FILM NEWS

 

 

Richard Gere Attends Dalai Lama’s 80th Birthday in NYC - American actor and activist Richard Gere was special guest speaker at the 2015 North American Gratitude Tenshug to His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama held at Javits Center, New York, July 10, 2015.  Gere paid tribute to His Holiness by sharing a Native American story of Two Wolves and his experience at a 1997 New York private screening of KUNDUN Biopic, directed Martin Scorsese. Full Story

* Dalai Lama's 80th Birthday Closing Remarks in NYC

* Nancy Pelosi Honors the Dalai Lama at his 80th B-Day Celebration in NYC

* 2015 North American Gratitude Tenshug to H.H. the Dalai Lama

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 38th Asian American International Film Festival 2015 (AAIFF15) will be held in New York July 23 - August 1. Presented by Asian Cinevision, AAIFF annually showcase the best independent cinema by Asian and Asian Americans along with panel discussions, special events, screenplay competition readings, gala receptions and after parties.

This year's Opening, Centerpiece and Closing night Premieres are MY VOICE, MY LIFE, directed by Ruby Yang at Asia Society, New York, Thursday, July 23, 7:00PM; SEOUL SEARCHING, by award-winning Korean American filmmaker Benson Lee at Cinema Village East, Saturday, July 25, 7:30PM; EVERYTHING BEFORE US, directed by Philip Wang and Wesley Chan at the Museum of the Moving Image, Saturday, August 1, 8:00PM. AAIFF15 official film slate.

* AAIFF15 Opening Press Conference

 

 

INTERVIEW

 

 

 

Robin Hauser Reynolds (RHR) is an Award-winning producer and director. At age seven, she began pursuing her passion for the arts and film as a professional photographer. She is an MBA graduate from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

 

In 2013, Reynolds first documentary feature Running For Jim received numerous awards including Best Documentary at SOHO International Film Festival and Best Feature Film at Los Angeles Independent Film Festival.  Reynolds latest documentary CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap premiered at the 14th Tribeca Film Festival 2015 (TFF 2015) in New York. I had the distinct honor and privilege of interviewing Award-winning producer and director Robin Hauser Reynolds during TFF 2015 on Sunday, April 26, 5:00 P.M. Full Story

 

 

FILM  REVIEWS

 

 

 

 

CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap is a compelling and provocative documentary that explores America's history and present day disparity of women and people of color in the technology industry. It features archival footage of early pioneers such as English mathematician Ada Lovelace and U.S. Navy admiral/computer engineer Grace Hopper.  In 1836, Lovelace wrote the first algorithm and became the first computer programmer. In 1944, Hopper invented the first compiler program (transforms source code written in a programming language into machine language) and coined the term “debugging.” CODE documentary includes detail interviews with chief technology officer Megan Smith, White House; founder Kimberly Bryant, Black Girls Code; and software engineers Adam Messinger, Twitter, Jocelyn Goldfein, Facebook, Lara Hogan, Etsy, Tracy Chou, Pinterest, and Jen Wang, Yelp. Full Story

 

FASHION NEWS

 

 

New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 Collections commence September 10-17, 2015 at Skylight at Moynihan Station (historic James A. Farley Post Office) and Skylight Clarkson Sq in SOHO (the crown jewel of raw venues). The largest semi-annual media event will showcase the latest spring fashion trends by emerging and top fashion designers from around the world. Fashion events will include Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (MBFW), Made Fashion Week (MFW), and Couture Fashion Week (CFW). For more information on MBFW, click here, for NYFW, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* CHRISTIAN SIRIANO Fall 2015 Collection

* HOOD BY AIR FW 15/16 Daddy Collection

* TADASHI SHOJI Fall 2015 Show

* REEM ACRA Fall 2015 Show

* TIMO WEILAND Women's RTW Fall 2015 Collection

* TOKYO RUNWAY meets NEW YORK Fall 2015 Show

 

MUSIC NEWS

 

 

The 25th DJ Expo 2015 commence Monday, August 10 – Thursday, August 13 at Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, NJ. Presented by Testa Communications, DJ Expo annually present the world’s latest technology in mobile disc jockey and video jockey systems by top industry leaders along with artist panel discussions, seminars,

hands-on workshops, keynote presentations, exhibitors show floor, awards ceremony, networking events, and sponsored evening entertainment with emerging and established artists.  This year's

special keynote speakers and performers include Jazzy Jay, GrandMixer DXT, Grand Wizzard Theodore and Mandy Jiroux. For more information, please visit http://djtimes.com/thedjexpo

   

 

The 9th Annual New York Dance Parade and Festival commenced Saturday, May 16, 2015 on Broadway at 21 Street down to Tompkins Square Park. This year’s Grand Marshals were Carmen De Lavallade, Mary Verdi-Fletcher, Robert Battle and DJ Rekha.

 

* 2015 Dance Parade Photos

* 2015 Dance Parade Videos

 

 

TECHNOLOGY NEWS

 

 

The 16th International Cloud Expo New York commenced June 9-11, 2015 at Javits Center, New York. Presented by SYS-CON Media, this year's expo included the 3rd International Internet of Things (IoT) Expo; Big Data Expo 2015; DEVOps Summit 2015; IoT Bootcamp; exhibitors show floor with a live demo theater; keynote presentation The Internet of Everything Seizing the Opportunities with guest speaker VP Manjula Talreja, CISCO Consulting Services; panel session The Evolving Cloud: Where Are We Today? with executive VP Roberto Medrano, Akana; conference sessions Moving From Connected Things to Connected Marketplaces with CMO Esmeralda Swartz, Metratech; and Cloud-Enabling the Next Generation of Mobile Apps with senior technical evangelist Nick Landry, Microsoft. Full Story

 

 

 

 

 

ON DVD/BLU-RAY @ Amazon.com

 

 

AKA Doc Pomus, directed by William Hechter

GEORGE HARRISON: Living in the Material Worlddirected by Martin Scorsese

FOUR SEASONS LODGE, directed by Andrew Jacobs

From Silence to Sound, directed by Chase Matthews

Italo House Story, directed by Maurizio Clemente

Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, directed by Bestor Cram

Leonard Cohen Live at the Isle of Wight 1970, directed by Murray Lerner

Listen to Your Heart, directed by Matt Thompson

LOVE IS THE MESSAGE: A Night at the GALLERY 1977, by Gary Turzilli, Jim Bidgood & Nicky Siano

The Music Never Stopped, directed by Jim Kohlberg

Madea’s Tough Love, produced by Tyler Perry

Out of Print, directed by Vivienne Roumani 

Orthodox Stance, directed by Jason Hutt 

Still Bill, co-directed by Damani Baker and Alex Vlack

Still the Drums, directed by Talbot Perry Simons

Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resort, directed by Caroline Laskow & Ian Rosenberg

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