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2008 Hola Mexico Film Festival Inaugural USA Premiere “LLAMANDO UN ANGEL” (Calling an Angel)

By Maria Esteves - July 26, 2008 The 2008 Hola Mexico Film Festival (HMFF) inaugural, presented by the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYLFF), Opening Night USA Premiere of LLAMANDO UN ANGEL (Calling an Angel), directed by Pancho Rodriguez, Hector Rodriguez, and Rodolfo Guzman was held at the QUAD Cinema, New York, Wednesday, July 23, 7:30 PM. HMFF Opening Night Fiesta after party commenced at the Gallery Bar, 9:30 PM. LLAMANDO UN ANGEL (Calling an Angel) is a dark comedy fil...

9th New York International Latino Film Festival Opening Night Premiere of “AMERICAN SON” Photo Coverage

By Maria Esteves - July 25, 2008 The Ninth Annual 2008 New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF), presented by HBO,  Opening Night Special Preview Screening of AMERICAN SON, directed by Neil Abramson, was held at the Directors Guild of America Theatre, New York, Tuesday, July 24, 7:00 PM.  2008 NYILFF Opening Night Gala presented by Suzuki Auto, red carpet arrivals included cast of actors, artists, directors, producers, and celebrity guests.2008 NYILFF Opening Night Gala red ca...

AMPAS Monday Nights with Oscar Monthly Film Series "FAME" with Special Guests Michael Gore, Kristi Zea, and Margery Simkin

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By Maria Esteves - July 23, 2008   The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' (A.M.P.A.S.) "Monday Nights with Oscar" musical film screening FAME, directed by Alan Parker (from a screenplay by Christopher Gore), commenced in the Directors Guild of America Theatre, New York, Monday, July 21, 7:00 pm.  An onstage discussion with two-time Academy Award®-winning composer Michael Gore, costume designer Kristi Zea, and special casting Margery Simkin moderated by A.M.P.A.S. N...

8th New York International Latino Film Festival Awards Ceremony Photos

By Maria Esteves - August 21, 2007  The 8th Annual New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) 2007Awards Ceremony, presented by HBO, and sponored by Banco Popular was held at Arena, Sunday, July 29, 2007, 8:00 pm. The award acknowledges the best in filmmaking and emerging directors of Latino descent. The award announcers were NYILFF Founder/Executive Director, Calixto Chinchilla and Executive Director, Elizabeth Gardner.  NYILFF07 award announcers, founder/executive director,Calixto...

8th New York International Latino Film Festival Awards Ceremony

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By Maria Esteves - August 21, 2007 The 8th Annual New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) 2007Awards Ceremony presented by HBO was held at Arena, Sunday, July 29, 2007, 8:00pm. The award acknowledges the best in filmmaking and emerging directors of Latino descent. The award announcers were founder/executive director Calixto Chinchilla and executive director Elizabeth Gardner, NYILFF. Since 1998, NYILFF was founded by Calixto Chinchilla to assist emerging Latino filmmaker's contr...

8th New York International Latino Film Festival Closing Night Special Preview Film “EL CANTANTE” Red Carpet Photos

By Maria Esteves - August 12, 2007 The 8th Annual New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) 2007 closing night special preview film EL CANTANTE (The Singer), directed by Leon Ichaso was held at the Directors Guild Theater, Saturday, July 28, 7:00 PM. NYILFF07 Closing Night Special Preview Gala red carpet arrivals included cast of actors, artists, directors, producers, and celebrity guests.NYILFF07 director Leon Ichaso, EL CANTANTE.  NYILFF07 music composer Andres Levin EL CAN...

8th NYILFF Closing Night Special Premiere of “EL CANTANTE”

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By Maria Esteves - July 25, 2007 The Eighth Annual New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) 2007 Closing Night Special Premiere sold out film EL CANTANTE  (The Singer), directed by Leon Ichaso was held at the Director's Guild Theater, on Saturday, July 28, 7:00 p.m. EL CANTANTE opens in theaters on Friday, August 3, 2007.El cantante is a passionate and riveting film based on the life story of legendary Salsa music singer Héctor Lavoe (Perez). The film is an Oscar nominee caliber n...

8th New York International Latino Film Festival Opening Night Special Preview Screening of TRADE Red Carpet & After Party Photos

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By Maria Esteves - August 12, 2007 The 8th Annual New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) 2007 Opening Night Special Preview film TRADE, directed by Marco Kreuzpaintner was held at the Directors Guild Theater, Tuesday, July 24, 7:00 PM.  Executive director Carlos Manzano, NYC Latin Media & Entertainment Commission (LATINYC), presented the Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg Proclamation, making July 23 - 30, as the New York International Latino Film Festival Week. 2007 NYLFF Opening ...

