October 16 only

Director Kathryn Golden, producer + cinematographer Ashley James and John Santos IN PERSON, in conversation with Greg Landau!

“Transcendent, hypnotic & filled with the joy of life!… takes an honored place beside other documentaries of Afro-Caribbean life & music, such as Buena Vista Social Club…” – Film Threat

John Santos on stage with 3 other musicians.

This presentation is in partnership with SF Jazz!

Part of the 45th Mill Valley Film Festival at The Roxie.

Bay Area music legend and activist John Santos takes center stage in this documentary thrumming with rhythm, passion, and cultural reflection. Known as a “keeper of the Afro-Caribbean flame,” the seven-time Grammy nominee percussionist and bandleader grew up on the rhythms of his Puerto Rican and Cape Verdean heritage. Charting his rise from early gigs to a short-lived stint with Santana to the formation of his own prolific sextet and collaboration with a host of international Latin Jazz greats, Santos—Skin to Skin builds a brilliantly energetic portrait of a hard-working musician and educator as dedicated to preserving and expanding Afro-Latin music as he is to navigating the politics of culture, social equality, and racial injustice. Live performances, archival footage, commentary by jazz luminaries, and an intimate glimpse of his family bring Santos and his life’s mission into vital focus. —Deanna Quinones.

Director: Kathryn Golden. US. 2022. 75 mins.


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