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Fidel Castro

Kenneth Fernandez

Kenneth Fernandez does voices... Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Joe Stalin, Charles de Gaulle, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Leonid Brezhnev, Fidel Castro, Pierre Trudeau, Ronald Reagan, Queen Elizabeth II, Jean Chrétien, Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, F.W. De Klerk,  Paul Martin, Brian Mulroney,  Margaret Thatcher,  Hugo Chavez, Yasser Arafat, Giscard d’Estaing, Shimon Perez, Yitzhak Rabin, George H.W. Bush,                                            George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama  3:41 minutes (3.38 MB)

SPOTLIGHT: CHRIS MARKER- THE CONTROVERSIAL DIRECTOR

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This week the spotlight is on Chris Marker, a French avant-garde director known for his controversial documentaries, who has just died at the age of 91. He steered away from the conventional norms of Hollywood cinema and opted for an experimental approach to his filmmaking. He was the innovator of the essay film, a now accepted genre which unites documentary, narrative and personal reflection. (Image of Chris Marker) He was one the industry’s most mysterious filmmakers who wo...

Interview with Sean Stone and his journey to Iran

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Oliver Stone has done a fabulous job rearing his son, Princeton graduate, Sean Stone. Sean's wings have been strengthening as he has been working, interning, and meeting world leaders along side of his brilliant filmmaker father, and is demonstrating to the world that he, too, can soar. With a recent journey to Iran, with film as the primary focus, and his first feature film, "Graystone", nearing completion, this 26 year old has seen and done things most of us only read about.Q: SHARON ABELLA:...

Voices From Mariel

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During the 2nd annual Aruba International Film Festival, the film VOICES FROM MARIEL (2011) screened to a tearful audience. The film ran in competition with five other films in the selection of ‘Caribbean Spotlight Series’ and director Jim Carleton received the CSS Special Jury Award for the film.   When the film had finished, festival producer Jonathan Viera went up to speak to the filmmakers, in tears: JONATHAN: You know, the whole time I was watching the film, ...

Voices from Mariel

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 During the 2nd annual Aruba International Film Festival, the film VOICES FROM MARIEL (2011) screened to a tearful audience. The film ran in competition with five other films in the selection of ‘Caribbean Spotlight Series’ and director Jim Carleton received the CSS Special Jury Award for the film. When the film had finished, festival producer Jonathan Viera went up to speak to the filmmakers, in tears:JONATHAN: You know, the whole time I was watching the film, I had to check my phone ...

Winners of the Caribbean spotlight

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CARIBBEAN SPOTLIGHT SERIES AWARD CEREMONY AND PARTY MONDAY, JUNE 12th Children of God, winner of the Caribbean spotlight (Location: Gold Coast) Winners of the Aruba International Film Festival’s Caribbean Spotlight Series (CSS) Competition were announced on Tuesday night at a special Festival event held at Gold Coast Aruba. Encouraged by tremendous local support last year, AIFF expanded its popular "Spotlight" series this year, which was created to showcases movies ...

John Cassavetes director inspired by On the Bowery, a film

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On the Bowery, a film that inspired director John Cassavetes By Ron Gilbert This Oscar nominated film was considered very controversial when it was released but today we are fortunate to see the restored version in addition to a commentary on the making of On The Bowery by Michael Rogosin the son of the director. In 1956  the year  this film was made ,Dwight Eisenhower was president, Reverend  Martin Luther King  was heavily involved in racial integration in the South, Fidel...

John Cassavetes director inspired by On the Bowery,

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John Cassavetes director inspired by On the Bowery, a film On the Bowery, a film that inspired director John Cassavetes By Ron Gilbert This Oscar nominated film was considered very controversial when it was released but today we are fortunate to see the restored version in addition to a commentary on the making of On The Bowery by Michael Rogosin the son of the director. In 1956 the year this film was made ,Dwight Eisenhower was president, Reverend Martin Luther King was heavily involved in ...

