Sony Music Latin and Tiger Turn Productions partnering for Fandango At The Wall, an on feature music documentary. The feature follows Multi-Grammy and Latin Grammy Award winner Arturo O’Farrill and Kabir Sehgal as they prepare to record a live album at the U.S.-Mexico border wall.
O’Farrill is an Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra founder and Sehgal is a New York Times best selling author and Multi-Grammy and Latin Grammy Award winning producer.
The feature will star son jarocho legends Patricio Hidalgo, Ramón Gutiérrez, Wendy Cao Romero, Tacho Utrera, Fernando Guadarrama, Andrés Vega, Martha Vega. Special appearances by Regina Carter, Multi-Grammy nominee and MacArthur Foundation Fellow; Douglas Brinkley, CNN Historian; Mandy Gonzalez, who performs in Broadway’s Hamilton; and more.
When asked about the film, Ruben Levya, Senior VP at Sony Music Latin, said, “When I first learned about this film, I knew we had to be part of it. We’re excited to partner with the production team and to share this powerful story with the world,”
Fandango On The Wall is inspired by the annually held music festival called “Fandango Fronterizo.” The festival is meant to bring people together in son jarocho’s song and dance on both sides on the Tijuana-San Diego border.
Jorge Francisco Castillo is the organizer of the annual festival and before filming took O’Farrill and Sehgal on an inspiring journey of Veracruz, Mexico where son jarocho – the 300-year-old folk music combining indigenous, Spanish, and African traditions – originated. While on their journey, they were able to meet legendary son jarocho musicians and artisans to recruit them for the upcoming festival.
Through intimate storytelling, the film introduces the beautiful music of the region. It also includes captivating concert footage and serves as a powerful reminder of music’s ability to bridge cultural barriers.
Varda BarKar, director of the film said, “I’ve been captivated by the spirit of Mexico’s vibrant son jarocho music community throughout the magical journey of making FANDANGO AT THE WALL. I love making and watching music films, and I’ve long admired and appreciated the works that Sony Music Latin has brought to life,”