Award-winning filmmaker, Soren Sorensen, is seeking community support for the release of his latest documentary, “Omar Sosa’s 88 Well-Tuned Drums.” The film chronicles the life and music of Grammy nominated pianist and composer Omar Sosa. A campaign was launched to raise $19,000 by August 31, 2016, to complete the project. Funds received will be used for graphic design, festival submissions, legal fees, errors and omissions, insurance, marketing, and publicity.
“Omar Sosa’s 88 Well-Tuned Drums” takes the audience through the origins of Sosa’s life. The film traces Sosa’s origins from his birth in Camagüey, Cuba’s third-largest city, conservatory education in Havana, and relocation to Ecuador where he briefly wrote and arranged commercial jingles. Sosa’s story continues with a fateful mid-90s move to the U.S., a stint as a sought-after sideman in the Bay Area’s Latin jazz scene, and partnership with manager Scott Price that continues to this day.
Since 1997, he has released almost 30 albums, received four Grammy nominations, and three Latin Grammy nominations. Annually, he performs over 80 concerts across six continents.
Sosa’s otherworldly talent as a musician and bandleader is what captivated Sorensen. In 2013, the filmmaker was granted unprecedented access to the composer and his bandmates for interviews, rehearsals, and performances.
To learn more about this documentary, visit the Kickstarter campaign. Click here to make a contribution. Backers can choose from a number of attractive rewards. Perks will be delivered by November 2016.
Sorensen specializes in producing nonfiction films, television, and web content with an emphasis on advocacy for nonprofit organizations. He has worked with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Families First RI, Montessori Community School of Rhode Island, and The Picture of Children’s Health. His filmography includes “Behind the Ribbon,” “Harvesting Rhode Island,” and “My Father’s Vietnam” – the film won the Soldiers and Sacrifice Grand Prize at the 2015 Rhode Island International Film Festival and won Best Picture Documentary at the 2016 Flagler Film Festival in Palm Coast, Florida.