This year, as expected, the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema [Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano] in Havana, Cuba, is dedicated to Gabriel García Márquez. The Colombian writer was a fan of the event since its early years and in 1985 was elected president of the Foundation of New Latin American Cinema. The festival will take place from December 4 to 14, 2014. Here are excerpts translated from Cubacine article (see original in the link below):

Gabo [as he is affectionately remembered] had a close relationship with the cinema of the region, so much so that he became involved in the production of several films based on his works. The Festival will showcase several documentaries related to his life and work, including Buscando a Gabo (Colombia) by Luis Fernando “Pacho” Bottía; Gabriel García Márquez: La escritura embrujada (Colombia, France, Italy) by Yves Billon and Mauricio Martínez-Cavard; and Tales Beyond Solitude – Cien años de soledad (United States) by Holly Aylett.

The event, which will be held in Havana from December 4 to 14, will also pay homage to other filmmakers such as the Uruguayan Mario Handler and Austrian Ulrich Seidl. [. . .]

Also as part of the event, there will be retrospectives of the works of filmmakers Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight, Reagan, The Trials of Henry Kissinger, The house I live in, and Canoe), Raoul Peck (Profit & Nothing But! Or Impolite Thoughts on the Class Struggle, Lumumba, Man on the Shore, Lumumba: La mort du prophète, Haitian Corner, and Moloch Tropical) and Jorge Cedrón (El habilitado, El otro oficio, La vereda de enfrente, Operación Masacre, Por los senderos del Libertador, Gotan, and Resistir).

For original post (in Spanish), see http://www.cubacine.cult.cu/noticias/»-festival-de-cine-dedicado-garcía-márquez

[Photo above: García Márquez with director Fernando Birri.)

Posted by: ivetteromero | November 20, 2014

New Album: Luis Marín’s “The One”


New album The One (recorded at Playbach Studios in San Juan) is the latest by Puerto Rican jazz pianist Luis Marín. Born and raised in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, he began studying piano at age 7. His works include the two albums Inconsolable—a special tribute to one of my favorite singers, Gilberto Monroig—and Live at the Nuyorican Cafe. Marín is a jazz piano professor in the Jazz and Caribbean Music Department at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico.

Description of The One: Pianist Luis Marín presents an introspective work of Puerto Rican standards, jazz standards, and originals in an eclectic album, accompanied by such fine musicians as Pedro Perez, Pablo Rivera, Efrain Martinez, Kachiro Thomson and Richard Carrasco.

Excerpts from “Luis Marín” (All about Jazz):  In Puerto Rico, Luis Marín is one of the leading popular music and jazz pianists. Since early childhood, he has been performing in public, which eventually led to his involvement with some of the most significant artists in salsa and jazz. He has been a freelancer for a while now, as he is very much involved in the family business, which precludes the way of life required for success as a bandleader. Nevertheless, Marín keeps himself rather busy throughout the island, as a performer under his own banner, as a studio cat, as well as an accompanist of an ever-growing roster of artists from various musical backgrounds.

[. . .] “In the case of Puerto Rico, I think it’s important to reach the public with known material as a means to get their immediate attention, thus getting them to follow me throughout the entire interpretation.” Since I was under the impression that on this occasion Marín was thinking more along the lines of a traditional jazz trio format -sans Latin percussion- I mentioned it to him, at which point he rejoined by stating that “I am of the opinion that there’s already enough ‘Latin jazz’ -or however other way anyone might want to call it- in terms of emphasizing percussion in order for the music to rely on it. I try to use percussion, and Afro-Caribbean rhythms, as an additional resource, instead of being the foundation for the work that we do. It’s true that the sound I seek is the one derived from traditional [jazz] trios, with the conga as a binding element for my Caribbean traditions.”

Information on Marín from a 2004 interview with Javier AQ Ortiz; see full interview at http://www.allaboutjazz.com/luis-mar-luis-marin-by-javier-aq-ortiz.php#.VG63aPmjOFw

Also see http://www.berklee.edu/events/detail/5057/luis-marin-latin-piano-styles

For purchasing information, see http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/LuisMarin2

Posted by: ivetteromero | November 20, 2014

Patricia Cornwell on Diving in Bermuda


In “Patricia Cornwell’s Travelling Life,” the writer speaks to Soo Kim (Telegraph Travel) about her travels and adventures around the world, especially to do research for her well-known crime novels, such as her “Scarpetta” series. According to The Royal Gazette’s Jonathan Bell, Cornwell is an avid diver, so her answers about scuba diving in the Bermuda Triangle are not surprising. Here are excerpts from the interview:

How often do you travel?

Several times a month. I am very rarely in one place for more than two weeks at a time. I’ve been to Los Angeles for work recently and also went scuba diving in the Bermuda Triangle as part of research for my books. There’s a great diving scene in my new novel and there will be more in the next one. I began scuba diving many years ago for research purposes and have come to enjoy it more each time I do it. It was a bit daunting at first but I learned because several characters in my books know how to do it.

