Poet of Havana, The Directed
Ron Chapman Wednesday screening followed by performance by Carlos Varela with special guest Jackson Browne. Tickets for UPAC screening available at BARDAVON.ORG or UPAC box office (845) 339-6088 Canada / 2015 / 97 minutes New York Premiere
In English and Spanish with subtitles
Times and Venues:
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Carlos Varela & Jackson Browne (Wed only), Ron Chapman
As of 9/30 at noon, tickets are only available through UPAC - (845) 339-6088
The Poet of Havana explores the cultural, political and social significance Varela has had in his 30 years as a singer-songwriter. A veteran of censorship battles with the Cuban government, his emotionally charged songs--raw, metaphoric chronicles of contemporary Cuban life-- have drawn comparisons to Bob Dylan's work. Jackson Browne's translation of Varela's Muros y Puertas (Walls and Doors), talks about how polarized we are as a society, evident in the song's refrain, "There can be freedom only when nobody owns it." Shot in Havana with unique access, the audience enjoys stunning concert and insider backstage moments, along with exclusive interviews with such international stars as Ivan Lins, Luis Enrique, Juan and Samuel Formel, Diana Fuentes, X Alfonso, Alexander Abreu, in addition to Jackson Browne and actor Benicio Del Toro (The Usual Suspects, Traffic, Guardians of the Galaxy). -Woodstock Film Festival
The Wednesday screening at UPAC will be followed by a special performance featuring Carlos Varela, band, and special guest Jackson Browne.
BIO: Ron Chapman, director of The Poet of Havana, started out as a musician, then went on to manage musical artists, produce albums and ultimately establish a film production company, directing rock videos and TV commercials for some of the world's leading brands. At his legendary Toronto music club The Edge, Chapman provided a scene for some of the most exciting international artists of the day.
Chapman's 2014 documentary Who the F**K is Arthur Fogel, features Lady Gaga, U2, The Police, Madonna, Rush, and key music industry insiders. His forthcoming film The Forbidden Shore, with performances and interviews of over 60 top Cuban artists, will be the most in-depth cultural/music documentary to come out of Cuba.
In a return to his roots, Chapman has recently completed an album of his own songs.
Cast/Featuring: Carlos Varela, Jackson Browne, Benicio del Toro
Executive Producer(s): Ron Chapman, Jack Lenz
Producer(s): Ron Chapman, Jack Lenz, Carlos Igelsias
Director(s): Ron Chapman Wednesday screening followed by performance by Carlos Varela with special guest Jackson Browne. Tickets for UPAC screening available at BARDAVON.ORG or UPAC box office (845) 339-6088
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