This is the story of a town which hearts reside on its music, its relationship with the Magdalena river in the Colombian Momposina’s Depression, a place where all the “Magic sub-realism” of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s books comes to life.
This town has an ancient earthly music tradition called “TAMBORA” a music the rises from the “BEATS” of the alegre drums, la tambora bass drum, las maracas, but mostly from the “BEATS” of the hearts of every son and daughter of this land, whose voices give melody to the “TAMBORA” and whose clapping hands sheer every second of this ground shaking music called “TAMBORA”.
This is the story of a struggle for surviving. A sound that does not wan to stop sounding; A people that does not want to let their ancestral traditions disappear in to the avalanche of globalization, A river that does not want to run dry for the contamination and deforestation of the industrial world; This is the struggle for keeping ones identity, for saving the soul of your land.
This land is called SAN MARTIN DE LOBA, and its heart “BEATS” because of the sound of the “TAMBORA” without it this town will surely die, and a part of every one of us as well.
Something that I wrote as a Short Story a log time a go and had the opportunity to make in to a shortcut while I was attending Vancouver Film School.
The tell is inspired by a Pink Floyd song: "High Hopes", I could not use the song because I did not get a release from the record company. So a long time friend made up a melody and played on my guitar while the final cut was playing, it worked out pretty well.
I could not find an actor that I felt was given in to the character that was Thomas, so I took the liberty of putting my self in front of the camera for it, for most part it worked out just ok, but I am not proud of that in particular.
I got tons of help from peers at school and form friends out of it, so it was a truly team effort that for me turned out pretty well; Because I could realize the vision I had with the story on a big screen.