Frida’s Heart official selection of Cinefestival 2016

Femina X – Frida’s Heart

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We are  pleased to announce that our music video “ Frida’s Heart” will screen at the 38th Anniversary of the San Antonio CineFestival.  The music video will precede a screening of the documentary Frontierlandia 6:30pm  Thursday  February 25, 2016 at the historic Guadalupe Theater.  Filmmakers, musicians and crew will be in attendance.



Femina-X‘s song entitled “Frida’s Heart” has garnered wide appeal for its intimate lyrical content and exciting interplay between vocal climaxes and guitar solos. Using the San Antonio River as a sacred geographic site, Daniela engages in a ritualistic self- sacrifice, presenting her own body as gift to the river in exchange for its rebirth. In this way, the sacrifice serves as reclamation for Yanaguana, the waters which nurtured and gave sustenance to the indigenous people of this region long before colonization. During the sacrificial ritual, Daniela also performs her own form of Tarantism, an ancient therapeutic dance which has been used to clean the spirit and body of blocked energy. This bio-energetic therapy, used to harmonize the mind, signifies the need to reconnect to one’s natural essence – that of the earth – and in this case, to the reconnect to the origins of the river.  Filmed in San Antonio, Center point Texas and The Blue Hole; the music video is a culmination of Riojas work as a musician and visual artist.  This music video  (created through the support of The Artist Foundation) is a glimpse into the mind, music and art, of a contemporary, interdisciplinary, Chicana artist.

Executive Producer/Director/Editor, Daniela Riojas, is a multi-media artist based out of San Antonio, TX; specializing in performance, photography, videography, installation, and music. Her work deals in ritual-based reflective self-portraiture. Daniela is the owner of local photography and media business, “ZaaZaa Productions,” voted Best Local Photographer by the SA Current in 2013 and works out of her studio “Studio 111: Daniela Riojas Multimedia Arts” a part of the Lone Star Art District. She studied English-Creative Writing at The University of San Antonio, TX and also attended the Vermont Studio Center Residency Program in the winter of 2013. She is a Surdna Foundation grant recipient, a current artist-in-residence at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center through the Artist Lab Fellowship Program, and was awarded a grant for Media Arts from the Creative and Cultural Development Department of the City of San Antonio through the Artist Foundation. Daniela is the lead singer and composer for fusion band, Femina-X.

Producer/Co-Director Laura Varela is a San Antonio-based documentary filmmaker and media artist whose work as a storyteller is shaped by her roots growing up on the US/Mexico Border in El Paso, Texas. Her work navigates between ideological, cultural, linguistic and physical borders through the use of film and contemporary art installations. Her documentary, As Long as I Remember: American Veteranos is being broadcast on PBS stations nationally via an American Public Television. She is currently developing the PBS documentary raúlrsalinas and the Poetry of Liberation, about the life and times of Xicano poet and activist. Her film An Urban Revolution is also screening this year at Cinefestival and won the City on the Rise Competition for Best Director at the 2015 San Antonio Film Festival.  Her work as a Chicana Filmmaker has screened at the San Antonio Cinefestival since the early 1990’s.  Her installation Enlight-Tents with German Artist Vaago Weiland was a historic feat for a multimedia Chicana artist as the Alamo grounds were used to project the images of indigenous faces and explore the difference in life views between the natives and the European colonizers.  



Executive Producer/Director/Editor: Daniela Riojas

Producer/Co-Director: Laura Varela

Director of Photography: Andrew Gonzalez

Storyboard Artist: Alex Paul Scheel

Costume Designer: Fabian Alejandro Diaz

Special Effects Make-up: Miguel Cantu

Set Photographer: Ricardo Romero

Production Assistants: Irene Varela, Sandra Torres, Brock Easterly, Chris Craddock