Between laughter and memories, while Genaro overflows his ancestral knowledge, he recognizes does not want death to exist so that the music never stops and thus lives in a continuous party.
Sales phrase– Genaro Torres: The Legacy of the Great Marimbero
ABOUT THE SORT FILM
TAGLINE (Phrase that accompanies the title)
A lifetime in the service of music.
Guapi, Cauca welcomes us to meet the great Genaro Torres, a traditional musician, and maker of marimbas. From his home in the Sansón village, between anecdotes and laughter, he shares his ancestral knowledge, while assuring us that he will be there to receive and listen to whoever seeks him.
GENARO TORRES: The Legacy of the Great Marimbero is a documentary that invites you to discover the master’s legacy, which lies hidden by the influences of modernity that is lived in Guapi, Cauca. In 9 minutes, the viewer will know a little about the simple life of the teacher, his love for music, for life, and his interest in sharing what his ancestors left him as a legacy. Genaro, brother of the renowned ‘Gualajo’, is the last of the Torres who recognizes tuning by ear, the construction of marimba de chonta and is committed both to transmit what his elders left him and to protecting the musical tradition of the Pacific.
TOPICS IT ADDRESSES
Music, Traditional, Marimba, Anecdotes, Legends.
Mostly Men between 45 and 60 years old with an interest in culture, traditions, auteur cinema, and less traditional documentaries. He has affinities with humanistic careers and seeks sensations and experiences rather than academic knowledge in the documentaries he consumes.
MOTIVATION OF THE SHORT FILM DIRECTOR
We came to Genaro because he was one of the most transcendental and close representatives of Pacific music that he rejected, more exactly one of the last ear tuners of the chonta marimba, also because I was already a follower of his since he was the protagonist of one of those legendary Yurupary documentaries, a series that I had the fortune to see on the air and that marked me at the time. From the first trip to Guapi, I felt a very strong connection with this valuable human being. I have sought with the camera to visualize his silence, his intimacy, the most comfortable, in a wild environment for us but manageable for a person like him, that simplicity, that relationship with nature, is what the film tries to convey, seeking the truth in each simple moment, evoking the daily life that happens in all the distant Colombian places.
STATEMENT OF THE PRODUCTION COMPANY REGARDING THE SHORT FILM
We feel great satisfaction touring the Pacific and capturing the legacy of master Genaro Torres. This was the first audiovisual product that came to mind when we visited Guapi, Cauca for the first time more than 6 years ago, we felt it important to make the work of the Torres brothers visible.
This short film not only brings us back to the place of our first contact with the territories, but it’s also the culmination of a first goal. The expedition focused this time on him (Genaro) promoting his love for preserving the traditions around the “chonta marimba”.
In the Pacific, traditional music is completely integrated into the lives of its inhabitants, which gives more importance to projects like ours that seek to record and spread these traditions and give a face to their main exponents.
GUSTAVO ANGARITA JR.
General and Executive Producer:
Ads and Chief Content:
JULIA GINETH ÁVILA
Head of Research:
Director of Photography:
JHON PATIÑO MELO
Colorist and Graphics:
Sound Design and Music:
MAURICIO VIDAL and CÉSAR SALAZAR
GENARO TORRES SOLÍS
Duration: 9 MINUTES
Format: FULL HD
WHERE DID THE GUAPI EXPEDITION COME FROM?
Expeditions is the section that we created around the investigation of the Documentary in development APPELLATION OF ORIGIN: WONDERS OF THE PACIFIC, this second Expedition revolves around our visit to the territory to shoot the documentary Genaro Torres directed by Gustavo Angarita. In 4 days of research and filming, memorable moments were captured from that return after the pandemic that surprised us just at the end of the Buenaventura Expedition.
Traveling to Guapi was definitely going back to the roots, it was the territory with which this passion and love for the Pacific began and the reunion with its streets and its people is reflected in the blogs, in the special chapter of the podcast La Mochila Desgualanga’, the interactive map and photographs.
Enjoy this new expedition in Guapi, Cauca!
BEHIND THE SCENES
The short film has been released in international spheres that allow it to make a fruitful journey to later begin its journey in Colombia. The film is currently on its international festival circuit.
The official trailer of the short film is available on the vimeo and youtube channels and if you want to know more about the Guapi Expedition that revolves around Genaro Torres: The Legacy of the Great Marimbero, visit the products available on the official website and platforms of Studio AYMAC. (All this content is distributed for free on our official channels)
OFFICIAL POSTER AND STILLS
BIOGRAPHIES OF THE DIRECTORS
May Mc’Causland – Guapi Expedition’s Director
CEO, Founder and Executive Producer at Studio AYMAC.
After 10 years in the field, working for companies such as Netflix and Universal Studios on international projects such as Narcos and American Made, he has decided to launch into the ring directing various transmedia documentary products that are part of the expeditions around the project Appellation of Origin: Colombian Pacific.
She’s currently a member of the board of directors of the AVC Audiovisual and cultural manager of innovative fiction and non-fiction projects in different formats and stages of realization.
Gustavo Angarita Jr – Short Film Director
Co-founder and Creative Director of Studio AYMAC, his acting career has led him to directing and creative writing. As part of his personal commitment to the country’s culture, since 2016 he began an investigation into the ancestral knowledge, uses and customs of the peoples of the Colombian Pacific, which he seeks to make visible in different audiovisual formats. With Genaro Torres: The Legacy of the Great Marimbero, his first documentary work, shows his commitment to recording ancestral knowledge and expresses his non-institutional style.
Making films in the regions is a commitment we have had since the creation of Studio AYMAC over 7 years ago. Today, we can affirm that this journey filled with adventures has allowed us to tell stories in unexplored places, facing unique challenges, and proposing diverse production schemes where the only non-negotiable element is quality, not only in terms of technical equipment but also in the well-being of the filmmakers, safety, and every link in the legal chain.
Having traveled the world for three years, the film shot in the salsa capital will finally premiere next Friday, June 9th, in one of the most emblematic spaces for art and independent cinema exhibitions: La Tertulia Museum’s Cinemateca.
The Shadow arrives in Colombia with awards and recognitions such as Best Director at the Lusca Film Festival in Puerto Rico, Honorable Mention from the Jury at the Festival International Du Film Panafricain in Cannes, Best Actor and Best Film at the Bangalore Short Film Festival in India, and with premieres in renowned venues in France, the United States, Germany, Brazil and Canada.