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Winners of the 2016 CUBADISCO Award for best vocal group, the Vocal Vidas are a female a cappella quartet from Santiago de Cuba – the cradle of Afro-Cuban music. This short documentary follows this unique and until now little known Cuban a cappella quartet. 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 building a music career in a communist country.
Jeremy Ungar is the Artistic Director of 406Arts, a production company & theatrical incubator based in Los Angeles’ Brewery Artist Lofts. In 2015, alongside Guillermo Del Toro, he co-wrote the book for the stage adaptation of Del Toro’s Oscar-winning film Pan’s Labyrinth, which will feature music by Gustavo Santaolalla and lyrics by Paul Williams. He co-wrote the film Survive which is in development at Cary Granat’s Immersive Artistry, with Maika Monroe attached to star. He wrote & directed the short film I’m 23 and There’s a Fucking Monster Under my Bed for Fox Digital Studio, which went on to screen at Cinequest, Seattle International Film Festival, and to win the Audience Award at Symphony Space’s Iron Mule in New York. His short documentary, Soy Cubana, will premiere at the 2016 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. He wrote and directed the immersive play Cities and the Dead and co-wrote Ray-Ban’s The Order of Never Hide: The 13th Hour – an all-night immersive theatrical experience that premiered in London’s Shoreditch Town Hall last October. In 2016, He was commissioned by the Minneapolis Institute of Art to write & co-create an story-driven immersive audio guide to the museum, Overheard. He has been an artist-in-residence at the Gershwin Hotel in Manhattan and is a graduate of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama’s Directing Program.
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Can’t wait to hear this group sing live in Cuba!