Bermuda is the most interesting place I’ve dived. I started diving at shipwrecks off the coast of Bermuda – there are so many. Some of them are very old, dating back to the time of the American Civil War. My biggest frustration is that I can’t take notes under water. [. . .]

For original article, see http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/celebritytravel/11243381/Patricia-Cornwells-Travelling-Life.html

Also see http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20141120/NEWS/141129957

Posted by: ivetteromero | November 20, 2014

U.S. Stars to Race in Costa Rica on Sunday


A few fast U.S. road racers—including Abdi Abdirahman, Ryan Hall, Sara Hall, and Matt Llano—will flock to San Jose, Costa Rica on Sunday for the second running of the Gatorade San José Half Marathon, which finishes at Paseo Colon in heart of San José.

Defending champion Ryan Hall, the American record holder in the half marathon who ran 64:09 to win last year’s race, will return to defend his title. Joining him in Costa Rica for the first time since their honeymoon in 2005 will be his wife Sara, who is coming off a great year on the roads that saw her finish fourth at last weekend’s .US 12K road racing championships.

“This year’s field is built for speed, record performances and to increase public attendance for the event,” said Gatorade San Jose Half Marathon race director Mario Reyes. “We have big expectations with this group of men and women who have experience how to race and win.”

Alongside the Halls will be four-time U.S. Olympian Abdi Abdirahman and 61-minute half marathoner Matt Llano of Flagstaff, Ariz., who ran 1:01:47 to finish fifth at the U.S. Half Marathon Championships in January. Not competing in this year’s race will be last year’s second-place finisher, Costa Rican Olympian Cesar Lizano, who will be racing the Cal International Marathon in Sacramento on Dec. 7.

“I’m very excited to run in Costa Rica,” Abdirahman said in a press release. “I’m looking forward to seeing where I stand now against some good friends and great runners of the U.S.

For full article, see http://running.competitor.com/2014/11/news/american-stars-race-costa-rica-sunday_118385

Posted by: ivetteromero | November 20, 2014

Dominican Brewery Buyout

The-Dominican-Republics-iconic-beer-Presidente.-Photo-by-Sugar-Sweet-Sunshine-Flickr-Creative-Commons-Licnece-221x300Dominican Today reports that the maker of Dominican Republic’s leading beer, Presidente, announced the closing of its US$1.2 billion merger with the Brazilian beverage giant AmBev.

In 2012, Ambev had already entered into a strategic alliance with the Dominican Republic’s biggest company, E. Leon Jimenes SA (ELJ), to form a leading beverage company in the Caribbean. At the time, ELJ (headquartered in Santiago de los Caballeros) held a virtual monopoly on local beer and cigarette markets; it brews Presidente, Bohemia, Miller and Heineken beers and manufactures Marlboro cigarettes.

The combined business operations of ELJ and AmBev include beer, malt and soft drinks in the Dominican Republic, Antigua, St. Vincent, and exports to sixteen countries throughout the Caribbean, the U.S. and Europe.

On October 21, 2014, the Dominican National Brewery (CND) and AmBev Dominicana Brewing Company of Brazilian capital agreed to the merge. AmBev had announced the acquisition of a 51% stake in the CND for US$1.24 billion Last April, when José A. León, CEO of E. León Jimenes Corp.—which owned 83.5% of the shares of the maker of President beer—called the deal a strategic alliance to form the Caribbean’s leading beverage company.

Ambev (Companhia de Bebidas das Américas – or ‘Americas’ Beverage Company’) dominates Brazil’s beverage industry, producing beers and soft drinks ranging from Brahma and Budweiser, to Guaraná Antarctica and Pepsi. It is also a founding partner, alongside Belgium’s Interbrew, of InBev – one of the world’s top two leading beer manufacturers.

Information for this post comes from http://www.dominicantoday.com/dr/local/2014/11/20/53393/Dominican-brewery-US12B-buyout-a-done-deal and http://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/rio-business/ambev-expands-into-the-caribbean/#


TTFF is included in MovieMaker Magazine’s annual list of the world’s weirdest and most wonderful cinematic celebrations: the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World. You can fins the full list at http://www.moviemaker.com/archives/festivals/25-coolest-film-festivals-world-2014/

From their announcement:

It’s the feeling every moviemaker dreams of: You step out of a sold-out screening of your new film at a gorgeous venue that oozes with character. Enthusiastic, intelligent audience members ask you lingering questions you didn’t have time to answer during the Q&A. Dusk is settling and, as you were promised, the weather is absolutely perfect at this time of the year. Someone hands you a drink. It’s that sexy programmer whose eye you’ve been trying to catch all week. She asks if you’re going to the party tonight, and as you nod and follow her into the rideshare vehicle waiting outside, you think to yourself that the rumors are true: This is a cool festival.


What they have to say about the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival:

Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival // Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago // September 2015 // ttfilmfestival.com

“A hip and trendy place” with a laid-back vibe, our panelist enjoyed “liming [i.e. hanging out] with industry and locals at the bars in Port of Spain after an afternoon and evening of screenings.” Sounds like paradise. The festival “supports the Caribbean filmmaking scene as a whole, as well as individual filmmakers, extending its coolness beyond borders.” Extracurriculars include a workshop on film appreciation, and an industry networking event billed as group speed dating.