31st Asian American International Film Festival Closing Awards Ceremony

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By Maria Esteves - July 21, 2008 The 31st Annual 2008 Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF08) Closing Awards Ceremony was held at Asia Society, New York, Saturday, July 19, 2008, 9:00 pm. AAIFF08 Closing Night New York Premiere of PING PONG PLAYA, directed by Jessica Yu preceded the awards ceremony. The award acknowledges the best in filmmaking and emerging directors of Asian descent. The awards were announced by AAIFF08 juror Jimmy Tsai, co-producer/screenwriter/actor, PING PONG...

31st Asian American International Film Festival Opening Night Premiere of THE PRINCESS OF NEBRASKA & Gala Coverage

By Maria Esteves - July 14, 2008 The 31st Annual 2008 Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF08) Opening Night East Coast Premiere film of THE PRINCESS OF NEBRASKA, directed by Wayne Wang, was held at Asia Society, New York, July 10, 7:30 pm. A special Q&A session with director Wayne Wang, co-director Richard Wong, and actress Ling Li, moderated by Asia Society associate director cultural programs, Helen Koh, preceded the AAIFF08 opening night gala rec...

9th Annual New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF08) commence July 22-27, 2008

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By Maria Esteves - July 9, 2008The 9th Annual 2008 New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF08) will commence July 22-27, 2008.  The festival presented by HBO is the largest celebration of film, music, and culture of Latino and Latin American descent. NYILFF showcase premiere films, panel discussions, special events (outdoor cinema, Dominican nights), parties, and awards ceremony. This year's opening and closing night premiere films held at the Directors Guild Theatre are AMERICAN SON...

AGAINST THE WIND feature film starring American Music Award winner Randy Jones, Coming in 2008

By Maria Esteves - July 8, 2008  AGAINST THE WIND feature film (currently in production) written/produced/directed by Brad Batchelor starring American Music Award winner Randy Jones, world-renowned Village People Cowboy, released by Flying Scotsman Productions, Inc., opens in 2008.  Randy Jones stars as "Pharaoh" in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" produced at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, in Fairfield, Iowa, July 2008. His ne...

2008 DJ Expo to be held at Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, August 11-14

By Maria Esteves - July 7, 2008 The 2008 International DJ (Disc Jockey) Expo (DJX20), presented by DJ Times Magazine and Testa Communications, will be held at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, Atlantic City, NJ, August 11-14, 2008. DJ Expo exposition and conference is the international dance music event showcasing seminars, hands-on workshops, panel discussions, exhibit hall, DVJ/IDJ software/hardware system giveaways, parties, and awards ceremony. DJ Expo attracts artists, DJs, VJs, industry p...

Hola Mexico Film Festival (HMFF) Inaugural held in NYC, July 23-28, 2008

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By Maria Esteves - July 7, 2008  The Hola Mexico Film Festival (HMFF) inaugural, presented by the 2008 New York International Latino Film Festival (NYLFF08), will be held at the QUAD Cinema, NYC, July 23 - 28, 2008. HMFF will showcase thirteen films (comedy, romance, drama and documentary) exploring the richness and diversity of contemporary Mexican cinema. HMFF Opening Night Film of LLAMANDO UN ANGEL (Calling an Angel), winner of the Guadalajara Film Festival Audience Award, directed by ...

2008 Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF08) held in NYC, July 10-19

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By Maria Esteves - July 3, 2008The 31st Annual 2008 Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF08) will be held at Asia Society, New York, July 10-19, 2008. The festival presented by Asian Cinevision with Asia Society, is the largest independent Asian and Asian American celebration of film and culture. The Opening Night East Coast Premiere film THE PRINCESS OF NEBRASKA, directed by Wayne Wang, distributed by Magnolia Pictures will be held Thursday, July 10, 7:30 pm. A special Q&A wit...

30th AAIFF 2007 Opening Night New York Premiere Film “Finishing The Game” & Gala Reception Photos

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By Maria Esteves - July 24, 2007  The 30th Annual 2007 Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF07), Opening Night New York Premiere film FINISHING THE GAME, directed by Justin Lin, presented by Asian CineVision (ACV) was held at the Asia Society, Thursday, July 19, 7:00pm. A special Q&A with director Justin Lin and cast preceded the 30th AAIFF Opening Night 1970's Theme Gala reception sponsored by Cathay Pacific Airways. FINISHING THE GAME directed by Justin Lin, comedy film ...

“BODY & SOUL NYC” Spreading Love All Around The World

By Maria Esteves - June 8, 2008  The phenomenal "Body & Soul" Memorial Day Weekend dance celebration presented by John Davis with world renown DJs Joaquin "Joe" Claussell, Francois "K" Kevorkian (MAESTRO documentary film), and Danny Krivit (MAESTRO, and featured in Mel Cheren's The Godfather of Disco documentary films), was held at the historical Webster Hall ballroom, New York, Sunday, May 25, 6:00 PM. The outstanding Sunday tea dance included producers, remi...

