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19th Havana Film Festival New York, April 6-17, 2018 - Celebrating the Cultural Richness and Diversity of Cuban and Latin American Voices

The 19th Havana Film Festival in New York (, a project of The American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba (, presents an exceptional program celebrating the diversity of voices and cultural expressions of Cuba and Latin America through inspiring stories told on the big screen, April 6 to 17 2018. All foreign language films will be subtitled in English. The Festival's program includes a tribute to writer and screenwriter Senel Paz (Strawberry and Chocolate, A Girlfriend for David), the presentation of Cuban classics A Cuban Fight against Demons and The Survivors, restored by the Academy Film Archive and the Cinemateca de Cuba on the occasion of the 90th birth anniversary celebration of one of the most influential directors of the last century-Tomás Gutiérrez Alea; a tribute to the late Argentine filmmaker Fernando Birri, widely considered the father of New Latin American Cinema and a fundamental pillar in the development of cinematography in the continent; the roundtable discussion New York Loves Film by Steven Pelton Senior Project Manager and Laura Berning, Location Manager from the Governor's Office of Motion Picture & Television Development, regarding the incentives NY State gives to productions made within the state; screenings of documentaries about Cuban music as well as World, U.S., and NY premieres of award-winning films at international festivals from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Spain, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Latino-Americans. The Festival will take place at several venues: Directors Guild Theater (DGA), AMC Loews 34th Street, King Juan Carlos I of Spain at NYU (KJCC), School of Visual Arts, Columbia University, CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan, The Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, and The Bronx Museum of the Arts, in the Bronx. More information and details of the festival as well as the complete program is available at    

Broadway Revival Of 
Mark Medoff’s Tony Award®-Winning Play “Children Of A Lesser God” To Be Most Accessible Play In Broadway History

Producer Hal Luftig announced that the first-ever Broadway revival of Children of a Lesser God would be the most accessible play in Broadway history with three ways audiences can enjoy the Tony Award®-winning play at Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street, New York, NY). At every performance, the production will feature supertitles, where the play’s text has been seamlessly incorporated into the show’s scenic design, allowing audiences to follow Mark Medoff’s ground-breaking script without detracting from the actors’ performances. Additionally, every performance will feature closed captioning available through the GalaPro app which is available on Apple or Android devices. After downloading and creating an account, when audience members arrive at Studio 54, they can select Children of a Lesser God and the app will guide them through the setup process and allow them to stream captions easily. To download the app and for additional information, visit:   Read more >>

Carnival Corporation Announces Partnership with Univision Communications with Launch of New Primetime Show – 'La Gran Sorpresa'

Carnival Corporation & plc, the world's largest leisure travel company, announced it is partnering with Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) – the leading media company serving Hispanic America – to develop the first O·C·E·A·N primetime series. The show will air on Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT / 7 p.m. CT beginning January 7 on the Univision Network. 'La Gran Sorpresa' (The Great Surprise) uses the power of travel to reunite families as they overcome hardships created by illness, separation and other challenges. The one-hour program is hosted by award-winning television personality Poncho de Anda. For the series' first six episodes, de Anda will be joined by several well-known personalities, including Univision Deportes' Karina Banda; "Despierta America's" Franscisca Lachapel and Maity Interiano; and Ligia Uriarte of Univision's primetime dramedy, "Mi Marido Tiene Familia." In its first season, the series surprises a number of families as they sail aboard ships from Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Holland America Line – three of Carnival Corporation's nine global cruise brands – to exotic destinations including Cozumel (Mexico), Mahogany Bay (Honduras) and Half Moon Cay (Bahamas). Ocean Original series produced by Carnival Corporation and now in their second season include "Ocean Treks with Jeff Corwin" and "Vacation Creation with Tommy Davidson and Andrea Feczko" on ABC; and "The Voyager with Josh Garcia" on NBC.  Additional information can be found on,,,,,,,, and  Read more >>

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 and  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:  Read more >>


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 >>


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,


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:  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  Read more >>