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New York Times Gives Glowing Review of “Buena Vista Social Club Adios”

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“Review: ‘Buena Vista Social Club: Adios,’ Analytical but Still Loving”

From the New York Times, May 24, 2017
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  • NYT Critic’s Pick
  • Directed by Lucy Walker
  • Documentary
  • PG
  • 1h 50m

“In Wim Wenders’s 1999 documentary, “Buena Vista Social Club,” Ry Cooder, who helped unite once-forgotten masters of Cuban popular song for an album, told of something he learned to do early in the project. Upon hearing a particularly great tune, he would ask two questions: “Who wrote it?” and “Is he or she still alive?””

“At that time, so many of the writers and players and singers were indeed still alive. Ibrahim Ferrer, the singer referred to in Mr. Wenders’s movie as “the Cuban Nat King Cole,” was making a meager living shining shoes a few blocks down the street from the studio where Mr. Cooder and Juan de Marcos González were working on what would become the 1997 album “Buena Vista Social Club.” That record, and Mr. Wenders’s subsequent film, made international stars out of Mr. Ferrer and several other Cuban musicians who had thought time and the world had passed them by.””

““Buena Vista Social Club: Adios,” directed by Lucy Walker (and of which Mr. Wenders, among others, is an executive producer) is both an exemplary sequel and a vital, informative companion piece. It not only chronicles the late-life careers of the “Buena Vista” stars, many of whom have since died. But it also tells some painful and fascinating back stories, and insists on putting the music in its social and historical contexts.”

“Mr. Wenders’s film didn’t do much of that; it was content to be a kind of hangout movie, capturing musicians playing dominoes while awaiting their turns at the microphone. “Adios” shows furious arguments at sound checks and reveals the ambivalence with which some of the musicians viewed newfound fame. It’s not as poetic or immediately enjoyable as the first film. But it is tougher and more analytical, with real challenges embedded in its pleasures.””…


Buena Vista Social Club Adios

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From Social Construct’s joint venture, Convergent Media

STATUS: COMPLETED

BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB™ – ADIÓS, a feature documentary film from Social Construct joint venture Convergent Media, is now streaming online!

SYNOPSIS:

BVSCA posterProduced by Social Construct founder and CEO Zak Kilberg and directed by two-time Academy Award nominee Lucy Walker, the film is also executive produced by Wim Wenders, and distributed in the U.S. by Broad Green Pictures. 16 years after the previous Academy Award nominated film by Wenders, this latest project follows the five surviving original members of the world-changing Cuban band, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club™, during their final, international tour, culminating in a massive celebration in Havana. The film will include mesmerizing concert footage and poignant reflections on the astounding success of the band and the loss of several of its members. It also will be set in the context of the historic changes in the relationship between Cuba and the United States, undoubtedly influenced by the vibrant music and culture of Cuba epitomized and brought to the world stage by this band.

CAST & CREW

Director: Lucy Walker
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Producers: Julian Cautherley, Christine Cowin, Asher GoldsteinZak Kilberg, Victor Moyers

Executive Producers: Andrew Baker, Daniel Hammond, Gabriel Hammond, Bill Lord, Jason Lust, Russell Smith, Lucy Walker

Co-Producers: Michael Cleaver, Tom Colbourne, Brian Johnston, Iz Web

Associate Producers: Daniel Florestano, Arantza Benito Melgar, Juan Carlos Zaldivar

Starring: Ibrahim Ferrer, Omara Portuondo, Gaujirito Mirabal, Manuel “Guajiro” Mirabal

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Rolling Stone article: release date set for Buena Vista Social Club Adios documentary

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On May 11, 2017, Rolling Stone released the trailer for the Buena Vista Social Club Adios documentary, and announced the planned release date of May 26. The film is a production of Social Construct’s joint venture, Convergent Media, and is Produced by Social Construct founder and CEO, Zak Kilberg.

The article also includes quotes from Kilberg and a video of the band’s performance in the White House in 2015.  Stay tuned for more about the film over the coming months!…


Social Construct joint venture, Convergent Media, launches production on Buena Vista Social Club Adios

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Convergent Media, Social Construct’s joint venture with leading entertainment law firm SmithDehn, is producing BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB – ADIÓS, a feature documentary film directed by two-time Academy Award nominee Lucy Walker, Executive Produced by Wim Wenders, and distributed in the U.S. by Broad Green Pictures. Sixteen years after the previous Academy Award nominated film (directed by Wenders), this latest project is following the five surviving original members of the world-changing Cuban band, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, during their final international tour, culminating in a massive celebration in Havana. The film will include mesmerizing concert footage and poignant reflections on the astounding success of the band and the loss of several of its members. It also will be set in the context of the historic changes in the relationship between Cuba and the United States, undoubtedly influenced by the vibrant music and culture of Cuba epitomized and brought to the world stage by this band. To read more about this film, currently in production, see below:

‘Buena Vista Social Club’ Returns To Stage With Broad Green Sequel (Deadline Hollywood)

Cannes: Broad Green to Bring ‘Buena Vista Social Club’ Sequel to Big Screen (Hollywood Reporter)

Wim Wenders to Executive Produce Doc ‘Buena Vista Social Club: Adios’ (Hollywood Reporter)

 

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Buena Vista Social Club Adios in theaters May 26 (from Social Construct joint venture, Convergent Media )

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“Buena Vista Social Club Adios” in theaters May 26, 2017 (from Social Construct joint venture, Convergent Media)…


WIM WENDERS, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER FOR BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB: ADIOS

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Social Construct’s joint venture, Convergent Media, is excited to have Wim Wenders, director and co-writer of the original 1999 documentary Buena Vista Social Club, as executive producer for the follow-up film.

