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Open Roads 2017 - New Italian Cinema

From June 1st through June 7th, Istituto Luce Cinecittà and the Film Society of Lincoln Center will host the 17th edition of the Open Roads: New Italian Cinema film festival, showcasing new cinematographic talent in a 14-piece selection of the past year¹s top films out of Italy. All films will be screened at Walter Reade Theater, located at 165 W 65th St, New York, NY. Wedding together the past with the present, the festival compiles what can be considered an anthropological study in its own right, surveying contemporary Italian culture manifest in cinematic tradition. The Opening Night selection is the New York premiere of Edoardo De Angelis¹s Indivisible, a captivating feature about talented conjoined twins whose dreams for their futures start to diverge around their eighteenth birthday. This year¹s edition showcases 13 additional titles, all North American or New York premieres, including At War with Love, acclaimed Italian TV personality Pierfrancesco Diliberto¹s World War II­set satire; Federica Di Giacomo¹s exorcism documentary Deliver Us, which won the Orizzonti Prize at last year¹s Venice Film Festival; Marco Tullio Giordana¹s Two Soldiers, the last in his popular organized crime trilogy; and The War of the Yokels, Davide Barletti & Lorenzo Conte¹s fable about a society at war‹cast almost completely with children. The films at the Open Roads festival received a combined 48 David di Donatello nominations, the Italian equivalent of the Academy Awards, with Indivisible winning the most awards with six. The lineup transitions organically from blockbusters to independent works, from acclaimed stars to brilliant up-and-comers, shedding light on Italy¹s ever-blooming contemporary cinematic culture. For more information, visit www.filmitalia.org and www.cinecitta.com.  Read more >>

Tribeca Film Festival 2017 Film Review – Keep the Change and The Sensitives

What would it be like to be…..Autistic and in a Relationship? Allergic to everything? Two films screened at the Tribeca Film Festival 2017 immerse viewers in the worlds of David, trying to connect with the world in Keep the Change and Susie, trying to avoid it in The Sensitives.  Read more >>

Diverse Programming at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, April 19-30, 2017

The Tribeca Film Festival, founded in 2001, an annual celebration of film, music and culture, will be held this year on April 19-30 in New York. This year’s themes reflect the diversity of the film program including African American, Asian, Female Centric, Female Directors, Latin, LGBT, Tribeca Film Institute Supported among others. It is well known for being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors. This year African American Themed Films include: ACORN and the Firestorm, Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: The Bad Boy Story, Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives and more. Asian & Asian American Themed Films include: AlphaGo, King of Peking, A Suitable Girl and more. Female Directors Themed Films include: Buster’s Mal Heart, Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story and more. Latin Themed Films include: A River Below, Sambá and more. LGBTQ Themed Films include: Nobody's Watching, Saturday Church and more. Women's Rights Themed Films include: The Divine Order, I AM EVIDENCE and more. For more information and full lineup visit: www.tribecafilm.com.  Read more >>

THE IMBIBLE: A SPIRITED HISTORY OF DRINKING – a Review

I was familiar with the Irish word for “Cheers” (Good Health) having seen “Sláinte” in writing  but had never heard it pronounced out loud until mixologist and raconteur Anthony Caporale uttered “Slan-cha” during the performance of THE IMBIBLE: A SPIRITED HISTORY OF DRINKING currently playing in New York City.  Read more >>

MoMA HONORS PEDRO ALMODÓVAR WITH MAJOR CAREER RETROSPECTIVE

Pedro Almodóvar will be honored with a major career retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art from November 29 through December 17, 2016. Opening on November 29 with a special screening of Almódovar’s latest work and 20th feature film, Julieta (2016), to be released nationally on December 21, the retrospective will include all 20 of the director’s feature films, beginning with his first film Pepi, Luci, Bom, y otras chicas del montón (Pepi, Luci, Bom) from 1980. Pedro Almodóvar is organized by Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, and La Frances Hui, Associate Curator, Department of Film, MoMA. In conjunction with the retrospective, Almodóvar will participate in an evening-long conversation and Q&A at the Museum, with the date and other details to be announced. Selected Films featured in Pedro Almodóvar: Pepi, Luci, Bom, y otras chicas del montón (Pepi, Luci, Bom). 1980. 82 min.; Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto? (What Have I Done to Deserve This?). 1984. 101 min.; La ley del deseo (Law of Desire). 1987. 102 min.; Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown). 1988. 90 min.; Tacones lejanos (High Heels). 1991. 112 min.; Todo sobre mi madre (All about My Mother). 1999. 101 min.; Julieta. 2016. 99 min. JULIETA, by Pedro Almodóvar, a Sony Pictures Classics Release, opens December 21, 2016. For more information, contact The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019, (212) 708-9400, moma.org.

