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12th Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival Free and Open to the Public February 18 – March 4, 2022

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Richmond Environmental Film Festival (RVA EFF) announces its 12th annual showcase of over 20 free local and national films selected to raise awareness of environmental issues and offer solution-oriented messages of hope that inspire action towards promoting planet health and environmental justice. Most of the films will be shown virtually, with six in-person events hosted by partners of the festival.

Again this year, RVA EFF held the Virginia Environmental Film Contest. First prize went to "Headwaters Down," directed by Justin Black, Will Gemma, and Dietrich Teschner. This film tells the story of five friends who undertake a 13-day, 250-mile canoe adventure from the headwaters of the James River to the fall line in Richmond. Along the way, they explore the environmental and historical aspects of the troubled yet beautiful river as they witness first-hand the many factors impacting its future.

The two second prize winners were "Breathing Life Back Into Richmond," directed by Jackie Stephens and "Canaries in the Coal Mine," written, directed and produced by Nick Garnhart. Two youth awards were also given. All five films will be shown virtually the evening of Sunday, February 20. "Headwaters Down" will also be shown at The Byrd Theater on February 27. Some of the other films featured in the festival are highlighted below.

Visit https://rvaeff.org/ for a complete listing and schedule.

The festival begins with "8 Billion Angels," hosted by James River Association. The film uses breathtaking cinematography to tell the truth about the conflict between the size of our global population and the sustainability of our planet. It inspires real solutions toward lasting sustainability and a better quality of life for all Earth's inhabitants. The Virginia Interfaith Power & Light hosts "Mossville, When Great Trees Fall," telling the story of one man who refuses to give up when his centuries-old black community, contaminated by petrochemical plants, faces the loss of its ancestral home.

The Richmond Public Library & City Office of Sustainability host "The Sacrifice Zone," following a group of environmental justice fighters determined to break the cycle of poor communities of color serving as dumping grounds for our consumer society. "High Tide in Dorchester" focuses on ground zero for sea level rise along the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay. Narrated by Kate Winslet, "Eating Our Way to Extinction" takes you on a cinematic journey around the world to uncover hard truths about the most pressing issue of our generation - ecological collapse.

The Festival Committee thanks all the major sponsors of this year's festival, including Convert Solar, Enrichmond Foundation, and Ian Patrick of Merrill Lynch.

Learn more at: https://rvaeff.org/

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Award-Winning Toastmaster Launches 2021 Burbank International Film Festival

BURBANK, Calif. -- Award-winning Toastmaster Jeff Rector, of Toastmasters International District 52, invites film industry professionals and film enthusiasts to secure their VIP All-Access Passes to the Festival Screenings, Red Carpet Events, Parties and Closing Night Dinner & Gala Awards Show. The Burbank International Film Festival (BIFF) is proud to celebrate its 13th anniversary in the "Media Capital of the World."

"We are very excited to be able to screen live again at the Burbank AMC 16 Theatres, and to bring filmmakers from around the world together to share their art, ideas, and to create future collaborations," says Toastmaster Jeff Rector, President and Director of BIFF. "From the speech I present on Opening Night, to writing, producing and hosting the two-hour Closing Night Gala and Awards Show, the knowledge and experience I've acquired from being a Toastmasters International member have been invaluable."

Emily Bridges, daughter of actor Beau Bridges ("The Fabulous Baker Boys"), will be presented with the President's Innovation Award for her film, "Acting: The First Six Lessons," which she co-wrote with Beau.

BIFF will also be presenting the Annual Garry Marshall Spirit Award, and will also be paying tribute to the Bridges Family (Lloyd, Beau, Jeff, Jordan, and Emily), celebrating three generations of actors. Other celebrity participants include Priscilla Presley, Natasha Henstridge ("Species," "The Whole Nine Yards," "The Whole Ten Yards"), Rico Rodriguez ("Modern Family"), and Nigel Gibbs ("Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul") to name just a few.

WHEN AND WHERE:

2021 Burbank International Film Festival

Dates: September 9 - 12, 2021

Location: Burbank AMC 16 Theaters 125 E. Palm Ave. Burbank, CA 91502

For more information, please visit https://www.burbankfilmfest.org/

About District 52

District 52 comprises more than 90 corporate and community Toastmasters clubs in Burbank, Glendale, Los Angeles, Santa Clarita, San Fernando Valley, Valencia, Calabazas, and Malibu.

