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03
Nov
11

Nacho Libre: A film of Hope

I wrote this “review” a while ago and decided to finally post.


Image ©2006 Paramount Pictures

I was watching a “classic” movie Nacho Libre last night Produced by Jack Black, Directed by Jared Hess written by Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess and Mike White. I have fond memories of watching this movie with my son Caden in the hospital or at home as he was recovering from his chemotherapy’s. Nacho Libre at first seems to be just another fun shallow comedy with Jack Black (Nacho). I loved the cinematography, the fun accents and the kitschy feel. There is this gorgeous aqua blue and cadmium red throughout the film. It makes me wish I was painting again. Last night something made me love this flick even more.

This revelation hits me while the frames are rolling. This is a movie about hope! In all its hyped up silliness the movie is about hope, and it is beautiful. Yes, even proudly I say it; “Nacho Libre is a stunning film!”

The basic plot is about a child who grows up in an orphanage. His mother was a Protestant missionary to Mexico and his father was a Catholic Priest who besides trying convert each other manage to have a son before they both die. Nacho their son is raised in a Catholic orphanage. The credits roll as he tries to act like a luchadore and is humiliated once he has been caught by the priests. As he grows he cannot stop thinking about finding his place in the world and his passion for Mexican wrestling. He draws sketches of his costume if he was a wrestler during mass. Eventually he meets a homeless person (Esqueleto played by Héctor Jiménez) in the alley trying to steel the orphans chips, and he fights him for the bag. With the recent arrival to the orphanage of Encarnación the peaceful, beautiful sister and the harassment by the other brothers for his lack of cooking skills, Nacho decides to act on his dream of Lucha libre. He finds Esqueleto the chip thief and gets him to agree to team up with him in the ring. They lose badly, but make some money and they are hooked. Nacho brings back a salad for orphans to their delight. Eventually, Nacho wants to become more and more like the professional luchadores. He is hiding his identity and sneaking out late to wrestle. His joy turns to frustration as he is starting to slip in his help for the orphans. An opportunity comes up that the winner of many wrestlers would fight Rames (Cesar Gonzalez) the best luchador and would become a professional wrestler and win a substantial amount of money. When he asks Sister Encarnación (Ana de la Reguera) what she thinks he should do, she says that God would honor a person if they were doing something for the right reason. Nacho is shown praying at the front of the chapel. He prays that if God will only let him win this match, that he will give any money he wins to help the orphans. As he is praying the candles catch his robe on fire. He runs out of the church screaming and his clothes on fire. He rolls to put out the flames. When he stands up, his simple brown tunic has been burned off the bottom half of him revealing his colorful aqua and red “stretchy pants” that he wears to wrestle. Everyone is shocked by this site and Nacho claims that he is “Nacho the luchadore”. The anger from the brothers come in claims of sin with icy stares. Nacho states that he will go and he will fight and he will win, because God is with him in the ring. He states that when he wins he will by a bus for the orphans, so they can go on field trips and “stuff”. He gallops off to fight and comes home dejected from being the runner up to the winner the Emperor. He is kicked out of the orphanage, and as he is about to leave his small friend Chancho (Darius Rose) asks him where he will go. Nacho says he doesn’t know as there is no place for him at the orphanage and there is no place for him in the world. Chancho gives him a machette to help Nacho as he goes into the wilderness. After a short time, Esqueleto comes to give him a message that the Emperor has been injured and cannot fight Ramses. Nacho decides to come out of retirement to wrestle. Esqueleto has asked Nacho before, “Do you think we’ll win?”
Nacho replied, “I do not know, but I hope so.” He is very nervous about fighting Ramses and does his best, but he is loosing badly and it looks to be over for Nacho as Sister Encarnación and the masked orphans walk into the stadium. Nacho’s hope is restored, and his faith and courage return. He begins to subdue Ramses as the slow motion continues, he wins with an aerial swan leap from the ropes to the retreating luchador and a three second pin.

