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News Blurb: Alex and Andrew Smith's new film “Winter In The Blood”

The film is based on the Acclaimed Novel by James Welch. Directors Alex and Andrew Smith, in their first movie since The Slaughter Rule, (which introduced the world to Ryan Gosling and Amy Adams) have made a film that is true to the lyrical and unflinching spirit of James Welch’s classic 1974 novel of Native American life. The film was shot in the badlands of Montana and is accompanied by an unforgettable score from the acclaimed Austin band, Heartless Bastards and features brand new songs by Robert Plant, Cass McCombs, Cowboy and Indian and Black Prairie, among other musical artists. Associate produced by Sherman Alexie, a Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Indian who grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation, and is an internationally renowned Native American writer, poet, screenwriter and filmmaker.The film will be released by Kino Lorber in NYC at the IFC Center on August 20th with rollout to follow.


Tribeca Film Institute Announces 150K in Grants to Outstanding Underrepresented Filmmakers

The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) today announced ten promising new film projects selected for the 11th annual Tribeca All Access (TAA) program. The TAA program supports filmmakers from statistically underrepresented communities and will grant each project $15,000, as well as offer year-round support, guidance, and resources to help filmmakers complete them.  This year’s winners boast an especially diverse collection of stories, including:   Read more >>

News Blurb: The Film Society of Lincoln Center Announces Lineup for the 21st Edition of “Spanish Cinema Now”, December 7-16

The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces the lineup for the 21st edition of “Spanish Cinema Now”, December 7-16, featuring the latest films from Spain, as well as a salute to surrealist master, Luis Buñuel. Kicking off this year’s series is Spain’s official Foreign Language Oscar submission, Pablo Berger’s “Blancanieves”, a silent retelling of Snow White, complete with a traveling troupe of bullfighting dwarves. Closing out the festival is director Alvaro Longoria’s “Sons of the Clouds”, the newest film featuring Academy Award-winning actor Javier Bardem who takes audiences on a journey to the Western Sahara, where the Sahawai people wait for permission to return to their ancestral lands. Spanish Cinema Now will feature a selection of films celebrating the director, producer and screenwriter, Luis Buñuel. The sidebar includes “Tristana”, starring young screen siren Catherine Deneuve. The Film Society of Lincoln Center will also present a one-week theatrical run of Buñuel’s 1972 hit, “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” to celebrate the film’s 40th anniversary. The Instituto Cervantes New York will also be hosting lectures and special screenings to celebrate Buñuel on December 11-14. Tickets are now on sale both at the box office and online at   Read more >>

News Blurb: World Premieres in Dance, Music and Opera Anchor Harlem Stage’s 30th Anniversary Season, NYC

Harlem Stage announced highlights of its 30th Anniversary season, including world-premiere performances commissioned through its WaterWorks program by well-known artists of color working in dance, music, opera and more.  A national leader in producing and presenting, Harlem Stage will premiere the commissioned works this fall and next spring, along with its ongoing mix of diverse and intriguing artistic programs in various disciplines. “These exciting premieres showcase what’s wonderful about providing new opportunities of artistic expression by artists of color who may not otherwise have had a chance to fully realize and present  their ideas on  stage,” says Harlem Stage Executive Director Patricia Cruz.  Premieres in Harlem Stage’s 2012/2013 season year include  “Holding It Down: The Veterans Dreams Project” and “Sleep Songs”, a two-part musical and poetic distillation of the dreams and nightmares of veterans of color from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts on the one hand and the response from those affected by the conflict in Iraq; “Pavement”, a dance/theater work inspired by the seminal 1980s John Singleton film “Boyz N The Hood” by choreographer Kyle Abraham, who says the work “examines the state of Black males and the communities that have shaped them”; “We Insist! – Freedom Now Suite”, a new dance/music work conceived by Alexa Birdsong and choreographed by Ayo Jackson that reinterprets the 1963 Max Roach jazz suite on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.; “Makandal”, an ambitious new contemporary opera produced by Harlem Stage presented in English, Creole and Spanish inspired by the life of the revolutionary 18th Century Haitian leader and the relentless pursuit of freedom by the generations that followed him. Harlem Stage dedicates resources from its WaterWorks program to develop groundbreaking new work, or “art that reverberates,” as its current season theme indicates. For more information, visit   Read more >>

