Spirits of Havana

Spirits of Havana

This feature documentary offers a glimpse of contemporary Cuba’s rich musical culture through the experiences of renowned Canadian soprano sax player and flautist Jane Bunnett. Jane and her husband, trumpeter Larry Cramer, are surrounded by the charm of Old Havana as they connect with some of the city's finest musicians—like singers Bobby Carcasses and Amado Dedeu —for a recording session. Bunnett and Cramer then venture to small towns like Cienfuegos and Camaguey, where they hook up with local musicians and visit music schools. Global music fans will be captivated by the performances of Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, a celebrated Afro-Cuban rumba group, and Desandann, a 10-member a cappella choir that sings in Haitian Creole.

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Credits
  • participant
    Jane Bunnett
    Larry Cramer
    Tata Güines
    Ernesto Gatell
    Guillermo Rubalcaba
    Papi Oviedo
    Bobby Carcasses
    Amado Dedeu
    Pancho Quinto
    Changuito
    El Nene
    Merceditas Valdés
    Guillermo Barreto
    Los Munequitos
    Los Naranjos
    Desandann
    Victor Arencibia
    Caridad
    Tomas Casanova
    Chabalongo
    Ricardo Tessant de la Cruz
    Rey Amauris Burgos Delis
    Marcos Dias
    Aldo Hernandez Dias
    Joel Fernandez
    Juan Chacon Gonzales
    Gregorio Hernandez
    Lazaro Ligo
    Pedro Lugo Martinez
    Palma
    Thommy Lowry Garcia Rojas
    Oscar Galan Ruiz
    Julio César Gonzalez Simon
    Don Pancho Terry
    Amado Dedeu, Jr.
  • director
    Bay Weyman
    Luis Osvaldo Garcia
  • director of photography
    John Westheuser
  • editor
    Ricardo Acosta
  • producer
    Peter Starr
  • executive producer
    Louise Lore
  • production manager
    John McIntyre
  • associate producer
    Luis Osvaldo Garcia
  • sound recording engineer
    Todd Fraracci
  • location manager
    Carlos Barber
  • second unit camera
    Oscar Valdés
  • additional camera
    Luis Osvaldo Garcia
    Bay Weyman
  • sound mix recording engineer
    Daniel Pellerin
    Peter Kelly
    Todd Beckett
  • sound editor
    Alan Geldart
    Wayne Swingle
  • assistant sound editor
    Patricia Quintanilla
    Roseanne Howell
  • additional location sound
    Bay Weyman
  • assistant picture editor
    Anita Malhotra
  • talent co-ordinator
    Carlos Changuet
  • technical supervisor
    Kemp Archibald
    James Fiege
  • technical assistant
    Kevin Drysdale
    Michael Sardella
  • production administrative assistant
    Catherine Fletcher
  • program administrator
    Ida Di Fruscia
  • administrative assistant
    Joanne Forrest
  • stills photography
    Malcolm Batty
    John McIntyre
  • interview consultant
    Ramiro Puerta
  • online editor
    Kevin Gibson
  • foley
    Steve Hammond
  • original concept
    John McIntyre
    Bay Weyman
  • translation
    Frances Kushner
  • subtitles
    Frances Kushner
  • transcription
    Laura Heller
    Paula Talesnik
    Pat Kerr
    Ernesto Gatell
  • archival telecine co-ordinator
    Celina Morales
  • archival footage
    Rick McGinnis
  • stills
    Rick McGinnis