The orphans bus is decked out in bright luchador paintings as it travels down the road. Out the door of the bus Nacho the aqua clothed luchador priest, Sister Encarnación and the orphans proceed up the steps of their next tour destination.


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Article ©2011 Darin M. White

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20
Oct
07

Healing for the Arts Show Opening Tonight 10/20/07

Shannon and I are in a show that is having its reception tonight at the Lawrence Art Center called Healing Through the Arts.  Please come to view the show from 5-7 pm tonight October 20th, 2007.  We are working on pieces surround the events of our son Caden and his battle with Nueroblastoma cancer.

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Healing Through the Arts IV: “Surviving and Thriving” Exhibition

Lawrence Arts Center
October 6-31, 2007
Reception, Saturday, October 20, 5-7 pm

Healing Through the Arts IV: “Surviving and Thriving” Exhibition –

Events:

  • Art Exhibition: October 5-31
  • Exhibition Reception: Saturday, October 20, 5:00-7:00pm
  • Workshops with Christie Dobson and Libby Schmanke

For more information: Lawrence Arts Center , 940 New Hampshire , Lawrence , KS 66044 Contact: Candi Baker or Mary Devlin at (785)843-2787 or lacdance@sunflower.com

Healing Through the Arts 2007: Surviving and Thriving, a Breast Cancer Prevention and Awareness Project, is underway at The Lawrence Arts Center this month. This year’s events include an Art Exhibition October 5-31 with a reception Saturday, October 20 from 5:00 – 7:00 (Note: this date and time is new and an update to previously announced date and time) and two workshops with community groups.

The exhibition is open to artists who are cancer survivors and artists interested in the connections between art and healing. The work is displayed in the Lawrence Arts Center’s lobby and main floor hallway. This year’s 27 artists come from Baldwin City, Lawrence, LeCompton, Ozawkie, and Topeka, Kansas, as well as, Lee Summit, Mo.

Works included are by Zak Barnes, Amy Bertrand, Carolyn Berry, Crystal Jo Cunningham, Ann Dean, Laura Dalrymple, Cindy Daniels, Erlene Flowers, D. W. Gates, Roxann Graber, Steven Graber, Doug Guess, Johanna Hanks, Dick Herpich , Debbie McGee, Brigid Murphy, George Paley, Joyce Schild, Libby Schmanke, Leonard Schneider, Tony Silvestri, Dawn Tallchief , Elinor Tourtellot, D White, Darin White , Shannon White , and Carolyn Young . Mediums include watercolor, oil, acrylic, digital images, fabric, collage, photography, ceramics and sculpture. Most works are accompanied by an artist statement discussing the work and usually the connection from their lives with healing. This powerful and moving exhibition will continue until October 31 with a reception October 20 from 5:00 -7:00pm honoring the artists.

Additionally, two encouraging and inspiring workshops are being presented to special community groups this month as part of Healing through the Arts. Christie Dobson, MA, in theater and drama therapy, will present Healing Circle through Drama therapy workshop to care-givers and survivors here at the Lawrence Arts Center . Libby Schmanke, MA, board-certified art therapist, state certified substance abuse counselor and owner of Art and Insight, a private art therapy practice, will present a workshop in Healing and Artmaking to Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support group. Inquiries about these workshops should be directed to Candi Baker, lacdance@sunflower.com.

Special Thanks this year goes to 100 Good Women and Women Speak for their generous donation in support of this project. “Thanks for making good things happen in our community and beyond.”

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Contact me with any questions.

Darin White

09
Sep
07

Sketch for Caden’s Sculpture

I won’t go into detail about the background on this post, but you can view more information here at our art group balm.  This is a sketch for a sculpture that I am working on about my son Caden, who is fighting a childhood cancer called neuroblastoma.  My wife Shannon has been working on some different pieces dealing with issues of hope called Hope in Hopeless Places.

Sculpture Design for Caden




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