Grazing the Sky

Grazing the Sky  {A Ras del Cielo}
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Grazing the Sky
A Ras del Cielo
Spain, 2013, 87 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Portugal/Mexico
North American Premiere
Topics: Art/Architecture/Film, Documentary, Latino, Sports
Program: True Stories
Language: English English Sub-Titles

"Grazing the Sky" takes a revealing look at the incredible physical exploits of circus acrobats, and finds compelling stories of men and women confronting adversity – including the real risk of severe, debilitating injury. The price of life in the limelight includes years of study and practice, an iron discipline, an ongoing commitment to learning new skills, and constant travel far from home.

Director Horacio Alcalá follows eight different acrobats from all over the world, intercutting interviews with artfully staged footage of his subjects performing breathtaking feats with poise and grace. Alcalá, who has been involved with the circus arts for seven years, including with Cirque du Soleil, travelled to 11 different countries over the course of five years to capture these stories. He finds a new reality where aspiring circus performers can learn their craft in specialized schools rather than through family apprenticeships. The trapeze becomes a metaphor for life ambitions, given contrast and poignancy by the ever-present risk of a fall.

Filmmaker(s) attending: Director

DIRECTOR: Horacio Alcalá
Producer: Carlos Batres, Aitor Echeverria, Horacio Alcala, Mariana Martinez Resendez
Editor: Nacho Ruiz Capillas
Screenwriter: Horacio Alcalá
Cinematographer: David Palacios
Principal Cast: Antonio Segura, Max La Sala, Damian Istria, Erika Nguyen, Fadi Zmorrod
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: Latido Films

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