Posted by: ivetteromero | November 19, 2014

Varala Maraj Interviews Blue Curry for ARC Magazine


Bahamian-born, London-based artist Blue Curry’s solo show “Souvenir” is on view at Vitrine Gallery at Bermondsey Square, London. The show runs through November 22, 2014. Varala Maraj interviews the artist about his explorations, themes, and vision. “By repurposing hair combs into a new sculptural form, ‘Souvenir’ challenges these associations against a backdrop of a distorted idealistic ‘island paradise’.” Read two excerpts here and access full interview in the links below:

VM: Could you tell us about the themes associated with your work?

BC: Exoticism in its many registers and nuances comes up frequently in my work. My interest in the exotic is quite wide, including not only the usual cultural exoticism that we are aware of, but also things like temporal exoticism which fuels a fascination with retro. Exoticism is when something doesn’t seem like it belongs in the place it is encountered. Many times, art is also working off of this same principle. The combs work in that way; something that you use in your bathroom at home is suddenly in a gallery space or is used in another way making you think twice about it – a locational exoticism, you can call it.  It would be disingenuous of me to say I’m not aware of the exoticism historically attached to the hair comb and how carved combs from many cultures are still held in ethnographic collections worldwide.  The hair comb has been historically exoticised.  So here, with these sculptures, I feel like I achieve something in that a single object deals with two ways of fetishising.

[. . .]


VM: Would you consider your work to be Caribbean art?

BC: I’m not really interested in making specifically Caribbean art.  I don’t like terms like this in general so my kneejerk reaction would be to say no. I work with materials and content from the Caribbean but am just working as an artist and don’t need to get hung up on definitions of my practice that are so specific. I don’t avoid the associations – if I want to work with a conch shell for example, I should be able to work with a conch shell as my raw material as much as a sculptor living in a forest can work with wood – but I’m not naive and do work with the materials understanding the weight that they carry in the lexicon of tropicality.  I’d like to think that what I am engaging with is a discussion informed by the Caribbean, which extends well outside it. In any case, if people see what I do as Caribbean art because I’m from there then I’m OK with that. There are much worse things that they could say about me! [he laughs].

For full article, see http://arcthemagazine.com/arc/2014/11/interview-with-blue-curry-for-solo-show-souvenir-london/

For more information on the Vitrine Gallery, see http://www.vitrinegallery.co.uk/exhibitions/souvenir/



Our thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.

Book reading and signing with the Miami Book Fair International’s Jamaican authors: Marlon James, Geoffrey Philp, Kellie Magnus and Tanya Batson Savage.

Monday, November 24, 2014

6 – 8 p.m.

Florida Academic Center

16853 N.E. 2nd Ave, Suite 102

North Miami Beach, Florida 33162

RSVP to info@jamaicacgmiami.org.

Sources: https://www.myunion.edu/miami-center-celebrate-jamaican-authors and http://geoffreyphilp.blogspot.com/2014/11/book-readingsigning-marlon-james-and.html.

Posted by: lisaparavisini | November 19, 2014

Another Jamaican-born singer makes The Voice Top 10

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Our thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.

Bob Marley must be smiling down from heaven – that is if he is a fan of NBC music reality show, The Voice.

Jamaican-born, Connecticut-based singer, Anita Antoinette Fearon last night advanced into the Top 10 of the competition after her cover of Marley’s ‘Redemption Song’ Monday night. The singer, who moved to the U.S. at age 8, secured the second highest number of votes overall to move on. She was the first person from Team Gwen Stefanie to advance.

Anita is the daughter of reggae icon Clinton Fearon and is a self-taught singer and guitarist.

She began writing her own music as a teenager, inspired both by her father and by other legends such as Bob Marley. She is a graduate from the prestigious Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and holds a Bachelors Degree in Music

Meanwhile, America also saved from the entire Team Adam last night along with the other two members of Team Stefanie.

Pharrell Williams’ Sugar Jones was ousted last night along with Blake Shelton’s Jessie Pitts also getting sent home.

Team Blake’s Craig Wayne Boyd was also saved by America along with Reagan James.

For the original report go to http://www.newsamericasnow.com/anita-antoinette-makes-voice-top-10/

See also




Posted by: lisaparavisini | November 19, 2014

Marlon James at Miami Book Fair, Nov. 23


A post by Peter Jordens.

Marlon James, author of the acclaimed A Brief History of Seven Killings, will be at the 31st Miami Book Fair International this Sunday November 23, 2014. Location: Auditorium (Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 1261), Miami Dade College, 300 NE Second Avenue, Miami, Florida 33132. Time: 2 p.m.

See http://www.miamibookfair.com/events/marlon_james_on_ema_brief_history_of_sev.aspx

Also see previous posts Marlon James’ ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings’ one of PW’s 10 best books of 2014 and The GQ+A: Marlon James.

For more Caribbean authors at the Miami Book Fair, read http://sflcn.com/african-american-caribbean-and-hispanic-authors-bringing-flavor-to-the-31st-miami-book-fair-international.

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