Multicultural Arts and Entertainment News

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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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