New stuff

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Today is my first day in a blog, I'm hoping to do it well. I'm a filmaker from Cuba, working as an independent, looking for getting into the real stuff, so now I'm working on a documentary of a very well known painter, that paints Fidel Castro, I'm hoping to take it to next level in the documentary comunity by using the path of fest.21 ...

"Film is Lasagne" - rich metaphors from three Italian auteurs at the New York Documentary Film Festi

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Documentary filmmakers can be very serious. It is a serious art. The Italian Consul-General of New York, Francesco Talo, aptly describes the Festival dei Popoli's New York Documentary Film Festival as "recognising social problems through documentary expression". But the most magical moments and memorable quotes of the festival were so refreshingly funny that I nearly fell off my chair. Like the best of Italian cinema, the three distinguished Italian directors featured in tribute at the festival ...

"Film is Lasagne" - rich metaphors from three Italian auteurs

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Documentary filmmakers can be very serious. It is a serious art. The Italian Consul-General of New York, Francesco Talo, aptly describes the Festival dei Popoli's New York Documentary Film Festival as "recognising social problems through documentary expression". But the most magical moments and memorable quotes of the festival were so refreshingly funny that I nearly fell off my chair.  Like the best of Italian cinema, the three distinguished Italian directors featured in tribu...

Nature documentaries are boring.

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If you believe that, set aside 40 minutes and prepare to be astonished. It's the running time for "Rabbit à la Berlin," a history of the Wall told from the POV of wild rabbits who lived between East and West Berlin. Heavily guarded, grassy and predator-free, the Death Zone they called home for 28 years let them to do what rabbits do. They flourished. But in time some tried escaping their safe animal farm for West Berlin. And since the fall of the Wall, the furry rodents have bee...

Bush was most dangerous president in history: Oliver Stone

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BANGKOK ~ Oliver Stone said he’d seen the lies of the Reagan administration in the ‘eighties, and how the USA had intervened in 60 or 70 countries, but nothing had prepared him for the Bush years. “This has been the worst decade of my life” Stone told reporters in Bangkok yesterday. The film-maker, in Thailand to deliver a series of talks organised by the International Peace Foundation, said “Bush was the most dangerous president in history,” because of his policy on ...

60 films lined up from Houston WorldFest

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Houston World Fest will run April 17 - 26, 2009 WorldFest was founded 49 years ago as Cinema Arts, an International Film Society in August, 1961. WorldFest became the third competitive international film festival in North America, following San Francisco and New York. WorldFest is the oldest Independent Film & Video Festival in the World. It evolved into a competitive International Film Festival in April, 1968. It was founded by award-winning producer/director Hunter Todd to present a quality fi...

11th TDF: SURPRISE FILM (3/13/2009)

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11th TDF: SURPRISE FILM (3/13/2009) SURPRISE FILM On Saturday at 20:00, 24 hours after the opening of the 11th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century, a surprise film is expected to stir vivid interest among the audience at the Olympion cinema. The multi-award winning director Oliver Stone composes a meaningful portrait of Cuba’s emblematic political leader in his documentary Looking for Fidel, screening for the...

Che to open Fantasporto: a first look at the line up

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Steven Soderbergh's Che will open the festival on February 20th at the Rivoli theatre, following a short film presentation of The Wolf Man Che was screened as a single film at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, where Del Toro won the Best Actor Award. IFC Films, which holds all North American rights to Che, initially released the combined film for one week on December 12, 2008 in New York City and Los Angeles in order to qualify for the year's Academy Awards. Because of good box-office returns, the ...

Big Mike Craft at The Saratoga Race Track and Harness Track

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The summer in upstate New York is as nice as any place in the World. We call them August Nights. The day's at the track are usually hot and humid. The nights go down in the low 70's and high 60's. It  is a nice time of the year. The Polo matches are exciting and well run by Jim Rossi and Mike Bucci. I'm still waiting for their mystery Hotel to be built, but I like them both. When I show up at polo, I am treated as a gentleman. The food is always good and the Staff is wonderful. I like Polo an...

