Multicultural Arts and Entertainment News

Multicultural Entertainment News is a special edition of MMRnews featuring news about theater, film, music, dining and entertainment events and entertainment marketing news with a multicultural focus. It covers audience and outreach campaigns aimed at markets including Hispanics, African Americans, Asian Americans, women, GLBT and people with disabilities. Sign up to subscribe to MMRnews.

The 11&1/2 Polish Film Festival Los Angeles

This past week, the 11&1/2 Polish Film Festival Los Angeles celebrated the achievements of Polish filmmakers from October 15 to 21, 2010. At the Gala Opening at the Laemmle's Sunset 5 on October 14th the organizers presented All That I Love by Jacek Borcuch (the Polish submission to the 2010 Oscars® in Foreign Language Film Category). For the eleventh and half time anniversary the festival organizers presented the most recent achievements of Polish cinema, among others: Odd Man Out by Pawel Wendorff, Baby Project by Adam Dobrzycki, The Christening by Marcin Wrona, Decalogue 89+ vol. 1 & 2, Case Unknown by Feliks Falk, Janosik. The True Story by Kasia Adamik & Agnieszka Holland, Mall Girls by Katarzyna Roslaniec, Mother Teresa Of Cats by Pawel Sala, and Piggies by Robert Glinski. The Festival continues to grow each year by screening more films and drawing larger crowds. Visit www.polishfilmla.org for details.  Read more >>

Fox Home Entertainment Releases Celebrated Women of Color Film Collection

Twentieth Century Fox and MGM Home Entertainment has released the Celebrated Women of Color  film collection, a selection of films featuring performances from Queen Latifah, Angela Bassett, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Hudson, Alfre Woodard, Alicia Keys, Sanaa Lathan, Loretta Devine, Whitney Houston and Whoopi Goldberg.

Movies in the collection include Beauty Shop, The Secret Life of Bees, How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting to Exhale, among others in two separate volumes of four films.    Read more >>

Lincoln Center Out of Doors Presents Outstanding Latino and Latina Artists

This year's Lincoln Center Out of Doors (LCOOD), will offer three weeks of FREE music and dance on the plazas of Lincoln Center, and will run from August 5 through August 23.

The 39th annual edition of the festival will present a wide range of music and dance events by dozens of international, U.S. and local artists, including outstanding Latino and Latina artists representing a wide range of backgrounds, and music and dance styles and traditions. One of New York's most anticipated summer traditions, Out of Doors has grown into one of the largest free summer festivals in the U.S., and is enjoyed annually by thousands of people who come to its music, dance, spoken-word, special events, and family programs representing traditional and contemporary arts and culture from around the world. Visit www.LCOutofDoors.org Read more >>

The 2010 Tribeca Film Festival Puts Spotlight On Special Interest Films

The Tribeca Film Festival, founded in 2001 is an annual celebration of film, music and culture. This year’s festival, April 21 through May 2 in New York, features numerous categories of films that reflect the diversity of the film program.

This year's program themes include Hispanic & Latino, East Asian, women, Middle Eastern, Irish, Scandinavian, LGBT, among others. This year’s participants include filmmakers from South and Central America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Also, this year the Festival offers the inaugural 2010 Tribeca Film Festival Virtual, a new online extension of the Tribeca Film Festival. The Virtual Festival will be available to Tribeca Film Festival Virtual premium passholders to screen from their computers, anywhere in the continental United States from April 23–April 30. The Tribeca Film Festival has attracted over two million attendees from the US and abroad since its founding and has generated more than $425 million in economic activity for New York City. For more information visit: www.tribecafilm.com Read more >>

New Orleans Leaps from the Big Screen in The Princess & The Frog

Streetcars, carriage rides and an enchanted love story capture the beauty of New Orleans in Disney’s new animated film The Princess and The Frog.

