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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  Read more >>

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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 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 15th


“Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist,” at New York’s Whitney Museum

“If you google ‘Harlem Renaissance images’ this is the painting (that will come up in your search),” said Richard J. Powell, the Duke University John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History and Dean of Humanities, as he led a tour at the Whitney Museum of the exhibit “Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist.” Dr. Powell, whose expertise is in African American art, and theories of race and representation in the African diaspora, curated the exhibit, a forty-two painting retrospective of Archibald Motley’s career, which opened this month and will run through January 17, 2016. Divided into six sections, the exhibition spans work from Chicago, Jazz Age Paris and Mexico of an artist The Whitney says “first achieved recognition of his dignified depictions of African Americans and people of mixed race descent, which challenged numerous contemporary stereotypes of race and gender,” and who, according to Powell, was both “an outlier and part of the community.” Painting titles give a glimpse of what awaits at this exciting and impactful exhibit: “After Fiesta, Remorse, Siesta”; “The Octoroon Girl”; “Self-Portrait (Myself at Work)”; “Blues, 1929”; “Saturday Night” (Nights in Bronzeville section) and “The First One Hundred Years: He Amongst You Who is Without Sin Shall Cast the First Stone; Forgive Them Father For They Know Not What They Do.” Presented in the museum’s 8th floor Hurst Family Galleries of the striking building designed by architect Renzo Piano, the outdoor terrace facing the High Line at the other end of the floor overlooks one of the last remaining working meat packing companies, where a visitor can spot white coated workers at the truck bays. @whitneymuseum  #ArchibaldMotley  Read more >>

New-York Historical Society to Transform Fourth Floor with New Women's History Center & Reinvisioned Collection Display

The New-York Historical Society has revealed plans for the transformation of the Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture on the fourth floor of its home on Central Park West, which will be redesigned to feature highlights from its collection, as well as a new center for scholarship focused on women’s history. The centerpiece of the reimagined fourth floor will be New-York Historical’s preeminent collection of Tiffany lamps, displayed in a sparkling glass gallery designed by architect Eva Jiřičná. Renovation of the fourth floor has begun and the space is scheduled to open to the public in early 2017. The Center for the Study of Women’s History will be an educational resource for scholars, students, and the public, as well as a venue for discussion and exchange focused on women’s history. The annual Diane L. and Adam E. Max Conference in Women’s History will convene scholars and thinkers to discuss topics concerning women’s issues and their relevance to broader movements. The inaugural conference will take place in March 2016 and will focus on the female-dominated garment industry. The Center will also co-host an online course on women and work, taught by Columbia University historian Alice Kessler-Harris. In addition, it will develop educational resources and opportunities for K–12 students on-site and online, enabling them to engage with primary sources and curricula focused on the history of women’s labor and social reform in New York.  Read more >>

“Gored: A Love Story” and “El Cinco” at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival

Choosing between seeing a chick flick or a violent sports film? Two films on the schedule at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival give you both in each. “Gored: A Love Story” from Spain and “El Cinco” a love story from Argentina both give the woman’s perspective as they “stand by their man” as the soccer captain of the Talleres team gets suspended for 8 games for his red card behavior and Antonio Barrera earns the superlative “Most Gored Bullfighter in History.” Patón, the soccer captain, has his midlife crisis at 35, as he decides to retire, but what should he do for the rest of his life? Ale, his adorable wife, offers career suggestions, new business ideas (a bar? A lingerie store?), math lessons, English classes, and keeps him company on the roof deck in the middle of the night when he can’t sleep. When Patón’s father asks her what Patón says about his plan for retirement, she tells him that " Patón won’t talk about it. I wonder who he gets that from, her father-in-law says. Barrera’s wife, in this fascinating documentary, says “I never ask him when he is going to retire.” In the two films, I patiently watched the goals and gorings to get back to the real heroines, the wives. Their silence and silent actions keep their husbands anchored when their worlds are turned upside down. Ale knows when to cajole, tease, yell, kiss or, when she can’t convince him that they shouldn’t buy the expensive mustard while shopping together at the market, to simply take the jar out of the cart and put it back on the shelf when he isn’t looking. A sweet movie, El Cinco will delight you. In Gored, we see how, this time, the superlative “most” is not the “best.” The camera shows us his scars, under his chin, between his eyes, and works its way down his legs. Sometimes he’s the one being carried triumphantly out of the bullring lifted on shoulders while the bull gets dragged out by the hooves behind a tractor. Other times, a gored Antonio gets carried out under his arms and legs and rushed to the medical office/operating room that seems to be inside every Plaza de Toros. As he too, finally decides to retire, much to the relief of his wife, we see his traje de luces jacket in a specially built display case inside the family home in Salamanca.  

