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Interview with Vilamor Actor Rubén Riós

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By Maria Esteves – September 3, 2012 Rubén Riós (RR) is a Spanish actor in film and television who lives in Galicia, Spain. A person who never set limits began his passion for acting at age seven after performing in a school play. Riós first TV soap opera role Libro de Familia (2005) and feature film Pradolongo (2007) was a success. He stars in a TV soap opera Matalobos. In the U.S., Riós is a prominent actor through the New York City International Film Festival. His latest film ...

Forbidden Kiss and Saving Grace B. Jones Top Winners at 2012 NYCIFF Awards Gala

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By Maria Esteves – August 20, 2012 The 3rd New York City International Film Festival Awards Gala (NYCIFF 2012) presented by NYCIFF Founder/CEO Roberto Rizzo and President Caroline Johnson for outstanding film achievements of 2012 commenced Thursday, August 17, 9:00pm at the Angelika Film Center, New York. The Closing Night World Premiere of Forbidden Kiss, directed by Fen Tien preceded the awards ceremony. NYCIFF 2012 Awards Gala reception immediately followed at Stir, New York. Since...

2012 NYC International Film Festival Awards Gala Videos

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By Maria Esteves – August 20, 2012 The 3rd New York City International Film Festival 2012 (NYCIFF12) Awards Gala presented by NYCIFF Founder/CEO Roberto Rizzo and President Caroline Johnson for outstanding film achievements of 2012 commenced Thursday, August 17, 2012, 9:00pm ET at the Angelika Film Center, New York. The Closing Night World Premiere of Forbidden Kiss, directed by Fen Tien preceded the awards ceremony. NYCIFF 2012 Awards Gala reception immediately followed at Stir. This...

John Jellybean Benitez Tells All at 2012 DJ Expo

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By Maria Esteves – August 18, 2012 The 2012 DJ Expo (DJExpo12) presented by DJ Times magazine were held at the luxurious Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, NJ, August 13-16, 2012. Keynote Q&A session with world renowned artist John (Jellybean) Benitez moderated by editor-in-chief Jim Tremayne, DJ Times magazine, commenced Wednesday, August 15, 3:30 PM. Jellybean Benitez is owner of Jellybean Soul & Jellybean Music Group, programmer of Sirius XM Studio 54 Radio, producer, and DJ.K...

12th New York International Latino Film Fest Opening Night Premiere of Filly Brown Red Carpet Photos

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By Maria Esteves – August 16, 2012 The 13th New York International Latino Film Festival 2012 (NYILFF12) Opening Night New York Premiere of Filly Brown, co-directed by Youssef Delara and Michael D. Olmos commenced Tuesday, August 14, 7:00pm at the Clearview Chelsea Cinemas. Presented by HBO, the festival celebrates the diversity and spirit of the Latino community by showcasing the best films from emerging and established filmmakers of Latino and Latino American descent. This year’s ...

3rd NYC International Film Festival Opening Night Premiere & Honors

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By Maria Esteves – August 13, 2012 The Third New York City International Film Festival 2012 (NYCIFF 2012) Opening Night Gala Awards and World Premiere of Saving Grace B. Jones, directed by Connie Stevens commenced Thursday, August 9, 7:00pm at the magnificent Angelica Film Center. Presented by NYCIFF founder/CEO Robert Rizzo, the festival presents the best in world cinema from emerging and established filmmakers. This year’s festival includes over 100 films (features, documentaries...

35st Asian American International Film Festival Closing Night Awards Ceremony

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By Maria Esteves – August 6, 2012 The 35th Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF12) Closing Awards Ceremony was held at Clearview Chelsea Cinemas, New York, Sunday, August 5, 2012, 7:00 pm. AAIFF12 Closing Night New York Premiere of KNOTS, directed by Michael Kang immediately followed. AAIFF12 Closing Night after party commenced at 10:00pm at DUO Lounge, New York. The award acknowledges the best in Asian American filmmaking and emerging directors. The awards we...

AAIFF 2012 Closing Night Premiere KNOTS Red Carpet Photos

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By Maria Esteves - August 6, 2012 The 35th Asian American International Film Festival (aaiff12) Closing Night New York City Premiere of KNOTS, directed by Michael Kang was held at Clearview Chelsea Cinema, August 5, 2012, 7:00 pm. A special Q&A session immediately followed with director Michael Kang, actresses Kimberly Rose Wolter, and Yoko Honjo, moderated by program director Martha C.M. Tien, Asian CineVision (ACV). AAIFF12 Closing Night Awards announced by artist Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai...