To learn more about District 52 please visit: https://www.district52.org/

About Toastmasters International

Toastmasters International is a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., the organization's membership exceeds 300,000 in more than 15,800 clubs in 149 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit https://www.toastmasters.org/. Follow @Toastmasters on Twitter.

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Oberon Theatre Ensemble’s Film Festival ‘Smartphone Shorts’

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- LanDan Consulting announces Oberon Theatre Ensemble's "Smartphone Shorts" (Brad Fryman, Artistic Director). An evening featuring short films created during Oberon's Smartphone Workshops. The films were shot exclusively on smartphones as the ensemble negotiated its way through the pandemic.

All covid protocols were followed and the writers were often challenged with writing for actors who could not share the same space. The actors were responsible for shooting and editing their own films.

Adapting to a novel set of limitations, the results illustrate the resiliency of these creators. Featuring work from Christopher Stetson Boal, Cecilia Copeland, Steven Fechter, Natalie Menna, Jean Passanante, Robin Rice, and Scott C. Sickles the evening explores unique and innovative storytelling.

THE DETAILS:

Oberon Theatre Ensemble's Film Festival: Smartphone Shorts

Livestreaming at 7:30 p.m. EDT, Sunday, April 18, 2021.

Visit http://www.oberontheatre.org/ for the direct link to the event.

Duration: 45 Minutes

During these challenging times Oberon's offerings are FREE.

About LanDan Consulting:

LanDan Consulting focuses on energizing and guiding clients to create an environment where every person can be the best version of themselves to maximize career and personal potential.

Related link: http://www.bradfryman.com/

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Oberon Theatre Ensemble’s Film Festival ‘Smartphone Shorts’

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- LanDan Consulting announces Oberon Theatre Ensemble's "Smartphone Shorts" (Brad Fryman, Artistic Director). An evening featuring short films created during Oberon's Smartphone Workshops. The films were shot exclusively on smartphones as the ensemble negotiated its way through the pandemic.

All covid protocols were followed and the writers were often challenged with writing for actors who could not share the same space. The actors were responsible for shooting and editing their own films.

Adapting to a novel set of limitations, the results illustrate the resiliency of these creators. Featuring work from Christopher Stetson Boal, Cecilia Copeland, Steven Fechter, Natalie Menna, Jean Passanante, Robin Rice, and Scott C. Sickles the evening explores unique and innovative storytelling.

THE DETAILS:

Oberon Theatre Ensemble's Film Festival: Smartphone Shorts

Livestreaming at 7:30 p.m. EDT, Sunday, April 18, 2021.

Visit http://www.oberontheatre.org/ for the direct link to the event.

Duration: 45 Minutes

During these challenging times Oberon's offerings are FREE.

About LanDan Consulting:

LanDan Consulting focuses on energizing and guiding clients to create an environment where every person can be the best version of themselves to maximize career and personal potential.

Related link: http://www.bradfryman.com/

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RVA Environmental Film Festival Announces Award Winners

RICHMOND, Va. -- On February 14 the Richmond Environmental Film Contest Committee will virtually award the winners of the Environmental Film Contest and screen each film. The contest was open to novice and experienced Virginia filmmakers submitting films on environmental topics regarding Virginia. The winners, listed below, were announced recently by Gill Sigmon, President of the Richmond Virginia Environmental Film Festival (RVAEFF).

HONORABLE MENTIONS (Awards presented at 4:05 p.m.)

"Farm Pond" explores the ubiquitous farm pond, its origins, and the vital role it plays as a mini ecosystem. Produced by Phillip Audibert.

"Hidden Dangers - Z Dam" addresses the dangers of low-head dams, specifically focusing on the Z Dam in Richmond, VA. Produced by Stephen Wolf and presented by Colton Wolf.

BEST CATEGORIES (Awards presented at 4:20 p.m.)

Best Short: "Plastic Oceans" highlights the impact of plastics on marine biodiversity using film animation based on a series of ten oil paintings. Produced by Eugene Maurakis, Ph.D and Tyler Rhodes.

Best Cinematography: "Treasures of the Chesapeake" addresses the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its declining wetlands as it suffers from nutrient pollution, human development, sea level rise, and climate change. Produced by Chris Lapinski.

FIRST PRIZE (Award presented at 4:55 p.m.)

