Kickstarter, we take you up on your challenge! Wait till you see what El Jinete Films has been working on for the past two years! As part of the Projects of Earth initiative, we will be launching our project about the #GoldenRecord this summer! Stay tuned!
40 years after the launch of the Voyager Interstellar Mission, it comes the moment to look not beyond into space but back toward our planet Earth & the musical messages encoded on the Golden Record.
This documentary series will explore, in musico-visual complexity, the 27 pieces of music of this record. We will not only journey through space and we will not only listen -- we will travel the visually and musically empowered landscapes of our Earth and feel, look, be seduced, with all our senses.
To listen, but also to be in awe at what our eyes behold. At what our world and musical traditions have to offer us, today.
See you on the road, or maybe even in space,
Fellow traveling foodies, good morning!
Nowadays we all seem to abide by the exciting and delicious motto of: Will Travel For Food !
Now, though we may not be taking trips with a specific delicacy or restaurant in mind (not YET at least, here's to developing a our food column so that we can get sent on official assignements!), always when we travel we seek out the best local food experiences. It's not always evident to land in the most authentic little spot, but if you do at least a little bit of research, ask locals, and are willing to travel (by foot or transport) a bit farther for that good bite, then it can all be SO worth it!
Recently we took a four day trip to Rome, Italy. Now, we did the research and by all means, we TRIED to find that cute little authentic pizza spot behind the Vatican. (For all those curious: Bonci Pizzarium). We circled the ENTIRE Vatican City thinking, oh yes, we will find it... Well, we had a 3:15 museum reservation and let me tell you, we did NOT find it, and our hungry bellies ended up eating an ordinary slice near by the entrance so that we would not miss our entrance time.
That being said, Italian pizza still remains an epitimous food experience, whether it's named "the best" in Rome or not. Plus, we also had on our agendas: SHOOT A FILM! (What was presented to you all some weeks ago). Touristing, shooting a film, eating all the pizza, pasta and gelatos you can find... it's sometimes hard to coordinate and make every single experience PERFECT. But don't get us wrong, Rome is Rome and it was quite the amazing experience.
And NOW. With all those food memories still lingering on our minds, we decided to inaugurate the Kitchen section of El Jinete Films with PIZZA! And even more, cooked on a outdoor pizza oven that Biliana built in the back of Villa Jinete (our abode in the Bywater, New Orleans).
So, without further ado, here is our amusing first segment. We hope you enjoy! Watch below, and for FULL RECIPE, click HERE!!!
Europe was once again an amazing and creative experience. We came back late in May from the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, where we premiered our short film BAJO TIERRA at the Shorts Film Corner. Check out the film's page here! We are so proud to have brought this story to life (trailer here!), and we hope to be releasing it up on our website towards the end of the year once we have completed the short + sweet festival run.
But before Cannes, we took a mini 4-day trip to Rome, Italy and we have compiled a little lifestyle travel video for your enjoyment! Always let a city inspire you creatively. Rome inspired us to create a short little film about sisterly love and... a mutual love interest (fictional only!), accompanied by the beautiful voice of Ornella Vanoni and her love song L'Appuntamento...
Dear fellow Jinetes,
It's been a while! Last time we got the chance to catch up we were fresh off a yacht from the Cannes Film Festival. That was nearly one year ago and the Jinetes have been keeping busy! From music videos that have been featured in top online music mags, to promotional clips in New Orleans, to visiting and learning at international film festivals such as Venice, Cairo, and Oaxaca... All we can say is - what a ride!
El Jinete has also been busy with... weddings! We've attended them and we've filmed them. What a concept, weddings - that initial celebration to a long life of happiness and future adventures. They are a chance to celebrate with friends and family the union of two people, and also - LOVE! Love should be celebrated every single day, but when that love grows into a bond that is ready to be forever cherish and respected, a wedding is in store - and that is where we come in!
El Jinete Films is thus proudly launching Leather & Feathers: wedding and lifestyle pieces that will be memorably yours, forever. We want you to think of us when planning your special day. We revel in providing you with beautiful and gracefully made videos and films. We join you on the day of the wedding, and accompany you all throughout the preparation, the ceremony and the reception. We listen to your requests and ideas, and after the big day, we begin the editing process with you in mind. We craft these pieces based on your taste, your theme, your song, your beat. So please feel free to browse our portfolio at www.eljinetefilms.com/leatherandfeathers and if you like what you see, then say I do to Leather and Feathers!
See you down the aisle,
Hello lovely Jinetes!
We have successfully completed our first Cannes Film Festival and in order to paint a good picture for you all, we decided to put together this little video! What better way to entice everyone to join us on the Riviera?
It was quite the epic adventure we must admit, with a lot of spontaneous yacht hopping and photoshoots, but we also engaged in A LOT of film-watching. To remind everyone, film festivals require a lot of time spent in lines -- waiting for hours, and hopefully not getting turned away. But that is inevitable at festivals. You pick your films for the day, you try them, and then if you are unsuccessful, you run to a nearby theatre and hope to catch another -- or you head to the bars and parties ;) That is the general idea of the day in the life of El Jinete as a festival-goer. Unless you aim straight for the happy hours ;) That happens too, sometimes. The best connections are made drinking and mingling.
And we made a lot of good connections -- and met some INCREDIBLE filmmakers, now great friends.
We will in the upcoming weeks make a list of the official films we were able to see, and our overall thoughts on those, but before anything, this post is dedicated to the great great friends we made during the trip, and our collective efforts in becoming bigger and better filmmakers.
We can't thank the people we met enough for contributing to our enthusiasm to continue this journey that is the endless ride of the Jinete across the world.
Until very soon,
Fellow travelers, jinetes and free spirits! Welcome!
2015 is proving to be an exciting year for El Jinete Films. Considering 2013 and 2014 were pretty great as well, it's safe to say that things are slowly yet surely heading in a good direction...
To sum up just a little: last October marked the end of the festival circuit for The Last Kamikazis of Heavy Metal; we screened at the New Orleans Film Festival (our second big "home town" screening after the one in Chicago) and at a few very good festivals in Bogota, Colombia: a very promising and up-and-coming music and film festival (Alta Fidelidad), and the other a very well established documentary festival. All in all the festival circuit ended on a very high note.
In December we decided to launch Kamikazis for sale through Vimeo on Demand. We strongly believe in and support the ways in which digital distribution (and self, independent distribution) is helping mold the film scene to accommodate newcomers and aspiring filmmakers. Vimeo has long been a supporter of the indie and hardworking filmmaker, spotlighting weekly videos, offering services that let even a beginner exhibit his/her work in exceptional quality, and recently, by launching their own VOD platform. It is for this reason that we chose to go through Vimeo.
With Biliana in New Orleans and yours truly (little Jinete, Marina) in Montreal AND in Paris (masters degree...), El Jinete Films might seem a little fragmented. However, it is for the year's most important films events that we reunite. We reunited at this year's 2015 Sundance Film Festival (we have been going for 4 consecutive years now as volunteers) where we saw, yet again, an incredible line up of films. A noteworthy music documentary was of course Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck. When it is released GO SEE IT. It will change you.
Our second reunion this year will be, maybe you might have guessed by the title of this post, at the Cannes Film Festival! Unbelievable, yes. We are not going to represent a film, obviously, not yet... (we are not my montrealais home boy Xavier Dolan!!) - we are heading simply as industry professionals, to check out the films and experience the festival to which all others aspire.
In other words, we will watch some good films, mingle and meet and do some shameless self promoting, and also give you all the scoop! So stay tuned!
With that said, take a look around the site, explore, drop us a line if you want to get in touch.
Until next time! And keep on riding!