Monday, February 20, 2017

Horror Film Shooting in Union City

CLASSIC SCARES TO BE TURNED INTO MODERN
CINEMATIC HORROR BY HISPANIC FILMMAKER

FEBRUARY 16, 2017 – MOJOCREATIVE GROUP, LLC in association with CGO and GORE ENTERTAINMENT, LLC are producing their newest venture into horror with DEATH LIKE ME, a horror film based on Edgar Allan Poe’s classic short story “The Black Cat”. The film will be shooting in Union City, New Jersey for an early 2018 release.

DEATH LIKE ME is about an introverted home health aide, Genesis Narvaez, who is fighting a deep-seated need to kill and is seduced into giving in to her murderous desires.  Much like Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Black Cat,” DEATH LIKE ME takes a look into the mind of madness and examines how a seemingly normal person can be transformed into a vicious killer.  

“Our spin on Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat” also features a black cat, but our cat encourages our main character, Genesis, to go further down the rabbit hole of madness,” said Ruben Rodriguez the film’s director. “Our film is really a study of how desire and insanity can be one and the same. Our main character has a desire to do harm, but she fights the urge to give in to it. She just wants to be a normal girl. Unfortunately, she loses the fight when she encounters a stranger at a bar. Through that encounter, we get a very entertaining twist ending that will definitely delight and scare viewers.”

The three friends and former students of New Jersey City University media arts program — Ruben Rodriguez (director, producer), Cesar G. Orellana (producer) and Brit Barrison (producer) — are the team members behind the feature film Death of April and a series of horror shorts currently being distributed by Ruthless Studios: “Delete,” “Don’t Skimp on the Undead,” and “It Requires Sacrifice.”  Joining the DEATH LIKE ME production team are Lucio Fernandez and Michelle Velez.

DEATH LIKE ME
 has an incredible creep factor and just turns up the tension throughout,” said Cesar G. Orellana, producer. “I have worked with Ruben on all of his films and they just keep getting creepier with each attempt. Being a Hispanic filmmaker in Hollywood has proven to be tough. There are only a few well-known Hispanic horror filmmakers in the industry: Guillermo Del Toro (Crimson Peak, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark) and Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead 2013, Don’t Breathe) to name a couple. We want to help add Ruben Rodriguez’s name to that list.”

With much emphasis lately on the lack of minorities in film, in directorial roles in particular, it’s important that people get behind a project like this, devised and driven by a new and ambitious Hispanic filmmaker. Mojocreative Group’s previous film, The Death of April, earned them a number of festival awards and a distribution deal with ITN Distribution. Ruben Rodriguez and his team are seeking a modest contribution to pay for the make-up and production supplies they need to create their gory effects. The team will be putting up the remainder of the film’s budget, so there is no excuse not to back this grisly little gem!

DEATH LIKE ME boasts an outstanding cast of performers (Shevaun Kastl, Mourning Hour, Conversations with Lucifer), Jenna Kildosher (Cabin of Errors, Never to Wake Again), Lucio Fernandez (Vampire in Union City, The Death of April, Sal) and Will Fonseca (Changing Diego, Rewind, El Bandido).

Those who wish to support this exciting creative venture can visit the DEATH LIKE ME Indiegogo site, at this link: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/death-like-me-a-short-film-project-horror, or even just drop in on their Facebook page and give them a “like”:  https://www.facebook.com/deathlikeme/

The film has a distribution deal and will be released on DVD and VOD in early 2018.  

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Willy Chirino @ BergenPAC

Bergen Performing Arts Center Presents

WILLY CHIRINO
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 www.ticketmaster.com 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: www.ticketmaster.com or Box Office (201) 227-1030

bergenPAC
30 North Van Brunt Street
Englewood, NJ 07631
(201) 227-1030
www.bergenpac.org


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.

For updates, “Like” bergenPAC on Facebook (facebook.com/#!/bergenpacfan), follow @bergenPAC on Twitter, follow us on LinkedIn and visit our website at www.bergenpac.org.



Grito de Mujer returns!!!

Film shot in Union City Premieres in NYC

NYC Premiere of Provocative New Film 
"Bahia de Cochinos, Nuestra perspectiva"
("Bay of Pigs, Our perspective") 

The documentary film "Bahia de Cochinos, Nuestra perspectiva" will have it’s NYC Premiere Screening on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 6:30 PM at the Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura, 541 West 145th Street, 2nd Floor, NYC, NY 10031.  Free Admission.  The Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura is undoubtedly the most active and important Hispanic cultural center in NYC. 

"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 failed 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.

"Bahia de Cochinos, Nuestra perspectiva" has been receiving special screenings at the Union City Museum of Art; Union City Performing Arts Center; Miami Hispanic Cultural Arts Center in Miami, Fl; Centro Cultural de las Telecomunicaciones in Santo Domingo, DR; Casa de Cultura in La Vega, DR; Casa de Cultura in Constanza, DR; and on Silver Star Television in Peru.  

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; Lucio Fernandez, Producer.  The entire film crew was from Hudson County. The producers held a pre-release screening of the film in 2015 to get feedback before completing the project. 

(Please note:  this film is presented in Spanish, but informational materials in English will be handed out prior to the screening; and all discussions will be conducted in both English & Spanish.)

Monday, January 2, 2017

"Live On Stage" TV Show

"Live On Stage" hosted by Lucio Fernandez.  The January 2017 episode features interviews with Samuel Guzman, President of the organization Arte Para Todos, and renowned Cuban musician and bandleader Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor.  

Watch it now:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFlepxUkVoo