Multicultural Arts and Entertainment News

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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 >>

News Blurb: A Spanish Comedy, “Casa de mi Padre” Opens Friday, March 16, 2012, Nationwide

Casa de mi Padre is a Spanish comedy starring Will Ferrell, Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal, Genesis Rodriguez, Efren Ramirez, and Pedro Armendariz Jr. Armando Alvarez (Will Ferrell) has lived and worked on his father's ranch in Mexico his entire life. As the ranch faces financial strains, Armando's younger brother Raul (Diego Luna) shows up with his new fiancée, Sonia (Genesis Rodriguez) and pledges to settle all his father's debts. It seems that Raul's success as an international businessman means the ranch's troubles are over, but when Armando falls for Sonia, and Raul's business dealings turn out to be less than legit, the Alvarez family finds themselves in a full-out war with Mexico's most feared drug lord, the mighty Onza (Gael Garcia Bernal). Casa de me Padre is a Nala & Gary Sanchez production distributed by Pantelion Films and is in Spanish with English subtitles. For more information, visit:   Read more >>

The Film Society of Lincoln Center Presents the 20th edition of Spanish Cinema Now

From December 9-22, 2011, the Film Society of Lincoln Center will present the 20th edition of Spanish Cinema Now.  The series will feature the latest films from Spain as well as a special tribute to the legendary director, Luis García Berlanga. Highlights from this year’s films include the opening night screening of Nacho Vigalondo’s sci-fi thriller “Extraterrestrial,” Mireia Ros’ Catalan documentary, “Barcelona Before” and the Galician film “Crebinsky,” directed by Enrique Otero. A new generation of Spanish comedy is also well represented in this year’s edition of Spanish Cinema Now, with Santiago Segura’s “Torrente 4: Lethal Crisis”, the latest film in the Torrente series. Filmmakers and actors from these films and others will also be present.  The centerpiece of the line-up will be a 10-film tribute to the late Luis García Berlanga, who revolutionized Spanish cinema in the fifties and early sixties. Beyond being important documents of the growing social resistance to Franco, Berlanga’s films exhibit an extraordinary humor that seem to propel the often madcap tales into more general, timeless observations on the human condition.  Spanish Cinema Now is presented by the Film Society in collaboration with the Spanish Film Institute (ICAA) in Madrid and the Instituto Cervantes in New York.  Tickets went on sale both at the box office and on-line on Thursday, November 24.  Most public and press screenings will be held at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater.  To learn more, visit    Read more >>

Feature Article: "Hugh Jackman Back on Broadway"

An Indigenous Australian didgeridoo player and a maracas shaking ensemble dancer sharing a Broadway stage with the gold lame wearing song and danceman movie star: it's "Hugh Jackman Back on Broadway." Travel through the life and loves of Hugh Jackman over a thoroughly entertaining and engrossing 2 hours and 20 minutes as he shares with the audience his favorite musical numbers in song (and tap dance) from movies he loved as a child (or starred in), pays tribute to his wife and his father through childhood and family stories, and honors the Aboriginal heritage of his beloved Australia. "Luck Be a Lady," "Singing in the Rain," "I Go to Rio," "Mack the Knife," and "I Got Rhythm," are just a few of the numbers that had us snapping our fingers (at his request) and clapping along. He told tales from his work in movies as Wolverine in the X-Men series, Kate & Leopold, and Happy Feet musicals The Boy from Oz  and Carousel. As he described his experiences living in the Outback during the filming of Baz Luhrmann's  Australia, down the aisle and onto the stage come Clifton Bieundurry a vocalist and foundation artist for Nomad Two Worlds who performs in his traditional Walmajarri language;  two didgeridoo payers, Paul Boon,  from Western Australia who also owns and curates a gallery specializing in sales of Indigenous Australian art, and Nathan Mundraby a descendant of the Yidinji rainforest people and Lama Lama tribe of Thaypan Country in Queensland;  and Olive Knight, a  vocalist who Hugh Jackman introduced as an Aboriginal Treasure. It was she, he said, who was invited by the Prime Minister of Australia to attend the "Apology" in 2008 for 200 years of mistreatment of the Aboriginal peoples by the Australian government. Tickets (performances now through Jan 1, 2012) and info at by Lisa Skriloff    Read more >>

At MoMA NYC: Arab Cinema from the 1960s to Now. October 5-23

 The Museum of Modern Art in New York City and ArteEast present the second annual installment of Mapping Subjectivity: Experimentation in Arab Cinema from the 1960s to Now, Part II, running October 5-23, 2011, in The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters. The three-year film series aims to map a largely unknown heritage of personal, artistic, and sometimes experimental cinema from the Arab world. The works selected for the second edition of Mapping Subjectivity hail from Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, Qatar, and the UAE, and they reflect a diversity and richness of voices and of imaginative visual languages. Mapping Subjectivity is co-organized by The Museum of Modern Art and ArteEast, and is curated by Jytte Jensen, Curator, Department of Film, MoMA, and Rash Salti, Senior Director, ArteEast and presented in association with the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. For more information, visit    Read more >>

Ricky Martin to Perform Nov 26 at Fontainebleau’s BleauLive Performance Series

Fontainebleau Miami Beach, having hosted celebrated performers from Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley to Jackie Gleason and in more recent years Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, announced the launch of BleauLive, performance series that bring today’s top recording artists and acts to the resort for one of a kind vacation experiences. Pop sensation Ricky Martin will be the resort’s next headliner, performing one last time over Thanksgiving Weekend before he heads to New York City to star as Che in the Broadway revival of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Evita.” BleauLive officially launched this past Labor Day weekend with a performance and meet and greet by hip hop artist Pitbull. The November 26 weekend packages start from $329 per night; VIP Packages are available as well with inclusive of Meet & Greet with Ricky Martin on November 25.  BleauLive crafts a fully immersive weekend where, in addition to attending a performance, guests will be offered a number of “surprise and delight moments” including special events in the resort’s entertainment venues including LIV and Arkadia along with special opportunities for exclusive interaction with the featured artist. “The launch of our new BleauLive performance series is an organic extension of the rich history the resort has had hosting top artists,” noted Jeffrey Soffer, Executive Chairman, Fontainebleau Miami Beach. “The continued success of this new program will help to solidify Fontainebleau Miami Beach in entertainment history while also propelling the resort to the top of the ‘must stay’ list in the country.” Room packages can be obtained by booking online at or by calling 800-584-8886.   Read more >>