BIFF YEAR ’ROUND 2020-21

Wed Nov 11th – 6:30 pm (film) | Online
Q & A after the film

You do not have to worry about purchasing tickets, since BIFF Year ‘Round series screenings are FREE for all members. FSOB members will receive a special login link via email (*see additional info below).

Click on the link to reach the Cinenso site. Sign up for an account the first time you arrive. After that, log into Cinenso. Scroll down to the BIFF logo. Click on that. You will be taken to a page that will have a “Watch” button and a “Join Q&A” button. Click on the “Watch” button to watch the film. After the film is complete, click on the “Join Q&A” button to attend the Q&A, where you will be able to see the filmmakers and the moderator, and you’ll be able to use a messaging component to send questions and comments to the filmmakers.

It’s that easy! Start marking your calendars! Make Wednesday evenings a lot more special with remarkable independent films at BIFF Year ‘Round!

*The special link you received is specific to the email address to which it was sent. When you sign up or log into Cinenso you must use that email address only.

If you have questions or concerns, send an email to service@beloitfilmfest.org, call Greg at 608-302-7554 or call Ana at (773) 818-5010

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Click on “Event Pass $6.00”

Follow the purchase instructions. When your purchase is complete, you will be taken to the BIFF Year ‘Round page  (on Cinenso) where you will see a button for watching the film and a button to join the Q&A after the film is complete.

Click on the “Watch” button to watch the film. After the film is complete, click on the “Join Q&A” button to attend the Q&A, where you will be able to see the filmmakers and the moderator, and you’ll be able to use a messaging component to send questions and comments to the filmmakers.

If you have questions or concerns, send an email to service@beloitfilmfest.org, call Greg at 608-302-7554 or call Ana at (773) 818-5010

Thu Feb 27, 2020 – 7:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sat Feb 29, 2020 – 12:00 pm | La Casa Grande

Mambo Man

Directed by Mo Fini, Edesio Alejandro
Feature Narrative
USA | 82 min | 2020

MAMBO MAN is the story of a Cuban farmer and music promoter who gambles everything on a deal that appears too good to be true!
With music by the Buena Vista Stars

Based on a true story and filmed in the exotic countryside outside Havana, this remarkable and engaging film will move both your spirit and your feet with its unforgettable passion and intoxicating music. The soundtrack and live performances in the film include some of the legendary Cuban artists who appeared in the box office smash, Buena Vista Social Club.

Mambo Man Movie Poster | Mo Fini, Director

I have spent some 30 years travelling back and forth to Cuba, recording original music, making videos and developing a deep passion for and understanding of this unique country. As a photographer and music producer, it has always been my dream to combine these elements and share my passion for Cuba which is how this film came about. I have known JC for many years and in order to make the film he kindly lent his farm to me two years prior to filming.The story reveals the passion, ingenuity and humour of ordinary Cubans struggling to survive under the strictures of the US embargo and the unyielding constraints of the Revolution. Filmed during 2017, it is based on the life of a close friend JC who is played by Cuban actor Héctor Noas.

Born under communism, JC is a ‘big fish in a small pond’ – a local music producer and promoter, farmer and small-time hustler who lives by his wits and imagination. An unexpected phone call offers the chance to make a fortune and change his life forever. This triggers a frantic search for cash and a mysterious rendezvous that leads to a nerve-racking finale.

The film, a musical drama, has a classic, cinematic visual style that captures the beauty of the landscape and provides a refreshing, un-romanticised, alternative image of Cuba. Instead of the crumbling colonial grandeur of Havana we discover the lush, tropical landscape of the Eastern part of Cuba ; Bayamo and Santiago de Cuba well known as the birth place of Cuban “son” where most of the legendary Cuban musicians come from.

Music is essential to the film. Some scenes unfold against the backdrop of massively popular live concerts, with performances by the legendary Candido Fabre, Maria Ochoa and Alma Latina, David Alvarez and Arturo Jorge. The soundtrack features; Members of Buena Vista Social Club Musicians; Omara Portuondo, Eliades Ochoa, Juan De Marcos Gonzalez as well as some of the best Cuban traditional music to create a celebratory mood and atmosphere.

To help me realise my dream I financed, wrote and co-directed the film with Edesio Alejandro, a close Cuban friend, renowned composer and film producer.

Mo Fini, Director | Mambo ManMo Fini
Director

Mo Fini is a music producer, photographer and founder of Tumi Music and has produced over 200 Latin CD’s and video clips. He has been a voting member of the Grammy Awards for over 30 years. He is the author of several books on Latin America.

Film Information

Director: Mo Fini, Edesio Alejandro
Country: Cuba
Year: 2020
Language: Spanish
Runtime: 82 min.
Rated:

Credits

Writers: Mo Fini, Paul Morris
Producers: Zadoc Nava, Julio Cezar
Key Cast: Hector Noas, Isael Yudexi de la Torre Mesa, Alejandro Palomino Infante, David Perez Perez, Camila Chile, Idolka De Erbit

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Principal Cast

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