Hey this is Vince who is in this doc. I really appreciate the interest in profiling our party and how it contrasts Molly's during the day.
I want to clarify... I grew up in Santa Fe, I grew up in the Bellamah neighborhood (st. mikes/zia/rodeo/yucca) and it frustrates me how much I come across, and Meow Wolf comes across, as intruders of an established, local, bar.
To take my statement of '...and they are white, primarily' out of context is a travesty. The real meat of what I was explaining was how the bar and its regulars and established culture have welcomed us, and how we have worked on developing a solid relationship with Eduardo, and James, and Olivia, and how we have made a point to be respectful, and apprecaitive, and collaborative with them.To me, as the individual orchestrating these parties, this is the real story here. Instead, these outsider filmakers came into town and made a beautiful film about a gentrification that is not occuring as they portrayed it. As a born and raised Santa Fean, with multi-generational roots and immediate family, this frustrates me.
Vince - I watched this video not knowing anything about this neighborhood, the backstory, or your personal history or involvement - in otherwords, I'm someone who came in to see a video about a dance-party I knew nothing about in a bar I knew nothing about in a town that I know very little about -
But what I took from the video, before reading your post, was exactly what you are explaining as 'the real meat' - I was hyped - it did indeed look like a really cool bar with a strong local following and it seemed awesome that a community that is not usually a part of that bar could be invited in to have a party.
This video, formally, seems to me to be pretty straight-forward. It juxtaposes two very different cultures that are sharing a space. One is white and young and dances vigorously to contemporary, digitally-created music, the other is hispanic and older and tends to listen to, or sign, an entirely different kind of music.
The fact that you are white and they aren't makes the issue inherently political. But I, for one, saw this as casting both sides in a positive light, which might just be my casting of my own opinion on the subject matter, but there was definitely room for that in the video that I watched.
Cool... that is good to hear.
I am probably too close to the situation, and pretty raw from having people give us hell for throwing parties at VFW and Mollys. I am glad it comes across well to someone objective.
I said such more eloquent things than 'They have the beer we have the party'! So frustrating... but probably NBD.
Lastly, I would have hoped that a sense of 'cross-over' would have been portrayed - as in, me talking about Eduardo or James or Olivai, or Eduardo talking about Emily, me, Amelia, etc. it was like I talk about my group of white people and Eduardo talks about his regulars and that was it.
I dunno....again, thanks for the coment. Makes me feel better. :)
The inspiration for our film, "Meow Wolf & Molly's," came from two separate visits to Molly's Kitchen and Lounge. The first visit was for one of Meow Wolf's dance parties. The second was for drinks at the bar on a Wednesday night, which happened to be Karaoke night. The difference between those two nights in both clientele and atmosphere was striking and it made Molly's seem unique in Santa Fe for its ability to attract such notably different demographics.In its simplest terms, our film is about a restaurant/bar with a regular clientele and an art collective that finds a new home there for its dance parties. The aspect of the story that we found most interesting, based on the material that we gathered, was what the collective was looking for in a space versus the character of the space that they found.With regard to our practice, we feel it important to note that we make an effort to never take our interview subjects' quotes out of their immediate context.Thank you for reading this response and for watching our film. Jackie Munro and Jesse Fisher