Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York Spring 2014Collections
(MBFWNYSS14) was held at the tents in Lincoln Center and venues
throughout New York September 5-12, 2013. Presented by IMG Fashion, MBFW
semi-annual fashion shows
debut the season's latest by established and emerging fashion designers from around the world.This season's shows, presentations, and
special events included ANNA SUI, THE ART INSTITUTE OF NEW YORK CITY, ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY, BCBG Max Azria, BETSEY JOHNSON, CALVIN KLEIN, CANDELA, CARLOS MIELE, CAROLINA
HERRER, CHARLOTTE RONSON, CONCEPT KOREA, CUSTO BARCELONA,
DIANE von FURSTENBERG, FASHION LAW INSTITUTE, HACHE, LACOSTE, MARA HOFFMAN, MICHAEL KORS, NAEEM KHAN,
NANETTE LEPORE, NICHOLAS K, NICOLE MILLER, PAMELLA ROLAND, RALPH
LAUREN, RAFAEL CENNAMO, REBECCA TAYLOR, REBECCA MINKOFF, RICHARD CHAI, SUPIMA, TADASHI
SHOJI, TIMO WEILAND,TRACY
REESE, VERA WANG, VIVIENNE TAM, Y-3, and ZANG TOI.
The Couture Fashion Week New York (CFWNY) Spring 2014 Collections was showcased during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the New Yorker Hotel, September 5-8, 2013. Produced by fashion designer Andrés Aquino, this season powerful collection introduced by designers from around the world included EVGENIA LUZHINA-SALAZAR, GWENDOLYN WILSON, HELEN BENDER, LAILA WAZMA, LOULA LOI ALAFOYINNIS, MARCIA GANEM, and SAHARA SWAG.
The 51st New York Film Festival (NYFF51) presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center
was held at Lincoln Center September 27 - October 13, 2013. This year's extraordinary festival showcased 35 feature films from around the world.
NYFF51 Opening, Centerpiece, and Closing
Premieres were CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, directed by Paul Greengrass,
in theaters October 11, 2013; The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, directed
by Ben Stiller, in theaters December 25, 2013; and HER, directed by
Spike Jonze, in theaters January 10, 2014.
The Gala Premiere of 12-12-12 concert documentary directed by Amir Bar-Lev and Charlie Lightening commenced Friday, November 8, 2013, 7:00 PM at the Ziegfeld Theatre, New York. Industry executives, celebrities, cast and crew such as Grammy winning singer-songwriter Alicia Keys, Oscar winning documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, musician/singer-songwriter Roger Waters, and fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger attended the red carpet film premiere, about a historical benefit concert for the Robin Hood Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund held in Madison Square Garden, New York, Wednesday, December 12, 2012. 12-12-12Opens in U.S. theaters Friday, November 15. Watch Trailer
WHOOPI GOLDBERG PRESENTS MOMS MABLEY
is a fascinating documentary that depicts the life of legendary icon Jackie "Moms" Mabley (Loretta Mary Aiken, 1894-1975), the first African-American female comedian in entertainment referred to as "the funniest woman in the world." Winner of the Emmy, Golden Globe, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Awards, Whoopi Goldberg directorial debut includes historical archival footage of Mabley’s performance on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Ed Sullivan and Playboy After Dark television shows.