"Lynnhaven" is a Virginia Beach fishing town with a big challenge due to seafood imports. As land is developed and seafood is imported, three watermen face the threat of being pushed out of the river they have called home for decades. Produced by Lizzie Bankowski.

GRAND PRIZE (Award presented at 5:05 p.m.)

"Goose Creek Watershed" covers the history, culture, and threats to the Goose Creek watershed, an integral part of the Potomac and Chesapeake Bay watersheds. It also highlights the Goose Creek Association's efforts to address these threats. Produced by Goose Creek Association and Lincoln Studios.

All are invited to view the films, free of charge, however registration is required at https://rvaeff.org/.

For further information about the Virginia Environmental Film Contest, contact Jean Masters at 804 683-2568.

Visit https://rvaeff.org/. for a schedule and descriptions of the 20-plus films being shown throughout the RVA Environmental Film Festival, February 12-26, 2021. You will also find information about sponsorship/volunteer opportunities, and how to sign up for the RVAEFF mailing list.

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11th Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival to be Presented Virtually, February 12-26, 2021 – Free and Open to the Public

RICHMOND, Va. -- The RVA Environmental Film Festival (RVA EFF) announces its 11th annual showcase of over 20 free local and national films. Many films are hosted by like-minded organizations. Two films are of particular interest to youth: "Microplastic Madness" and "Frozen Obsession." Award-winning Virginian films will be shown on February 14, 2021. Audience members will participate in Question/Answer sessions via chat box following many films. RVA EFF will live stream at fixed times and days. Advance registration is required at RVAEFF.org.

Films are selected to raise awareness of environmental issues relevant to the Richmond, Virginia (RVA) region, our nation, and our world. Unique aspects of the festival include the Virginia Environmental Film Contest, and a film for children, "Microplastic Madness," which documents 56 fifth graders from Brooklyn whose actions on plastic pollution morph into extraordinary leadership and scalable victories.

"Frozen Obsession," the world premiere of the feature-length film, kicks off the festival with a panel discussion to follow. The film is a visually stunning and historically poignant expedition through a dramatically changing Arctic aboard the Icebreaker Oden. The expedition included scientists, historians, journalists, education professionals, and college students, including several from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). The panel includes director and producer David Clark, Gonglai Gong of Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and the VCU students who were part of the expedition.

"Into the Okavango," from National Geographic Documentary Films, documents a 1,500-mile expedition across three countries and shows the effects of increasing pressure from human activity. The Okavango River Basin and the Okavango Delta, one of our planet's last wetland wildernesses, provide a vital source of water to people, African elephants, lions, cheetahs, and hundreds of species of birds.

Major sponsors include: Ellwood Thompson, Ian Patrick of Merrill Lynch, Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, Citizens Climate Lobby, Enrichmond Foundation, Natural Awakenings, Sierra Club - Falls of the James Group, and Vegan Action.

Thanks to the generous support of these and other sponsors, there is no charge to view any of the films. Advance registration is required through the RVAEFF website or the film festival Facebook and Twitter pages.

For more information on the schedule of films and registration, go to https://rvaeff.org/.

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CortoCircuito Virtual Cinema Presents Short Films from Spain, Latin America, The Colombian Pacific and Latinos from the US Under the Theme of Empathy – In the Place of The Other

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The 17th edition of CortoCircuito New York and the 6th edition of Cali open their virtual screening room CortoCircuito: Home Edition November 10-13, 2020, presenting award-winning short films from international festivals and continuing its mission of promoting emerging talent from the regions it represents.

This year's festival is presented by the programmer Diana Vargas, NYU's King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center and Havana Film Festival New York in NY; Agencia IPB, Quijote Comunicacion Estratégica, Fundacion MAVI, Museo La Tertulia, newspaper El País, and Marca Valle Invencible - Gobernacion del Valle in Cali; and Hispanet Biz Solutions in Texas. And the support of Puro Corazon por Cali, Alcaldía de Cali.

* Registration is free of charge through http://www.cortocircuito.us/

* Award-winning short films from festivals around the world

For the first time, CortoCircuito Latino ShortFest and CortoCircuito Cali will take place at the same time in digital form, streaming simultaneously in four US states (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Texas) and in the department Valle del Cauca in Colombia. In an environment of healthy social distancing, viewers will be able to access films unavailable on other platforms and conversations that seek to build bridges of understanding and inclusion by registering for free at http://cortocircuito.us/2020/

"During these years the two festivals have brought films of interest to the NY and Colombian publics in their fundamental mission of creating spaces that connect stories and their viewers through a dialogue that promotes coexistence, recognition of the other, and inclusion. In this version, termed CortoCircuito: Home Edition, the goal is to present moving stories of high quality emblematic of the motto Empathy: in the place of the other," said Diana Vargas, director and co-founder of CortoCircuito.

