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Story of Smoke In Mirror...

Smoke In Mirror began in 1997 as a highschool music project with my best friend. The name was "Smoking Mirror" and we found it in a children's book of Mayan legends. The name refers to the Mayan god that sent Quetzalcoatl, the plumed serpent, to the sun to bring music and rythm to the Earth.

After highschool I attended university for journalism and documentary creation and started putting "Smoke In Mirror Productions" in the credits. I thought it had a nice ring of self reflective irony for a documentary production group. I have tried to showcase "truths" in my stories, but in the end one must admit that at the very least the viewer is just watching a passionate reproduction of the truth on a given day in a given life, and that has been edited and processed. In the end even the best media is just Smoke In Mirrors...

"...your organization may be accused of having given hospitality to heretical and even dangerous thoughts. But the elaborate structure of networks, advertising agencies and sponsors will not be shaken or altered. And if what I say is responsible, I alone am responsible for the saying of it. ...they will there find recorded in black and white, and in color, evidence of decadence, escapism and insulation from the realities of the world in which we live. We are currently wealthy, fat, comfortable and complacent. We have a built-in allergy to unpleasant or disturbing information. Our mass media reflect this. But unless we get up off our fat surpluses and recognize that television in the main is being used to distract, delude, amuse and insulate us, then television and those who finance it, those who look at it and those who work at it, may see a totally different picture too late."

--Edward R. Murrow
October 15, 1958


Mission of Smoke In Mirror
The mission of Smoke In Mirror is to tell stories that reflect Universal Citizenship, that is the inherent innerconnectedness and brotherhood of all living things regardless of political boundries, social and economic stature, or anything else Kurt Vonnegut may have described as a Granfalloon.

Me, Steve Abatiell, in a Portland coffee shop.