In addition, provocative interviews with comedians Arsenio Hall, Bill Cosby, Joan Rivers, Sidney Poitier, Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara and others capture Moms Mabley extraordinary career. WHOOPI GOLDBERG PRESENTS MOMS MABLEY documentary premieres on HBO, Monday, November 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m. ET. Full Story →
RUNNING FROM CRAZY,
directed by Oscar winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple premiered at
Clearview Chelsea Cinemas, New York, during the 12th Tribeca Film
Festival, Monday, April 22, 2013.RUNNING FROM CRAZY
is a heroicand
triumphant documentary that captures a family heritage and history of
mental illness, substance abuse, and incest through the life of actressMariel Hemingway, the granddaughter of
The family’s raw archival footage is compassionate and profound
revealing a story of hope and transformation. Director Kopple
remarkably takes you on a journey of the human spirit from out of the
darkness and into the light, a path to real inner freedom, healing, and
peace.Full Story →
THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY,
is a beautiful adventurous heartfelt story about Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) a New York LIFE Magazine employee with a delay in social-emotional maturity and psychologically drifts in and out of reality. While the magazine company is downsizing and transitioning from print to online publishing, Walter is given a deadline to find a mysterious photo negative to be used for the front cover of the final print issue. Based on the original 1939 short story by James Thurber, director and actor Ben Stiller creatively captures the inner tappings of the mind of fantasy and reality. Filmed in Greenland, Iceland and New York, the adventurous journey, the power of imagination and the movie soundtrack is magical! Full Story →
ALL IS LOST,
directed by Oscar nominated writer/director J.C. Chandor premiered at
Alice Tully Hall, New York, during the 51st New York Film
Festival, Tuesday, October 8, 2013.Virginia Jean 22245 sailboat lost in the middle of the Indian Ocean and no help in sight, ALL IS LOST is a haunting action-drama film (viewer discretion is advised) about a one man (Robert Redford) quest for survival, to succumb the challenges of the vast debt deep sea and the hope of being found. Exhausted physically, psychologically and emotionally from having to endure whatever came from having no communication to terrifying sea storms to ships passing by and not being seen. When all the odds are against you, our man instinctively sends out an S.O.S. in hopes that someone gets his Message In A Bottle.Full Story →
The 51st New York Film Festival (NYFF51) Opening Night World Premiere of CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, directed by Paul Greengrass commenced Friday, September 27, 2013 at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. Industry executives, celebrity guests, festival members, cast and crew attended the world premiere.
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, a real life psychological thriller based upon the book A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea, by Captain Richard Phillips with Stephan Tatty. The film depicts the 2009 hijacking of an unarmed United States container ship, the Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates 145 miles off the African coast of Somali. Shot 75 percent in the Mediterranean sea of Malta with the collaboration of Maersk Line and the U.S. Navy, this emotional rollercoaster authentically captures the incredible confrontation between U.S. Captain Phillips (Tom Hanks) and Somali pirate Muse (Barkhad Abdi). Greengrass’s very human and intense film is about survival of the fittest as you reach the end of yourself and the truth that lies within.
Hilla Medalia (HM) is an Award winning producer
and director. Her documentary shorts and features have received
numerous awards. In 2004, Daughters of Abraham received the Angelus
Award for best documentary short. In 2005, 39 Pounds Of Love received
the Ofhir Award (Israeli Academy of Film & Television) and an Oscar
nomination for Best Documentary Short. Her film John Foppe received the
Regional Emmy Award for best Documentary Short.
Medalia’s first documentary feature To Die In Jerusalem won four awards
(George Foster Peabody, Fipa Biarritz, Jerusalem Film Festival,
Edinburgh Film Festival), and three Emmy Award nominations. In 2009,
After The Storm, won two awards (Woodstock Film Festival, Heartland
latest documentary DANCING IN JAFFA world premiere was held at the 12th
Tribeca Film Festival 2013 (TFF 2013) in New York. A special Q&A
session immediately followed with director Medalia, producer Diane
Nabatoff, American Ballroom Theater co-founders Pierre Dulaine, and
Yvonne Marceau. I had the honor and privilege of interviewing
Award-winning documentarian Hilla Medalia during TFF 2013 on Friday,
April 27, 2013, 12:15PM.Full Story
The wedding celebration for actor/award-winning recording artist Randy Jones (Original Village People Cowboy) and software engineer Will Grega was held at DL Rooftop, New York, Friday, September 13, 2013. Presented by actor Keith Collins, KCM, and hosted by author Mark Bego, the 13th Annual Kings & Cowboys birthday celebration for Collins and Jones included an intimate wedding reception for Jones and his partner of three decades Grega, with family, friends and celebrity guests in the greatest city in the world!