Give Me Future

About

2015 was a landmark year for electronic dancehall superband Major Lazer. After topping the EDM charts with their international hit single “Lean On,” the band continued its world tour, mounting elaborate shows not only in traditional destinations, but also in more challenging locations around the globe. Fueled by a dream of “making the world smaller by making the party bigger,” the group furthered their mission of peace through music with a free concert in the unlikeliest of venues—downtown Havana, Cuba, where no American band at the height of their fame had previously been allowed to perform. Without knowing whether anyone in the country even knew who they were, they hoped to reach a potential crowd of 50,000. After half a million exuberant fans showed up, music history was made on a massive scale.

In what began as a concert film intended to document this groundbreaking event, director Austin Peters turns the camera on a burgeoning youth movement, fusing exhilarating performance footage with authentic stories of cultural and political shifts in a country on the precipice of change.

YEAR 2016

SECTION Doc Premieres

COUNTRY U.S.A./Cuba

RUN TIME 88 min

LANGUAGE English and Spanish

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY Matador

WEBSITE http://www.matadorcontent.com

EMAIL jack@matadorcontent.com

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Artist Bio

Austin Peters

Austin Peters is a director living in New York. Raised in Los Angeles, he went on to study film at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He has directed two short-form documentaries: Braids, starring Lupita Nyong'o for Vogue, and NYC, 1981, a companion piece to the recent film A Most Violent Year. His music video for Chvrches’s "Empty Threat" was named one of the 10 best music videos of 2015 by Rolling Stone.