* The New York Premiere of the short film, “American Standard” occurs on July 22nd at 7:30 PM at Maysles Cinema. The short film follows a troubled veteran returning home from Afghanistan to his awaiting undocumented, immigrant girlfriend. After serving his country, he has formed the idea that she might be using him to gain citizenship, as the two begin to clash over their traumatic pasts.
“Dynamite.” — Abel Ferrara
“Truly excellent…a taut, disturbing, meaningful portrait of a military man in trouble.” — John Patrick Shanley
Plus, Writer/Director David Henry Herson curates an evening of other short films about Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran readjustment around his film’s premiere entitled, “Veteran Verite.” David is hoping to bring filmmakers and veterans together to discuss how cinema can do its part to bridge the gap between veteran and civilian, while welcoming our troops back home.
Also screening will be “A Marine’s Guide to Fishing” (GI Film Fest Winner 2011) and “Cigarette Candy” (SXSW, TriBeCa) — other films and speakers TBD
* Blue Door Art Gallery presents The New York Riverlight International Film Festival. The festival seeks both American and international submissions. Attendees will get free passes to various events and screenings, while holding a Q & A with filmmakers inside a state of the art screening room. This is going to be an inaugural event for all to attend!
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* Directed by Fran Guijarro and Martin Rosete, along with producers Juli Lopez and Alvin Shen, the film “Moses” tells the unbelievable true story of a homeless man who has been living on the streets of San Francisco for more than two decades. The unconventional and groundbreaking film shows the grueling fight between the hope of getting a second chance and the gravity of the streets.
The film is in association with the Street Angel Program, a new project developed by a non-profit SF Revival that will connect members of the general public with homeless clients. The program will benefit directly from the revenues generated by the film and is now on Kickstarter to raise at least $50,000 in pledges to cover all postproduction costs. The crew has raised over $36,000 and has until Monday, July 16 to reach their goal.
You can watch the trailer and pledge at: http://kck.st/Kjgyrb
For additional info: mosesthemovie.org
* Please join filmmaker Geoffrey Guerrero and others for the Katra Film Series on Saturday, July 28th in the LES section of Manhattan, where every month the series will showcase 5-7 eclectic short films by up-and-coming filmmakers in the NYC Metropolitan area. At the end of the year, 10 shorts will be selected and screened in order to be considered for next year’s East Harlem International Film Festival.
For more info click: www.katranyc.com
* On Saturday, July 14th, producer Andres Levin is pleased to announce the Cuban premiere of, “Amor Cronico.” The musical road movie features CuCu Diamantes.
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* Christopher Vogler presents live from New York, The Essence of Storytelling on Saturday, July 28th and Sunday, 29th. The event is organized by the Raindance Film Festival.
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* Bernardo Ruiz is having 2 screenings of his latest film, “Reportero.” The documentary follows a veteran reporter and his colleagues at Zeta, a Tijuana-based independent newsweekly, as a series of disappearances and heinous acts against journalists have taken place since December 2006, after President Felipe Calderón came to power.
Wednesday, July 11, 6:30pm
Reportero screening + discussion w/ director Bernardo Ruiz, Nik Steinberg of Human Rights Watch, and Andres Martinez of New America Foundation
New America NYC
199 Lafayette Street, Suite 3B, New York, NY 10012
Wednesday, July 18, 7:30pm
Reportero screening + Q&A w/ director Bernardo Ruiz (hosted by NACLA)
239 W. 14th St, New York, NY 11103
Tickets: $20 (includes complimentary subscription to NACLA Report on the Americas)
* Brett Synder will be launching an Indiegogo campaign on Monday, July 2nd.
You can find out more at:
* Join the amazing Zumba instructors Alexandra Taveras, Jenny Guerrero, and Josue “Brock Light” Lopez on Monday, July 9th at 6:15 PM for a Rocking 90-minute Zumba Master Class at Pearl Studio NYC (500 8th Avenue, 12th Fl. Rm. #1209, NY, NY 10018, Between 35th & 36th Streets). The team is raising funds for the completion of Marisol Gonzalez’ documentary, “Children Behind the Wall”, which follows youngsters as they attempt to reclaim their lives back from drug addiction, abuse and prostitution in Tijuana, Mexico.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For advanced tickets, go to:
If you cannot attend the Zumba Master Class, but would like to donate please click the Kickstarter campaign link:
There are only a few days left to raise the money to complete this film. So please pledge now! For those who aren’t familiar with the campaign, Kickstarter is an ALL-or-NOTHING online fundraising platform to assist filmmakers with their projects.
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* The Kingston Film Festival celebrates the art and entertainment of film in all its forms.
Through screenings and associated events, the festival aims to present a wide spectrum of filmmaking – feature films, documentaries, animation, short films, experimental, big budget, micro-budget, trailers and so on.
Nestled in upstate New York, at the gateway of the Catskills, the Kingston Film Festival brings audiences and filmmakers together to better enjoy the art of film making and offers an opportunity to gain industry knowledge through interaction within a festival environment.
The festival will offer film professionals and the interested public quality films expanding their knowledge of cinema and enhancing their appreciation of the filmmaking process.
By: Orlando E. Pascal