Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Zipolite, Ohm Playa, El Boheme & The Movie Mystico Fantastico!!

Blog post by Tina Winterlik
Mar 2/2011

With this big storm about to bare down on us in Vancouver, I think we could all use something to take our mind off things for a bit. So check out this video.

From Wikipedia

Playa Zipolite is a beach community located in San Pedro Pochutla municipality on the southern coast of Oaxaca state in Mexico. It is located between Huatulco and Puerto Escondido and is part of the “Riviera Oaxaqueña” area.[1]

Zipolite is best known as being one of Mexico’s very few nude beaches and for retaining much of the hippie culture that made it notable in the 1960s and 1970s.

The name Zipolite, sometimes spelled Sipolite or Cipolite probably comes from the Nahuatl word sipolitlan or zipotli, meaning "bumpy place" or "place of continuous bumps or hills".[1]

However, some claim the name means “beach of the dead” in either Nahuatl or Zapotec because of dangerous underwater currents just offshore.[2][3][4]

The beach is currently popular with foreign tourists, especially backpackers, who stay in one of the many rustic cabins or camping spaces that line the beach.[5][6]Read More Here

Archeological finds at the east end of the beach shows that the area has a long history, but for the first half of the 20th century only one family lived here.[2] In the 1960s and 1970s, counterculture hippies began to congregate here in part due to the beach’s isolated nature. At the time, there was little law enforcement, and drug use became common.[3] In the 70s and 80s the beach gained a reputation in Mexico and among foreign travelers as a free-love paradise. Read More here

Zipolite is a nearly pristine about forty meters wide and two km long, with medium grain gold colored sand. The water is clear with tones of blue and green.[6]

This was one of the beaches featured in the Mexican blockbuster movieY tu mamá también.”[13] It stretches from a small isolate cove called Playa del Amor on the east side to the new age Shambala retreat on the west end which is partially sheltered by rocks.

Behind this is, sea cliffs rise. The beach is lined by palm trees and rustic cabins, hotel rooms and hammocks with a few more sophisticated lodgings on the west end.[10][17] This beach is part of the Riviera Oaxaqueño, which includes the nearby beaches of Puerto Angel and San Agustinillo.[1]

This beach is favored by foreign tourists, most of whom are backpackers and by the Mexican middle class,[5][6][13] especially during Holy Week vacation in Mexico.[4]

The beach’s appeal stems from being one of very few beaches in which nudity is tolerated, however it is mostly practiced on the sheltered far east Playa del Amor and the far west end.[10][12][17]
Rocks on the far east end with crosses on them Read More here

Swimming is practiced here but caution is strongly advised. Waves are strong in the afternoon, which is good for surfing and undertow is always strong. The ocean just offshore has strong currents that flow in circular patterns, some of which push swimmers toward shore and some which can pull swimmers out to sea.

These currents are strong but not very wide.[10][12][18] Swimmers have regularly drowned, prompting the creation of a volunteer lifeguard team and a flag system to indicate where and when it is safest to swim.[3]

The lifeguard team was founded in 1995 and trained by local charity Piña Palmera and U.S. citizen Joaquin Venado.

In 1996, drownings at this beach were cut in half.[18] The lifeguard service currently has ten lifeguards, an ATV, a jet ski, radios and other equipment provided by the state government.[11][15]

From 2007 to 2009, there have been no drowning deaths at Zipolite, a record, but there have been 180 registered rescues.[11][19] Read More here

While were were there in the winter of 2008/9 they were filming a movie. It's World Premiere starts tomorrow, see this link!!

Mystico Fantástico! from anita doron on Vimeo.

World Premiere of Mystico Fantastico

MaryaMurphy says: MYSTICO FANTASTICO: clever, charming and imaginative. I'm a sucker for idylls. Nice use of color, music, mythos.

earthcritter says: Mystico Fantastico is what its title says. That's a fine line to walk. The low- budget look helps (unusual). Story & acting: yep!

@LetyO: 'Mystico Fantastico'. A compelling story about discovering one's self. Culturally connected by clever narration.

@suzanneyada: Saw Mystico Fantastico w/ @jasmineduarte at @cinequest. It was indeed fantastico. The director was there & said it cost only about $20k

Suzanne Quigley-Carbajal
Oh I so loved your film! I loved listening to you speak tonight after the Cinequest showing and talking to you in person following! More hugs, Suzie
ps Cannot wait to see your follow-up!

Mystico Fantastico - Filmed in Southern Mexico

Blog post by Tina Winterlik
Mar 2/2011

Here is the trailer from Mystico Fantasico- Filmed in Zipolite
Mystico Fantástico! Trailer from anita doron on Vimeo.

The SF Latino Film Festival is pleased to co-present the World Premiere of Mystico Fantastico.

San Francisco Latino Film Festival

This feature film is written and directed by Anita Doron who is known for her work on indie hits, End of Silence and Late Fragment.

Doron tells the story of a woman washed up on the shore in a remote village in the south of Mexico. Accompanied by a tour guide, the story of this woman from the sea reveals the true meaning of what it means to live on the edge.

See below for showtimes and tickets
03/03, 7:00pm Camera 12, San Jose, CA
03/05, 4:30pm Camera 12, San Jose, CA
03/08, 4:30pm San Jose Repertory Theatre

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World Premiere: March 3, 5 and 8, 2011 - California
Genre Magic Realism

Magic Realism feature film written and directed by Anita Doron. Starring Beatriz Yuste. Shot on location at the Beach of the Dead, Zipolite, Oaxaca. A collection of Vagabond Artsy Misfits, we made this film mostly while wearing no shoes.
Plot Outline

A woman named Louise and a doll in a red dress are washed ashore in a remote village somewhere in the south of Mexico. She may or may not be a disgruntled hippie dropping out, a bride suffering extended cold feet or a failed Ponzi schemer seeking solace in the ocean, but no one, including herself has any idea.

Louise responds to her new surroundings with a coma-like stare. But when her Mexican nightmare refuses to cease and desist, she has no choice but to engage with her new environment.

And through mainlining alcohol poisoning, hallucinations, music, the creepy voodoo doll, lust, friendship and a coconut milk shower, Louise becomes humble before the mysteries of life.

The woman from the sea recognizes that home is no longer located in the republic of solitude but in the simple act of letting the world in and allowing for possibilities she had never, until now, dreamt of.