International Film Festival (SANFIC) in 2007, the important ‘Cocalero’ is returning once more to the big screen in Santiago at Cine Arte Alameda from Thursday March 19th. The stark real documentary follows the campaign of the unlikely nominated indigenous Evo Morales in the sixty day run up to the 2005 Presidential elections in Bolivia. The film traces Socialist Evo Morales finding his political strength by battling against the ‘US War on Drugs.’ With Bolivia overflowing with coca leaf plantations and the 3.6 million indigenous out of the 9…

[Editing] The Bone-Rattling Energy of Camila Moreno

ORIGINAL Combining folk, rock and pop music and a voice so strong and powerful that it gives you the chills; Camila Moreno is an inspiring new sensation in the music world. She first began composing her own music at the age of 17 and since then has been involved with various bands and recently began her solo career. Her first CD, “Al Mismo Tiempo”, came out in June this year and she continues to perform in Santiago, Valparaiso, and Coyaqui (I don’t know if that’s how you spell the city. Sounds like koi-yak-key) with her band Los Disfruto. Camila is…

[Editing] Nomads unite for Andú

ORIGINAL Wandering around the mural and stray dog sprinkled streets of Santiago is a fairly new band called Andú. A colourful mix of vagrants, musicians and instruments, they tour the city playing their lilting gypsyesque tunes wherever they go. The band is comprised of four guys. The vocalist and founder, Sebastian Castillo plays guitar with an Andean style. The French accordionist, Corentin Restif conveys the harmonies of his country. Alvaro Maturana’s cajón (large wooden box-like Peruvian drum) has a Brazilian flavor, Jon Toselli’s darbuka (a Middle Eastern goblet shaped hand drum) adds an Arabian air, and together, they are a…