Listen to and download some live “mix tapes” by Wilson Santos:
*Originally written on a Hyatt Regency letterhead, this poem was turned into a spoken word house music track and released on Fluential Records (UK) in 2002, with music produced by Wilson and Steven Mestre.
It was about 6:15 in the morning I’m drunk and I’m high and I’m in Chicago now, I had just stumbled out of some club, somewhere I can’t even remember, and um I walked to the corner to hail a cab and after five empty cabs just passed me by one finally stopped Read the rest of this entry
A typical Dominican road trip from Santo Domingo to Bavaro and back. The image quality sucks since this was shot with a cheap 3meg digital camera, but you get the idea. I could’ve used some Bachata as background music, but this is done as a visual homage to Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” and Kerouac didn’t listen to Bachata. Coltrane and Miles seemed more appropriate.
Shot and edited by Wilson Santos using a cheap 3meg camera. This video captures a typical summer weekend in central park, the heart and soul of New York City, with dancers, drummers, skaters and lovers. The track is titled “Love Song” by Nadirah Shakoor. The footage was rescued from an old hard drive that was about to be trashed.
This collection of student films was originally shot on 16mm B&W stock in 1994, during a 6 week intensive film course at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts where Wilson Santos studied. After years of lugging a green rucksack full of these old film reels from apartment to apartment, Santos finally rescued them from oblivion, projected them on a screen and re-shot them using a Canon T2i. Although Santos hasn’t produced another film since then, choosing instead to write, produce music, design, study and educate, looking at these shorts and now working as a professor at Full Sail University has inspired Santos to grab a camera and start shooting again. Let’s see what 2013 brings.
*All films were written, directed, produced, and edited by Santos at NYU, 1994.
The Conga Man – 1994
The Conga Man is Wilson Santos. The Wife is Tina. The Daughter is Tina Lanne.
The Chase – 1994
The Thief is Danny Gomez. The little girl is Tina Lanne.
Mary The Widow – 1994
The Murderer is Danny Gomez. The Widow is Mary.
Rain Drops – 1994
Montage of images in Greenwich Village near NYU on a rainy day.
Bill has been on the block since Vietnam, and has seen it go from White to Brown. He grew up across town, in a one-bedroom with his mother, when Bergenline was still Italian. He saw the first wave of Cubans come in the late 60’s, and felt right away this meant trouble. He watched as the Marielitas turned the town Brown in the 80’s, while the Italian exodus moved west to the burbs along route 3, where it was still White. But Bill refused to leave. He was a Veteran and the only thing he knew how to do was to stay and fight for what was his. At least that’s what he likes to tell people. Read the rest of this entry