Carlos Castaneda's books have conquered the world. Fifty years after the publication of his first book, "The Teachings of Don Juan", his work is still being translated into other languages, and continues to be found on the shelves of bookstores around the world. Many of us have dreamed of seeing his story on the big screen. In due time, such a film could turn into a classic of world cinema. However, time passed, and it seemed that these hopes were not destined to come true. Therefore, we decided to take the situation into our own hands - to create the film that millions of fans around the world have been waiting for all these years.
The Ixtlan project is the result of the mutual inspiration and efforts of many participants. Each of us. Only thanks to this combined strength, were we able to overcome numerous obstacles on the way to our goal. Intent opened the doors for us, allowing us to cross the threshold and take the first step. Without it, this film would have remained a pipe dream.
Artwork by Alexey Bachtiozin
"Project Ixtlan" is the idea of fans of the books of Carlos Castaneda. We are not connected with the world of big cinema, nor with its advantages and disadvantages. We created this project not for the sake of making money, but for the sake of making a dream come true - to see Castaneda's journey into the wonderful world of don Juan portrayed on the big screen.
MADE BY FANS
The bulk of the production costs of the film came from contributions by fans of Carlos Castaneda's works like ourselves. In this way, the Ixtlan project was created, and its future is in all of our hands. Together we started this path, together we will continue it.
The work on the creation of the first episode of the film required huge resources: knowledge, time, creativity, money. We have invested the best we have. And today we give the result of our joint efforts to every true admirer of the books of Carlos Castaneda...
In addition to the distinctive visual style, the amazing music of the legendary composer Terry Oldfield and master instrumentalist Igor Lazarev written specially for the Project Ixtlan makes a huge contribution to creating and enhancing the profound atmosphere found in the books.
The music conveys the incredible atmosphere of the events that forever changed the life of Carlos Castaneda, and will do the same for those who dare to go on this spiritual journey through the mediums of music and film. To convey its beauty, we contracted a symphonic quartet, recording the music live.
Starting as a self-taught musician Terry Oldfield has become a world renowned musician best known for his unique style of flute playing.
He has composed music for over 80 film and TV productions, nominated for two EMMY awards for Land of the Tiger and Twilight of the Dreamtime and a BAFTA nomination for the BBC series Kingdom of the Ice Bear. Terry has released more than 60 albums to date and with over 2 million record sales.
The music of Terry Oldfield brought depth and special athmosphere to our movie. We thank Spirit for the successful collaboration with the composer, whose music continues to inspire people around the world.