Sobre las Olas
A story of flamenco in the U.S.

For over a hundred years, the art of flamenco has been crossing the ocean into distant places. Many have fallen in love with the deep song, the cry, the rhythm. This documentary brings us to the heart of flamenco in the U.S. and to the artists who keep it alive.


Director, Carolina Loyola-Garcia, worked for four years researching, interviewing flamenco artists, and documenting live flamenco performances throughout the United States. This documentary is the result of her relentless spirit and passionate approach to filmmaking and flamenco.



Jose Greco, Carmela Greco, Ana Börger-Greco, Dame Libby Komaiko and the Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, Edwin Aparicio, Ricardo Marlow, Jesus Montoya, Barbara Martinez, Rebeca Tomas, Elba Hevia y Vaca, Marija Temo, Manolo Leiva, Maria Benitez, Joaquin Encinias, and Chuscales, among others.


This project was generously funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts in Media Grant; A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust Fund from the Pittsburgh Foundation; the Heinz Endowments Small Arts Initiative Grant; Google Self-Powered Community Program; Robert Morris University; and many generous individuals through crowd funding.



Director: Carolina Loyola-Garcia

Director of Photography: Mark Knobil

Associate Producers: Erica Peiffer, Xavier Crespo

Producers: Rocio Nogales, Janet Smith, Molly Spurk

Sound: Herman Pearl, Chris Strollo

Art Direction: Felipe Garcia-Huidobro

Graphic Design: Jose Muniain, Greta Polo

Home page photo credit: Barbara Martinez, photo by Noe Martinez Photography


©El Duende Productions/2013, 100min., color, stereo.

“Captures the beauty and mystery of the music and dancing as if you are right there, along with

the fascinating story of Jose Greco, the grandfather of Flamenco in the U.S.”

–Joan Wagman; Contemporary dance choreographer, dancer, & professor