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Recommended Films at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, April 13 – 24, 2016

The Tribeca Film Festival, founded in 2001, an annual celebration of film, music and culture, will be held this year on April 13-24 in New York. This year’s themes reflect the diversity of the film program including Hispanic, Asian American, Jewish among others. The Tribeca Film Festival helps filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enabling the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema and promote New York City as a major filmmaking center. It is well known for being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors. For more information visit: www.tribecafilm.com  Read more >>

Theatre Development Fund (TDF) and the Broadway League Launch Theatre Access NYC

Theatre Development Fund and The Broadway League are Breaking Barriers to Broadway with the launch of Theatre Access NYC, a new website designed to assist theatregoers with disabilities in finding accessible performances of Broadway  productions. This website is a way to help theatregoers with physical disabilities or autism and other sensory sensitivities find Broadway shows with the particular type of accessibility service they require. Theatre Access NYC is an intuitive, user-friendly show finder that allows users to filter and sort through dozens of Broadway shows based on accessibility, and provides details including dates, times and ticket availability for accessible performances. TDF and The Broadway League worked with their developer to conform to web accessibility standards, ensuring that all people with all disabilities are able to access the site. Among the services listed are: Mobility issues - wheelchair access, info on stairs/elevators in theatres, accessible restrooms, water fountains, etc; Mild to severe hearing loss - theatres that regularly provide iCaption units (handheld closed caption units) and assistive listening devices (headphone units that amplify the sound onstage), as well as listings of upcoming specially scheduled open captioned and sign language interpreted performances; Mild to severe vision loss - theatres that always provide D-scriptive audio devices (which provide a detailed account of all onstage activity) as well as listings for upcoming specially scheduled audio described performances); and Autism friendly performances - upcoming scheduled autism/sensory friendly performances (creating a safe, supportive environment for an audience of families with children and adults on the autism spectrum. The shows are performed with minor adjustments to lighting and sound cues). For more information, visit www.theatreaccess.nyc.  Read more >>

Acclaimed director Danielle Arbid's intimate coming-of-age story, PARISIENNE, screens at Rendez-Vous With French Cinema

PARISIENNE introduces a luminous new talent, Manal Issa, as Lina, a young Lebanese woman coming of age in mid-90s Paris. Lina has come to Paris to study at university, but quickly finds herself on her own (in part due to the advances of a lecherous uncle, and in part due to her own adventurous spirit). Her beauty, intelligence, and remarkable self-possession see her through various odd-jobs and stays in shelters, as she navigates her new city, aided by unlikely friends and entranced lovers. Lina's status as a immigrant comes to the fore in an empowering conclusion that underscores the timely message of the film. The film had its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, before screening at Palm Springs. PARISIENNE will have its New York premiere at Rendez-Vous With French Cinema in New York City on March 10th and 12th. For more information, visit http://www.filmlinc.org/festivals/rendez-vous-with-french-cinema.  Read more >>

Multicultural Entertainment News Recommends: THE COLOR PURPLE with Grammy & Oscar Winner Jennifer Hudson, London Sensation Cynthia Erivo and Danielle Brooks from "Orange Is The New Black"


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Homecoming King: Hasan Minhaj’s One Man Show at The Cherry Lane

In the tradition of Spalding Gray, John Leguizamo and Mike Birbiglia, Homecoming King is a one man show delivered as a “monologue meets stand-up-podcast” by Hasan Minhaj telling his immigrant story in this funny and touching Off-Broadway show now playing at The Cherry Lane theater in Greenwich Village. This show alternates performances with another type of immigrant story playing at the same theater, Colin Quinn in “The New York Story.” In the 80 minute “Homecoming King” Minhaj, the “Daily Show” correspondent and humorist, shares his heart-wrenching stories of growing up as a first generation Indian-American. It’s the story of, as he calls it, the “New Brown America” and he shares it as a kind of therapy that, he tells us, story telling can be.  “We’re all in this together” he says and, hoping to inspire others to tell their story, his website homecomingkingshow.com and social media outlets including @HasanMinhaj encourage interaction via #homecomingkingshow. The culture of “Log kya kahenge” or “What will People Think” informs his life, he explains.  It’s “the killer of every brown kid's dreams.”  In Spanish it’s “El quedirán", or What Will People Say as a fan and friend shares with him online.  This very personal connection with the audience happens thanks to the emotional resonance with anyone who experienced bullying, overbearing parents, early love confusion and heartbreak. When he shares his story of how he, a Muslim, married a girl from a Hindu family, a gasp from some in the audience told him that his  “Mishpucha” was at the show. For those that didn’t grasp the significance he compared the marriage to a Montague and Capulet. For the complete comedic history of NY and The American Dream from past to present we suggest an ultimate evening of a great double feature -- the 730 pm Colin Quinn telling of the NY experience followed by Hasan Minhaj at 930 pm. Homecoming King  runs through November 15thhttp://www.cherrylanetheatre.org/

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