burn spark pictures

This week were are featuring a video from Maqui Gaona, from San Antonio’s own Saint Mary’s Hall. A student in the school’s Tobin Fine Arts School, she has created several films that have had success in film festivals not only in San Antonio but around the country–the Greenville festival in South Carolina, The Seattle International Film Festival and even the Newport Beach Film Festival, to name a few.

In Texas the film was awarded 3rd place in San Antonio’s Urban 15s Josiah Media Festival and was even screened at SXSW.  The film was shot locally  by Maqui and her fellow classmates at Saint Mary’s Hall. Originally 10 minutes, the video below is the five-minute cut shown at last year’s SXSW. The film depicts a alternate reality where finding “true love” has permanent consequences.

Maqui Gaona
Maqui Gaona

From the time lapse of San Antonio’s skyline to San Antonio locales like the McNay and even Fredrick’s Bistro, the film does a great job of showing off San Antonio while still telling an interesting and thought provoking narrative. Although not the first city to come to mind when thinking about cinematic innovation, local San Antonio filmmakers like Maqui, a senior at St. Mary’s Hall, bodes well for the future of cinema and independent film in our city.

To check out the rest of Maqui Gaona’s work visit her site BurnSpark Productions.  You’ll find more of her work and other Saint Mary’s Hall film students on the school’s youtube channel.

–Donald Dimick

Rivard Report video editor & Trinity University student, Class of ’13.