Filmmaker Rodrigo Diaz’s “Havana Surf” (republished from Sept. 08)
Rodrigo joins me to talk about his project “Havana Surf.”
“Havana Surf” is a documentary about the surfing culture in Cuba. Surfing’s material and political issues struggle as well as the exploration of its un-surfed swells.
This documentary also highlights the website: www.havanasurf-cuba.com
and it’s Australian founder Bob Samin who was just recently appointed Surf Coach for the Cuban National Team.
I focused on interviewing 5 Surfers from Havana and then took them on a surf trip all around the Oriental Cuban Coasts.
About how many days did it take to shoot the film? I shot “Havana Surf” over different periods of time but all together I have 14 hours of high definition footage for this project.
I enjoyed the trailer of “Havana Surf” and the music; tell me something about the music that you used? For the original sound track I used one of my Father’s recordings called Vino Una Ola (Along Came the Wave) which was a hit in Europe in 1968.
Then while in Havana, I asked some local musicians to record 12 songs of different traditional Cuban genres but each one with the Le Motif of Vino Una Ola. When I returned to Miami I then mixed and mastered the music with Adrian Posse who is a great Argentinean Music Producer and specializes in Latin music.
Many thanks to Guitarist “Jako” who was my guitar teacher in Cuba and really deserves all the credit for the sound track he gathered the musicians and wrote the music and found a studio for us to record in at local price.
Tell me about the film crew? First off I would like to thank Reinier and Orieta Valdes-Prado distant cousins who where crucial in pre-production and who I could trust like a brother and sister. I would also like to thank Pedro and Jose who I met in Escuela Internacional de Cine y TeleVision in a documentary course with Octavio Cortazar as our professor.
They worked for TeleVision Serrana which is one of Cuba’s best television stations known for its good documentary’s and novellas while being in the isolated Sierra Maestra. They came along willingly just to get the opportunity to work with a high definition camera along with a free ride back to Bayamo.
Do you have any theories that you would like to share? I would like to prove my theory that no human is all good nor all evil, that we are imperfect and we must communicate and have peaceful dialogue between societies while respecting other cultures and traditions, war is never the right answer.
Thank you Denise for this delightful interview.
Rodrigo is promoting “Havana Surf” via film festivals and it will be available soon through www.havanasurf.com