(Gerry Furth-Sides)HBO will premiere the feature music documentary Fandango at the Wall — a film directed by Varda Bar-Kar and executive produced by Quincy Jones, Andrew Young, and Carlos Santana — on HBO Latino on Friday, September 25 with additional HBO broadcasts scheduled for the subsequent days and available to stream on HBO Max in the United States. Fandango at the Wall 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. There are special appearances by Regina Carter, Multi-GRAMMY Award nominee and MacArthur Foundation Fellow; Douglas Brinkley, CNN Historian; Mandy Gonzalez, who performs in Broadway’s Hamilton; The Villalobos Brothers; Rahim AlHaj, GRAMMY Award nominee; and Sahba Motallebi. As part of the project, there is already a released book and album with the same title published by Hachette and Resilience Music Alliance.
Fandango at the Wall recently finished its theatrical run at the Plaza Theatre in Atlanta, GA. It will also have its world festival premiere at the Atlanta Film Festival this month. NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) & the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will feature Fandango at the Wall on September 26, as part of the virtual NFMLA Film Festival, InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema. The film will also be presented at virtual film festivals like Cinequest, the Calgary International Film Fest, San Diego Latino Film Festival, and Port Townsend Film Festival, among others.
The film was produced in partnership with the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance.