Wednesday, March 29, 2017

NoHu presents AMELUK

AMELUK by Mimmo Mancini

USA Premiere in Union City

(Union City, NJ)  The City of Union City, Mayor Brian P. Stack and Board of Commissioners in conjunction with the NoHu International Film Festival present the USA Premiere of the feature film AMELUK by renowned Italian actor, director, writer, producer Mimmo Mancini on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Union City Performing Arts Center, 2500 Kennedy Boulevard, Union City.  Mimmo Mancini is one of the most highly-regarded and respected of filmmakers from Italy.  The event will be moderated by Hudson County filmmaker Frank Gigante.  Q & A and reception following the screening.  Free Admission.  Parking available at the 23rd Street parking deck located between Summit and Kerrigan Avenues.  

The story of a small town Muslim who happens to bear the cross… of reconciling Islam, Christianity, and Judaism.

Ameluk is a dramatic comedy about Italy’s internal struggle with immigration and social integration.  The movie deals primarily with religious issues through the eyes and the life of the characters, but, as customary in Italy, the conversation inevitably assumes political undertones.  The story is a light comedy punctured at times by dramatic moments born out of the depth of the issues and the stories of characters looking for an identity and a sense of belonging.

Ameluk is an ensemble film that deals with modern days Italians.  Jusuf’s participation to the staging of the “Stations of the Cross” brings to light the conflicts and taboos of Mariotto’s residents, which are also the same issues and concerns of many Italians: the co-existence of the Catholic faith with other faiths, the political turmoil, the search for instant notoriety, immigration.  In the background, a small town, which represents with its characteristics and common places - the church, the square, and the local café – the Italy of today.

Ameluk is also the personal story of an immigrant who tries to build a life for himself in a new country.  The movie talks about Jusuf’s efforts, loves, hopes, and attempts to resolve the disparity between a difficult past and a complex present, between the culture he left behind and the one he embraces at present.  In a situation bigger than he is, Jusuf will become the needle of the scale.

Brief Biography Mimmo Mancini:
Born in Bitonto (Bari) on May 18, 1960.

At seventeen he attends a professional acting course at the Piccolo Theatre in Bari and starts playing with local companies.  In 1984, he performs nationally in “The Merry Wives of Windsor” with Carlo Hintermann and Bianca Toccafondi, directed by Nucci La Dogana. After some cabaret, radio and TV experiences, he moves to Rome where he attends a specialized course for actors with Dominic De Fazio, member of the Actors Studio, and studies with him “cinema analysis”. He writes and stars in, along with Paolo De Vita, two theatre pieces: “ Non venite mangiati” and “Vi faremo sapere”. In Rome, “Non venite mangiati” opens at Trastevere Theatre in 1990 and is later presented at Teatro dei Satiri. More than one hundred performances are given throughout Italy. “Vi faremo sapere” opens in 1992 at Teatro dei Satiri and is later staged at Teatro Argot in Rome. “Sargassi”, a monologue written in collaboration with Vasco Mirandola, kicks off at Teatro Colosseo in Rome in 1995. His theatre work includes: “Buio interno” (1997), directed by Marinella Anaclrerio; “Notturno di donna con ospiti” (2000), written by A. Ruccello, with Giuliana De Sio, directed by Enrico Maria La Manna, who also directs the monologue “Lo Zì” (2006), co-written with Pietro Albino di Pasquale, staged for the first time at Auditorium Parco della Musica, and later at the Ambra Jovinelli Theatre in Rome and the River Side Studios in London, UK. To date, the show has run 43 performances throught Italy. His TV work includes: “L’attentatuni” (2000) playing special agent Orso, directed by Claudio Bonivento; “La guerra è finita” (2001) in the role of Sergeant Donati, with Alessandro Gassman, directed by Lodovico Gasparini; “L’uomo sbagliato” (2004) in the role of prisoner Poldo, with Beppe Fiorello, directed by Stefano Reali; “Distretto di Polizia 7” (2007), playing the villain Morace, directed by Alessandro Capone; the last series of “Maresciallo Rocca” (2007), appearing with Gigi Proietti. His cinema work includes: “Arriva la bufera” (1993), directed by Daniele Luchetti; “Colpo di luna” (1994), directed by Alberto Simone (special mention at the 1995 Berlin Festival); “A domani” (1997), directed by Gianni Zanasi (presented at the 56th Venice Film Festival); “Ospiti” (1997), directed by Matteo Garrone; “Lacapagira” (1999) directed by Alessandro Piva; “Il Caimano” (2005) directed by Nanni Moretti.  As a film director has made four short films : Shine on the sea - Arroganti- U su'- One Direction. Ameluk (2014 ) is the feature first film.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Bergen Performing Arts Center Presents

FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017 – 8PM
$99 (VIP ticket with Post Show M&G)-69-59-39-29

(Englewood, New Jersey-January 3, 2017) Bergen Performing Arts Center located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey presents Willy Chirino - Friday, April 21, 2017 at 8PM. Purchase tickets at or by calling bergenPAC’s Box Office at (201) 227-1030.

Willy Chirino
Willy Chirino combines the musical traditions of Cuba with American rock and jazz, helping to create the “Miami Sound” of Salsa music.  The Cuban-born and South Florida-based vocalist and bandleader boasts a musical repertoire of over 100 songs and 30 albums making Chirino one of the most emblematic Tropical music acts around. More than 60 artists have covered his hit “Soy”, among them the Gipsy Kings, who sold more than seven million copies.

