Tito Puente & Celia Cruz
Title: Celia y Tito Directed by: Terence Nance
Tito Puente and Celia Cruz were the Hendrix and Joplin of salsa. Although they were born and raised in different areas (Puente was a New York native, the child of native Puerto Rican parents while Cruz spent her childhood and teenage years in Havana, Cuba), they both rose to become giants of the salsa genre, frequent collaborators, and close friends. Their careers lasted for a half a century, with both Celia and Tito performing for packed stadiums until they passed away in 2000 and 2003 respectively, but Celia y Tito will focus on the time and place in which they first met: at a party in Spanish Harlem in the 1950s. They discussed music and life the entire night, forming the beginning of a lifelong friendship that would inspire generations of musicians to come.
For the intimate and loving tone of this story, I'm looking for new filmmaker Terence Nance to direct. His debut feature film, An Oversimplication of Her Beauty, was a beautifully abstract love story, complete with quirky animation and a dream-like aesthetic. This unique form of storytelling would make Tito and Celia's first encounter and subsequent friendship a beauty for the audience, complete with vibrant splashes of music and animation.