Puerto Rico: Hope in the Dark – screening and panel discussion

FREE and open to the public

2pm screening of documentary bilingual (English/Spanish) with subtitles
3pm panel moderated by: Charlie Vázquez

A moving portrait of the strength, spirit and resiliency of the Puerto Rican people.

FREE and open to the public
RSVP www.nomaanyc.eventbrite.com
September 23, 2018
Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling
898 St. Nicholas Avenue @ 155th St NYC

Watch the trailer

2pm screening of documentary bilingual (English/Spanish) with subtitles
3pm panel discussion on the intersection of arts and disaster relief

moderated by: Charlie Vázquez
panelists: (bios below)

  • Gabriel Rivera (Associate Producer & PACE student)
  • Arnaldo J López, PhD (Managing Director, Pregones / PRTT)
  • Mónica Tavares (Hispanic Federation)
  • Reverend Dr. Damaris D. Whittaker and Sabas Hernan Flores Whittaker (Fort Washington Collegiate Church)

A moving portrait of the strength, spirit and resiliency of the Puerto Rican people. This documentary is a production of students at PACE University PACE docs, led by Maria Luskay, EdD.
A special thanks to Shirley Acevedo Buontempo, Latino U College Access and Prof Luskay.

Award winner at the Best Shorts Competition, Silver Award at the Spotlight Film Awards and a selection at Mindie – Miami Independent Film Festival.

September 23 is the last day of RELATIONAL UNDERCURRENTS: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago exhibit at the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling, showcasing Caribbean artists

Puerto Rico: Hope in the Dark – Panelist Bios

Gabriel Rivera served as associate producer on the documentary film Puerto Rico: Hope in the Dark. He was one of eighteen student filmmakers from Pace University PACE DOCS who traveled throughout the island to chronicle and tell the stories of the people of Puerto Rico following Hurricane María. Gabriel is of Puerto Rican descent and has family in the city of Ponce, Puerto Rico. He is a graduate of Pace where he attained his Masters in Media and Communications. Gabriel is currently an intern with the ABC program 20/20 and a freelance assignment desk editor with News 12 The Bronx and Brooklyn.

Arnaldo J. López is an arts manager and development strategist with a Ph.D. in Latin/o American Literatures and Cultures from New York University. As Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater’s first Development Officer, and now its first Managing Director, he plays a key role in planning and fundraising for year-round arts programs in The Bronx and Manhattan. Mobilizing support for peer networks on the island, the company’s Hurricane María Relief Drive for Artists in Puerto Rico raised and distributed more than $100,000 in the form of no-strings, emergency micro-grants to practitioners of all creative disciplines. A second wave of support is underway.

Charlie Vazquez is an author and cultural consultant from The Bronx. He was one of dozens of artists who contributed original written and visual works to create the graphic novel collection Ricanstruction, organized by artist Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, the creator of La Borinqueña. To date, the anthology has raised over $150,000. Charlie served as the director of the Bronx Writers Center at Bronx Council on the Arts for nearly five years and was a festival coordinator for Puerto Rico’s Festival de la Palabra, which celebrated Puerto Rican literary culture and history, hosting award-winning authors and poets from around the world in public school classrooms in Puerto Rico and Uptown New York City.

Reverend Dr. Damaris D. Whittaker is a United Church of Christ (UCC) minister. She was the first woman to serve as Senior Minister of the historic First Church of Christ, UCC, in Hartford, Connecticut. Dr. Whittaker is a public theologian at Ft. Washington Collegiate Church. She is deeply passionate about social justice advocating for racial justice, LGBTQ equality, immigration reform, women’s leadership, universal healthcare, and affordable housing. Dr. Whittaker believes she has been called to break down silos and sees intersectionality of faith as a place she can affect change. Dr. Whittaker is originally from Humacao, Puerto Rico and is married to Sabas Whittaker.

Mónica Tavares is the Vice President of External Affairs at Hispanic Federation. She was previously Chief of Staff in the Office of Communications and External Affairs at the New York City Department of Education (DOE). Wheen Ms. Tavares was the Acting Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA), she managed One NYC One Nation, a two-year, $1 million civic engagement initiative designed to increase the participation of immigrants in New York City’s civic life. She was also the Bronx Borough Director/Latino Liaison for the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit and for eight years did community and government relations at El Museo del Barrio, the city’s leading Latino cultural institution.

Sabas Hernan Flores Whittaker was born in Puerto Cortes, Honduras. He recently published two books: Faith in the Field and Canto al Emigrante en Voz Latina. He’s participated in four humanitarian trips to Puerto Rico, aiding in the repairing of roofs and homes. Sabas is a holistic gardener and donated various organic seeds from his garden to Casa Solidaria, via Proyecto Matria, overseeing the planting of them in the mountains of Miraflores, Orocovis with a youth group. These efforts will stimulate pollination, enhancing natural growth usually provided by bees wiped out by the hurricane. Ft. Washington Collegiate Church’s mission is not only to repair homes but to stimulate economic activity by purchasing all materials from locally-owned businesses on the island, such as in Humacao and Orocovis.

