XLRator Media has provided us with an exclusive clip for their new documentary entitled Mateo, which opened in limited release last weekend and debuts on VOD and iTunes formats August 25. This clip showcases the vocal skills of Matthew Stoneman, America's first white mariachi singer, as he records his song "The Virtue of Cuba." XLRator acquired the rights to the film earlier this month, following its critically-acclaimed debut at the South By Southwest Festival back in March.
Mateo follows America's most notorious gringo mariachi singer on his misadventures in Cuba. Matthew Stoneman dreamed of pop stardom. Instead, he went to jail, learned Spanish, and emerged as Mateo, America's first white mariachi singer. Mateo is on the brink of completing an album of original songs in Havana. But his estrangement from friends and family, his criminal past, and his love for Cuban women could derail him on his quest for fame. Here's what director Aaron I. Naar had to say in a statement from earlier this month, about XLRator Media picking up his film.
"We're thrilled to partner with XLrator Media to get our film out to a broader, mainstream audience after a successful festival run. XLrator's focus on unique, character-driven stories from around the globe is a boon for independent filmmakers and audiences alike."
Mateo is executive produced by Andrew Lauren (The Spectacular Now, The Squid and the Whale), Louis Venezia (The Diplomat, Our Nixon) and Adam Schlesinger (Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Smash His Camera). The deal was negotiated by XLrator Media's Barry Gordon and Amanda Lebow on behalf of the filmmakers. Mateo serves as Aaron I. Naar's feature directorial debut.
Check out our exclusive clip from Mateo before checking it out on VOD and iTunes formats tomorrow. We couldn't find any box office numbers for its opening weekend, but this compelling music-driven documentary could surely find an audience on VOD this week. Will you be checking out this documentary on VOD?