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