By Lisa Skriloff,


Diverse Programming at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, April 15-26, 2015

The Tribeca Film Festival, founded in 2001, an annual celebration of film, music and culture, will be held this year on April 15-26 in New York. This year’s themes reflect the diversity of the film program including African American, Asian, Female Centric, Female Directors, Latin, LGBT, TFI Supported 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:

African American Themed Films at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival  

This year African American Themed Films include: 

  • The Greatest Catch Ever - the new short film from director Spike Lee that revisits the New York Giants’ epic Super Bowl XLII victory over the New England Patriots. The event is part of the “Tribeca Talks” panel series which was designed to bring film enthusiasts together with some of the most prolific directors, actors and industry leaders to explore a wide array of topics and spark a richer dialogue about film.

Tribeca Film Institute’s® Historic Tribeca All Access® Program Expands to Include Interactive Storytellers through $200,000 Grant from MacArthur Foundation

Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) will expand its Tribeca All Access (TAA) program to include grants and resources for interactive storytellers statistically underrepresented in the media maker community, made possible by $200,000 in support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Since 2004, the diversity-focused TAA program has served as TFI’s premiere scripted and documentary filmmaker program, specializing in providing a range of programming for storytellers who create groundbreaking films that bring unheard voices to the mainstream. As a result of this expansion, TFI will implement three new programming initiatives under TAA: an Interactive Prototype Fund, a workshop for TAA Interactive grantees and a dedicated TAA hackathon. These initiatives will also broaden the program’s diversity of artistic mediums and create engaging and infinitely ‘share-able’ work to inspire dialogue and action about issues facing our society. Submissions for the inaugural Interactive Prototype Fund, which aims to build new bridges between technology and filmmaking, opened on January 8th. The grant will encourage the development of exceptional and novel ideas from applicants for projects, rather than work that is already in development. The second programming initiative is the residential workshop, which will be offered to TAA Interactive grantees and will run for three consecutive days during Fall 2015. Led by an experienced facilitator and TFI staff, this workshop will allow the grantees to engage with their projects and build community with each other in order to encourage more collaboration in this emerging space. Lastly, to amplify the message of the work being achieved through the TAA Interactive grants, TFI will design an audience-facing hackathon to rapidly prototype projects around a central issue or theme. TFI, in partnership with The MacArthur Foundation, will develop the topic and programming, which will reflect the organizations’ mutual goals for social impact. This hackathon will be held over a 4-5-day-long workshop with an emphasis on the final product. The participants will be different from the Interactive Prototype Fund grantees, and will be selected with an eye towards diversity in recognition of the serious lack of diversity in the technology field. For more information and Rules & Regulations on the grants, please visit Tribeca Film Institute website,


“The Last Laugh: An Alternate History of Spanish Comedy,” Film Series at New York’s Film Society of Lincoln Center, December 12-18, NYC

The Film Society of Lincoln Center will present “The Last Laugh: An Alternate History of Spanish Comedy,” a series focusing on the tradition of grotesque humor throughout the history of Spanish cinema, from December 12-18, and will include appearances by Santiago Aguilar, José Luis Cuerda, Isaki Lacuesta, and Óscar Pérez. Politically charged, with healthy doses of black humor, the films in the series portray how drastically Spanish culture and society have changed over the last 60 years at the same time that they show how many aspects of Spain have hardly changed at all. The series includes: "20 Centimeters" by Ramón Salazar, "Amanece, que no es poco" by José Luis Cuerda, “Astronauts" by Santi Amodeo, "Holy Thriller" by María Cañas, "Caution to the Wind" by Isaki Lacuesta, "Justino: A Senior Citizen Killer" by Santiago Aguilar and Luis Guridi, "The Last Circus" by Álex de la Iglesia, "Mommy’s a Fool" by Santiago Lorenzo and several classics including "El verdugo" by Luis García Berlanga. For more information, visit


New Gloria & Emilio Estefan Musical ON YOUR FEET! Sets Broadway Dates

James L. Nederlander, Estefan Enterprises, Inc and Bernie Yuman announced that ON YOUR FEET! – a new musical based on the life story of seven-time GRAMMY® winning international superstar Gloria Estefan and her husband, producer-musician-entrepreneur Emilio Estefan – will have its Opening Night on Broadway on Thursday, November 5, 2015, withpreview performances beginning Monday, October 5, 2015 at the Marquis Theatre in New York City. ON YOUR FEET! is the story of two people who—through an unwavering dedication to one another and their pursuit of the American dream—showcased their talent, their music and their heritage to the world in a remarkable rise to global superstardom. Set to Gloria’s chart-topping hits such as “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You,” “1-2-3,” “Mi Tierra,” and “Conga,” in addition to new music penned by the Estefans, the show will be choreographed by four-time Drama Desk nominee Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys, Memphis) with a book by two-time Drama Desk nominee Alexander Dinelaris (The Bodyguard Musical, Zanna Don't). The musical, directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Hairspray), will land on Broadway following a five-week World Premiere engagement at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago, from June 2 – July 5, 2015. The production also launched an international casting search, Reach Gloria (#ReachGloria) which offered performers around the world a chance to audition for all roles in the Broadway cast of ON YOUR FEET! by submitting audition videos online at