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"Ocho Puertas" at the Puerto Rican Film Series 2008

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Published on Jul 14, 2008

"Puerto Rican Film Series 2008" continues its outdoor summer film series on Saturday August 9th with "OCHO PUERTAS" directed by Paloma and Gabriel Suau and produced by Ninguna Ciencia.

Synopsis: (90 minutes - Spanish with English subtitles) The film reproduces the original stage of the legendary nightclub "Ocho Puertas" in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. During the 60s and 70s, before big hotels and casinos, "Ocho Puertas" was the bohemian place where amateur and established Puerto Rican artists would meet to define the identity and interpret their song. This is the time of Vietnam, boleros, jazz, rock and salsa. Puerto Rico was registering a great economic growth and fusion of classes that produced new artistic movements, music and gathering places. That's when Bern Zale from Brooklyn and Tor Boberg from Sweden, a migrant couple moved to the island and immediately recognize the great amount talented artists in the island. Boberg and Zale decide to establish a nightclub in an old colonial house where the only rule was that the stage would be a place only to local artists. Ocho Puertas become in an important place for the local cultural production and soon is recognized internationally becoming a hang out place to figures such as Marlene Dietrich, Burt Bachrach, Chita Rivera, Sylvia Sims y Liza Minelli who named her dog "Ocho".

Ocho Puertas propelled Puerto Rican artists that now are internationally known such as Chucho Avellanet, Lucecita Benítez, Danny Rivera, Glenn Monroig, Alberto Carrión and Grupo Raíces, Nydia Caro and Lucy Fabery. The film shows historic images and remembers figures such as folklorist Sylvia del Villard and pianist Joe Valiente. The film presents the old and new Puerto Rican bohemia with established figures such as Andy Montañez and Dave Valentín next to new figures like Michael Stuart, Luís Fonsi and Vivanativa. The film is the result of an extensive investigation in the historical archives of the National Foundation for the Popular Culture of Puerto Rico. The film is a gift to the generations that grew up with Ocho Puertas and to the music that was born there and now lives forever.

This and all films are shown at dusk (8:00PM) at the Humboldt Park Boat House -- 1359 North Sacramento (Humboldt Blvd), Chicago, IL 60622.

Bring your picnic basket, folding chair and blankets and enjoy a movie night under the STARS. FREE admission, popcorn, raffles, and children activities!

Film program curated by: Magdalena Sagardía and Jorge Félix

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