Archive :: Lamento Borincano

Spike Lee Presents County of Kings by Lemon Andersen

Icon Written by Cumba on October 18, 2009 – 2:33 pm

countyofkings Last year, I had the pleasure to attend the Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theater to witness Lemon Andersen take the stage in County of Kings: The Beautiful Struggle. At that time, I told everyone I could to go see this amazing piece of work where Lemon bared his life in a raw and compelling performance. The piece stayed with me and I was very happy to see that more people would be able to see this one man play in a limited run, again at the Public Theater.

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Latinos in Social Media Heritage Tour

Icon Written by Cumba on August 20, 2009 – 7:19 pm

A couple of months ago, I went to the first Latinos in Social Media Meetup in New York. A group started by Louis Pagan, his vision was to create a network of Latinos involved in Social Media and bringing all that talent together. In that first meetup we discussed me creating some videos for the group. Since that first meetup the group has gone nationwide, a Facebook group was created, a couple of Twitter parties and now the group is gearing up for their first Latinos in Social Media Heritage Tour.

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NYLIFF – So Last Night Short Films and Calle 13 Sin Mapa

Icon Written by Cumba on July 31, 2009 – 12:13 am

The New York International Latino Film Festival is under way until August 2 and I am fortunate to be able to attend. So far I’ve focused on seeing the shorts programs with one exception. I am fascinated by the art of short filmmaking. Being able to tell a coherent and interesting story in a limited amount of time is very difficult.

Overall, most of the films have met the challenged while others struggled a bit. I must say that the level of talent this year is amazing. It is great to see Latino filmmakers come into their own.

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NYILFF – A Kiss of Chaos

Icon Written by Cumba on July 25, 2009 – 12:19 pm

This week is the New York International Latino Film Festival and I will be showcasing some of the films that will be showing.

The first film is “A Kiss of Chaos”

Brief synopsis: A KISS OF CHAOS (AKOC) is a Latino thriller wherein an emotionally conflicted artist’s life is dragged into a vortex of Chaos when both her bullet wounded thieving ex-boyfriend and HIV positive sister end up on her door steps and back in her life the same day, and the events that unfold putting her life in grave danger.

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Film Review – Falling Awake

Icon Written by Cumba on June 26, 2009 – 2:44 pm

Last year, I had the pleasure of seeing the film “Shine On” at the NYILFF. It gives me great pleasure to see that the film is getting a release on September 18, 2009. The name of the film has been changed to Falling Awake.

You can find out more about the film on and join the Facebook page as well.

My review of the film from last year has been reposted below. Catch the film when it opens and support Latino and Independent film!

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Bizarre Foods – Puerto Rico

Icon Written by Cumba on June 8, 2009 – 7:04 pm

Two of my favorite programs on the Travel Channel are Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations and Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods. I may not always enjoy what they eat but I appreciate the glimpses into local cultures through the country’s cuisine. On June 9th, Bizarre Foods goes to Puerto Rico and from the previews, Andrew goes to [...]

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TCM – Race and Hollywood: Latino Images in Film

Icon Written by Cumba on April 10, 2009 – 5:23 pm

In May, TCM is presenting it’s fourth in the series “Race and Hollywood.” This edition is on “Latino Images in Film.” The series runs every Tuesday and Thursday in the month of May, starting at 8:00PM and continuing overnight. Each night will have a different theme, such as “Spanish Dons and Señoritas in the Silent [...]

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Sugar Film Opening in NY and LA on 4/3/09

Icon Written by Cumba on April 2, 2009 – 11:35 pm

A new film by the writers and directors of the film “Half Nelson”, this one features a Dominican baseball player as the main character. The part of the main character “Sugar” is played by someone who has never acted before. Hope to catch this film in the theaters.

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Latino Films online – Cine Dulce

Icon Written by Cumba on March 28, 2009 – 12:39 pm

The art of short filmmaking fascinates me. Telling a story in a short amount of time, often with limited resources and producing something to be enjoyed is admirable. I am happy that there are resources out there where these films can gain an audience and don’t just fade away as part of someone’s resumer or [...]

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Ralph Mercado, Impresario, Dies at 67

Icon Written by Cumba on March 12, 2009 – 7:27 am

Ralph Mercado, a promoter who took his passion for Latin music and built an empire around it, not only staging concerts but creating a recording and publishing label, a film and video company, and nightclubs and restaurants, died on Tuesday in Hackensack, N.J. He was 67. The cause was cancer, said Blanca Lasalle, a spokeswoman, [...]

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