New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival highlights

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A rare glimpse into the hidden secrets of Toledo, Spain. A heartbreaking drama about a Tunisian Jewish family in Paris. A poignant portrait of Iraq’s Jewish society. An introduction to a small Jewish community in Mumbai that believe s itself descended from one of the lost tribes of Israel. The story of an Ethiopian Jewish boy who dreams of being the Spike Lee of Israel. These are but a few of the fifteen films from fourteen countries being screened at this year’s gala 13th Annual New York Se...

BigMikeCraft's Problem With The Toronto Star

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On January 3rd, 2008, The Toronto Star ran a Front Page by Peter Crawford entitled "Mobster Confesses"! The interview was in Amsterdam N.Y. on a snowey nite, right after Christmas. 2007! Mr. Peter Crawford came 400 miles to interview a former general member (made) of the old Lansky Group (Meyer) and a Full Member of the NCS (old Combination) in the United States, not Canada. The interview was about 5 hours long at the America's Best Hotel in Amsterdam, N.Y.(about 30 miles from Albany...

Big Mike Craft and the Meyer Lansky Plot To Kill Trudeau of Canada and Castro of Cuba

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It was 1974 and Mr. Lansky was still pissed off at the World for not letting him buy it. I had been with Meyer since 1968, in my own world, in upstate N.Y. My mentor was my father, who worked for Meyer and Doc Farone, an old ally and bootlegger with Meyer. Doc was the first legitimate Molsen Beer Distributer in America. I learned in 68 that he had just used Molsen as a front to ship moonshine back into Canada. Doc would put me on errands with money to Ray Patriarca in Providence, R.I. and giv...

The Life and Times of Big Mike Craft (Meyer Lansky's Last Enforcer)

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I have joined www.fest21.com today inorder to get my projects to the screen. I will tell my story in short form over the next few weeks, hoping to get some help. I am the last executive enforcer for a major syndicate Boss left. I have had to wait until all my partners were dead and my own beloved mother to pass inorder to tell the facts. I look forward to all your input and request help. I should be a household word by now for I had the contracts to kill Fidel Castro and Pierre Trudeau, plus e...

The Life and Times of Big Mike Craft (Meyer Lansky's Last Enforcer)

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I have joined www.fest21.com today inorder to get my projects to the screen. I will tell my story in short form over the next few weeks, hoping to get some help. I am the last executive enforcer for a major syndicate Boss left. I have had to wait until all my partners were dead and my own beloved mother to pass inorder to tell the facts. I look forward to all your input and request help. I should be a household word by now for I had the contracts to kill Fidel Castro and Pierre Trudeau, plus e...

The Life and Times of Big Mike Craft (Meyer Lansky's Last Enforcer)

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I have joined www.fest21.com today inorder to get my projects to the screen. I will tell my story in short form over the next few weeks, hoping to get some help. I am the last executive enforcer for a major syndicate Boss left. I have had to wait until all my partners were dead and my own beloved mother to pass inorder to tell the facts. I look forward to all your input and request help. I should be a household word by now for I had the contracts to kill Fidel Castro and Pierre Trudeau, plus e...

Has Che Found A Home In The US?

Sunday, September 7--------Has Che, the 4 hour plus biopic of revolutionary Che Guevera, finally found a U.S. distributor? The film, directed by Stephen Soderbergh and starring Benicio del Toro, left the Cannes Film Festival with no takers. Aside from the serious subject matter, one of the difficulties was Soderbergh's insistence on releasing the film in two parts, with six months in between....a huge gamble.Word comes from Lou Lumenick, senior film critic for the New York Post that Magnol...

Inside the making of Love & Suicide.

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* A critics interview with the making of the history making film Love & Suicide cast and crew, on their accomplishment in filming a feature length film in Havana, Cuba without the expressed concent of either government. LOVE & SUICIDEA Lisa France Film   After their film Anne B. Real, which was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards, had been accepted into the Havana International Film Festival, producer-writer Luis Moro and writer-director Lisa France played with the idea of...

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