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February 9, 2012 10:23 AM
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Project of the Day: Bewitching El Matador in 'Duende'

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

"Duende: Suit of Lights"

Tweetable Logline:

Underworldly witches and archangel rodeo clowns battle for a matador's soul in the American west.

Elevator Pitch:

Matador Consuelo Vargas flees into the desert, seeking to elude the otherworldly spirits that haunt and inspire him. After performing a rebirth ritual, Consuelo finds himself in the company of three archangels presenting themselves as wayward rodeo clowns. As the clowns teach Consuelo lessons of joyfulness and humility the merry band is pursued by three witches--the earthly shapes taken by sorrowing spirits from the underworld bent on reclaiming dominion over Consuelo's soul. When both parties happen upon a desert town, they cross paths with sheriff Frank Stubbs, and rodeo queen Darlene Flowers as one man's soul hangs in the balance.

Production Team:

Writer/Director: Jeff Rowles
Producer: Sarge Sargis
Director of Photography: Steve Riddle
Producer: Andy Bransford
Costume Designer: Gwendolyn Beemen
Music by Emil Amos of OM, Grails, and Holy Sons

About the Production:

"The inspiration for this film is larger based on Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca's "Duende", as well as the writings of Henry Miller and the work of Alejandro Joderowsky. With minimal funds and maximum effort, we set off in October of 2011, with a cast and crew of 20, to film a pre-trailer to give investors a sense of our vision. The script continues to be refined as more and more people join our quest. Though we find ourselves as mid-thirties, first-time filmmakers, we are confident and dedicated to making the highest quality, no-budget indie western film ever made." -- Jeff Rowles

Current Status:

Pre-production.

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Film Website
Kickstarter Page

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10 Comments

  • Gert | February 26, 2012 11:00 AMReply

    I love the pre-trailer to this film. Hats off to the production crew who put together this intriguing soul searching film that makes me curious to see more. Cant wait to see it!

  • Haywood | February 15, 2012 12:34 PMReply

    Looks beautiful, like a mustache spray painted onto the upper lip of a supermodel on a fifty-foot billboard, like an oyster on the half shell with the lemon already squeezed on it and candle light tickling its edges, like the last oak tree on top of a hill amongst tall, dry grass. Make it happen!

  • kevin | February 12, 2012 8:52 PMReply

    This sounds cool! i wanna see it. good luck with all the production work to come!

  • Vivian | February 12, 2012 8:41 PMReply

    Very cool, cannot wait to see it.

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  • Jeff | February 10, 2012 12:20 AM

    Coincidentally, we are looking to meet rich men or women...who happen to be looking for a film to produce. Thanks baby.

  • Angela | February 9, 2012 2:50 PMReply

    This looks beautiful and mysterious. I love the costumes and the landscapes. When is this going to be completed?

  • Jeff | February 9, 2012 4:26 PM

    If all goes well, or even decent on the fundraising side of things the film will be shot this summer with post wrapping up by years end.

  • Cara | February 9, 2012 1:21 PMReply

    This looks like it would be a beautiful film. I would love to see the results!

  • Rick | February 9, 2012 12:00 PMReply

    This looks really intriguing. I'd like to see more...