Now in its fifth year, the Long Island Latino International Film Festival is once again showcasing a fine lineup of films. Some of the films such as “Premature,” “Made in Japan” and “Little Courage” (all exceptional films) have been making the festival circuit and deserve to be seen once again if you have not had [...]
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Jorge Munoz is known in Jackson Heights as an Angel in Queens. Since 2004, he has handed out more than 70,000 meals to the hungry, all the while working as a school bus driver. Along with his family, every night at 9:30PM he gives out meals without fail.
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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.
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.
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.
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 [...]
While everyone goes out to support the big Hollywood films that go out of their way to marginalize most of us, there are a very talented group of filmmakers that are putting themselves out there and creating quality independent films. Two recent films of note, one with limited distribution and another premiering at The Tribeca [...]
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.
These images are from the Library of Congress website. Most of the images were stereo view cards that were popular from the late 1800’s until the 1930’s. They were the predecessors of view masters. Stereo cards were comprised of two images that when viewed through the viewer gave a sense of seeing the images in [...]
YERBABUENA (one word) is a group of individuals who come together to play the music that they love under the musical direction of singer-composer-musician Tato Torres. It is composed of musicians, singers and dancers from the New York City area, who share an intense passion for the musical traditions of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. [...]