Film Title: Soy Cubana
This short documentary follows a unique and until now little known Cuban a cappella quartet, the Vocal Vidas. Their infectious spirit, precise vocal harmonies, and melting pot of references embody the sounds of Santiago de Cuba – the cradle of Afro-Cuban music. We follow these four women, exploring their daily lives, artistic process and gain a unique window into a contemporary career and relationship with music in a communist society.
Key People (cast, crew, etc.):
The Vocal Vidas, a cappella quartet from Cuba; Co Directors: Jeremy Ungar and Ivaylo Getov; Producer: Robin Miller Ungar; Editor: Agustin Rexach Martin
Why did you decide to submit to FirstGlance?
Love the idea of screening in the Los Angeles area as we reside here.
Will someone from your team be attending FirstGlance?
Yes. Directors and editor.
What is something you feel is important for our readers to know about your film?
Soy Cubana has had great success, screening at 41 festivals thus far and winning 8 awards for best short documentary. People seem to love the music of the amazing Vocal Vidas, a cappella female quartet from Cuba. The group recently won the CubaDisco award (equivalent to a Grammy) in Cuba for best vocal group.
What should viewers expect from your film?
To be entertained and to experience the pure joy of the music of the Vocal Vidas. If you like a cappella, you will love these women. Also to get a glimpse into life in Santiago de Cuba, the second largest city in Cuba, and the heart of Afro-Cuban arts and culture.
Do you have any production stories our readers might enjoy?
I went to Cuba in Nov. 2014 with a friend and saw these amazing singers. Little did we all know, I would return 7 months later to make a documentary about them. It was my first film (as producer). I had filmed the women on my iphone, returned to Los Angeles where I spoke with my son, Jeremy Ungar, a director. He signed on to go back with me and brought a friend, Ivaylo Getov. Together they co directed the film. I was really nervous about the sound recording, getting great quality. It all worked out and we have a beautiful film with amazing sound! We did not know the Vidas prior to getting to Cuba to film. Again the stars aligned. They were receptive and eager to participate. We shot the film in about 6 days. 7 months later in February of 2016, we premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival! And the journey continues!
What are you looking forward to most at FirstGlance?
Meeting other filmmakers and interacting with the audience!
Where can our readers find more information about your film?
Soycubanamovie.com and please download the song, Yo Si Tumbo La Mata, on that site. It’s our gift to the audience and it’s fabulous. From the Vocal Vidas and gifted composer, Rodulfo Valliant Also check us out on Facebook!
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