News Blurb: The Apollo Announces a Special Engagement of “Ask Your Mama” with Jessye Norman and the Roots, March 23rd, NYC

The Apollo Theater and the Manhattan School of Music in New York collaborated and announced the first show of “Ask Your Mama” crafted by Emmy Award-winning composer Laura Karpman and Grammy winner Jessye Norman will be on March 23, 2013 for Apollo’s 2012-13 season. “Ask Your Mama” is a 90-minute sonic tapestry of music, film, and spoken word by EmmyAward- winning composer Laura Karpman based on Langston Hughes’s “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz” that bursts the boundaries of time, place, and verbal expression to trace the currents and tributaries of cultural diasporas. This is the first time the work is being performed at the Apollo stage, a  fitting home for the piece as it is just blocks away from the Harlem home of Langston Hughes, one of the foremost figures in the Harlem Renaissance. The performance will feature the Manhattan School of Music Chamber Sinfonia conducted by George Manahan, who also conducted the sold-out world premiere at Carnegie Hall and a subsequent performance at the Hollywood Bowl. The Apollo is a national treasure that has had significant impact on the development of American culture and its popularity around the world. Tickets are $35, $55, $75 and $125 (VIP Tickets) and will go on sale Monday, Nov 19th at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster. Visit  Read more >>

News Blurb: 13th New York International Latino Film Festival Returns, August 13-19, NYC

The 13th Annual New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF), the premier Latino film festival in the country, runs from Monday, August 13 through Sunday, August 19, 2012 at the Chelsea Clearview Cinemas, NYC. The festival features U.S. and International features, documentaries and shorts.  Panels, red carpet premieres, celebrity appearances and free outdoor screenings. Launched in 1999, the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) mission is to showcase the works of the hottest emerging Latino filmmaking talent in the U.S. and Latin America, offer expansive images of the Latino experience, and celebrate the diversity and spirit of the Latino community. NYILFF presented by HBO™, is the only film event to have had the endorsement of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s NYC Latin Media and Entertainment Commission since its formation in 2003. For tickets and more information, visit    Read more >>

News Blurb: The Apollo Cultural Exchange Series Presents A Celebration of June’s Black Music Month Starring African Reggae Star Tiken Jah Fakoly, June 16th, NYC

Apollo TheaterIn recognition of Black Music Month in June 2012, the Apollo Theater’s Cultural Exchange Series will celebrate over 50 years of reggae music with a special concert starring African Reggae icon Tiken Jah Fakoly on Saturday, June 16th at 8pm. Known for his politically charged lyrics, Tiken Jah Fakoly is the premier artist in African reggae and has often been called the African Bob Marley, drawing comparisons to the reggae legend for his soulful vocals, the revolutionary messages in his music, and his mastery of roots-reggae. The world music star has sold out stadiums and venues all over Europe and Africa and will now make a rare trip to the United States for his first ever appearance on the legendary Apollo stage, where he will perform classics and material from his latest album, the critically acclaimed  African Revolution. This special Cross Cultural concert coincides with the 50thanniversary of Jamaica’s independence, a milestone that has brought international attention to reggae music’s evolution, its impact on popular culture around the world, and the international sub-genres it has inspired, including African reggae. The Apollo’s Cross Cultural Exchange presentations focus on music, artists, or projects representing diverse cultures that may be U.S. or internationally-based.  Many of the artists presented represent cultural communities in Harlem and Upper Manhattan, including artists of Dominican, Puerto Rican, Senegalese, Ivorian and Malian cultural heritage. This show will also feature popular New York City based reggae outfit The Cannabis Cup Band. Based on its cultural significance and architecture, the Apollo Theater received state and city landmark designation in 1983 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tickets are on sale ($25 to $55) at the Apollo Theater Box Office. The Apollo in New York City is a national treasure that has had significant impact on the development of American culture and its popularity around the world. For more information, visit  Read more >>

