Ginger haired and seemingly unassuming, Matthew Stoneman appears like any other guy but possesses an incredible talent. Fluent in Spanish and wielding a beautiful voice, Stoneman is the subject of SXSW documentary “Mateo,” directed by Aaron I. Naar, which chronicles his pursuit of fame as a mariachi singer. As this exclusive clip indicates, his pursuit is sadder, stranger and harder than Stoneman would like it to be.
The official synopsis reads: “‘Mateo’ follows America’s most notorious gringo mariachi singer on his misadventures in Cuba. Matthew Stoneman dreamed of pop stardom. Instead, he went to jail, learned Spanish, and emerged as ‘Mateo,’ America’s first white mariachi singer. Mateo is on the brink of completing an album of original songs in Havana. But his estrangement from friends and family, his criminal past, and his love for Cuban women could derail him on his quest for fame.”
XLrator Media will be releasing “Mateo” in Theaters on August 21 and VOD on August 25. Watch the clip above.