I cast a spell
In the Fog/神隠し is largely an exploration of identity, divinity, and duality. As a mixed queer person, it has been a process to find wholeness in a world that often seeks to define things in singular terms. Being more than one ethnicity or race often makes people think of you in parts instead of a whole. Being gender queer and being more androgynous poses confusion to a world that is just now beginning to see beyond the binary of male and female.
This film is largely about the journey of finding identity, wholeness, and one’s own divinity. Like in Miyazaki’s film Spirited Away, the ordinary world meets the spirit world and what unfolds sometimes feels like heaven and other times hell, but through it all there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. I have found my light and it’s shining brighter than I ever thought possible.
Big thanks to all the folks who helped make this magic happen. DIY
Matthew Takata Shepherd: Director, Writer, Producer, Key Cast "Vioulet," Editor
Naomi Takata Shepherd: Director, Producer
Erin Chastain: Key Cast “Kei”
Janelle Ludowise: Key Cast “Kei”
Jaime Lucero: Cinematographer
In the Fog/神隠し
Full video coming soon! Check out a lil more about the film here: https://filmfreeway.com/IntheFogslashShenYinsiKamikakushi
So excited that In the Fog/神隠し has been a part of all the following film fests!
OutfestLA (Los Angeles, CA) July 21, 2019
Oregon Cinema Arts Film Festival (Portland, OR) August 10, 2019 - Best Experimental Film Award
Denver Underground Film Festival (Denver, CO) March 23, 2019
Dumbo Film Festival Official Selection - February 2019
Mindfield Film Festival (Los Angeles, CA) Winner
Indie Short Fest (Los Angeles, CA ) Finalist
Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards (Los Angeles, CA) Semi-finalist