The Imbroglio Sextet

The Imbroglio Sextet named themselves after a word they define as “a complicated situation which turns out to be something amazing.” Though its members don’t all speak the same language or live on the same continent, the group finds a way to create beautiful classical music with an unconventional combination of instruments. Along the way, they help impoverished Haitian children, discover each other’s cultures, and show how music and friendship can overcome any imbroglios they encounter in amazing - and entertaining - fashion.

  • Rush Olson
    Director
  • Dave French
    Director
  • Rush Olson
    Writer
  • Cara Pollard
    Producer
  • Rush Olson
    Producer
  • Dave French
    Producer
  • Cara Pollard
    Key Cast
  • Sydney Guillaume
    Key Cast
  • Salva Contreras
    Key Cast
  • Javier Navascués
    Key Cast
  • Lucia Nuin
    Key Cast
  • David Otto
    Key Cast
  • Katie von Braun
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    31 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 15, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Haiti, Spain, United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    various
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Rush Olson, Dave French

Throughout his career, Rush has developed ways to meld video, Internet, print, and other elements into compelling pieces of communication. He's written, produced, directed, edited, yammered, and otherwise interacted with content creation in just about every legal way. His output has included complete advertising campaigns, documentaries, sports TV shows, and more. Current endeavors include the film project “I Am Douglass;” a documentary on the restoration of schools destroyed by an explosion in West, Texas; a pair of sports television shows; and the Imbroglio Sextet short film documentary.

Rush does his creative work through his own Rush Olson Creative & Sports company, FourNine Productions, and in conjunction with frequent colleague Dave French of Ludisian Legion Entertainment.

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Director Statement

With any band or ensemble, the first thing one likely notices is the music. And so it is with the Imbroglio Sextet. They make remarkable music with the unconventional combination of a trumpet, a clarinet, and a string quartet. Cara, the trumpeter, originally brought us in to create a film to accompany one of their pieces (more on that in a moment) and I don’t think I ever got tired of listening to the performances to which we added footage. These folks are first-rate classical players.

But then I found out they were world-class people, too. These folks met in Haiti giving free lessons to impoverished kids who love music. They don’t all speak the same language, but they make each other smile, and laugh, and glow. The music thrives on such interactions, and their attitudes make every situation they encounter one that can end in mirth. My collaborator, Dave French, and I watched all this, got swept up in it, and decided a film needed to be made about it.

The great stories wouldn’t have ever fit into what we originally envisioned as a 10-minute piece. Heck, even at the end of a half hour, we added references in the credits to more stories you can ask the members about if you see them. We had a lot of sourcing to do, especially tracking down images from the places they’d been before we met them, but we loved every part of the project.

One part of that project didn’t make it into the final documentary piece, at least not in its entirety. The original material we created to accompany their original composition “4 Movements for a Film Projector” is a standalone piece. We found silent movies available in the public domain and mashed up scenes from them with new, humorous (hopefully) intertitles to facilitate a whole different level of interaction with music and pictures. I mention it here, because it’s an added element we can bring to any film festival (at no extra charge). We like to think the audience will enjoy the main film, of course, but when you can also make them laugh and hear complete renditions of the group about which they’ve just learned, it creates something truly unique.

It gives me great pleasure to share the Imbroglio Sextet’s story, because that’s what they do to everyone they meet. They give them pleasure, whether through teaching music to Haitian children, through performing their own material, or just by the joyous way they interact with everyone they meet, including, we hope, you.