News Blurb: The Broadway League Launched Viva Broadway, NYC, May 11

VIVA Broadway The Broadway League has created Viva Broadway, a new audience development partnership with the Hispanic community, to help bridge the world of Broadway with Latino audiences around the country. The long-term initiative aims to increase awareness about Broadway while culturally enriching lives, bringing families together, and building new careers in the theatre. A National Advisory Board of industry and cultural notables has been formed to help strategize and spread the word about all that Broadway has to offer this growing and vibrant community. Carlos Manzano, executive director of New York City’s Latin Media and Entertainment Commission states, "Our mission is to make New York City the capital of Latin media and entertainment. And this great Commission is proud to endorse the Broadway League's Viva Broadway initiative to bring the world of Broadway to the Latin community." The goal is to draw from an untapped market while making Broadway more relevant to Hispanic families and their lifestyles. An objective is to work with and support Hispanic media outlets in their coverage of Broadway to increase awareness and awaken a desire to attend shows. The initiative will include education on all things Broadway such as how to buy Broadway tickets, how to find out what’s playing, who’s on stage, and more. For career development, Viva Broadway will create Broadway Speakers Bureaus and workshops in order to expand awareness of jobs in the theatre to high schools and colleges. For more information, visit

11th Annual Tribeca Film Festival, April 18 – April 29, NYC

The 11th annual Tribeca Film Festival took place in Lower Manhattan from April 18-April 29, 2012. The Tribeca Film Festival is well known for being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors and 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 film-making center. The Tribeca Film Festival has screened more than 1,300 films from more than 80 countries since its first edition in 2002. A sampling of the themes and genres featured at the festival include African American, Asian, border crossing, female directors, Hispanic, Latino, Jewish, LGBT and Middle Eastern. Films included this year are “Trishna” by Michael Winterbottom; “Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story” by Raymon De Felitta;“The Girl” by David Riker; “Una Noche” by Lucy Mulloy; “Chicken with Plums” by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud; “Elles” by Malgoska Szumowska; “All In (La Suerte En Tus Manos)” by Daniel Burman and Sergio Dubcovsky; “Babygirl” by Macdara Vallely; “You Sister’s Sister” by Lynn Shelton and “El Gusto” by Safinez Bousbia. With the creative community known as Tribeca All Access (TAA), the careers of directors and screenwriters are promoted from diverse backgrounds through professional guidance and with grants of $15,000. Each year, TAA selects 10 new projects for support and the program has supported more than 225 films and hundreds of talented filmmakers who self-identify as members of traditional ethnic minorities or who are women working in the field. The Tribeca Film Institute Latin America Media Fund is another support for video artists living and working in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. For more information, visit

News Blurb: “Una Noche” and “Babygirl” are stand outs at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, NYC, April 19-27

Two standout films at this year’s edition of the Tribeca Film Festival will channel the inner Hispanic teen in any viewer. Puerto Rican Lena in the Bronx in “Babygirl” and Lila in Cuba in “Una Noche” face disparate, heart-wrenching challenges that will impact and inform their lives forever. In “Una Noche,” Lila, her twin brother Elio and his friend, Raul hatch a plan to escape to Miami from a broken Cuba, while innocent Lena in “Babygirl” has her plan to escape from the advances of her mother’s boyfriend. “Una Noche” written and directed by Lucy Mulloy and shot in Cuba and “Babygirl” written and directed by Macdara Vallely will be presented at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival in New York, NY as follows: “Una Noche” Thursday, April 19th – 9:00PM; Friday, April 20th – 7:00PM; Tuesday, April 24th – 3:45PM and Friday, April 27th – 5:30PM. “Babygirl” Thursday, April 19th – 9:00PM; Saturday, April 21st – 12:00PM and Friday, April 27th – 9:00PM.  Lucy Mulloy, a student academy award-nominated writer/director and Oxford alumna in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, is a recent graduate of NYU’s Graduate Film Division based between NYC, London and Havana, Cuba. Macdara Vallely was born in Ireland. His first feature film, “Peacefire,” was adapted from his Edinburgh Fringe First award-winning play and won several international awards, including Galway Film Fleadh, the European First Feature Festival at Angers, and the Annonay Film Festival.  Powerful in their own way these are two films not to be missed. For more information, visit  Read more >>