Lucy Walker’s still-untitled BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB documentary was pulled from the 2017 Sundance Film Festival just as it was set to premiere. We had a conversation with the lauded filmmaker, still working to get the project completed, and got her thoughts on the direction of her film, Wim Wender’s 1998 documentary of the band, and the inspiration Cuba brings, in this BYOD interview hosted by Ondi Timoner.
FILM & GUEST INFO:
As the sun sets on the careers of Cuba’s finest musicians, the Buena Vista Social Club, we get their side of the whole story, which stretches back to the beginning of the Cuban Republic, through the Grammy-winning 1998 album and Wim Wenders’ film, up to the new Cuba today.
Lucy Walker is the renowned documentary director of Devil's Playground, Blindsight (2006),Waste Land (2010 Sundance Film Festival—Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary),Countdown to Zero, and The Crash Reel. She has also made short films, including The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom (2012 Sundance Film Festival—Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking), and The Lion's Mouth Opens. Her films have won over 100 awards, including an Emmy, and she has been nominated for two Academy Awards.
BYOD Full Episodes Playlist:
BYOD Short Clips Playlist:
00:01 Welcoming Lucy Walker of the new BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB documentary.
00:42 Stepping forward from Wim Wenders 1998 BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB doc.
02:01 Editing technology makes a leap for making stories from hours of footage.
02:55 The accidental formation of Buena Vista Social Club by Juan de Marcos during the ‘special’ time.
08:40 The origin of the name Buena Vista Social Club.
10:20 Lucy Walker’s telling of the story and her fascination with Cuba.
14:00 Cuba, and documentary hair.
15:30 WASTELAND, and connection to Cuba.
16:50 Ondi’s new show on VICELAND--titling the film.
18:10 Thanks and goodbye.