DESCANSOS (2009), DESCANSOS Redux (2011)

SYNOPSIS

DESCANSOS consists of a series of vignettes about love, loss and death and the many steps we take in between. The story spans all the way across northern New Mexico, from Albuquerque to Taos and finally ending in the small village of Chimayo and at its sacred church, El Santuario. DESCANSOS also revolves around why people make the Lenten pilgrimage every year to El Santuario and what the many roadside shrines known as descansos actually stand for.

DESCANSOS REDUX has been reimagined and remastered, and numerous modifications have been made to the original film, including:

  • The film has been shortened by 20 minutes to a total run time of 120 minutes.
  • Aspect Ratio has been transformed from Widescreen (1.85:1) to Scope (2.35:1).
  • The film has been drastically color graded to provide more vibrant visuals.
  • The film now employs Roybal’s trademark split-screen technique throughout.

CAST

Rick Aragon … The Man
Leandro Rodriguez … The Man (Voice)
Steven Martinez … Archie
Sylvia Sarmiento … Marcelina
Alex Cosby … Max
Amelia Ampuero … Samantha
Rober Gumm … Stem’s Customer
Genia Michaela … Deb
Lenore Armijo … Lina
Rachel Hroncich … Kimberly
Eduardo Flores … Gil
Diego Deane … Prisoner 060586
Navajo Nguyen … Eva
Ryan Angell … Dillon
Angeleah Cuevas … Other Girl
Bernardo Gallegos … Nick
Maggie Fine … Carmella
Francisco Sandoval … Baby
Everette Scott Ortiz … Zack
Eppie Guillen … Grandpa
Regina Sanchez … Grandma
Nichole Otero … Jessica
David Busse … Jack
Michael Manzanares … Teenage Boy
Amber J. Chenault … Teenage Girl

CREW

DIRECTED BY

Christopher Michael Roybal

WRITTEN BY

Christopher Michael Roybal

FEATURED MUSIC BY

Nathan Fox-Helser

PRODUCED BY

Jennifer Buntjer … Producer
Kristin Roybal … Producer
Christopher Michael Roybal … Producer

ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS

Brett Heicher
DFI Institute

CINEMATOGRAPHY BY

Christopher Michael Roybal

EDITING BY

Christopher Michael Roybal

MAKEUP DEPARTMENT

Naomi Martinez … Makeup Artist

SOUND DEPARTMENT

Ray M. Owen … Production Sound Mixer
John Simmons … Boom Operator

CAMERA AND ELECTRIC DEPARTMENT

Neal Winslow … Key Electrician
Michael Sandoval … Electrician
Thomas White … Electrician

SOUNDTRACK

Alive and DyingNathan Fox-Helser
Hope ManifestoNathan Fox-Helser
Mercy MeMichael Hargan
IcardNathan Fox-Helser
MorganNathan Fox-Helser
Hidden SisterNathan Fox-Helser
Two ContinentsEdward Bell
ShiftingNathan Fox-Helser
Holy SoulsNathan Fox-Helser
Sweet DreamsSteven Padin
EighteenNathan Fox-Helser
HopeNathan Fox-Helser
EverynightNathan Fox-Helser
She’s Lookin OnRed Dog Alley
StayMichael Gleckler

AWARDS

Best of Burque 2009 : Best Locally Produced Film or TV Show Shot in New Mexico Last Year
Best of Burque 2009 : Best Local Artist

PRESS

St. Mike’s Grad at Home Behind Lens
Albuquerque Journal North – January 31, 2009

USC graduate back in state for premier of first film
The New Mexican – February 1, 2009

Local film producer and crew take bold steps
Mas New Mexico – February 4, 2009

Alibi: Best of Burque 2009
Weekly Alibi – April 1, 2009

Santa Fe Reporter: Screener
Santa Fe Reporter – April 15-21, 2009

Pasa Pics – Descansos
Pasatiempo – April 17-23, 2009

Right to Remember
Santa Fe New Mexican – April 20, 2009

STORE

DESCANSOS REDUX Motion Picture – $14.99 – DVD

DESCANSOS Motion Picture – $14.99 – DVD

DESCANSOS Motion Picture Soundtrack – $9.99 – DVD

LINKS

DESCANSOS on IMDB
DESCANSOS on Wikipedia

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