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DOCNYC 2015 Review: Miss Sharon Jones!

By Maria Esteves – November 30, 2015 The triumphant music documentary MISS SHARON JONES! chronicles the life of American soul/funk singer Sharon Jones (Sharon Lafaye Jones). The film powerfully captures Sharon’s childhood, her career as lead singer with the Dap-Kings, her confrontation with pancreatic cancer, treatment and miraculous remission testimonial. Sharon’s successful music comeback with the band and album release Give The People What They Want was nominated 2015...

6th DOC NYC Opening Night U.S. Premiere of Miss Sharon Jones! Photos

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By Maria Esteves The Sixth DOC NYC Festival Opening Night U.S. Premiere of MISS SHARON JONES! directed by Barbara Kopple, Lifetime Achievement recipient, 2015 DOC NYC, was held at SVA theater, New York, Thursday, November 12, 2015. A special Q&A discussion immediately followed with director Kopple, singer Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings band moderated by artistic director Thom Powers, DOC NYC. Presented by executive director Raphaela Neihausen, artistic director Thom Powers, director of ...

2015 DOC NYC Opening Night U.S. Premiere of Miss Sharon Jones!

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By Maria Esteves – November 27, 2015 The Sixth DOC NYC Festival Opening Night U.S. Premiere of MISS SHARON JONES! music documentary by two-time Academy award winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple, Lifetime Achievement recipient, 2015 DOC NYC, was held at SVA theater, New York, Thursday, November 12, 2015. A special Q&A discussion with director Kopple, Grammy Award nominee singer Miss Jones and the Dap-Kings band moderated by artistic director Thom Powers, DOC NYC, preceded the opening nigh...

NYFF53 Premiere of Carol Red Carpet Arrivals

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By Maria Esteves – November 16, 2015 The 53rd New York Film Festival Premiere of CAROL, directed by Todd Haynes. Screenplay by Phyllis Nagy commenced Friday, October 9, 2015 at Alice Tully Hall, New York. Red carpet arrivals included director Todd Haynes, actress Rooney Mara, two-time Academy Award winning actress Cate Blanchett, American composer Carter Burwell, screenwriter Phyllis Nagy, producer Christine Vachon, producer Elizabeth Karlsen, Edith “Edie” Windsor, American co...

Three Long Years 10th Anniversary Viral Release Party

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By Maria Esteves The 10th Anniversary of THREE LONG YEARS, directed/written by Peter Welch celebrated the online movie viral release at Empire Hotel Rooftop, New York, Thursday, September 24, 2015. Hosted by Keith Collins, KCM, Inc., attendees at the private event included cast members Robert McKay (Dr. Ganzy), Hank Eulau (Lenny); celebrity guests piano composer Richard Trifan, Deborah Larissa and Ekayani. From directing, to writing, to acting Peter Welch's THREE LONG YEARS is a 2003 Ameri...

Review: In Jackson Heights

By Maria Esteves – November 8, 2015 Jackson Heights, Queens, the multicultural capital of the world is truly the heart of New York City depicted by director Frederick Wiseman in his latest documentary IN JACKSON HEIGHTS. Set in present day and filmed Vérité, this compelling over 3 hour documentary explores the authentic multicultural and religious communities where people from all over the world come to visit and live because of its unique neighborhoods, businesses and b...

NYFF53 The Assassin Press Conference

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By Maria Esteves - October 15, 2015 The 53rd New York Film Festival 2015 (NYFF53) U.S. Premiere of The Assassin, directed by Hou Hsian-hsien was held at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, Friday, October 9th. The press conference with director Hsian-hsien, moderated by director of programming Dennis Lim, Film Society of Lincoln Center, translated by Dr. Vincent Cheng, BMCC, preceded the U.S. Premiere at the Walter Reade Theater, Thursday, October 8th. Questions posed to director Hsian-hsi...

NYFF53 Miles Ahead Press Conference

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By Maria Esteves – October 14, 2015 The 53rd New York Film Festival 2015 (NYFF53) Closing Night Premiere of MILES AHEAD, press conference with actor/director Don Cheadle, cast members Emayatzy Corinealdi and Michael Stuhlbarg, moderated by festival director Kent Jones, NYFF, was held at the Walter Reade Theater Saturday, October 10, 2015. Questions posed to actor/director Cheadle, Corinealdi and Stuhlbarg by moderator Jones and members of the press included "Can you talk about findin...

