"The Coffee Shop Series" are short unusual and surreal stories that happen to “Carol” in Coffee Shops. Carol returned to Portugal after living in New York, where she studied Visual Arts. Now that she’s back, she’s trying to decide which art to master. What we see is that she goes to a lot of cool Coffee Shops.
A first pilot season was filmed in Porto and Guimarães (during the 2012 European Capital of Culture). Short, amusing, different from what we see out there. Above all – fiction to entertain.
The Coffee Shop Series premiered January 7th 2013 on Curto Circuito, SIC Radical.
Now a new season is out, filmed between Lisbon and Porto and filled with music! Enjoy.
Actress / Creator / Screenwritter
Luísa was in a Coffee Shop in Madrid, August 10th 2012, waiting for a friend who lost her plane and she thought "what would I love for it to happen right here, right now?"
Nothing of the sort happened but the first episode was written.
She sent it to Vasco and the project started.
From then to now, the show was on national TV for 4 months and now the new season is here!
Before Luísa was in that Coffee Shop in Madrid, she was studying acting at The William Esper Studio in New York, where she lived happy for almost two years.
Vieira Vasco was born Vasco Vieira in Porto, a couple of years ago.
Since he was little, he wanted everyone around him to be in his creative and probably a bit weird "short-films".
He grew up to be a director after studying "Sound and Image" in Universidade Católica of Porto. While creating, he's finishing his masters degree in ESTC, Lisbon.
He now splits his time between London, where he's working as an editor and director and Portugal for our project.
Maria Ferreira da Silva
Producer / Editor
Vasco and Luísa went looking for Maria because this name could have as synonyms "machine" or "example" or even "patience".
Besides all these qualities, Maria loves video and to work. In the University of Belas Artes, Porto, she graduated in graphic design, but she's an autodidact when it comes to editing and producing.
She could live in Mozambique or Azores and she would be very happy. Soon, she will travel the world, while studying (3D probably) and inspires every human being that comes in contact with her.
This new series is sort of a SOUND EDITION one. Because the team is an unconditional fan of music and because, apparently, so is the world. We are eternally grateful for the willingness and acceptance of the bands, musicians and dj’s in participating with us in this adventure.
Get to know our very diverse musical choices, here.
When Luisa came back from New York and Vasco from London, they re-discovered "Plano b" (a great night "plan" in Porto) and they met these DJ's. They're four - Jackie, Maria, Min&Supa - and they like to say they have fun like there's no tomorrow. This party, created by them, is on for more than two years already and they intend to go on for many more.
Ultraleve describe themselves as "Pop-Electro-Rock proudly produced in Portugal by Bruno Vasconcelos and Nuno Figueiredo" and we agree. Their song "chata" was perfect for our episode and these gentlemen were ok with it. Thank you!
Taylor, besides being a model and an actor, is also a musician. Yes, he's a very talented young boy. He has a studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where he lives and where he likes to experiment. As we do also, we chose this song of his to have a little bit more of him in the episode.
João is a dj, a musician, a producer, a graphic designer and even an actor (fun fact - he was an extra in the film "Velvet Goldmine"). He has been DJ Kitten for 15 years now. He also released four albums with his band X-Wife and now he created this new project - White Haus - that has already released an LP (fresh, fresh). What's next? We never know, but it will be good for sure.
During a tradicional street party in Lisbon ("Santos Populares"), Luísa (Fidalgo) was looking for a less busy bar to get one drink. All of sudden, someone approaches her and says "Hey! I really like your project! Congrats!". It was Luísa Sobral. Fidalgo didn't know her yet (sadly) because she had just returned from the States. As soon as she turned to her friends, they all screamed "Don't you know who she is???". Nop. But she googled her right away and became an instant fan. Now, here's Luísa singing with us. Thank you "Santos".
This band has 75% of Viseu and 25% of Lisbon. And it's psychadelic, like the episode that we put them in. Besides talking in a singing-way (a cool feature of someone who grew up where they did), they're probably the most stylish guys from Viseu. If you want to meet them, go to the bar "Impossibly Funky", LX Factory. It's very possible that they'll be there.
Give him lyrics and he'll write you songs. Or don't bother and he'll do everything. That's how we imagine and know João. Inspiration is something that he could almost sell. And talent. It was a pleasure having him singing just for us in a Coffee Shop. His new record - "Coração no Chão" - is now out there. Enjoy!
