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AAIFF16 A Tale of Three Cities Premiere Press Conference

By Maria Esteves – August 9, 2016 The U.S. Premiere Press Conference of A Tale of Three Cities, presented by director Steve Barclay, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, New York, with Award-winning Hong Kong filmmakers Mabel Cheung and Alex Law was held during 39th Asian American International Film Festival 2016 (AAIFF16), Friday, July 22nd. Directors Cheung and Law discussed the making of A Tale of Three Cities, a biopic about the life of Hong Kong actor Jackie Chan's parents. ...

Toto Wins Audience Award at 39th Asian American International Film Fest

By Maria Esteves – August 1, 2016 The 39th Asian American International Film Festival 2016 (AAIFF16) Awards Ceremony presented by executive director John C. Woo, AAIFF, honoring the best independent cinema and emerging directors by Asian and Asian Americans commenced Saturday, July 30, 8PM, at the Museum of Moving Image (MOMI), Queens, New York. TOTO, directed by John Paul Su is recipient of the Audience Award. The Closing Night New York City Premiere of FRONT COVER, directed by ...

Mabel Cheung: AAWMM Talk Back

By Maria Esteves – July 31, 2016 The Asian American Women Media Makers (AAWMM) Talk Back with multi-award winning Hong Kong director and screenwriter Mabel Cheung, moderated by co-founder S. Casper Wong, AAWMM, was held at the Museum of Chinese in New York (MOCA), Saturday, July 23, 12PM. Presented by AAIFF16, director Cheung discussed her early film career from Hong Kong to England to New York, her first trilogy works (The Illegal Immigrant, An Autumn's Tale, Eight Tales of Gold)...

Spa Night Q&A with Andrew Ahn and Joe Seo

By Maria Esteves – July 29, 2016 The 39th Asian American International Film Festival 2016 (AAIFF16) Opening Night Premiere of SPA NIGHT, directed by Andrew Ahn was held at Asia Society, New York, Thursday, July 21, 2016. A special Q&A session with director Ahn and lead actor Joe Seo moderated by festival programs manager Haisong Li, AAIFF, immediately followed. Questions posed to Ahn and Seo by Li and the audience included: "What message did you wanted to deliver by makin...

39th Asian American International Film Festival Opening Press Conference

By Maria Esteves – July 29, 2016 The 39th Asian American International Film Festival 2016 (AAIFF16) Opening Press Conference was held at the Museum of Chinese in New York (MOCA), Wednesday, July 20, 1PM. Presented by Asian CineVision (ACV), executive director John C. Woo, the event highlighted this year’s ten day (July 21-30) celebration of diversity in cast and themes by emerging and established Asian and Asian American filmmakers from 18 countries includes TOTO, directed ...

Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words | Review

By Maria Esteves – June 24, 2016 Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words is a compelling and passionate music documentary about the life of legendary genius Frank Zappa (1940-1993). The extraordinary black-and-white and color archival footage superbly assembled chronologically by director Thorsten Schütte includes the 1963 interview with popular talk show host Steve Allen, international media coverage of Zappa invitation to Prague and powerful onstage performances as ban...

18th International Cloud Expo New York

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By Maria Esteves – June 18, 2016 The 18th International Cloud Expo New York (CloudExpoNY 2016) commenced June 7-9, at Javits Center, NYC. Produced by SYS-CON Media, annually presents the world’s most innovative cloud technologies, IoT (Internet of Things), Big Data, Analytics, Web RTC (Web Real-Time Communication) and DevOps (Development and Operations); along with keynote presentations; conference sessions; panel discussions; workshops; exhibitors show floor; special events and op...

2016 Obie Awards Photos

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By Maria Esteves – May 26, 2016 The 61st Annual 2016 OBIE Awards honoring Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway theater exceptional achievements of 2015-2016, hosted by two-time OBIE host and OBIE winning actress Lea Delaria (1998 OBIE recipient, On The Town) was held at the historic Webster Hall ballroom, New York, Monday, May 23, 7:00 pm. GUARDS AT THE TAJ received two OBIES including Best New American Play, TAMARA TUNIE received an OBIE for her Performance in Familiar; and Lifetime Achiev...