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100 años de La Doña: A Tribute to María Félix

To celebrate the l00th anniversary of the birth of Mexican actress María Félix, a muse for poets, musicians and painters, our three organizations will present two of her short films, a panel discussion and reception, as well as six of her films.

María FélixTo celebrate the l00th anniversary of the birth of Mexican actress María Félix, a muse for poets, musicians and painters, The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York, The Cervantes Institute and NoMAA will present two of her short films, a panel discussion and reception, as well as six of her films. This icon film actress, who refused to get caught up with the Hollywood lifestyle, was called “La Doña” by her critics and fans. She was beautiful, seductive and clever — a powerful combination!

8 April – Opening Night

Two film shorts will screen starting at 6:30 p.m., roundtable and reception to follow.
The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York
27 E 39th St, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10016
RSVP: [Reveal e-mail address]

Canasta de Cuentos Mexicanos, 1955 – Director: Julio Bracho
Chapter: La Tigresa – Edited version, 16 min., color, in Spanish.
Set in Cuernavaca (Mexico), La Tigresa (María Félix) enjoys riding horses, playing cards, and competing against men until she meets her match.

Reportaje, 1953 – Director: Emilio Fernández
Chapter: En un Hotel – 16 min. 23 sec., black & white, in Spanish.
La Doña and her real-life husband, Mexican actor and singer Jorge Negrete, as hotel room neighbors arguing their way to win a competition for a New Year’s Eve cover story of a newspaper.

Members of the roundtable:

  • Gonzalo Aburto, entertainment, arts and culture Editor, El Diario/La Prensa
  • Embajadora Sandra Fuentes-Berain, Consul General of Mexico in Nueva York
  • Sandra García-Betancourt, President & CEO, NoMAA
  • Carlos Gutiérrez, Co-founder & Executive Director, Cinema Tropical

Film Screenings

Film screenings start at 6 p.m. FREE and open to the public.
The Cervantes Institute
211 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017

9 April

El Peñón de las ánimas, 1942 – Director: Miguel Zacarías
117 min., black & white, Spanish with English subtitles.
In a little town in Mexico, the rivalry between the families of Manuel (Jorge Negrete) and María Angela Valdivia (María Félix) for the control of a property known as El Peñón de las Ánimas prevents the love between the two young lovers. This was María’s first film with whom ten years later would become her husband.

Camelia, 1951 – Director: Roberto Gavaldón
110 minutes, black & white, in Spanish.
Camelia (María Félix) gives love another chance with a new, young and caring lover.

16 April

La Escondida, 1956 – Director: Roberto Gavaldón
105 min., color, in Spanish with English subtitles.
Set during the Mexican Revolution, a young woman (María Félix) has to make tough decisions after the man she loves is taken away. Years later, a series of events force her to confront her past. La Doña appears with one of her favorite leading men and friends, Mexican actor Pedro Armendáriz.

Enamorada, 1946 – Director: Emilio Fernández
96 min., black & white, in Spanish.
A Zapatista General played by Pedro Armendáriz and his soldiers confiscate goods from the well-to-do locals in Cholula. He then sets his eyes on the beautiful girl, Beatrice, daughter of the wealthiest man in town. La Doña is awarded her second Ariel for Best Actress.

30 April – Closing Night

French Cancan, 1954 – Director: Jean Renoir
105 min., color, in French with English subtitles.
In one of the three films La Doña did in French, she plays “La Belle” Abbesse. Working along with her is Françoise Arnoul, who plays a naïve working-class girl in this exhilarating tale of a witty impresario, who makes the “French Cancan” all the rage while juggling the love of two women.

Tizoc, 1957 – Director: Ismael Rodríguez
110 minutes, Color, in Spanish.
La Doña plays a Mexican aristocrat who goes to the rural parts of the country and enchants a local indigenous man named Tizoc, played by the Mexican actor and singer Pedro Infante. Racial issues create a misunderstanding that effects them both.

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Panel: Uptown Film Production

What does it take to shoot your production uptown? Find out at a panel on Thursday 13 June 2013.

Date: Thursday 13 June 2013, 7 p.m.
Location: NoMAA, 178 Bennett Avenue, ground floor (sanctuary)

What does it take to shoot your production uptown? From a full-fledged motion picture to a simple music video and everything in between, join Jonathan Ullman and Aaron Levine from the feature film Trouble in The Heights, Beck Hickey from the MTV series Washington Heights, and Frank Nibbs and Mike Diaz of the Juan Bago and O video series as they discuss the many aspects of pre-production, production and post- for film, television and video, from locations and permits to schedules, unions, casting and crew.

Moderated by the Uptown Collective’s Led Black, the panel will include audience Q&A.

Part of NoMAA’s Uptown Arts Stroll 2013.

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Call for Artists: Under the Subway Video Art Night

An outdoor video projection event at Local Project Art Space in New York. Second edition, 2012.

Saturday 26 May 2012, 7–10 p.m.

An outdoor video projection event at Local Project Art Space in New York. Second edition, 2012.

For more information and to submit your video, visit www.localproject.org/open-calls/video-under-the-7/.

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