Hecho a Mano: Creativity in Exile weaves together the stories of four Cuban artists living in Miami: pianist Paquito Hechavarría, sculptor Tony López, and ceramists Nelson and Ronald Currás.
Even those who may have never heard their names before should be familiar with their work: Hechavarría played piano for some of Cuba’s biggest bands, was a regular performer at the Fontainebleau in the ’60s, and created the infectious opening to Miami Sound Machine’s “Conga”; López is responsible for thousands of sculptures, including the unforgettable Holocaust Memorial on Miami Beach; and the Currás Brothers are known for large-scale tile mosaics that grace private homes, hotels, and public spaces throughout the Caribbean.
From Cuba to their early experiences in exile to today, Hecho a Mano explores their dedication to craft and their ability to create under often challenging circumstances. A documentary about life’s unexpected turns and the joy of working with your hands.
The half-hour film is a Common Machine Production for PBS/WLRN.
*Best Florida Documentary, Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
*Best Local Film, Miami Short Film Festival
*Best Documentary, Miami Short Film Festival
Premieres on WLRN Channel 17 Miami:
Sunday, Feb. 13 @ 7pm
Tuesday, Feb. 15 @ 11:30 pm
Saturday, Feb. 19 @ 7:30 pm
Tuesday, Feb. 22 @ 11pm
National air dates TBA
Producers: Brett O'Bourke and Gaspar Gonzalez
Director: Brett O'Bourke
Writer: Gaspar Gonzalez
Director of Photography: Richard Patterson
Editor: Christina Burchard
Assoc. Producer: Christine Sylvain