Pegi Vail's "GRINGO TRAILS" -- Original soundtrack by Laura Ortman

by Laura Ortman

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GRINGO TRAILS is a feature-length documentary that raises urgent questions about one of the most powerful globalizing forces of our time: tourism. Spanning South America, Africa and Asia, the tourist pathway known as the “gringo trail” has facilitated both life-altering adventures and the despoiling of many once virgin environments. The film follows stories along the trail to reveal the complex relationships between colliding cultures: host countries hungry for financial security and the tourists who provide it in their quest for authentic experiences.

About director Pegi Vail:

Pegi Vail (Director/Producer) is an anthropologist and Associate Director of the Center for Media, Culture, and History at NYU. She has taught at NYU and Columbia University on Film, Culture, and Tourism. Her book, Right of Passage, based on her research among backpackers in Bolivia as a Fulbright scholar, is forthcoming (Duke University Press). Vail has additionally served as lecturer for Columbia Alumni Travel Study Tours, National Geographic and Soros Open Society and as a judge for the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. As a curator, she has collaborated with organizations such as the Museum of the American Indian, American Museum of Natural History, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and The Moth, the storytelling collective she was a founding board member and curator for. Vail currently serves on the Moth’s General Council and Curatorial Committee. She directed the award-winning short documentary, The Dodger’s Sym-phony. Gringo Trails is her first feature-length documentary.

All music composed and performed by Laura Ortman -- violin, electric guitar, piano, vocals, casio, percussion

Jim Pugliese and Christine Bard -- drums, percussion

Recorded at The Dust Dive by Laura Ortman, Brooklyn, New York

About Composer Laura Ortman:

Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache) received the FIRST NATIONS COMPOSERS INITIATIVE Common Ground Award Grant for founding The Coast Orchestra, the all-Native American orchestra in 2008. They premiered to sold-out audiences at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and opening night of the Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival in New York. She was a founding member of THE DUST DIVE and member of the acclaimed, genre-bending New York band STARS LIKE FLEAS, who has performed at Centre Pompidou (Paris) and MoMA (NYC) and has written and recorded two solo albums (recorded by Martin Bisi) playing violin, Apache violin, piano, electric guitar, samples, megaphone and organ. Her second solo album Someday We’ll Be Together was named one of RPM: Indigenous Music Culture’s “10 Most Influential Indigenous Album’s of 2011” and her video for I Lost My Shadow (dir. by Nanobah Becker, starring New York City Ballet’s Jock Soto) won “Best Music Video” at imagineNative 2011. Her first solo album Tens of Thousands was released on free103point9’s Transmission arts Dispatch Series. Ortman composed the score to the short film, Ok Breathe Auralee (dir: Brooke Swaney), which premiered at Sundance in 2012.

More information about Gringo Trails: gringotrails.com

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released August 31, 2014

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Laura Ortman Brooklyn, New York

AWARDS: 2016 NATIVE ARTS AND CULTURE FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP, 2016 ART MATTERS GRANT, 2014 RAUSCHENBERG RESIDENCY, 2015 Social Engagement Residency at IAIA’s Museum of Contemporary Native Arts S​anta Fe, imagineNative Film + Media Arts Festival 2011: BEST MUSIC VIDEO​, 2010 Artist­-in­Residence (Stars Like Fleas) Issue Project Room NYC , 2008 First Nations Composers Initiative COMMON GROUND Grant​ ... more

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