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Ambulante California Starts Traveling Today with ‘Bronx Obama’

Ambulante California Starts Traveling Today with 'Bronx Obama'

We’ve told you about it through interviews, features, and the Kickstarter campaign behind it. Finally, Ambulane California is here and it’s kicking off with urban style Cumbia band, Viento Callejero today September 21 at MacArthur Park. KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox is
bringing the dance party to the
Bowtie Project alongside the LA River for the closing night event on
October 4.

From September 21 – October 4, the
two- week documentary tour will travel to a different neighborhood to
present a free
documentary event in an
outdoor/alternative venue. All screening events are free and open to the
public. To see the list of
films, schedule and venues please

HERE and follow @AmbulanteCA.

Films in the program included Sundance’s “Alive Inside” (Sept. 23), “No No: A Documentary” (Sept.26), and “Living Stars” (Sept28) ; Mexican gems “Elevator“(Sept 25) and “Three Voices” (Sept. 27 & Sept. 29); unique visions of life in America such as “Las Marthas” (Sept. 25), “To the Other Side” (Sept. 30) and ” LaDonna Harris: Indian 101“(Oct.1); visually astonishing films like “Cairo Drive” (Sept.24), “Alamar” (Oct. 1) and “Bering. Balance and Resistance” (Oct. 2); and classics such as “The Exiles” (Oct.3.).

Tonight Viento Callejero will go on at 6:30pm
sharp to start
the dancing before the 7pm L.A.
premiere screening of “Bronx Obama,”a documentary about a Puerto Rican in
the Bronx who looks
like the POTUS. The filmmaker Ryan Murdock and subject Louis Ortiz will be on hand. The feature film is
preceded by “Ink
& Paper
,” a short documentary
about a local printing press and paper store. Filmmaker Ben Proudfoot
will be present.

Ambulante’s tour will culminate at the Bowtie project at Rio de Los
Angeles State Park on October 3 & 4. The Closing
Weekend event is in collaboration with
California State Parks, Clockshop and LA River Revitalization
Corporation. Dan Wilcox of
KCRW will be the master of groove
festivities on Saturday, October 4 following the 7pm screening of
Yakona,” a stunningly
cinematic environmental film by
filmmakers Paul Collins and Anlo Sepulveda, who will be present for

Check out the film festival trailer:


Dan Wilcox delves beneath the surface of
the pop music landscape to shed light on a wealth of penetrating
deep-cuts. He works
as a music supervisor in various films
including ‘As Above, So Below’ and upcoming film, The Coup by The
Weinstein Co. He is
the featured DJ for each year’s
Barnsdall Wine Tastings and will be doing their Movie Nights in October


Los Angeles based Urban style Cumbia
trio that formed in 2013. The group is composed of three talented
musicians, Gloria
Estrada on guitar, Federico Zuniga on
bass, and Gabriel Villa on drums. Together they bring a fresh approach
to urban tropical
music stripping it down to feature its
rawest elements. With Cumbia making a resurgence, artists have been
re-mixing and
re-interpreting the Classic Cumbias in
dance halls all over the world. VIENTO CALLEJERO represents the newest
incarnation of
the movement in Los Angeles, breaking
down the rhythmic and melodic pulse of Cumbia Colombiana, Son Montuno,
Merengue, Reggae,
Dance Hall, Funk, and Rock to create a
fresh sound with a new twist that is infectious to the listeners ears,
hips, and feet.

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