Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Former Charlotte musician releasing Los Amigos Invisibles documentary in March

Posted By on Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 1:34 PM


Juan Miguel Marin, formerly a member of the Charlotte Latin-alternative quintet La Rúa, will celebrate the world premiere of his feature film, La Casa del Ritmo, A Film About Los Amigos Invisibles, at the Miami International Film Festival in March.

The film shares the musical journey of Los Amigos Invisibles over the last 20 years through conversations with each of the six original band members, as well as David Byrne (Talking Heads)
and Yale Evelev - both formerly of Luaka Bop — and a concert shot in New York City in March of 2011 at the Highline Ballroom. Marin worked on the film with his wife and former CL photographer, Catalina Kulczar-Marin, and Ecuadorian director Javier Andrade.

As a part of La Rúa, Marin toured with Los Amigos Invisibles in 2005 and 2006 and was inspired by the band's hard work, devotion to their music and commitment to their fans. Marin, an Ecuadorian artist/musician who is now based in N.Y.C., had a chance encounter with LAI bass player Jose Rafael Torres in 2010 in which the two discussed the band's 20-year anniversary taking place in 2011.

In January of 2011, the film team created a Kickstarter campaign to raise $30,000 in order to complete the project. Thanks to nearly 600 backers (now Associate Producers) from countries all over the world (Venezuela, Australia, France, Germany, India, etc), they raised $31,500, exceeding their 30-day goal. Kickstarter is an all-or nothing, crowd funding platform for creative projects.

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