NYFF 2015 Review: Miles Ahead

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By Maria Esteves – October 12, 2015 MILES AHEAD is explosive, passionate, romantic and provocative! Actor Don Cheadle is Miles Davis incarnate. Cheadle’s directorial debut, a decade in the making, is truly a masterpiece. Set in the late 1970s, this creative music biopic captures the legendary Miles Davis (1926-1991) personal life, sense of humor and experience during his absence with the recording industry that ultimately led him to take the law into his own hands. Miles music s...

Christian Siriano Spring 2016 Runway Collection

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By Maria Esteves – October 12, 2015 CHRISTIAN SIRIANO Spring/Summer 2016 ready-to-wear runway show was held during New York Fashion Week at ArtBeam, Saturday, September 12, 2015. Siriano’s Spring 2016 collection was inspired by the imperial cities of Morocco, culture, lifestyle and the annual Feast of the Throne celebration. His beautiful and feminine red carpet evening wear included black lattice laser-cut and silk cage collar gown and dress, burnout plunging neckline gown in i...

Betsey Johnson 50th Anniversary Runway Show

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By Maria Esteves – October 7, 2015 BETSEY JOHNSON Spring 2016 The Curios Case of Betsey Button celebrated 50 years in the fashion industry at the Arc on Friday, September 11, 2015. Johnson’s extraordinary and memorable themed runway show dedicated to Ann K. Pimm (Johnson’s childhood dance instructor) and dance venues such as Limelight, Palladium, Mud Club, Electric Circus, and Max’s Kansas City displayed five decades of vintage designs from present day to 1950s. Models...

15th Annual Kings and Cowboys Birthday Celebration

By Maria Esteves – October 7, 2015 The 15th Annual Kings and Cowboys Birthday Celebration for award winning actor, producer Keith Collins, Keith Collins Media, Inc. and actor, award winning recording artist, pop icon Randy Jones (original Village People Cowboy) was held at the exclusive Leonora venue, New York, Friday, September 11, 2015. Collins and Jones celebrated their mutual birthday extravaganza with industry professionals, guests and family members until the wee hours during New Yo...

Nancy Vuu Spring 2016 Runway Show

By Maria Esteves Style Fashion Week NANCY VUU Spring 2016 runway show was held during New York Fashion Week in Gotham Hall, Thursday, September 10, 2015. Vuu’s high-fashion collection for children and teens is graced with sheer elegance. She believes every child is a prince and a princess from the one true king! ...

Everything Before Us New York Premiere Q&A Video Coverage

By Maria Esteves – August 9, 2015 The 38th Annual Asian American Film Festival 2015 (aaiff15) Closing Night New York Premiere of EVERYTHING BEFORE US, directed by Philip Wang and Wesley Chan was held at the Museum of the Moving Image, Queens, New York, Saturday, August 1, 8:00PM. The Q&A discussion with directors Wang, Chan, producer Ted Fu, and lead actor Aaron Yoo moderated by Kevin Lee, PR Coordinator, Asian Cinevision, preceded the Closing Night Gala Reception. EVERYTHING BEFORE U...

38th Asian American International Film Festival Awards

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By Maria Esteves – August 7, 2015 The 38th Asian American International Film Festival 2015 (AAIFF15) Closing Night Awards Ceremony hosted by executive director John Woo and festival director Judy Lei, Asian Cinevision, honoring the best independent cinema and emerging directors by Asian and Asian American descent was held at the Museum of Moving Images, Queens, New York, Saturday, August 1, 8:30pm. LIVE FROM UB received two awards including Emerging Director LAUREN KNAPP. AAIFF15 jurors i...

My Voice, My Life N.Y. Premiere Q&A

By Maria Esteves – July 31, 2015 The 38th Annual Asian American Film Festival 2015 (aaiff15) Opening Night New York Premiere documentary MY VOICE, MY LIFE http://www.myvoicemylifemovie.com, by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ruby Yang, commenced Thursday, July 23, 7:00PM at Asia Society. The Q&A discussion with director Yang and cast members Coby Wong and Sio Fan Lam moderated by La Frances Hui, film curator, Asia Society, preceded the Opening Night Gala Reception. Questions posed to...

38th Annual Asian American International Film Festival Premiere of My Voice, My Life Photo Coverage

By Maria Esteves – July 30, 2015 The 38th Annual Asian American Film Festival 2015 (aaiff15) Opening Night New York Premiere documentary MY VOICE, MY LIFE, by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ruby Yang, commenced Thursday, July 23, 7:00PM at Asia Society. The Q&A session with director Yang and cast members Coby Wong and Sio Fan Lam moderated by La Frances Hui, film curator, Asia Society, preceded the Opening Night Gala Reception. Questions posed to director Yang and cast members by ...

