When a group of people decide come together for a cause, the reasons for doing so are often not as obvious as one might think.
At the Salida del Sol Festival in Malga, Spain; we had musicians, organisers, and artists whose love of music germinated in a multitude of different ways. Each with a varied past that shaped their relationship with the world and informed the way in which they worked.
We had seasoned musicians who lapped up the prospect of making music near a beckoning Spanish beach; the thriving retiree having had the mantle of conductor thrusted upon them out of necessity; a Frenchman whose loved of music was sparked by hearing Mozart Quintets on vinyl as a boy; a fundraiser for a Cancer Foundation wishing to give back to an organisation that helped his dying sister.
When I was invited to make this short documentary about this newly established festival in Spain, the stories I heard were not necessarily the ones I'd expected, and so the resulting film became more a portrait of the people amongst the backdrop of a festival, rather than the other way round.
The more I collaborate with artists and musicians, the more I realise that their artforms mean nothing without the lives lived to tease them into existence. Art and music are not things that are in and of themselves, but markers of the people who do what they do, the symptoms that flair up when we tap into the thoughts and feelings that make us human.