SANTOS—SKIN TO SKIN

California Premiere


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US 2002, 75 min, Director: Kathryn Golden

Bay Area music legend and activist John Santos takes center stage in this documentary thrumming with rhythm, passion, and cultural reflection. Known as a “keeper of the Afro-Caribbean flame,” the seven-time Grammy nominee percussionist and bandleader grew up on the rhythms of his Puerto Rican and Cape Verdean heritage. Charting his rise from early gigs to a short-lived stint with Santana to the formation of his own prolific sextet and collaboration with a host of international Latin Jazz greats, Santos—Skin to Skin builds a brilliantly energetic portrait of a hard-working musician and educator as dedicated to preserving and expanding Afro-Latin music as he is to navigating the politics of culture, social equality, and racial injustice. Live performances, archival footage, commentary by jazz luminaries, and an intimate glimpse of his family bring Santos and his life’s mission into vital focus. —Deanna Quinones

Guests expected: director Kathryn Golden, producer + cinematographer Ashley James, performer John Santos

La leyenda musical y activista del Área de la Bahía, John Santos, ocupa un lugar central en este documental que vibra con ritmo, pasión y reflexión cultural. Conocido como un “guardián de la llama afrocaribeña”, el percusionista y director de orquesta nominado siete veces al Grammy creció con los ritmos de su herencia puertorriqueña y caboverdiana. Trazando su ascenso desde los primeros conciertos hasta una breve temporada con Santana y la formación de su propio prolífico sexteto y la colaboración con una gran cantidad de grandes del jazz latino internacional, Santos—Skin to Skin construye un retrato brillantemente enérgico de un músico trabajador y un educador tan dedicado a preservar y expandir la música afrolatina como a navegar la política de cultura, la igualdad social y la injusticia racial. Actuaciones en vivo, imágenes de archivo, comentarios de luminarios del jazz y una visión íntima de su familia ponen en el foco de atención a Santos y su misión de vida.

Traducido por Isabel Fondevila

This presentation is in partnership with SF Jazz.

VIEW TRAILER

SPECIAL NOTE:
Join us after the screening for a live music show with Santos and Friends at the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley.


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Showtimes

In-Person


5:15 PM — Sequoia 2

7:30 PM — BAMPFA

4:00 PM — Roxie Theater

Virtual


Oct 6, 12:00 AM — Oct 17, 12:00 AM Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Director

Kathryn Golden is a director, producer, and editor, who has an MFA in filmmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute. Among her films are ACROSS TIME AND SPACE (2002), ZENJU’S PATH (2010), and MOMENTS OF ILLUMINATION — LAWRENCE JORDAN (2010).

Film Info

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Year:

2022

Running Time:

75

Director:

Kathryn Golden

Producers:

Kathryn Golden, Ashley James

Cinematographers:

Ashley James, Lenny Levy, David Flores, Martin Bessoni, Robert Pacelli

Editors:

Kathryn Golden

Cast:

John Santos, Raul Rekow, Eddie Palmieri, Aida Salazar, Orestes Vilato, Omar Sosa

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