‘El Gran Fellove’: Film Review | San Sebastian 2020

‘El Gran Fellove’: Film Review | San Sebastian 2020
In a Mexico City recording studio in 1999, the planets aligned. At the center of the jubilant cross-cultural, intergenerational music sessions was Francisco Fellove Valdés, stage name El Gran Fellove, who half a century earlier had combined Afro-Cuban rhythms with jazz to create a new style of scat singing. Overseeing the project was Joey Altruda, a Los Angeles-based bandleader and producer, and filming the event “guerrilla-style” was his pal Matt Dillon, who was fresh off the success of There’s Something About Mary and hadn’t yet directed a feature.

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