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NYFF54 13TH Press Conference

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By Maria Esteves The 54th New York Film Festival 2016 (NYFF54) Opening Night World Premiere of 13TH, press conference with writer, producer and director Ava DuVernay, moderated by festival director Kent Jones, NYFF, was held at the Walter Reade Theater Friday, September 30, 2016. Question posed to director DuVernay by members of the press "As an artist, what role do you think we need to play to bring a change?" Discussions with director DuVernay included Netflix documentary project a...

Manchester by the Sea Press Conference Photos

By Maria Esteves The 54th New York Film Festival 2016 (NYFF54) NY Premiere of MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, press conference with writer and director Kenneth Lonergan, moderated by festival director Kent Jones, NYFF, was held at the Walter Reade Theater Friday, September 30, 2016. Discussions with director Lonergan included film location scouts, casting process, music moments in the film, special scenes, and the film's flashback structure. MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, now in theaters. Watch trailer ...

NYFF54 Manchester by the Sea Press Conference

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By Maria Esteves The 54th New York Film Festival 2016 (NYFF54) NY Premiere of MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, press conference with writer and director Kenneth Lonergan, moderated by festival director Kent Jones, NYFF, was held at the Walter Reade Theater Friday, September 30, 2016. Discussions with director Lonergan included film location scouts, casting process, music moments in the film, special scenes, and the film's flashback structure. MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, now in theaters. Watch trailer &n...

NYJFF 2017 Shalom Rabin Premiere

By Maria Esteves – January 25, 2017 The 26th New York Jewish Film Festival 2017 (NYJFF17) World Premiere of SHALOM RABIN documentary, by Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai commenced Sunday, January 22nd at the Walter Reade Theater. Q&A session immediately followed with director Gitai, moderated by Richard Peña, director emeritus, New York Film Festival, professor of Film Studies, Columbia University. Questions posed to director Gitai by Peña included: What was the rel...

54th New York Film Festival Lineup

By Maria Esteves – September 13, 2016 The 54th New York Film Festival (NYFF54) presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center will be held at Lincoln Center September 30 - October 16, 2016. This year’s festival will showcase 25 feature films from around the world. 2016 NYFF Official Lineup of films. For information or to purchase tickets, visit NYFF. NYFF54 Opening, Centerpiece and Closing Night World Premieres to be held at Alice Tully Hall are, * THE 13TH, directed by Ava ...

Love Prevails in A Tale of Three Cities (San Cheng Ji)

By Maria Esteves – August 25, 2016 A TALE OF THREE CITIES (San Cheng Ji) is a romantic dramatic masterpiece! Set in China during 1930s wartime, from the rise of Nazi Germany to the Jewish Holocaust to the outbreak of the Second World War, this powerful biopic explores the timeless love story of two souls in search for freedom Chen Yuerong (Tang Wei) and Fang Daolong (Sean Lau), the late parents of Hong Kong actor, producer, film director and stuntman Jackie Chan. The epic journey begi...

Film Review: Spa Night

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By Maria Esteves – August 18, 2016 SPA NIGHT is a compelling film about the life of David (Joe Seo), a devoted young spiritual man of Asian American descent who struggles with his identity. Set in present day Los Angeles urban community, David who lives with his parents and works at the family's restaurant, discover the painful parts of humanity. The dramatic turning point are when he is faced with socio-economic challenges from a failing family business. Out of desperation, he jo...

AWS Summit New York 2016 Opening Keynote Photos

By Maria Esteves – August 13, 2016 The Amazon Web Services Summit New York 2016 (AWSSNY16) Opening Keynote Presentation with Dr. Werner Vogels, chief technology officer of AWS commenced Thursday, August 11, 10AM at Javits Convention Center. Vogels announced the launch of Application Load Balancer, derail architecture framework, launch of RDS for Aurora, two EBS updates, service oriented architect, container management service, micro services, launch of Amazon Kinesis Analytics, creati...

Werner Vogels Opening Keynote at AWS Summit New York 2016

By Maria Esteves – August 13, 2016 The Amazon Web Services Summit New York 2016 (AWSSNY16) Opening Keynote Presentation with Dr. Werner Vogels, chief technology officer of AWS commenced Thursday, August 11, 10AM at Javits Convention Center. Vogels keynote announcements included the launch of RDS for Aurora, launch of Amazon Kinesis Analytics, creation of executable reference architectures for serverless applications, launch of IPv6 Endpoints for Amazon S3, launch AWS Key Management Se...

AAIFF16 Closing Night Premiere of Front Cover Carpet Arrivals

By Maria Esteves – August 12, 2016 The 39th Asian American International Film Festival Closing Night Premiere of FRONT COVER, directed by Ray Yeung commenced Saturday, July 30, 2016 at the Museum of the Moving Image, New York. Closing night carpet arrivals included FRONT COVER cast and crew members director Ray Yeung, co-producers Chowee Leow, Stan Vidal Guingon; actors James Chen, Wayne Chang and actress Sonia Villani. FRONT COVER now playing at City Cinemas Village East Cinema, New ...

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

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...

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