CortoCircuito wants to pay tribute to Cuban director Diana Montero, who recently passed away, with the special presentation of her award-winning documentary Abecé.

The festival opens on Tuesday, November 10th at 7 p.m. with the program And the Winner is..., a collection of short films from Latin America, Spain, and Latinos in the U.S., produced in the last two years and awarded at some of the most important film festivals in the world, such as Cannes, Berlin, Guadalajara, Cartagena, and San Sebastian. Among these are Carne (Brazil), La capa azul (Puerto Rico), Suc de Síndria (Spain), El tamano de las cosas (Colombia), Infinite While it Lasts (Brazil), Victoria (Honduras).

The panel The Joys and Difficulties of Making a Short Film will take place on Wednesday, November 11th, at 4 p.m., in which experts from different areas of film production discuss the secrets and tricks filmmakers face while making a short film. The panelists include Alex Lora (Spain), who has won at festivals like Guadalajara and Berlin, and a Goya and Guadí award, and Alberto Ferreras (Spain/Venezuela), who has won at festivals including OutFest, Seattle and is the creator of the series Habla on HBO.

On Wednesday, November 11th, 7 p.m. the festival continues with The Peculiar Side of Life, short films guided by ideas of migration and belonging, and the knowledge that each of us has a story worth seeing. Films shown will talk about recognition of the other, their values and their differences. In Colombia and Valle del Cauca, a new cultural and social phenomenon is being experienced- that of massive immigration. People are arriving from different social and geographical spaces who go on to occupy a place in Valle del Cauca society, altering the everyday relationships of its cities and inhabitants. These are some of the films shown: Insilios (Argentina), Ayataki (Peru), Estas allí? (Espana), La Cachera (Colombia), Ruido (Chile), Amnestia (Brazil)

Thursday, November 12th, 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., the festival continues with We, the others... family, diversity, coexistence, a program for the whole family focused on finding concepts of empathy and inclusion through stories. Empathy comes from the Greek words that translate to "inside him" and "what he feels", although its real meaning is the primordial ability to put oneself in the place of the other. This program will be put on with the participation of entities such as Instituto Nacional Penitenciario y Carcelario (INPEC), the Prison Complex of Jamundí and the Agustín Nieto Caballero public school, among others. The program includes the films: All I need is a Ball (Espana), 11:40 (Argentina), Zapatos y la mágica aventura de su creacion (Colombia), Calvario (Espana), La Cachera (Colombia).

At 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 12th the short films in FeminiStories seek to address the different views of women from a perspective of gender as a cross-sectional element that pushes for both men and women to take action to achieve universal equality. The idea of this program is to open an inclusive dialogue regarding themes that are of interest to not only women - these films aren't simply made by women or about women, but rather deal with achieving inclusion from a feminine perspective. Some of the movies that will be seen are: La abuela del ano (Mexico), Baile (Brazil), La vendedora de Lirios (Argentina), Yun (Chile), Track (Spain). FeminiStories will be realized with the participation of the Political School for the Journey of Peace and Gender Equity, and concludes with Is there a female cinema? Stories of women or for women, a panel discussion at 8pm with renowned Argentine filmmaker and actress Ana Katz, Mexican author Carmen Boullosa, and Mexican director and winner of prizes at Havana and Guadalajara Olivia Luengas.

On Friday, November 13th at 6:30 p.m. (NY) and 7:30 p.m. (Cali) the festival closes with two programs: Latinos in the House and Pacífico en Movimiento, aimed at giving visibility to the works of local directors from New York and the Colombian Pacific (Valle del Cauca, Cauca, Narino, Choco); and, as is tradition, the programs close with a discussion with the filmmakers. These are the movies selected: Algo en que creer (U.S.), WTNY (Spain-U.S), Today You, Tomorrow Me (U.S.), Panadero (Dominican Republic-U.S.), Quedé a la orilla (PanAmerican), Ombligada (Tumaco), Poetisas del Perdon (Buenaventura), Miguel el pegajoso (Cali), Totalmente yo (Cali).