Best Youth are an Indie Pop duo from Porto, Portugal formed by Ed Rocha Gonçalves and Catarina Salinas. After their debut EP - Winterlies - their first LP will be released internationally through [PIAS] Recordings. The first single, “Still your girl”, is already released and being played by major radios stations. We really like them and we won't forget their performance at the Optimus Alive 2012 Festival, where they left us very much amazed.
Zambujo is a portuguese singer-songwriter that so gently offered us one of his most beautiful songs. A young "fado" singer who grew up listening to traditional Alentejo sounds (sounds from the South of Portugal). His fifth album is out now and it will make you cry (for real and for more).
Some Friday Night is the new project of Duarte Dias and Nuno Melo, two of the founding members of Mundo Secreto. Influenced by a diversity of sounds, from Beatles to Justice, this band came out to refresh the musical scene in Porto (or Leça da Palmeira, where they're from).
Salto are composed by cousins Gui Tomé Ribeiro and Luís Montenegro and the young Tito Romão. They're the coolest thing from Porto and even when they were younger they played everywhere and amused us with their so special and unique personalities. New project coming out very soon! Stay tuned.
We met Ricardo in an unpredictable car ride to a very important meeting for our series. One day we'll let you know. Ricardo is a guitarist and a composer for The Girl in The Black Bikini. With influences of the 70's and 80's rock and punk rock, besides Ricardo in the guitar, Carolina Torres (lead vocals), Gonçalo Larsen in the other guitar (The Hypers), Sales JE on bass guitar (Ramp) and Daniel Cardoso on the drums (Anathema).
Miguel sings, composes and performs like someone who was born doing it. He probably came out into this world singing (not screaming). And he does all these things with simplicity and willpower. It's a pleasure to listen to him and since his first Azeitonas' concerts (when we were little) we sang along. Now, with his solo project, we're grown-up (kind of) and we like it even more.
Moullinex AKA Luís Clara Gomes, is from Viseu but lives between Lisbon and Munich. He grew up surrounded by music and musicians and he often collaborates with friends – most of the electric bass you’ll hear in his productions is from Luis Calçada and the guitars are crafted by Bruno Cardoso AKA Xinobi. He's also very multifaceted and a charming guy.
The Guest Stars of this series are incredibly special. Some, because we are fans since the day we were born (pretty much) and others, because they are part of the portuguese history of the entertainment and culture. Thank you all.
Get to know them here!
Although the name suggests an alternative plan, this “night Club and art gallery” has long ago became one of the main “plans” of Porto. Not only great international dj’s, but also the portuguese next-big-thing stop by every month. When suggested any other plan, we say: “Mmmm… maybe next week!”
This Coffee Shop, hidden inside ACP (Portugal Automobile Club), has sweet lemonades, cookies and great cakes. It is also full of light and from the huge windows we can see the practice cars. It can be fun to stop and observe the first lessons of wild teenagers, anxious to drive. Try it out! We highly recommend it.
Walking in “Ler Devagar” (“Read Slowly”) is like entering a world of fantasy, imagination and dreams. Because books are not the only thing we can find here. We can have coffee, lunch or dinner, hear live bands playing, discover new artists and even see plays. We are very grateful to have filmed in this so diverse venue. Thank you!
When you open “Galerias” door, besides that it could feature in a classic american western, it seems that we’re walking in to find Paris. Or “Portugal dos Pequeninos” (a themed park for children in Coimbra, where everything is little). Or a mixture of both, which makes this place a unique experience. It’s a restaurant, a gallery, a venue for concerts and other artistic interventions and a bar. Thank you for the kindness and patience during our shooting! (Sometimes we got lost with the collectables that are “in exhibition” all over the walls! Sorry.)
“Chá Clube” is a Tea House that could also be a Secret Society Club. A private club where people would go to discuss matters of extreme importance, while eating scones, cakes, drinking tea or coffee and even, for the most rebellious, to smoke a cigarette or a cigar. A very nice spot for our “mystery” episode. Thank you, thank you!
Baixaria is a recent spot in downtown Porto, but since it opened it created a lot of buzz and it’s pretty much packed during the weekend. They do events that can be concerts, exhibits or filmed interviews to artists. But it was their room downstairs that took us there. You have to check the writings on the walls and then you’ll understand our choice for this episode. Thank you!
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