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Daily Helping for August 14th, 2021 – The Last of the Chupacabras

A photo still from the short film The Last of the Chupacabras, showing the chupacabra and the lead actress sitting at a table having a meal together.

My journey with the Disney Launchpad series continues with The Last of the Chupacabras. I will admit that I wasn’t as enamoured with this short film as I was with the others. At first. But this film is also the most abstract in terms of its narrative, and to be honest, I wasn’t quite sure what was going on after watching it the first time. But after doing some research and listening to some interviews with writer/director Jessica Mendez Siqueiros, I watched the film again. And this time I loved it.

In particular, I loved the performance of lead actress Melba Martinez. She is just so full of emotion and passion that you can’t help but fall in love with her character. And a huge kudos to the puppeteers who brought the titular chupacabra to life. That creature is a fully formed character from frame one, which is a remarkable feat of filmmaking.

And yet, if I’m being honest, even after a second watch, I’m still not sure that I fully understand everything that’s going on in this film. But that’s okay. The Last of the Chupacabras is exploring the traditions of a culture I know very little about, and this film gives me a wonderful entry point to start learning. And first on my list? Googling just what exactly is a chupacabra.

Suggestions for artists I should check out? Please contact me with your ideas. I hope you enjoyed your daily helping of art!