Multicultural Arts and Entertainment News

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The 2009 Tribeca Film Festival Puts Spotlight On Foreign Films

The Tribeca Film Festival, founded in 2001 is an annual celebration of film, music and culture. This year’s festival starts on April 22 and continues through May 3 in New York. The festival features a number of foreign films that reflect the diversity of the film program.

This year’s participants include filmmakers from South and Central America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. This year's program themes include Hispanic & Latino, Asian, Jewish, women, Middle Eastern and LGBT, among others.

Featured films include a story of Luis Tiant, one of baseball’s top pitchers, returning to Cuba after a half-century exile (‘The Lost Son of Havana’ directed by Jonathan Hock); an examination of the realities of chronic hunger for three Brazilian families (‘Garapa’ directed by Jose Padilha); a tale of a cellist who returns to his picturesque rural hometown with his wife following of his breakup of his Tokyo orchestra (‘Departures’ directed by Yojiro Takita, winner of the Academy Award for best foreign language film); a documentary about a group of North Korean concentration camp escapees (‘Yodok Stories’ directed by Andrzej Fidyk); and a story of an overweight chef and three close friends who abandon their weight-loss group to pursue an activity for which girth is a virtue: sumo wrestling (‘A Matter Of Size’ directed by Erez Tadmor, Sharon Mayon), among many others. 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.

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The 2008 Tribeca Film Festival: Asian, African, Latin and Middle Eastern Movies Featured

The 2008 Tribeca Film Festival held from April 23 – May 4, 2008 in New York, showcased 121 feature films and 79 short films representing 41 different countries that reflected the diversity of the film program.
Movies from around the world, e.g. Asia, Latin countries, Africa and the Middle East and women themed films were presented as well. Also, the festival celebrated the 5th year of Tribeca All Access (TAA) - a program of the Tribeca Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Institute - designed to help foster relationships between film industry executives and filmmakers from traditionally underrepresented communities. Notable films from this year’s festival included: ‘Fermat’s Room’ (directed by Luis Piedrahita, Spain); ‘Life in Flight’ (directed by Tracey Hecht, USA); ‘Quiet in Chaos’ (directed by Antonello Grimaldi, Italy); ‘Strangers’ (directed by Erez Tadmor and Guy Nattiv, Israel). The 2008 Tribeca Film Festival had a total attendance of just under 400,000. Contact Tribeca Film Festival at www.tribecafilmfestival.org Read more >>

Bombay Dreams: Attracting South East Asians to Broadway

Q&A with Sudhir Vaishnav, President, EsVee Consulting and Marketing Services, and Associate Producer of Bombay Dreams
How did you first become involved with Bombay Dreams?
I presented composer A R Rahman’s concerts in the USA in 2000. At that time he was already busy with the London production and I showed keen interest in being involved with the project. Mr. Rahman introduced me to Andrew Lloyd Webber and his company, Really Useful Group, and Waxman Williams. Now, I am very much involved with the show on a day-to-day basis. Liaising with our PR company, Barlow Hartman, and our marketing consultant, Margery Singer, and company and community outreach programs. I have been a pioneer in bringing theatrical and musical concerts from India for the past thirty years and I continue do so. I have arranged concerts nationwide in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, etc. I am also currently involved with producing East West Fusion Musical albums. I am also planning to take a tour of Broadway Productions to the Indian sub continent and the Far East.

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