Where and how can I watch these programs?

The films will be available free of charge for viewers who register at www.cortocircuito.us, and who are located in the US states of NY, NJ, CT, and TX, and the Valle del Cauca department in Colombia. All foreign-language films will be subtitled in English and Spanish. Each function will have a viewing window of two hours and be restricted according to geographical location. In addition to the streaming of films, an event narrative will be woven through the festival's social media accounts (Facebook and Instagram) in the days leading up to and during with details of the programming, interviews, news, curious facts about the films and their directors, and forums that invite viewers to give their opinion.

Trailer (YouTube): https://youtu.be/Lg_XLUEx5tg

More information and Media Contact:

http://www.cortocircuito.us/ - @cortocircuitoFF @CortoCircuito

New York: Diana Vargas - Artistic Director (917) 658-7735 - cortocircuitoff@gmail.com

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*Photo caption: "All I need is a Ball" (Spain) - Paloma Pujol, the only free-style woman soccer player in Spain.

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The 9th Annual Dominican Film Festival in New York goes Virtual

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. -- The importance of maintaining healthy social distancing and stopping the spread of COVID-19, Dominican Film Festival in New York City (DFFNYC) will hold its ninth edition online, October 20-30, 2020. These challenging circumstances have not prevented the festival from continuing to be the largest and most impressive film festival outside the borders of the Dominican Republic.

DFFNYC official program will include a roster of 70 films and offering a program boasting a wide range of genres, from comedy to thriller and drama to romance, plus an homage to the classics and panel discussions with the top leaders of the film industry. All foreign language films are subtitled in English.

DFFNYC opens October 20 with the U.S. Premiere of "Cabarete," a heartfelt coming of age story directed by first-time director, Ivan Bordas and closes October 30 with the world premiere of social drama "Carta Blanca" by Pedro Urrutia.

"We're thrilled to support the 9th Annual Dominican Film Festival in New York, which is offering a virtual line-up of more than 70 films this year," said Commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment Anne del Castillo. "The Dominican community comprises the largest Latino group in NYC, and this annual film festival continues to be an important celebration of established and up-and-coming talent within this community."

Inspired by true events, "Cabarete" follows Somalia, a good-hearted teenage kite surfer from the Dominican Republic who convinces his idol to train him for an upcoming tournament in Cabarete. However, once in Cabarete, the town's hedonistic nightlife quickly catches Somalia's attention, and he finds himself having to choose between a life of pleasure and pursuing the athlete ambitions he once had. Director Ivan Bordas and some cast members will be present for a Q&A after the screening.

"DFFNYC is adapting to the 'new normal' by going digital while maintaining its essence, which is to bring the most emblematic stories that are made in and about the Dominican Republic and connecting the film experts and personalities from our island and its diaspora. Our message is clear: Stay safe, stay with us," says Armando Guareño, Executive Director and Founder of DFFNYC.

The festival closes on Friday, October 30, with the world premiere of "Carta Blanca" directed by Pedro Urrutia. The film features performances by Pepe Sierra and Héctor Aníbal, and famous international actors Damián Alcázar, known for his role in Netflix's "Narcos," and Julio Bracho, popular for his characters El Chivo and El Chema.

Running October 20-30, 2020, under the slogan "Stay Safe, Stay with Us!", #DFFNYCVirtual will screen virtually nationwide on October 20-30, 2020, including Canada and Puerto Rico. The festival will be streaming on http://www.pelilat.com/ (@streampelilat) a platform for Latin American cinema and available in different devices nationwide such as iPhone, AppleTV, Amazon, Firetv, Android, AndroidTV, Roku, and Chromecast.

As the premiere film festival in the North East of USA, #DFFNYCVIRTUAL line-up includes a tribute to much-acclaimed director Jose Pinky Pintor with five of his box office hits "Guilty," "Mañana no te olvides," "No hay mas remedio," "Santo Domingo," "Sol y Luna;" plus more than 35 World, U.S., and N.Y. premieres, as well as award-winning features, documentaries, animations and shorts from festivals around the world.