Guards at the Taj Wins Best New American Play at 2016 OBIE Awards

By: Maria Esteves – May 26, 2016 The 61st Annual 2016 OBIE Awards honoring Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway theater exceptional achievements of 2015-2016, by two-time OBIE host and OBIE winning actress Lea Delaria (1998 OBIE recipient, On The Town) was held at the historic Webster Hall ballroom, New York, Monday, May 23, 7:00 pm. This year’s award presenters were Kate Burton, Colman Domingo, Tovah Feldshuh, Savion Glover, Danai Gurira, Natasha Katz, Lisa Kron, Norm Lewis, Willi...

Consensus New York 2016 Photos

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By Maria Esteves – May 18, 2016 The 2nd Annual Blockchain Technology Summit (Consensus NY 2016) commenced May 2-4, at the New York Marriott Marquis. Presented by CoinDesk in collaboration with Digital Currency Group, Consensus is an annual global conference where industry leaders from financial services, government, healthcare and supply chain management converge on the new Internet layer called Blockchain technology (decentralized database) and the world of digital currency. This yea...

Consensus New York 2016 Coverage

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By Maria Esteves – May 14, 2016 The 2nd Annual Blockchain Technology Summit (Consensus NY 2016) commenced May 2-4, at the New York Marriott Marquis. Presented by CoinDesk in collaboration with Digital Currency Group, Consensus is an annual global conference where industry leaders from financial services, government, healthcare and supply chain management converge on the new Internet layer called Blockchain technology (decentralized database) and the world of digital currency. This yea...

Blockchain Initiative! Keynote Speaker Delaware Gov. Jack Markell

By Maria Esteves – May 8, 2016 The 2nd annual Blockchain Technology Summit (Consensus NYC 2016) Opening Keynote Presentation with Delaware Governor Jack Markell was held at the New York Marriott Marquis, Monday, May 2, 2016. Presented by CoinDesk in collaboration with Digital Currency Group, Gov. Markell made history by unveiling the Blockchain Initiative committing Delaware to be the first state to use the technology. The blockchain, the very foundation of Bitcoin (crytocurrency/digit...

TFF16: The First Annual Whoopi’s Shorts Program

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By Maria Esteves – April 18, 2016 The 15thTribeca Film Festival 2016 (TFF16) First Annual Whoopi’s Shorts Program introduced by festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal commenced Sunday, April 17, at the Tribeca Festival Hub in New York. The eight captivating films that inaugurated the animated shorts program were Fear, directed by Dawn Dreyer and Andrea Love; I am a Pencil (Je suis un crayon), directed by Joe D’Arcy; The Loneliest Stoplight, directed by Bill Plympton; Lucens, di...

2016 Isabel Santos Tribute at Havana Film Festival New York

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By Maria Esteves – April 12, 2016 The 17th Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY16) tribute to Cuba’s iconic actress ISABEL SANTOS commenced Monday, April 11, 6:00PM at the Instituto Cervantes New York. The premiere films VESTIDO DE NOVIA (His Wedding Dress), directed by Marilyn Solaya starring Isabel Santos and Santos directorial debut of EL CAMINO DE LA VIDA (The Path of Life) documentary short preceded the panel discussion The Actor And The Camera with actress/director Santos ...

Film Review: Love Thy Nature

By Maria Esteves   LOVE THY NATURE is a compelling documentary about the need for humans to reconnect and rely on nature for Earth’s survival. Narrated by Liam Neeson, the film closely examines the interconnection and interdependence of creation in its awe and splendor beauty, the current global environmental crisis, and the industrial and biological revolution. This documentary winner of 25 awards at film festival circuit included provocative interviews with Da...

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Q&A with Nia Vardalos and Elena Kampouris

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By Maria Esteves – April 5, 2016 The MOMS MAMARAZZI Special Presentation of MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2, directed by Kirk Jones and written by Oscar nominee Nia Vardalos was held in New York, Friday, March 18, 2016. Actress/writer Nia Vardalos (Toula) and actress Elena Kampouris (Paris, Toula's daughter) appeared for a Q&A session after the presentation moderated by co-founders Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein, The Moms Sirius XM. Questions and discussions posed by The Moms...

Film Review: Miracles From Heaven

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By Maria Esteves – April 3, 2016 The mystery of faith to believe in something we cannot see or hear like the air we breathe despite our circumstances in this life is a miracle! Scientists at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Switzerland calls it ‘The God Particle (Higgs Boson).’ MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN is an extraordinary and powerful true story that captures the spiritual journey of the Beam family, ordinary American Judeo Christians from Texas who discove...

