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Bewitched by Movies

By Daniel Romero

Bewitched is probably the first medium­footage film that has been done in San Miguel in over 70 years. Certainly, in this town where artistic activity flows with the force of a volcano, there have been other film productions, including many documentaries, but not a medium-footage fiction film. However, even here where artists grow and one who is not an artist lives in the art of the others, the production of a film, with the intense ambitions of actors and technical staff—all sanmiguelense by birth or residence—marks a milestone.

Filmmaking is a task full of obstacles that begins with the need for money and continues with the demands of a technical nature. The production of any art (except poetry) takes money. In filmmaking, cameras, lights, audio recorders and instruments require a particularly costly investment. Our sanmiguelense group had only the basic equipment, but we also had the will and and intuition to improvise solutions to every situation that arose. This short film, lasting just one hour, was made with pride and the combined efforts of actors and technicians.

The story of Bewitched chronicles the ups and downs of a young woman who roams between dreams and nightmares, between the faith of her beliefs and the influence of a girlfriend of liberal sentiments. Heartaches from her fears are rooted in the waking of her sexual needs. Susana Garcia performs all those feelings with the professionalism of her acting experience. Pepe Pimentel, the well­known theater actor who starred in the short film Sleight of Hands, is a scoundrel with delusions of gallant and well-defined purposes, hunting good-looking señoritas. Rosaura Candanedo portrays the dark powers of witchcraft. Her services recommend a spell that will “bewitch” Gualberto. The beloved actor Antonino del Valle portrays good and evil with his considerable theatrical experience. Alcatraz Pineda, in her debut as an actress, displays with her attractive figure and her mischievous wit, the choices of naive Cleotilde. Rounding out the cast are the actresses Ivette Pizarro and multifaceted Holly Harrison. The script and direction is by Al Tirado. The photography was, as in Sleight of Hands, by Carlos Pérez and Hilario “Layon” Garcia and assistant director, Rodrigo Demian. The audio editing was done by Barry Weiss.

Bewitched opens with the heavenly sound of trumpets and imaginary red carpets at 7pm,

June 10, at the Miguel Malo Auditorium of Bellas Artes.

Admission is free. Trailer:


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