farleymac & doug: I have a question for you since it appears you looked at the story. You may have realized that I differ from many here in that I try to communicate by informing and sometimes influencing opinion while most strive to make nice pictures. I use photos and captions formed into stories only because that seems to be the best communication medium for me.
The question: Did you get the sense that Gibara is this nice little Cuban fishing and beach town for 51 weeks a year then for one week changes dramatically into an international cultural big deal and then fades away?
Now we visit Gibara 3-4 times a year as we live an hour away, sometimes with the kids, sometimes as a couples getaway. Then I go by myself for the film festival. Some of my photos were shot during the other 51 weeks but fit in to emphasize the difference. But I wonder if I am too close to the subject to adequately tell the story of the 51 vs. 1 special week.
I feel some vindication as Patrick Oppmann, the Havana based CNN correspondent did a story simultaneously on the film festival and choose the same theme of small town changing dramatically for one week a year. BTW, great interesting guy who shoots with a Leica digital M when he is not in front of the CNN camera.
So setting aside the "nice photos" way of thinking, tell me how I did communicating. How did I do achieving my objective?