Jennifer Garner Attends The Moms Miracles From Heaven Presentation

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By Maria Esteves – April 2, 2016 THE MOMS Special Presentation of MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN, directed by Patricia Riggen was held at Hearst Tower, New York, Wednesday, March 16, 2016. A Q&A discussion immediately followed with American actress Jennifer Garner moderated by co-founders Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein, The Moms Sirius XM. Questions posed to actress Garner by The Moms included: "How did you decide to do MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN? Does it make a difference to you jump...

The 88th Academy Awards

By Maria Esteves – March 2, 2016 The 88th Academy Awards hosted by Chris Rock commenced Sunday, February 28, 2016 at Dolby Theatre & Highland Center, Hollywood, C.A. Presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.), the Oscars honor outstanding film achievements of 2015. Mad Max: Fury Road was top winner with six Oscars including Best Film Editing MARGARET SIXEL and Best Production Design COLIN GIBSON. Three Oscars went to The Revenant including Best Dire...

Eddie the Eagle Q&A with Michael Edwards

EDDIE THE EAGLE Q&A with Michael Edwards: Great Britain's first Olympic ski jumper Michael "Eddie" Edwards, 1988 Winter Olympic winner. By Maria Esteves – February 25, 2016 THE MOMS New York screening of EDDIE THE EAGLE, directed by Dexter Fletcher was held at Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11, Monday, February 22, 2016. A special Q&A session with Eddie the Eagle Michael Edwards moderated by co-founder Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein, The Moms Siriu...

Diane von Furstenberg F/W 2016 Presentation

By Maria Esteves – February 23, 2016 Diane von Furstenberg Fall/Winter Love Power 2016 presentation was held at her New York headquarters, Sunday, February 14, 2016. The Love Power intimate and interactive collection now available online included the slit maxi dress, black-and-white slip dress, classic wrap dress with her signature, and floral print silk maxi skirt. American supermodels Lily Aldridge, Jourdan Dunn, Karlie Kloss, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Irina Shayk posed, recli...

Fashion Hong Kong RTW F/W 2016 Runway Show

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By Maria Esteves – February 21, 2016 Fashion Hong Kong Ready-To-Wear Fall/Winter 2016 runway show was held at Skylight Moynihan Station, New York, Friday, February 12, 2016. Presented by Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the extraordinary designers who debut during New York Fashion Week were LOOM LOOP by Polly Ho, HARRISON WONG and HIDY N.G. Fashion Hong Hong collection is available at Splashlight Studios, New York. LOOM LOOP androgynous collection inspired by a Chinese legend...

Kids Rock Fall/Winter 2016 Runway Show

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By Maria Esteves – February 17, 2016 The 5th bi-annual KIDS ROCK! Fall/Winter 2016 runway show was held at Skylight Moynihan Station, New York, Thursday, February 11, 2016. Presented by Haddad Brands, Rookie USA Presents KIDS ROCK! collection showcased the best in American children sportswear from top brands. From Levi’s slim denim jeans (510, 511), leggings and graphic tees; to Converse Chuck Taylor all-star canvas/leather sneakers, rubber rain boots, knit woven full-zip hoodie...

Nicholas K Fall/Winter 2016 RTW Runway Show

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By Maria Esteves – February 15, 2016 The NICHOLAS K Fall/Winter 2016 ARCOSANTI ready-to-wear runway show was held during New York Fashion Week at Skylight Moynihan Station, New York, Thursday, February 11, 2016. Inspired by founder and visionary urban architect Paolo Soleri (1919-2013), the family design duo Arcosanti combined urban chic and military style collection included silk gowns and dresses tied at the waist; knitted dresses; wool coats, leather jackets, military trench coat...

Tara Mateik and Michelle Parkerson Attends Flaherty NYC

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By Maria Esteves – February 7, 2016 The Flaherty NYC Winter/Spring 2016 (FNYCWS16) Queer Transitions was held at Anthology Film Archives, New York, Tuesday, February 2, 7:00PM. In collaboration with The New School; co-presented by Women Make Movies; programmed by Lana Lin, associate professor, School of Media Studies, The New School; and Cauleen Smith, professor, Vermont College of Fine Arts; the six documentary shorts presentation included Michelle Parkerson’s Storme: Lady of t...

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