The New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network (NOMTN) has leaped on this opportunity to present a family of four the chance to visit the real New Orleans and to visit the places and hear the music showcased in the film. Filmgoers in the Atlanta, Dallas and Houston regional markets are part of a new in-cinema advertising campaign promoting the Enchanted Vacation contest. Before the main feature, a 30-second commercial airs inviting audiences to enter the contest by sending a text from their phones. The spot previews some of the historical landmarks and fun attractions that are synonymous with New Orleans and featured in the film. “New Orleans was ranked second by Travel+Leisure magazine as having the friendliest residents,” said Toni Rice, president of the New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network. “The Enchanted Vacation package for four to New Orleans reflects that welcoming spirit, and it gives moviegoers the opportunity to see firsthand why we love this wonderful city.” Founded in 1990, NOMTN works to encourage multicultural visitation to New Orleans. Its mission is to identify and promote the cultural diversity of New Orleans and to increase leadership, career, and business opportunities at all levels of the hospitality industry, partnering with local businesses and tourism entities to help keep New Orleans in the hearts of travelers.  Read more >>

Raisin in The Sun: Diversifying Broadway By Eric Schnall

For this inaugural column, we asked Eric Schnall, Associate Producer and Marketing Director, of the Broadway show “Raisin in The Sun” to share the case study of its highly successful marketing campaign (with a budget of just over $800,000 total for advertising, including pre-production, and under $7,000 for street promotion, for the entire run) that attracted a diverse audience to Raisin in The Sun and is a prime example of how Broadway is responding to an increasingly multicultural America.  Read more >>

Lincoln Center Celebrates Black History Month 2010

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts marks Black History Month 2010 and celebrates the contributions of African-Americans to the arts with a variety of programs presented by Lincoln Center resident organizations and in collaboration with community partners.

This year’s events include “Basie And The Blues” presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center; “Dee Dee Bridgewater - To Billie With Love—A Celebration Of Lady Day” presented by Lincoln Center’s American Songbook; “American Girl, World Citizen: A Musical Journey Of Nina Simone” presented by Lincoln Center, Black Rock Coalition and CUNY and “Leslie Uggams Uptown Downtown” presented by Lincoln Center’s American Songbook. For additional information and program details visit www.LincolnCenter.org.
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Reel Pride’s First Annual LGBT Film Festival

A two-day event in Richmond, VA featured five award-winning independent films that celebrate the diversity of the LGBT community. The festival was held February 5th and 6th at the Firehouse Theater in Richmond.

Friday night featured a cocktail reception and screening of the film Patrick 1.5, the story of a gay couple that tries to adopt a baby and ends up with a 15-year old homophobic boy. Rosmy, a non-profit source for supportive services for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth ages 14-20, co-organized the festival. Visit www.reelpriderichmond.org Read more >>

Chicago Museum Of Science And Industry’s 2010 Black Creativity Program

Beginning January 14, 2010, the Museum of Science and Industry will kick off its annual Black Creativity program with the exhibition Taking Charge of YOU! This interactive Black Creativity exhibit explores simple ways to live a healthier lifestyle from an African-American perspective.

From hip-hop moves for exercise, to fresh and healthy meal choices, the exhibit will provide information on how to protect and nourish the body and will call attention to the health challenges faced by many African Americans, including asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and stress. This exhibit is being hosted in conjunction with the October 2009 opening of the Museum’s newest permanent exhibit, YOU! The Experience—a comprehensive exhibit on human health and the connection between mind, body and spirit in the 21st century. The exhibit will also celebrate the achievements of African Americans in medicine by highlighting contemporary and pioneering physicians and educators who have exemplified excellence in their field. Guests will be able to learn about the rich tradition of historically black colleges and universities in preparing hundreds of African Americans for health care professions. The Black Creativity program runs through February 28, 2010. Visit the Museum’s Web site, www.msichicago.org for a full listing of events Read more >>

New York City Opera and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Collaboration

Following the success of Black History at New York City Opera, last season’s inaugural series of events co-presented by New York City Opera and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, City Opera returns to the Schomburg Center in 2010 for three new collaborative programs celebrating the great American operatic repertoire highlighting the African-American experience, the distinguished African-American artists who have enriched the opera world, and City Opera and Schomburg’s parallel commitment to promoting black culture.   Read more >>