Misha Capecchi is raising funds to film her new project, In the Mouth of the Wolf, this Summer, in Italy, Oregan, and Utah. Please help her with any donation. Every little piece matters.
An Experimental Spagetti Western: Southern Italy becomes the "Wild West" in a battle between reason, myth and chance.
The film will paint a picture of the
Great American West as a hyper politicized terrain that has grown
beyond the myths of Manifest Destiny, and of virginal and scared
nature. The West today is no longer the same place that is was in the
19th century. Urbanization, Cold War nuclear testing, the plight of
the native peoples, the drying up of the Rio Grande and the Colorado
River as well as aquifer depletion have permanently
transformed the West. Southern Italy also has been submitted to a wrath
of environmental concerns.
The Sassi, in
Matera represent contested land and a land of resistance. Similar to
the Frontier in the 19th century and continuing to present
day, where the West is thought by many to be the ideal land for
nuclear disposal, the Sassi beckon the questions: How does history
move into modernity? How does culture, history and land become
commodified? What should be maintained? And whose job is it to
maintain and preserve? In Matera, issues concerning
the perversion of ethics in the guise of modernity, has left
behind an altered culture. The film addresses these aspects of the
transformed social and environmental landscape.
This project walks the line between a cinematic film and an experimental art film. This is an interesting place to walk as it has even fuzzier
boundaries than if it were one or the other. Additionally, it is paying
homage to a brilliant genre that in itself was both complicated and
conflicted. There is risk, conceptually in all of these factors.