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‘Sanctuary of Butterflies’ Looks for the Heart and Preservation of Pre-Colombian Music

'Sanctuary of Butterflies' Looks for the Heart and Preservation of Pre-Colombian Music

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Sanctuary of Butterflies: A Musical Documentary

Logline: Experience a film seeded thousands of years in Mexico’s musical past, as the father of Ethnorock, Luis Perez-Ixoneztli, guides us on an otherworldly journey to preserve the remnants of a forgotten culture.

Elevator Pitch: 
“Sanctuary of Butterflies” follows pioneering composer Luis Perez-Ixoneztli on an eye-opening journey across Mexico to explore ancient musical traditions. Along the way, he helps shine a light on ancestral rituals, festivities and ceremonies—and comes face to face with the people who strive to keep them alive. Weaving together interviews, musical performances and rare natural footage, the film showcases cultural practices whose survival is threatened by an increasingly globalized world. Throughout this adventure, Luis’ own amazing life story and his original music—composed primarily with Pre-Colombian instruments—work as the compass and beating heart of this musical documentary.

Production Team:
Director/Cinematographer: Cole Smothers
Producer: Daniel Sznajderman
Musician/Personality: Luis Perez-Ixoneztli
Co-Producers: Red Elephant Films
Associate Producer: Patricia Ordaz
Sound: Bernat Fortana and Filippo Restelli
Social Media: Jennifer Robbins

About the Film:
The more I’ve traveled Mexico over the years, the more I’ve felt a responsibility for sharing this story. Villagers migrating to cities. Children shamed by modernity into hiding their indigenous heritage. This film isn’t just for remembering a culture, but also to remind us of a different, beautiful way of life.

Luis’ music and modern take on Mexico’s heritage is a bridge between the past and present that he hopes will continue to inspire an ever expanding creative frontier, reminding us that we can still connect to the beauty of the past with this rapidly evolving world.

Current Status: We’ve filmed nearly half of the movie already. We’re currently fundraising via Indiegogo in order to finish film production.

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