At the 33rd Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival 2018 with festival director Gregory von Hausch

Presentations may include...

-Screening  of a short film or video, discussion of why the film was made, socio-cultural issues, Q&A.

-Indie film-making  creative, technical, production, ethical issues on making short films.

-Performing  songs, talking about songwriting.

 What I Do...

life in Cuba

In Everyone's Eyes - El ultimo! On The Road...in Florida

In Everyone's Eyes (en todas las miradas)...in Paris

terrorism attacks

Rogers TV - The Sun Is Rising

We Are Moving Stories interview



presentation: From Songs to Short Films - Create and Influence People. Even with challenging themes!

A short musical film can provide entrée to an audience willing to spend a brief time on a topic - especially a challenging or unfamiliar theme. Replacing 'talking heads' and voice-over with a singing narrator or instrumental in a short film is my model. I call this genre 'DocuMusical' - blending music video and on-location doc-style footage, sometimes even with narrative elements. This engages viewers already interested in the topic, people with an appreciation for music, and those with limited time. When artfully and gently presented, a musical-doc can open the theme for discussion, potentially to a more diverse audience.


Film Screening

A musical-doc short film screens, followed by a discussion touching on why the film was made, how it was produced, filmed, edited, and submitted to film festivals. Technical, ethical and safety issues, including filming in countries with varying levels of democracy, may also be discussed.


A song(s) from the film or video is performed, followed by Q&A.

Songwriting - a Personal Approach

Creating a song has so many variables - waiting for inspiration or 'just do it', co-write or solo, which comes first - melody or lyrics, cutting up the newspaper technique (really!), editing and eventually studio recording with it's own variables. Usually a songwriter finds personally comfortable ways of negotiating these steps.



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