62nd Annual 2008 Antoinette Perry Tony Award Winners

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By Maria Esteves - June 18, 2008 The 62nd Annual 2008 Antoinette Perry Tony Awards ceremony honoring the best of Broadway theatre productions, presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing was held at the Radio City Music Hall, New York, Sunday, June 15, 8:00 - 11:00 p.m. 2008 Tony Awards hosted by Whoopi Goldberg were broadcast live on CBS Television Network. Special performances included Cry-Baby, Grease, Gypsy, In The Heights, Passing Strange, South Pacific, Sunday in the Pa...

Interview with Maestro director Josell Ramos

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MAESTRO is a historical documentary film based on the underground dance music scene in New York City during the late 1960's through the 1980's. It was a precursor to the disco phenomenon which resulted into movie blockbusters such as "Saturday Night Fever" in 1977, and "54" in 1998. The documentary begins with the history of same sex dancing after the Stonewall riots in 1969. Same sex dancing gave a whole new meaning to freedom of expression through the art of dancing. A freedom that was unaffec...

An Interview with “MAESTRO” Filmmaker Josell Ramos

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By Maria Esteves - March 18, 2004 MAESTRO documentary film written/produced/directed by Josell Ramos premiered at the Quad Cinema, New York, March 12-25, 2004. The historical film depicts the real story behind the dance music culture that gave birth to the disco phenomenon in New York City during the late 1960's through 1980's. Director Ramos, 32, who lives and work in New York was born in Cuba. At 14, he got his first 35mm still camera and learned the fundamentals of photography. He's an MBA...

MAESTRO Documentary Film: A Souvenir to Treasure

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By Maria Esteves - March 18, 2004 MAESTRO is a historical documentary film based on the underground dance music scene in New York City during the late 1960's through the 1980's. It was a precursor to the disco phenomenon which resulted into movie blockbusters such as "Saturday Night Fever" in 1977, and "54" in 1998. The documentary begins with the history of same sex dancing after the Stonewall riots in 1969. Same sex dancing gave a whole new meaning to freedom of express...

53rd Annual 2008 Village Voice OBIE Awards Ceremony

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By: Maria Esteves - May 28, 2008 The 53rd Annual 2008 Village Voice OBIE Awards ceremony was held at the historical Webster Hall ballroom, New York, with live simulcast streamed on iClips.Net, Monday, May 19, 8:00 pm - 10:00pm. The 2008 Obies was co-hosted by Broadway performers Bill Camp of CORAM BOY and Elizabeth Marvel of SEASCAPE. 2008 Obies was presented by Chairman, Michael Feingold Obie Committee, producer Eileen Phelan, publicist Gail Parenteau, lighting designer Stephen Wyker, sound de...

The 53rd Annual 2008 Village Voice OBIE Awards Ceremony Photos

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By: Maria Esteves – May 27, 2008 The 53rd Annual 2008 Village Voice OBIE Awards ceremony honoring the best of Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway theater was held at the historical Webster Hall ballroom, New York, with live simulcast streamed on iClips.Net, Monday, May 19, 8:00 pm. The 2008 Obies was co-hosted by Broadway performers Bill Camp of CORAM BOY and Elizabeth Marvel of SEASCAPE. Presented by Chairman, Michael Feingold Obie Committee, producer Eileen Phelan, publicist Gail Parenteau,...

2008 Tribeca Film Festival New York Premiere Documentary Film “The Universe of Keith Haring” Coverage

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By Maria Esteves - May 17, 2008 The Seventh Annual 2008 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF08) New York Premiere documentary film of THE UNIVERSE OF KEITH HARING, directed by Christina Clausen was held at Pace University Schimmel Center for the Arts, Wednesday, April 30, 9:30 pm. A special Q&A immediately followed. THE UNIVERSE OF KEITH HARING is a profound documentary film based on the life of world-renowned artist Keith Haring (1958 - 1990). The real life audio and video excerpts included in t...

2008 Tribeca Film Festival International Filmmaker Reception Photos

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By Maria Esteves - May 11, 2008 The Seventh Annual 2008 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) was held in Tribeca and venues in New York City, April 23 - May 4, 2008. The festival sponsored by American Express, annually present international films, gala receptions, panel discussions, concerts, special events, awards ceremony, Tribeca/ESPN sports day, and a family street fair. TFF08 included 53 World Premieres, 6 International Premieres, 30 North American Premieres, 7 U.S. Premieres, and 19 New York Ci...

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