After fleeing the trappings of fame, fortune, and success in the arena, an orphan turned beloved matador navigates the afterlife. On the advice of a mystic healer he journeys into the desert to perform a ritual of rebirth and burns his suit of lights, the traditional bullfighting costume. Upon waking he is joined on his path through limbo by three joyful yet mischievous companions, guiding spirits in the form of rodeo clowns. As the clowns begin to tease out the matador’s secrets and ease him into his new life they are all the while being closely pursued by their age old rivals in the struggle for souls, three dark sirens who seek the matador for their own purposes. The game is only just afoot when car trouble forces the clowns to make an emergency pit stop outside a rundown, mostly abandoned rodeo arena. There the ring beckons to the matador, but the clowns devise a way to divert his attention and bind his spirit more closely to their own. Nearby, they find a quiet desert town lorded over by the local sheriff, an authoritarian with an artistic streak who insists on imposing his will on sirens, clowns, and matador alike. While the clowns get into a scuffle in town and narrowly escape the sheriff’s clutches, one siren is left to square off with the lawman alone, with fateful consequences for both. Meanwhile the merry band finds refuge and a kindred spirit at the local auto shop. At first a seemingly unlikely ally, the resident mechanic shelters the boys and inspires the matador to open up regarding his time in the arena and its effects on his spirit. When the matador encounters two of the sirens after a night wandering in the woods and battling internal demons, they return to him a piece of his old life made anew. Thus reinvigorated by his new friends and family, he decides a celebration is in order, but the occasion turns solemn and lethal when all parties finally converge. The matador makes a decision for the fate of his soul and all others.
Querétaro, Mexico native Gilberto Martin del Campo is a graduate of The Portland Actors Conservatory. After spending ten years in a rock band and travelling the world by cruise ship, he settled in Portland, Oregon. His work includes commercials, television, film, and theater. Martin del Campo has appeared in productions from the Northwest Classical Theater Company, Miracle Theater, Artists Repertory Theater, and the Portland Actors Conservatory. He has written and directed several plays, including LEE, ADAM & SAM, an adaptation of Steinbeck’s EAST OF EDEN and THAT WAS THE RIVER, THIS IS THE SEA. He has also appeared in feature films NOT DEAD YET and MANAGEMENT, as well as the TV series LEVERAGE.
Raised a strict Catholic, Luz Elena Mendoza spent her childhood summers on a farm soaking up the melodies and stories of her surrounding Mexican community in California's San Joaquin Valley as the only daughter of a Mexican immigrant. This setting would come to define the rustic art-folk of Y LA BAMBA, Mendoza’s musical output founded in Portland after a debilitating illness during a trip to India, a journey that tested and eventually dismantled her faith. What began as a raw songbook of home recordings has now flourished into a developed palette of lush arrangements inspired by the traditional tunes of Mendoza's childhood and her explorations ever since.
Musician Edna Vazquez is acclaimed for her mariachi performances and her original contemporary songwriting. Born in Colima, Mexico and raised in Jalisco, the home of mariachi music, Vazquez left Mexico for the United States where she launched her career. International exposure soon followed with appearances on the Spanish language television shows TENGO TALENTO, MUCHO TALENTO and SABADO GIGANTE INTERNACIONAL. She now performs across the country with the EDNA VAZQUEZ QUINTET, solo, or with MARIACHI LOS PALMEROS.
Originally from Morelia, Michoacán, México, Susana Espino Rodriguez graduated with a degree in fashion design from Instituto Dicormo, where her work received international recognition at the prestigious Fashion International View. Additionally, she trained at Escuela de Bellas Artes in Morelia. Her work has been primarily showcased in Michoacán, Oregon, Washington and New York.
PORTLANDIA cast member Joe Haege has appeared in lead and supporting roles in independent films FIELD GUIDE TO NOVEMBER DAYS, A STANDING STILL and HOW THE FIRE FELL, in which he co-wrote the soundtrack. Haege is best known for his musical endeavors with TU FAWNING, and 31 KNOTS, as well as his solo project VIN BLANC/WHITE WINE. Most recently, Haege has been on a global tour playing guitar for San Francisco psyche-folkers THE DODOS. When not touring, Haege calls Leipzig, Germany home.
Mikey Kampmann is a writer, actor and comedian. He has appeared in IFC’s PORTLANDIA, NIGHT MOVES (Kelly Reichardt), CITY BABY and, most recently, LOW DOWN. Kampmann wrote a book, MIKEY GOING DOWN: SUMMER AT THE SOUTH POLE // LIFE AND SCIENCE AT THE END OF THE WORLD, chronicling his adventures while working as a cook in an Antarctica science research station. With his recent move to Los Angeles, Kampmann currently works as an art direction assistant for TIM AND ERIC’S BEDTIME STORIES.
Dan Considine landed a role in DUENDE: SUIT OF LIGHTS fresh into the acting world. His striking appearance and unique performance as a mischievous rodeo clown sparked his greater theatrical interests, as he soon after appeared in both NBC's GRIMM and IFC's PORTLANDIA. Motivated in pursuit of his burgeoning acting career, Dan made the move to Los Angeles where he continues to hone his craft at the GROUNDLINGS SCHOOL OF IMPROVISATION. On the horizon, he will be appearing in the upcoming feature film WILD directed by Jean-Marc Vallee.
Actor/Songwriter Bruce Jennings has appeared in commercials, web series, industrial videos, short films and features. His work in feature films' OFF DAY and AMBROSIA recently screened at AFI Fest and AOF international film festival respectively. Other titles starring Jennings include DYSTOPIA, THE FALLS: A TESTAMENT OF LOVE and PAGEANT GIRL. Principal photography for Jennings next roles in indie features THE PHOENIX PROJECT and VISCOUS is set to begin shortly. Additionally, Jennings continues his work with children's theater groups as a set designer, pit guitarist and assistant director in and around his home of Vancouver, Washington.
Dennis Fitzpatrick is an actor, voice actor, director, and producer. His involvement with the performing arts has spanned more than 40 years. Fitzpatrick has worked in film, TV, radio and theater. For several years he was a member of a repertory company in Bucks County, PA., and has since worked Off Broadway in London, San Francisco, and most recently Portland, Oregon. This year he was named Best Actor in the NW Short Film Festival and is a board member for Portland Actors Ensemble, the longest running free outdoor Shakespeare company in the United States.
Richard Bishop is an experimental guitarist whose improvisations and compositions often reflect the shadow worlds of India, the Middle East, North Africa, and other points along the Gypsy trail. Bishop is perhaps best known as a founding member (along with brother Alan Bishop) of experimental ethnic-improv pioneers and underground tricksters SUN CITY GIRLS, who for nearly 30 years have produced an extensive discography of over 50 full length albums. SUN CITY GIRLS formed in 1981 after the Bishop brothers' stint in the group PARIS 1942 which also featured J. Akkari and former VELVET UNDERGROUND drummer Moe Tucker.