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Long Island Latino International Film Festival (LILIFF) 2009

Icon Written by Cumba on November 1, 2009 – 4:47 pm

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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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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CNN Heroes – Jorge Munoz

Icon Written by Cumba on October 4, 2009 – 5:11 pm

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.

Read more about him and vote for him, using the widget below, as the CNN 2009 Hero. You can vote as many times as you want until Thursday, November 19.

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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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Entre Nos and Sleep Dealer – New Latino Films

Icon Written by Cumba on April 26, 2009 – 3:07 pm

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 [...]

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We Shall Remain – Seeing History Through American Indians’ Eyes.

Icon Written by Cumba on April 12, 2009 – 6:16 pm

A series of five documentaries on the American Indian experience begins tomorrow night on the PBS “American Experience” series. The block of documentaries is called “We Shall Remain”. A couple of the documentaries were directed by Chris Eyre, the American Indian director of one of my favorite films “Smoke Signals”. The series is available on [...]

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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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