Buena Vista Social Club: Adios, currently in production, will be “an intimate look into the changes and success of the band over the past 20 years […] against the unique and unprecedented political, social and cultural backdrop of Cuba in 2015.”

Produced by Social Construct’s founder Zak Kilberg, along with Christine Cowin, the documentary is to be directed by Lucy Walker. The film will be distributed by Broad Green Pictures and is expected to be released in 2016.

Buena Vista Social Club: Adios – The Hollywood Reporter


The Friendship Game

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STATUS: In Development

SYNOPSIS:

In a small town, three high school outcasts and a pre-teen internet voyeur unlock a mysterious cosmic force via a seemingly harmless yard sale trinket, revealing the terrible fate of their missing friend, and sending them spiraling down a cataclysmic collapsing of realities.

CAST & CREW:

Director: Adam Macdonald (Directed the survival thriller “Backcountry” and his new film “Pyewacket” is set to premiere at the  Toronto Intl. Film Festival.)
Writer:  Damien Ober
Producers: Daniel Bekerman of Scythia Films (Producer of “Rememory” and “The Witch”), and Executive Producer Zak Kilberg of Social Construct Films (Producer of “Would You Rather” and “Buena Vista Social Club Adios”)

Read the project announcement on Variety.com – September 6, 2017

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Wonderful Films and Convergent Media team up to produce Francisco Goldman’s Love Story “Say Her Name”

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A new project from Social Construct’s joint venture, Convergent Media:

From Variety.com article, Francisco Goldman’s Love Story ‘Say Her Name’ Set Up as Movie (EXCLUSIVE)
by Dave McNary – May 17, 2017 

Francisco Goldman’s autobiographical love story “Say Her Name” is in the works as a feature film with Wonderful Films and Convergent Media.

Leena Yadav (“Parched”) is set to direct from a script by Oscar nominated screenwriter Scott B. Smith. Wonderful FilmsWilliam Horberg is producing. Russell Smith, Michael Cleaver, and Zak Kilberg are executive producing on behalf of Convergent Media, which is financing development of the project.

Goldman married young writer Aura Estrada in a romantic Mexican hacienda in 2005. A month before their second anniversary, she passed away after a body surfing accident. Goldman was blamed by her family and himself and wanted to die but wrote “Say Her Name” as a novel chronicling his love and loss. It was designated a “Best Book of the Year” by The New York Times and Publisher’s Weekly.

“This is a beautiful and deeply romantic cross-cultural love story, and a suspenseful drama of life and death, all at the same time,” said Horberg. “I got to know Leena working with her on ‘Parched” and I am really excited to see where she takes this true and timeless story.”

“Parched” premiered at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival and won the Impact Award at the Stockholm Film Festival. Convergent Media’s credits include “Buena Vista Social Club: Adios” and “Guantanamo Diary.”

Horberg’s credits include “Kite Runner,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and “Cold Mountain.” Smith received an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for “A Simple Plan.”

Yadav is repped by Gersh. Scott B. Smith is repped by ICM Partners, Circle of Confusion and law firm, Behr Abramson Levy.…


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Social Construct Films

Social Construct Films is a cutting edge media production and sales company with the mission to seek out the most artistically original, yet commercially viable projects in the world. Once we select a project, we support and guide it through every step of the process: from early script development, packaging talent and financing, through production and post-production. We then work with our foreign and domestic sales and distribution partners to ensure our projects reach the widest audience possible worldwide.

Who We Are

ZAK KILBERG – FOUNDER / PRODUCER
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Zak has been submerged in all aspects of filmmaking since arriving in California in 2004. Since that time he’s been hard at work developing, producing and selling feature and short film projects across the United States and internationally. He formed Social Construct Films while still in his twenties, with the intention of exploring socially relevant and meaningful themes, in order to bring to the big screen engaging stories that both elevate audience awareness and provide commercial success for independent filmmakers and investors.

Social Construct’s completed features have since been picked up by top distributors worldwide including Lionsgate, HBO, IFC, Tribeca Film, etc. Zak also produced the short film L TRAIN, from Executive Producer Alexander Payne (THE DESCENDANTS, NEBRASKA), which was an official selection at Sundance 2012, winning the “Women in Film” grant. Zak has also advised and consulted for a variety of sales and distribution companies. In 2013 he was the VP of Acquisitions and Development at international sales company, Imagination Worldwide, and in 2014 he became Head of Packaging and Sales for international entertainment law firm, SmithDehn LLP.

In 2014, Zak and SCF joined forces with SmithDehn to form Convergent Media, a dynamic new force in international film and television development, financing, production and sales, which launched in both the US and UK. The first project under the new banner is BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB – ADIOS, follow-up to the Oscar nominated documentary from Wim Wenders, which Zak is producing for Convergent alongside Blink TV and Broad Green Pictures.

Zak currently divides his time between his home base in Asheville NC, Los Angeles, NYC, and at film festivals and markets around the world.

IZ WEB – HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT

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A prolific writer since childhood, Iz Web was the Poet Laureate of her graduating class, and in 1995 she received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature specializing in Fiction into Film, a minor in Filmmaking, and intensive studies in the disciplines of Art, Philosophy, Comparative Religions and Mythology. She wrote, produced, and directed an independent film as well as a number of other short film and documentary projects. She also worked in various aspects of both production and distribution, before moving away from the film industry to pursue a career as a multimedia artist and circus performer. Since then, she has written a novel, several interactive story-based games, a collection of short stories and poems, two screenplays, and numerous scripts for the stage. She is a founding member of The Landing Center for the Living Arts, a creative community, and founder and Director of Asheville based circus company Clan Destiny Circus. In 2013, she joined Social Construct Films, and is also the Director of the Asheville Story Collective, a creative think-tank and collaborative writer’s group focused on creating content for film and television.

 

 

 

 

 

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