38th Asian American International Film Festival Opening Press Conference

By Maria Esteves – July 23, 2015 AAIFF15 Opening Press Conference: Executive Director John Woo, Asian CineVision (ACV). The 38th Asian American International Film Festival 2015 (AAIFF15) Opening Press Conference was held at the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, New York (HKETONY), Wednesday, July 22, 1:00pm. Hosted by HKETONY, John Woo’s AAIFF15 press conference unveiled the opening night premiere music documentary My Voice, My Life, by Oscar-winning filmmaker Ruby Ya...

2015 North American Gratitude Tenshug to His Holiness the Dalai Lama

By Maria Esteves – July 17, 2015 2015 North American Gratitude Tenshug to H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama, Day 2: Dalai Lama performs WhiteTara long-life and empowerment ceremonial prayers. The 2015 North American Gratitude Tenshug to His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama was held at Javits Center, New York, July 9-10, 2015. Organized by the North American Tibetan Association (NATA) of American and Canadian Tibetans; the mark of gratitude event celebrated Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday (Ju...

Richard Gere Attends Dalai Lama’s 80th Birthday in NYC

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By Maria Esteves – July 14, 2015 American actor and activist Richard Gere was special guest speaker at the 2015 North American Gratitude Tenshug to His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama held at Javits Center, New York, July 10, 2015. Gere paid tribute to His Holiness by sharing a Native American story of Two Wolves and his experience at a 1997 New York private screening of KUNDUN Biopic, directed Martin Scorsese. Organized by the North American Tibetan Association (NATA) of American and Cana...

38th Asian American Intl Film Fest Opens with My Voice, My Life

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By Maria Esteves - July 3, 2015 The 38th Asian American International Film Festival 2015 (AAIFF15) will be held in New York July 23 - August 1. Presented by Asian Cinevision, AAIFF annually showcase the best independent cinema by Asian and Asian Americans along with panel discussions, special events, screenplay competition readings, gala receptions and after parties. This year's Opening, Centerpiece and Closing night Premieres are MY VOICE, MY LIFE, directed by Ruby Yang at Asia Society, N...

2015 New York Asian Film Festival Opens with Port of Call

By Maria Esteves - June 22, 2015 The 14th New York Asian Film Festival 2015 (NYAFF15) presented by The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Subway Cinema will be held at the Walter Reade Theater in Lincoln Center and SVA theater, June 26 - July 11. The Opening, Centerpiece and Closing Night Premieres are PORT OF CALL, directed by Philip Yung at the Walter Reade Theater, Friday, June 26, 8:30 PM; CHASUKE'S JOURNEY, directed by SABU at the Walter Reade Theater, Wednesday, July 8, 7:30 PM; and C...

Kutsher's Documentary Now On DVD, Digital & On Demand

By Maria Esteves - June 20, 2015 "Examines the history, influence and ethos of the fading Sullivan County resort with an eye and ear for the hotel's legacy that transcends East Coast American Judaism." - Bruce Bennett, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL Kutsher’s is "celebrated in an elegiac 2012 documentary, Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resort, which is being updated in December with a final section chronicling the hotel’s demolition to make way for a y...

My 90's Rockumentary Project

By Maria Esteves – June 18, 2015 My 90's a feature rockumentary by award winning filmmaker Wolfgang Busch takes you on a musical journey through the history of live rock music scene in New York City venues (Limelight, Cat Club, CBGB's, China Club, Danceteria) during the 1990's. It captures live performances by Phoebe Legere, Skin & Bones, Gods Child, Jon Dunmore, Larry Mitchell, Shoot The Doctor, Darryl Hell, Michael T and interviews with music industry specialist Jordyn T...

TFF 2015 | Code: Debugging the Gender Gap Review

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By Maria Esteves - May 17, 2015 The 14th Tribeca Film Festival World Premiere of CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, directed by Robin Hauser Reynolds commenced Sunday, April 19, 2015, 1:00PM at Spring Studios, New York. A special panel discussion immediately followed with director Reynolds, chief learning officer Tamar Elkeles, Qualcomm, chief people officer Auguste Goldman, GoDaddy, and engineering director Jason Wong, Etsy, moderated by Adi Robertson, reporter, The Verge. CODE: Debugging the Gen...

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