How To Create A Rumba Opens Latin Jazz Film Festival

Ivan Acosta’s How To Create A Rumba, to be released theatrically by Hargrove Entertainment in Spring 2003, will get the party started when it opens the Latin Jazz Film Festival component of the Smithsonian Institution’s "Latin Jazz: La Combinacion Perfecta" Exhibit on October 23rd in Washington D.C. In January 2003 the exhibit begins a four year, 11-city United States tour.

How To Create A Rumba tells the story of the origins and evolution of Cuban music through conversations and performances by many prominent Cuban musicians, including Maestro Chico O’Farrill, Jose Fajardo, Juan Pablo Torres, Alfredo Valdes Jr., David Oquendo, Elena Burke, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Paquito Hechevarria, Malena Burke, Israel Kantor, Vicente Sanchez, Aguedo Valdes-Luna, Carlos y Marta, Ulices del Toro, Mirta Gomez, Nelson "El Flaco" Padron, writer Armando Lopez and the legendary Afro Cuban percussionist Candido Camero. A lively and loving celebration of a musical odyssey which moves from the west coast of Africa via Havana to the streets of New York and Miami, the film pays homage to the music's African roots and its various styles -- bolero, mambo, cha cha, salsa, and rumba. The rhythms and musical traditions of more than thirty countries and three cultures converged to create what is known as ‘Latin Jazz.’

The film premiered at the Miami Film Festival where the Miami Herald found it to be "Delightful absolutely entertaining." It has since showcased in Lincoln Center’s ‘Latin Beat’ series, the Empire State Film Festival and Cine Las Americas in Austin.

Ivan Acosta, best known for writing and directing the multiple award-winning play El Super, adapted into the indie hit of the same name by Leon Ichaso, has written and directed 8 plays and written 5 screenplays, in addition to his feature debut Amigos. His company, Latin Jazz USA, recently presented the musical tribute 50 Years Of Mambo In The USA at Town Hall in New York City.

The film will be shown at 7P on October 23rd and 30th, and November 6th and 13th at the Ring Auditorium, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 7th & Independence, S.W. in Washington, DC.

For press outlets screener tapes are available upon request. Director Ivan Acosta is available for in-person interviews in New York and telephone interviews for all other journalists. Contact Hargrove Entertainment at (718) 657-0542 to schedule an appointment.

Hargrove Entertainment is a full service entertainment company established in 1988. Presently in theatrical release is the critically acclaimed Yugoslavia, The Avoidable War by director George Bogdanich and The 1st Annual Masters of American Music Film Festival. Upcoming releases include Toni Sherwood’s The Uncertainty Principle, Judy Jackson’s A Moment In Time: The United Colours of Bronstein and the Goya-nominated Spanish animated feature A Dog Called Pain by the acclaimed composer/artist Luis Eduardo Aute.

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Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Ivan Acosta
  • Event Date: 10/23/2002
  • Subtitle: Film To Kick Off Latin Jazz: La Combinacion Perfecta Exhibit At Smithsonian Institution
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