ABOUT: MIRROR & MISSAL PART I: THE MAGICAL WOMEN OF ECHO PARK is an independent, art-house feature. Crowd and self-funded, the movie serves as a labor of love, completed on weekends and off days for over three years. Drawing on cinematic history, as well as historical, literary, musical and poetic allusions (and illusions), the film pays with genres, blending at times magical realism with the underground style of 80s No-Wave, Westerns with Melies.
PLOT: The once bustling city of creative energy is now as dry as its lake bed. Dancers and singers, artists and outlaws, fortune tellers and potion makers. The reluctant inhabitants now serve the singular intent of a maniacal woman. The story begins when the full moon is stolen from the sky. The power hungry Francesca (Nicole Disson) wishes to transfer the moon's essence to herself. But when a new kid, Abe, (Morgan Krantz) wanders into the bohemian town of Echo Park, plans go astray. Francesca and the young, reclusive writer Mike (Spring Ferrara) fall in love with Abe, leading everyone further into the bizarre world of Mirror and Missal.