With a career spanning four decades Willy has racked up quite a list of awards for his musical and charity contributions to the Latino community: 2006 Grammy for Best Salsa/Merengue Album, 2007 Latin Grammy Nomination for Best Salsa Album, street named after him in Miami, a star on the famous and very Cuban Calle Ocho, a FACE award, and recognition by UNICEF and a Hispanic Heritage Award for his charity efforts with The Willy Chirino Foundation. 

Tickets available at: or Box Office (201) 227-1030

30 North Van Brunt Street
Englewood, NJ 07631
(201) 227-1030

About bergenPAC

Founded in 2003, the 1,367-seat Bergen Performing Arts Center, or bergenPAC, is the area’s cultural mecca. Housed in a historic Art Deco-style theater boasting one of the finest acoustic halls in the United States, bergenPAC attracts a stellar roster of world-class entertainment. The jewel in our crown is The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC – the innovative, educational performing arts initiative that, through programs, classes, outreach, school shows, and main theater presented shows, reach more than 30,000 students and community youth annually. The Performing Arts School provides community youth, age 2 months to 21 years, with unique, “hands-on” training in music, dance and theater by industry professionals. It is through the ongoing generosity of sponsors, donors, members, and patrons that the not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation bergenPAC and The Performing Arts School are able to thrive and enrich our community.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Estreno Especial en NYC

"Bahía de Cochinos, Nuestra Perspectiva"
Presentación de Estreno en NYC

El documental "Bahía de Cochinos, Nuestra Perspectiva" tendra su estreno en la Ciudad de Nueva York el Domingo, 12 de marzo 2017 a las 6:30 PM en el Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura, 541 West 145th Street, 2nd Floor, NYC, NY 10031. La entrada es gratuita.  El Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura es indudablemente el mas activo e importance centro cultural Hispano de la Ciudad de Nueva York.

"Bahía de Cochinos, Nuestra Perspectiva" es una película documental sobre la Bahía de Cochinos representada a través de los ojos de exiliados cubanos que participaron en la invasión. Ahora, muchos años después, contemplan los acontecimientos y comparten sus historias y sentimientos individuales. Esa historia tiene un precio, un precio que les preguntamos si estarían dispuestos a pagar de nuevo. Cuando todo está dicho y hecho, ¿están estos últimos invasores resentidos? ¿Le echan la culpa a alguien? ¿Quién perdió más en la invasión de Bahía de Cochinos, los exiliados, los cubanos revolucionarios, o el pueblo de Cuba?  Esta es una nueva narración de esta historia, y se recuenta con profunda emoción.

La película cuenta con el testimonio de miembros de la Brigada 2506: Ángel Casabona, Isidoro López, Ricardo M. Montero, Raúl Puig, y Alvin Ross; así como con Sergio Gatria, director del Cuban Information Center. Sus historias son conmovedoras y arrojan luz sobre la invasión de Bahía de Cochinos. La película posiblemente creará un diálogo serio sobre lo que realmente sucedió detrás de los acontecimientos que condujeron a la invasión y sus consecuencias posteriores.

La pelicula se ha presentado en varios distinguidos lugares, incluyendo el Museo de Arte de Union City; Union City Performing Arts Center; Miami Hispanic Cultural Arts Center; Centro Cultural de las Telecomunicaciones in Santo Domingo, RD; Casa de Cultura de La Vega, RD; Casa de Cultura de Constanza, RD; y por Silver Star Television en Peru.  

"Bahía de Cochinos, Nuestra Perspectiva" está dirigida por el reconocido director cubano, Ricardo Bacallao y Lucio Fernandez; producida por MeLu Films y The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc.; Megan Fernandez, Productora Ejecutiva; Lucio Fernandez, Productor. 

“Bahia de Cochinos, Nuestra Perspectiva”
Dirigida por Ricardo Bacallao y Lucio Fernandez

Domingo, 12 de Marzo, 2017
6:30 PM

Auditorio Rafael Villalona
Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura
541 West 145th Street, 2nd Floor
NYC, NY 10031

Entrada Gratis

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Bachata star Zacarias Ferreira & the hottest musical group coming from Cuba, Maxima Alerta on one stage for one night only!!!  It'll be a night of pure energy.  Don't miss it!!!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Bahia de Cochinos, Nuestra Perspectiva

Now available on DVD
“Bahia de Cochinos, Nuestra perspectiva"

“Bahia de Cochinos, Nuestra perspectiva" is a documentary film about the Bay of pigs as told through the eyes of Cuban Exiles who actually participated in the invasion.  Now, many years later, they contemplate the happenings and share their individual satires and feelings with us.  That story comes at a price, a price we ask them if they would be willing to pay again.  When all is said and done, are these past invaders resentful?  Do they cast any blame?  Who lost most in the Bay of Pigs invasion?

Featured in the film is testimony by members of the 2506 Brigade: Ángel Casabona Ruiz, Isidoro López González, Ricardo Montero Duque, Raúl Puig Sánchez, and Alvin Ross Diaz; as well as Sergio Gatria, director of the Cuban Information Center.  Their stories are moving and shed light of the infamous Bay of Pigs Invasion.  The film is bound to create some serious dialogue about what truly lies behind the events leading up to the invasion and the fallout thereafter.  

The film is directed by renowned Cuban director, Ricardo Bacallao and Lucio Fernandez; and produced by MeLu Films and The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc.; Megan Fernandez, Executive Producer.

(Please note, this film is completely in Spanish.)

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