Jalisco is powerful female heroine that fights crime through the tradition of folklorico dance. She's the epitome of the interlacing identities of female strength and cultural prowess that is lacking in the realm of comic books and super hero action. She showcases strength of the Mexican community.
Inclusion StatementLittle girls have few female superheroes and role models to look up to Jalisco is a Latina superhero who is not only proud of her Mexican roots, she uses them to slay the bad guys. This project is a stand for diversity. The cast will be mostly Latino actors and the crew all female.
About The Project
There aren't many female heroes, even less Latina female heroes. And even rarer than that, ones that can kill while dancing. Enter our hero, Jalisco. She dances Folklorico in her cultural dress attire and when she spins blades are released from the fringes of the skirt. She twirls perfectly and slices necks at the same time. She's an assassin. And this is her story.
This is a Desperado meets Kills Bill. It’s an action-packed short with a Latina heroine, Latino cast, and diverse crew. It’s a homage to Mexico and it’s culture. Empowering the Mexican community by exploring its rich tradition of dance.
Baile folklórico, literally "folkloric dance" in Spanish, also known as ballet folklórico, is a collective term for traditional Mexican in dances that emphasize local folk culture with ballet characteristics - pointed toes, exaggerated movements, highly choreographed.
Growing up I watched my mother dance Folklorico, I want to pay homage to her and to our rich Mexican culture by celebrating one of the most important aspects of our art that have been handed down from generation to generation.
Once the short is complete, the plan is to enter it into Film Festivals. We also envision that this will be the opening scene of the feature film version of the story. The goal is to earn some recognition, visibility, and support so that we can produce the feature film.
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About This Team
Kayden Phoenix is a Latina Writer, Director, Producer, and Feminist hailing from East Los Angeles, California. She received a full ride academic scholarship to Loyola Marymount University where she acquired a BA in Business Administration, with an Emphasis in Marketing. Upon entering the industry, the first thing she noticed was the industry dominated standard- complete with character generalizations.
In response, she became a huge advocate for diversity both in front and behind the camera, giving a voice to stories untold. She plans on evening the playing field for the under-represented through her unique and diverse filmmaking.
“A big part of my life’s purpose is to give voice to stories as multifaceted, atypical, and diverse as the people we find in the real world.”