DFFNYC offers a rich and diverse program which includes the Official Competition, a powerful compilation of 12 narrative films dedicated to displaying the talents of the established directors alongside the new movement of groundbreaking filmmakers from the island. Special programs include "Point of Views", a look-back at the films and directors that connected the viewer with the idiosyncrasy of daily life and Dominican history both inside and outside its borders. Among them are "Maria Montes", "Flor de azucar", "Adrift," "Buscando al Zorro," "A orilla del Mar," "Loki 7," "Melocotones," "Musiquita por dentro." The program "Reel Family Out," presenting crowd pleasing films to enjoy with family are Los "Fabulosos Ma' Mejores," "Los Super," "Mision Estrella." Also included in the slate of screenings are programs dedicated to short films such as "Dominicans in the Diaspora," which exhibits talented Dominican filmmakers who choose to tell their stories away from home for various reasons, and "Short Films - Big Stories," a cinematic celebration and powerful demonstration of new and emerging filmmakers from the Dominican Republic and the diaspora competing for Best Short.

The centerpiece this year is "Malpaso," directed by Hector Valdez. This is the story of Braulio, a young peasant, who after the passing of his grandfather has to look after Candido, his twin brother, secluded because of his albinism and who dreams of the return of their father.

One of the most important goals of DFFNYC is to offer remarkable discussions and panels with filmmakers and talents, as well as a rare chance for one-on-one conversations with directors, actors, and producers. Most of these, free of cost.

This year's line-up of masterclasses and panels include:
* From Telenovelas to Films with Antony Alvarez
* Reel Dominican: The Dominican Actor Experience in Hollywood
* Master Class led by actor Juan Hernandez
* Film Festivals in Times of Pandemic
* Reel Women: Dominican Filmmakers in the Diaspora

TICKETS

INDIVIDUAL TICKETS: $15 (streaming available for day of the screening)

OPENING & CLOSING NIGHT: $25 (includes Q&A with directors and cast)

CENTERPIECE: $25

For further information, visit our site: http://www.dominicanfilmfestival.com/

Follow Us: @dffnycofficial

ABOUT US

The 9th annual Dominican Film Festival in New York Virtual (DFFNYC) runs October 20-30, 2020 under the slogan: "Stay Safe, Stay with Us!." The festival offers a platform for members of the Dominican film industry wherein both new and established filmmakers can promote their works to the public, establishing DFFNYC as a premier cultural event for the USA.

Organized by Cine Art Entertainment Productions. Its roster of presenting sponsors includes Hon. Council member Ydanis Rodriguez, The NYC Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, Dominican Tourism Board- Ministry of Tourism, Dirección General de Cine (DGCINE) and Filmenla. The Official sponsors are Presbyterian Hospital, the Hispanic Federation, Pelilat and Festcinerd, Camino Films. DFFNYC 2020 media sponsors are: El Diario La Prensa, Manhattan Times, Zabala Al Dia, Neoyorkinos Media Group, Latinos Social Media.

CONTACT: Diana Vargas: 917-658-7735 / press@dianavargas.com

press.dffny@gmail.com

(DFFNYC) / #DFFNYC2020 #ELCINENOSUNE #DFFNYCVirtual

Buy Tickets here - https://pelilat.com/

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PRINDIE Presents its 6th Annual Film Festival – VIRTUALLY!

PRINCETON, N.J. -- In light of the unprecedented events of 2020, PRINDIE: Princeton Independent Film Festival will hold its first all-virtual film festival, open this year to all film-lovers in United States. Running from Thursday, Sept. 10 through Sunday, the 13th, the festival features 37 short films. This year's film lineup focuses on issues surrounding immigration, mental health, youth, and cultural diversity / Black Lives Matter.

Visit http://www.prindiefest.com/ now to pre-order tickets for the films.

Films will conclude with question and answer sessions with the directors hosted by PRINDIE board member, novelist, and Princeton University professor Aleksandar Hemon (co-writer of the upcoming Matrix 4) and others on the PRINDIE team. 70% of the included films have granted PRINDIE a New Jersey premiere, East Coast premiere, or US premiere. The festival will also include films from the Princeton Environmental Film Festival that were not able to be screened during the regular event due to COVID-19 and a section of films by Princeton University students.

Ticket sales will follow a pay-what-you-can model starting at $2.99 per film and 50% of profits will be shared with the filmmakers directly.

We are fortunate to have the support of Princeton University's Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding and would like to especially thank our major sponsors, Simpatico (title sponsor), Slated (official sponsor), and SAGindie / NRG (patron sponsors), for their support; we are also thrilled to announce a partnership with ShortsTV, "the global home of short movies with the world's largest catalog of high-quality short movies available on TV, online & in theaters," and host the theatrical-release of Oscar-nominated short films.

