Interview with Director Michael Brims (THE SOUNDS OF STREET VENDORS)

  MOVIE POSTERMichael Brims’ short film THE SOUNDS OF STREET VENDORS played to rave reviews at the September 2016 DOCUMENTARY film festival. It was the winner of Best Music at the festival. This was the first ever film that was from Cuba that played at the festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Michael Brims: A conversation at a conference in Havana with the musicologist Jaime Bofill from Puerto Rico

MT: From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

MB: About a month

MT: How would you describe your short film in two words!?

MB: Street-vendor songs

MT: What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

MB: Finding the vendors in all different kinds of places in Havana

MT: What were your initial reactions when watching the Toronto audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

MB: I absolutely loved it. I wish I had been there!

MT: How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

see above

MT: What film have you seen the most in your life?

MB: Bandits with Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton

MT: What is next for you? A new film?

MB: Just finished another short film about citizens cleaning up the bay in Cojímar, Havana.

Working on a film about urban gardening.




Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 10-20 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Fesival held in downtown Toronto on the last Thursday of every single month. Go to for more information and to submit your work to the festival.


By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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