Animatic Film Short Showcases Rebellion in Ancient Mexico

At the Fine Arts Theater on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, the audience will visit an exotic land clouded with mystery and superstition – the birthplace of Mexico City. It was a land where a great city rose to glorify kings while common folk eked out a living – a city buried under modern buildings and plazas, its voices now carried only on the wind.

City of Gold – An Eagle is Born offers a trip back to 16th century Mesoamerica in an animated film based on life’s daily drama in and around the ruling Aztec city, Tenochtitlán. The rich history of this long-gone civilization can benefit today’s descendents by bringing to light the culture – where the valiant are forged in fires of the times. City of Gold fosters pride in heritage, along with tolerance and understanding for our day.

The Animatic is a visualization of scenes from the award-winning first story in the epic City of Gold Trilogy, written by Jeanne McKinney. For over 6 years, she’s researched indigenous art, architecture, history, religion, trade and foreign relations. In three feature scripts, she projects evolving Mesoamerican life, wars and conquests.

Seasoned animators have created a ‘live in that world’ feeling through detailed characters and storyboards – marrying them with the music of award-winning composer, Alan Williams – all for a sweep into high adventure.

A mighty eagle opens the film, swooping over the ominous City of Gold. The eagle spirit inspires teenage Tetoca, who must find the strength to overcome threatening chaos – defending freedom.

As writer, director and producer of the City of Gold Animatic, Jeanne McKinney is working to find production funding and distribution for the Trilogy. She has owned AVtek Productions for over 15 years, and collaborated with national and international artists and companies to create uplifting entertainment. Jeanne believes theater audiences champion films that send positive messages.

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