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The Spanish Experimentals (experimental shorts, 2015)

A collection of three experimental shorts shot in southern Spain, in and near the city of Jerez de la Frontera: Two Streets & Adela (Dos Calles y una Chica), Tone Poem with Hang Drum (Poema en 4 dimensiones con hang drum), and Her (Ella).

--Two Streets & Adela tells the story of Adela on a very special day, in an attempt at capturing the way of life in southern Spain, where things move more slowly and with greater feeling. Shot in the charming city of Jerez, it is full of color and features wonderful flamenco and flamenco fusion music.
--Tone Poem with Hang Drum tells the story created in the filmmaker's mind as she listens to haunting musical improvisations played by a young Israeli musician.
--Her (not to be confused with the later feature-length film called Her) is a 5-minute experimental film about the street, the flower, and the man.

1 hour total, color, SD, produced/directed by Eve A. Ma. In Spanish with English subtitles.

DOMINO: Caught in the Crisis (Dominó: agarrado por la 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, even if his family can't pay their agreed share of her dream wedding?

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.

DOCUMENTARIES

Masters of Rhythm with addendum (2017)

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 (percussionist for Novalima and AfroPeru, former percussionist for Susana Baca), and Huevito (of Gabriel Alegría's Afro-Peruvian jazz quintet in New York). They are ably accompanied by guitarist Coco Linares.

Shot in Peru (in HD-high definition), 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. This film has screened in seven festivals in four countries and won Best Film, Arts Category in the Black International Cinema of Berlin (Germany) in May, 2016 as well as other awards.

Half-hour (28 min.), color, HD, produced and directed by Eve A. Ma, in English, and Spanish with English subtitles.

A Zest for Life: Afro-Peruvian Rhythms, A Source of Latin Jazz (2016)

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. In English, and Spanish with English subtitles.

Of Beauty & Deities: Music & Dance of India  (2010)

We focus on southern Indian classical bharatanatyam dance and music in this documentary, but also include one folk dance. The group dancers come mostly from the Indian diaspora while the solo dancer plus the musicians are from India. In the interviews, K.P. Kunhiraman and Katherine Kunhiraman, the artistic directors, provide a wealth of information about the art form, its connection to the Hindu religion, and its secularization in modern times.

Bharatanatyam values cleaness - rhythm cleanly executed with the feet, clean lines of arms and body, clean and clear facial expressions...because every part of the body (not to mention the mind and soul) must be controlled in the dance. Unlike the dance, although the music follows certain texts, melodic forms and harmonies but it is fluid and full of improvisation.

The rough cut of this documentary won an award in the Berkeley Video & Film Festival.

1 hour, color, SD, closed captions; produced/directed and hosted by Eve A. Ma; Richard R. Lee is assistant director. In English.

The Artist in Society: Talking with Hershell West  (2017)

Much has been said about the value of an artist as a creator of beauty and of new ways of looking at things; of the artist as a standard-bearer of culture and esthetics. Far less attention has been paid to the role of an artist in society, or the actual process of achieving a career as an artist.

In this documentary, we look at artist Hershell West - a muralist and painter, an arts educator and arts advocate, a creator of beauty in his own right - an artist who has some local renowne but is not nationally famous. West was first trained at the University of Southern Florida and made his career largely in California's San Francisco Bay Area.

It was not an easy road. Growing up black in the seggregated South, neither his society nor his family and friends wanted or expected him to become an artist. But he presevered, researched how to make a living through art, and found a way to use his gift and vision to better society.

1 hour, color, SD; produced/directed and hosted by Eve A. Ma. In English.

Weaving with Spanish Threads: An Immigrant's Tale (2014)

To a great extent, the United States is a country of immigrants and their descendants, so it was only fitting for us to create a documentary based on the immigrant experience. Star Francisco Pérez left his native Spain with his mother, sister and cousin when he was a child of six or seven, part of an immigration that brought thousands of country folk from Spain and Portugal to Hawaii, under contract to work as farm laborers on the sugar cane and pineapple plantations. Many of these people later settled in Northern California.

Peréz himself, 98 years old when we interviewed him, was full of fascinating stories of his life in Spain, in Hawaii, and in California. We enriched the documentary with on-location footage from all three places, and with interviews from descendants of the original immigrants.

1 hour, color, SD, closed captions; produced/directed and hosted by Eve A. Ma. In English.

Pearls from the Sea: Music & Dance of Tahiti (2008)

It is natural enough to think of Tahiti simply in terms of a wonderful vacation spot with a lively - and sexy - dance tradition. This does not do justice to either the Tahitian peoples or their dance and music. In our documentary, we have given a little bit of the islands' history, along with the suggestion that Tahitians have something to teach us, for example, about man's ability to do great feats without modern technology.

The clearer focus of our film, however, is the dance and music of the Tahitians. We show that these tell stories, as do so many other dance traditions, and not only about love. The musicians also acquaint us with the impressive array of musical instruments, especially percussion instruments, that Tahitians have developed. Finally, we hope that this documentary will make people aware that there are important differences between this history, culture, music and dance of Tahiti and that of, say, the Hawaiian Islands.

1 hour, color, SD; produced/directed and hosted by Eve A. Ma; with assistant director Richard R. Lee. In English.

Roots & Branches 7-part series (2007)

These are interview shows enriched with on-location footage that examine people of seven different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. We interview people from the following communities: African American, Bulgarian, Native American, Mexican, Swedish American, Hmong, and Persian. Hosts vary and include Hershell West, Jeff Schoenhard, and Eve A. Ma.

It is really important for us to learn what's important to people from other cultures who live in our communities and our country. It allows us to avoid easily-made misinterpretations and also adds a richness to our lives. These videos were filmed in the San Francisco Bay Area and were made quite a while ago, but they are still relevant to most urban and some rural areas of the United States. We believe you will enjoy them.

half-hour episodes, color, SD; produced/directed by Eve A. Ma; hosts vary. In English.

MUSIC ALBUMS

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 several fine 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.

Malena is twice winner of best singer in the prestigious, annual Festival de Flamenco de Jerez de la Frontera. He tours extensively and has sung solos on every continent except for Australia and Antartica.

Cajón Is King - featuring various artists (2017)

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Artists include perucussionists-cajoneros Lalo Izquierdo, Cotito (Juan Medrano Cotito) and Huevito (Freddy Huevito Lobatón); guitarist Coco Linares; electric bassist Vladimir Vulkanovich, and singers Jorge Luis Jasso and Rosa los Santos.

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NECK SCARVES

Neck scarves made in Spain by the wife of associate director Antonio de la Malena. Quantities limited, choose your color: two-tone grey, white, grey with gold, blue, pink, and white with brown.

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