HBO will premiere the feature music documentary FANDANGO AT THE WALL, tonight at 8:00pm.
At the heart of the film is the “Fandango Fronterizo” music festival that takes place annually on both sides of the Tijuana-San Diego border. Jorge Francisco Castillo, who founded the festival, invites Sehgal and O’Farrill to Veracruz, Mexico to meet the masters of son jarocho, which is a 300-hundred-year-old folk music that combines indigenous, Spanish, and African traditions. They travel through the scenic countryside of Veracruz recruiting the best of these musicians to join them at the upcoming border festival. With musicians on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, the festival becomes a celebration of friendship and harmony transforming the wall from an object that divides to one that unites. The film features remarkable and dynamic music that blends quintessential son jarocho songs with lush big band jazz arrangements.
The film is a joint production between Tiger Turn Productions and Sony Music Latin and is directed by Varda Bar-Kar and executive produced by Quincy Jones, Andrew Young, and Carlos Santana. The film follows multi-Grammy award winning musician Arturo O’Farrill and multi-Grammy award winning producer Kabir Sehgal who journey to Veracruz, Mexico to recruit master musicians for a live album recording at the U.S.-Mexico border wall.
FANDANGO AT THE WALL features son jarocho legends Andrés Vega, Martha Vega, Ramón Gutiérrez, Wendy Cao Romero, Tacho Utrera, Fernando Guadarrama, and Patricio Hidalgo. It also includes special appearances by multi-Grammy nominee and MacArthur Foundation fellow Regina Carter; CNN historian Douglas Brinkley; Mandy Gonzalez, who performs in Broadway’s Hamilton; The Villalobos Brothers; Grammy nominee Rahim AlHaj; and Sahba Motallebi.
Recently FANDANGO AT THE WALL made its theatrical debut at the Plaza Theater in Atlanta, GA, and at the Atlanta Film Festival.