Indie Grits Festival | April 12-15,2018

This My Favorite Mural

Saturday, April 14 at 3:10 PM
Sunday, April 15 at 4:30 PM

Shorts Block: Travel the Earth 
Michael Arcos | New Orleans, LA | 11 min
Genre: Documentary Short

On a rainy afternoon, a mysterious painting draws a young woman from Germany into the world of tire shops on the outskirts of New Orleans. What begins as a curiosity leads to an investigation — and to the production of her first documentary film.

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Meet The Filmmaker

We asked our filmmakers some questions about them and their work. For further questions, join us at the designated post-screening Q+A!

Michael Arcos

1. What is your connection to the South?

I’m a Southern baby, raised in the swamps of Miami, Florida. I also lived in a trailer by a pecan grove and blackberry field in South Georgia for 4 years. These days, I am working and cellar dwelling in the swamps of southern Louisiana.

2. Where did you get your inspiration for this work?

I’ve always had a genuine admiration for immigrants living in the South, especially the undocumented ones. My father is an immigrant from Ecuador but most of the kids I grew up were from all over the place. I’ve been asked to marry for “papers” 3 times.

3. How did you start making films?

I started editing on VHS in high school at this defunct television production studio that was available to the students. I made a bunch of PSA’s for the morning announcements, some which were eventually banned. Later, I found out that the college near my parents house had a 16mm lab, so I went for two and a half years to study how to produce and edit on film. Ever since, I have been experimenting and working with the moving image.

4. Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting?

Among many other themes, This My Favorite Mural is a commentary on immigration in the South. Living in New Orleans, I have always been obsessed with this tire shop mural near the airport. Though I usually work with narrative stories, I wanted to challenge myself to make a documentary by attempting to find the artist behind the mural. I did eventually find him—undocumented immigrant who’s been living and working in New Orleans for over 10 years. Upon request, he is never named or featured in the film. Well … maybe this isn’t funny. Just watch the film.

5. What do you look forward to the most during Indie Grits?

I’ve only heard praises about this festival. Extremely honored to be selected and excited to attend! Also, really interested in the programming!

6. Why should someone see your film?

As a viewer of cinema, I like to be challenged. As a director, I attempt to challenge the viewer. If you like to be shaken up while navigating your way through a mundane mystery about murals in the South, this is the film for you.

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