Continuing the special relationship PRINDIE has formed with powerhouse A24 over the past few years, there will also be a special screening of BOYS STATE, an Apple Original Films and A24 Release. The fil profiles a group of Texas teens as they travel to Washington D.C. to create a mock government and engage in politics. Princeton Lecturer Lauren Wright will conduct a Q&A with the subjects of the film following the screening. Additionally, there will be a special out-of-competition screening of NIMIC, a short live-action film starring Matt Dillon from Best Picture Academy Award nominee, director Yorgos Lanthimos.

"We're so proud to be aligned with PRINDIE," said Jill T. Whiskeyman, CEO, Simpatico Studios, PRINDIE's Title Sponsor. "The success of the festival speaks for itself, but we were really drawn to the mission and vision put forth by its leadership."

About Simpatico Studios, LLC

Simpatico Studios is a full-service branding, public relations, and integrated marketing communications firm emanating from the Doylestown, Pennsylvania area. Simpatico began in 2011 as a modest freelance consultancy, and in the years since, founding partners Jill and Steve Whiskeyman have remained at the helm, leading the studio to dozens of successful partnerships with brands of all sizes and at all stages, around the corner and around the world.

VIDEO (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFoBMUlfE4M&t=4s

For more information, please visit
Our website: https://www.prindiefest.com/
Our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/prindiefest
Our Twitter: https://twitter.com/prindiefest

MEDIA CONTACT:
Executive Director Claire Elaine
at claire@prindie.org
(609) 380-9535

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Inspirational Short Film, ‘Camp Kennebec: The History’ to screen at Marina del Rey Film Festival

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The Marina del Rey Film Festival will hold a public screening of the new Broad Street Studios documentary short film, "Camp Kennebec: The History" on Tuesday, October 22 at 12 p.m. at the Cinemark 18 Howard Hughes Center, Los Angeles. Tickets are available through the Festival's website.

Directed by Broad Street Studios Glenn Goldenberg, and produced by Bob Merz, "Camp Kennebec: The History" (24 minutes) delivers an in-depth look at one of America's oldest Maine summer camps for boys, chronicling activities ranging from white-water canoe trips to inter-camp color war. The film explores the roots and activities of the camp through archival footage, extensive interviews, and narrative history, with a focus on the values of camaraderie, influence, and respect.

"A compelling and interesting story about a time and place that changed the lives of many, and remains in their hearts and minds to this day," said Linda Waxman Finkle, former Albany JCC Marketing Director & Programming Coordinator.

Camp Kennebec, an overnight summer camp for boys ages 9-16, was established in 1906 in North Belgrade, Maine, by three Philadelphians, Louis Fleisher, Charles Edwin Fox, and Milton Katzenberg. In July 1907, the first campers arrived at Camp Kennebec, located on Salmon Lake. Campers hailed from east coast and mid-west cities, including Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Cleveland, Baltimore, Cincinnati, and Chicago.

Although Camp Kennebec wasn't presented as a Jewish religious camp, the majority of the campers, staff, and founders were Jewish. Members of the camp faculty, referred to as "Uncles," were university-educated men. Campers slept in army tents and engaged in a variety of competitive athletics including swimming, sailing, canoeing, baseball, basketball, riflery, archery, tennis, track, and inter-camp Maroon & Grey color war. Alongside sports, dramatic and humor theatrical productions by the oldest "First Section" campers were a mainstay.

Senior camp faculty-led, lengthy wilderness trips were at the camp's foundation, exploring the wilds of Tumbledown Mountain, Mount Kathadin, Moose River, and the Allagash River in Maine. In 1925, Camp Kennesuncook lodge was established in Chesuncook to complement the Allagash river trip.

As early as 1924, alumni and faculty of the Kennebec camps organized reunions and established an alumni association to foster relationships among former campers and provide scholarships. The camp ceased operations in 1991 when it was turned into the Maine Golf Academy. To this day, camp alumni continue to organize periodic alumni reunions. The most recent 110th anniversary was held in 2017 in Philadelphia. Notable Los Angeles based Kennebec alumni include entertainment executives Ken Ehrlich, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Matt Ember.

Event information: https://www.marinadelreyfilmfestival.com/

Learn more about Broad Street Studios at: https://www.broadsts.com

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