Monday, March 25, 2013

Treefort Film Series: Hypnotic, Mystical Morrocan Showcase Transforms Boise's Egyptian

Posted By on Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Musical Brotherhoods From the Trans-Saharan Highway was part of Sundays offerings at the Treefort Film Series.
  • Musical Brotherhoods From the Trans-Saharan Highway was part of Sunday's offerings at the Treefort Film Series.

The staff at Boise's Egyptian Theatre told Boise Weekly Sunday afternoon that nearly 90 percent of the attendees of the Treefort Film Series had wristbands, meaning they had already gained entry into Treefort's main music festival, but as they were getting set to launch the second day of the festival's inaugural film companion-piece, they were seeing more fans who came just for the movies.

"A lot more people have wanted to participate in Treefort in some fashion, and this film series was that opportunity," said Nancy "Tiger" Spittle—host of the film series—who introduced nearly a dozen films March 22 and again Sunday. "We're especially seeing those people who are really into film and video."

Spittle, co-creator of the 208 Music Video Show, said watching the films on one of Boise's premiere screens has been exciting, particularly for the filmmakers.

"Let's face it; sometimes we're looking at our film like this," she said, making an imperfect rectangle with her forefingers and thumbs. "But now, look at this."

Spittle flew her arms open toward the Egyptian's stage.

"Here, you have this amazing screen," she said. "And one of the best sound systems in town."

Just as the lights were going down and his film began to roll, BW caught up with Portland-based Hisham Mayet, director of Musical Brotherhoods From the Trans-Saharan Highway.

"Many of the performances in this movie have never been recorded before due to very stringent restrictions," Mayet told BW. "But we were allowed to capture these images by earning their trust and respect."

Musical Brotherhoods journeys to a Jemaa el Fna, a mysterious centuries-old Moroccan meeting place where, on a nightly basis, magicians, fortune tellers, musicians, acrobats and snake charmers gather into what Mayet calls "a symphony of mystical brotherhoods."

Mayet's film has been showcased at film festivals around the world and Boise Treefort Film Series attendees got a rare treat to see the movie, which is now out of print. Boise Weekly quickly bought one of the last two DVDs available. It was that great.

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