Third New York City International Film Festival Opens with Saving Grace B. Jones

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By Maria Esteves – August 5, 2012 The Third New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF 2012) presented by NYCIFF Institute will be held August 10-16, 2012 at the NY Film Market, Magno theater, and Tribeca Cinemas. The New York City International Film Festival presents a high-profile platform for emerging and established independent filmmakers from around the world. This year’s festival will showcase over 100 films (documentaries, features, shorts), exhibitor show, panel...

13th New York International Latino Film Festival Highlights

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By Maria Esteves – August 3, 2012 The 13th New York International Latino Film Festival 2012 (NYILFF12) presented by HBO commence August 13-19, at Chelsea Clearview Cinemas, New York. This year’s festival will showcase 29 features (documentaries, domestic, international, on the edge, spectrum), 5 shorts program that includes 33 films, panel discussions, special events, awards ceremony, and after parties. NYILFF 2012 opening, closing, and Dominican night premieres are FILLY BROWN, directed ...

AAIFF 2012: World Premiere of Supercapitalist Red Carpet Photos

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By Maria Esteves – August 3, 2012 The 35th Asian American International Film Festival 2012(AAIFF12) Centerpiece World Premiere of SUPERCAPITALIST, directed by Simon Yin commenced Saturday, August 3, 7:45 PM at Clearview Chelsea Cinema. A special Q&A session immediately followed the world premiere with cast and crew lead actor Derek Ting; actors Michael Park, Paul Sheehan; producer Joyce Yung; executive producers James C. Chie, Phillip Yin; associate producers Emeline Rodelas, and David ...

AAIFF 2012: Interview with Supercapitalist Producer Derek Ting

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By Maria Esteves – August 3, 2012   Extraordinaire Derek Ting (DT) is an Asian American actor, producer, and writer who lives and work in Hong Kong. Ting is a native New Yorker who started his film career after experiencing the aftermath of 9/11. He is one to keep your eyes on in the circuit of independent films. In 2003, Ting became president of the Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) collaborative group. As president, he renamed the group to Asian American ...

Interview with Ali Curi and Dr. Robert Rodriguez

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By Maria Esteves - July 30, 2012 Ali Curi (AC) is founder and president of the Hispanic Professionals Networking Group (HPNG), a premier organization dedicated to the education and advancement of Latino business leaders, corporate professionals and entrepreneurs in New York and Miami. Robert Rodriguez, PhD, (RR) is president of DRR Advisors, LLC, a management and diversity consulting firm that elevates the effectiveness of a business workplace. He was listed among the top 100 most...

aaiff12: Shanghai Calling Q&A Session

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By Maria Esteves –July 26, 2012 The 35th Asian American International Film Festival 2012 (aaiff12) Opening Night New York City Premiere of SHANGHAI CALLING, directed by Daniel Hsia, commenced Wednesday, July 25, 7:00 pm, at Asia Society, New York. Co-presented by Asian CineVision (ACV) and Asia Society, the Asian American Media Award for outstanding achievement and contribution to Asian American Media preceded the premiere screening. This year’s recipient of the Asian American Media Award...

35th Asian American Intl Film Fest Opening Night Premiere Shanghai Calling Red Carpet & Gala Reception Photos

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By Maria Esteves –July 26, 2012   The 35th Asian American International Film Festival 2012 (aaiff12) Opening Night New York City Premiere of SHANGHAI CALLING, directed by Daniel Hsia commenced Wednesday, July 25, 7:00 pm, at Asia Society, New York. Co-presented by Asian CineVision (ACV) and Asia Society, Opening Night Gala Reception immediately followed a special Q&A session with director Daniel Hsia, producer Janet Yang, actress Gillian Rexach and actor Sean Gallagher moderated...

Space Shuttle Pavilion Opening Ceremony Video Coverage

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By Maria Esteves – July 20, 2012 The Space Shuttle Pavilion Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (Pier 86, Hangar 3), New York, was held during day two of SAMSUNG SpaceFest 2012, Thursday, July 19, 11:00am. SpaceFest celebrated the new home of NASA’s Space Shuttle Enterprise, a prototype that conducted critical tests within Earth’s atmosphere in 1976 and transported to New York in April 2011. Come experience the awesomeness of the Space...

