The Spanish Experimentals (Experimental Shorts, 2015)
This DVD contains three of Ma's experimental shorts, all shot in Spain: Two Streets & Adela (Dos Calles y una Chica), Tone Poem with Hang Drum (poema en 4 dimensiones con hang drum) and Her (Ella). Taken together, they provide a combined 55 minutes of video.
These shorts are full of local color. The stories? a woman starts a business as a designer of flamenco fashions; another woman and a musician maintain parallel presences; and then, there's the street, the man, and the flower.
55 min., SD, in Spanish with English subtitles. Written and directed by Eve A. Ma. Purchase with PayPal or invoice us
Dominó: agarrado por la crisis (Domino: Caught in the Crisis) (Drama, 2014)
Ma's first drama, shot in Spain, stars Antonio de la Malena as Luis, with supporting actors Luis de la Tota, Nicolás Montoya and others.
Domino tells the story of a middle-aged family man who has lost his job and gotten caught up in Spain's economic crisis, focusing on the emotional effects. Will Luis find new employment and be able to protect his family? Will son Juan's girlfriend stick with her fiancé?
Relevant to an American audience that is concerned about the income gap, the incredible burden of student loans, and the homeless situation.
1 hour, HD, in Spanish with English subtitles. Purchase with PayPal or invoice us.
A ZEST FOR LIFE
Revised in 2015; finalist, Best Documentary, San Diego Black Film Festival, 2016. A documentary about traditional Afro-Peruvian music and dance, showing its connection to Latin jazz. Originally produced in 2007, we have made substantial revisions including material from a recent trip to Peru.
A Zest for Life has screened in the USA, Germany and France. It stars Lalo Izquierdo with the performers of "de Rompe y Raja," and singer-songwriter Jorge Luis Jasso. There are cameo appearances by percussionists Juan Medrano Cotito and Huevito Lobatón. Filmed in Peru and USA.
1 hour, color, SD, closed captions; produced/directed and hosted by Eve A. Ma. Purchase via PayPal (below) or invoice us.
Master of Rhythm
Masters of Rhythm is based on the performance and experience of three master percussionists from the Afro-Peruvian community: Lalo Izquierdo (one of the founders of Peru Negro), Cotito (now of Novalima and formerly percussionist for Susana Baca), and Huevito (of Gabriel Alegría's Afro-Peruvian jazz quintet in New York). Shot in Peru, the documentary includes musical performance, zapateo fancy footwork, interviews, and a wide-ranging conversation in which the three masters talk about learning their art starting as tiny children.
Produced and directed by Eve A. Ma. Half an hour long (28 min.), in Spanish with English subtitles; shot in HD high definition. It screened in the Festival du Film Panafricain de Cannes (France) in April, 2016 and will screen in the Black International Cinema of Berlin (Germany) in May, 2016.
Flamenco: the Land Is Still Fertile (Flamenco: la tierra está viva) (Documentary, in production)
We are currently in production on Flamenco: the Land Is Still Fertile, one of our largest projects to date which we are shooting on-locaton in Spain. Co-directed by Eve A. Ma and Antonio de la Malena, it looks at flamenco as an art form, and examines its relationship to the gitano (Spanish Gypsy) community out of which it developed. Since Antonio de la Malena is an internationally touring flamenco singer who is also gitano, we get a true, insider's view.
We have added exciting new elements to our usual formula of performance, interviews, and a host's narratiive, with scenes that illustrate the form of life which gave flamenco its birth: a Gypsy caravan; a 19th century cafe cantante; part of a traditional gitano wedding; farm laborers in the fields, and more. Shot in HD, in Spanish with English subtitles.
Para ti mi cante...que es mi libertad - featuring Antonio de la Malena (2013)
Antonio de la Malena's double album of flamenco singing (cante), Para ti mi cante.... includes 16 tracks for a full two hours of very fine, traditional flamenco. He is accompanied by guitarists Manuel Parilla, Domingo Rubichi, Malena Hijo and Santiago Moreno.
In addition to alegrias, bulerias and seguiriyas, etc., Malena sings us trilla, serrana, and other less well-known forms. A very complete album that aficionados will appreciate.