“3 Rivers to Cuba”doc short screening during Hispanic Heritage Month at Penn State University 9/27

3 Rivers to Cuba documentary update

After a successful and enjoyable premiere at Adda Coffee & Tea on 9/22 (seriously, check this place out: www.addacoffeehouse.com) the next screening of the 3 Rivers to Cuba documentary short will be at the New Kensington campus of Penn State University, as arranged by Melba Amador.

Here is the copy of the release by the university:



Car in Cuba

“3 Rivers to Cuba” documentary banner. The filmmaker, Chris Mason, will talk about the film Sept. 27 at Penn State New Kensington.

Image: Chris Mason

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. — To celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month, Pittsburgh filmmaker Chris Mason visits Penn State New Kensington at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, in Café 780, for a presentation on the ties between Pittsburgh and Cuba. Mason will talk about the contributions of African heritage to Cuban culture.

Mason’s documentary project, “3 Rivers to Cuba,” features interviews with six artists and advocates in Pittsburgh and Cuba who highlight the connections of the city and country. The film traces the African influence on Latin music, dance, culture and religion. Boris Balsindes Urquiola, a Cuban artist and producer, was interviewed in August during his artist residency in Pittsburgh. Urquiola provided the perspective of growing up in a poor neighborhood in Havana, and the importance of art, identity and expression.

The casual dinner will feature Cuban cuisine. The documentary begins at 6 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session. For more information, call 724-334-6063.

The event is a part of the campus’ “Dinner and Dialogue” program, an annual series that promotes greater awareness and understanding of world issues, international trends, and global policy debates. Each year, the campus adopts a country or region of the world to inspire teaching and scholarship.

Mason is an independent, female documentary and experimental filmmaker and videographer who focuses on unique storytelling projects that explore music, culture, and history of diaspora populations.  She produces social justice videos and experimental pieces that incorporate poetry, philosophy and archive films.

A native of Pittsburgh, Mason received an associate degree in cultural anthropology and social sciences from the Community College of Allegheny County.

Mason was invited to campus by Melba Amador, instructor in social sciences and education. Amador joined the faculty in 2015 and has brought a wealth of Latino, Chicano and Latin American cultural opportunities to the campus.

For the trailer of the documentary, visit 3 Rivers to Cuba





Extended 10 min trailer for “3 Rivers to Cuba” is now online!

“3 Rivers to Cuba” documentary trailers are online!

Indie documentary produced by Spinning Goat Productions, that highlights the connections between Pittsburgh and Cuba through music, culture, and civil rights work. Traces the African influence in Cuban history and culture.

trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tX3qfM4Xrak
extended: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiSX_h8hVkQ

TRAILER: 3 Rivers to Cuba documentary trailer is available!

3 Rivers to Cuba documentary

After a lot of hard work, and too many hours to remember, the trailer for the documentary “3 Rivers to Cuba” is done! An extended 9 minute trailer will also be ready soon.

This trailer provides a basic overview of the subject matter and participants from Pittsburgh and Cuba.

The first release of the documentary will be 25 minutes long, and is scheduled for local screenings starting on September 22, 2016, and to continue through the fall.

A feature length film (approx. 80 minutes) will be completed to submit to major festivals, and will premiere in Pittsburgh in early 2017.


The trailer is available on both vimeo and youtube.

vimeo: https://vimeo.com/182324903


TRAILER for 3 Rivers to Cuba out 9/11/16!

3 Rivers to Cuba documentary

The official documentary trailer for “3 Rivers to Cuba” will be released online 9/11/16!     It’s been a (good) challenge to pick the best of the best!!

First local screening of the 25-minute version will be on September 22 at Adda Coffeehouse in Shadyside! More details to come.


Spinning Goat @ Unblurred tomorrow night! 9/2/16

Lots of cool happenings at Unblurred tomorrow night, and if you have time, stop into the pop-up gallery at Penn & Mathilda to view some awesome paintings and visual art by Tony Cavalline and other artists.

And view some films! A couple of new Spinning Goat experimental films were made just for this event, along with a slideshow of pictures from Cuba: from La Habana, Santiago de Cuba, El Caney, Baracoa, and El Cobre, taken by Chris Mason and Brenda Solkez. There will also be updates about the upcoming documentary “3 Rivers to Cuba.”
September 2, 2016
6-11 pm.
*includes some of the best boxed wine you’ll ever drink. 😉

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