Space Shuttle Pavilion Grand Opening Ceremony

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By Maria Esteves – July 20, 2012 The Space Shuttle Pavilion Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (Pier 86, Hangar 3), New York, was held during day two of SAMSUNG SpaceFest 2012, Thursday, July 19, 11:00am. SpaceFest celebrated the future home of NASA’s Space Shuttle Enterprise, a prototype that conducted critical tests within Earth’s atmosphere in 1976 and transported to New York in April 2011. Special guest speakers and celebrities in atten...

Interview with AUTISM: THE MUSICAL filmmaker Tricia Regan

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By Maria Esteves – June 7, 2007 The Sixth Annual Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) Official Selection World Premiere AUTISM: THE MUSICAL documentary film, directed by Tricia Regan was held at the Regal Battery Park Cinemas, Sunday, April 29, 4:00 pm. A special Q&A immediately followed. The world premiere after party was held at The Knitting Factory venue, 7:00 pm. I had the honor of interviewing director Tricia Regan, at the TFF Filmmaker’s Lounge, Monday, April 30, 2007, 5:30 pm. M...

2012 Cloud Expo New York Photo Coverage

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By Maria Esteves – July 11, 2012 The 10th International Cloud Expo New York commenced June 11-14, 2012 at Javits Convention Center, New York.  Produced by SYS-CON Media, sponsored by Dell, Eucalyptus, Oracle, Rackspace Hosting, RightScale, SHI International, SOA Software and many others, Cloud Expo annually showcase the latest in cloud computing (synonymous with computing and software on the web) technology from Infrastructure to Platform to Software as a Service. This year’s Clo...

Hostway VP Aaron Hollobaugh Chats with Aviva Press

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By Maria Esteves – July 3, 2012 The 10th International 2012 Cloud Computing Conference & Exposition commenced June 11-14, at Javits Convention Center, New York. Produced by SYS-CON Media, Cloud Computing annually showcase the latest technologies in IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service), from migration to hosting to business applications to interoperations to enterprise architecture and security in the cloud. Hostway C...

10th International 2012 Cloud Computing Expo Coverage

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By Maria Esteves – July 2, 2012   The 10th International 2012 Cloud Computing Conference & Exposition commenced June 11-14, at Javits Convention Center, New York. Produced by SYS-CON Media, Cloud Computing annually showcase the latest technologies in IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service), from migration to hosting to business applications to interoperations to enterprise architecture and security in the cloud. Thi...

2012 Tribeca Film Festival Circuit Coverage

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By Maria Esteves – June 26, 2012 The 11th Annual 2012 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF 2012) presented by founding partner American Express commenced April 18 - 29, 2012 in New York. This year’s festival showcased 106 features, 60 shorts, and 88 premieres including panel discussions, special events, online screenings, real time video streaming, free events (Tribeca Drive-In, Family Festival Street Fair, Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day, Tribeca Soccer Day), filmmakers, and industry parties. The opening ...

TFF 2012 Tribeca Talks New Filmmakers on Film Panel Coverage

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By Maria Esteves – June 25, 2012 The 11th Annual 2012 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF 2012) New Filmmakers on Film Panel Discussion sponsored by Panavision was held at the SVA Theatre, New York, Friday, April 27, 2:30 PM. Moderated by manager of New Filmmakers program Mike Dallatorre, Panavision, with a panel of industry experts and filmmakers were U.S. account manager entertainment imaging, Bob Mastronardi, Kodak; director Peter Brogna, Corporate Monster; TFF2012 Best Cinematography Award w...

Review: International Premiere of Rat King

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By Maria Esteves – June 25, 2012 The 11th Annual 2012 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF 2012) presented by founding partner American Express International Premiere of RAT KING, directed by Petri Kotwica commenced Thursday, April 19, 6:30 PM at Chelsea Clearview Cinemas, New York. A special Q&A discussion with director Kotwica immediately followed the international premiere. RAT KING is a powerful psychological technology thriller that seriously depicts the dangers of online gaming. Set i...

Interview with Award Winning Documentarian Ian Rosenberg

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By Maria Esteves - June 22, 2012   Ian Rosenberg (IR) is a producer and Award winning documentarian who lives in New York and married to co-director and producer Caroline Laskow. He is co-founder and member of OVO, a not-for-profit New York City arts collective. In 2003, Rosenberg co-produced the Award winning documentary “Ashtanga, NY.” In 2006, he produced “The World's Best Prom" and directed “Grand Street" documentary short. In 2009, his HBO Documentary “Fin...

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