Dominican Film Festival returns | Manhattan Times

Story by Gregg McQueen

There is more to explore.

Armando Guareno is intent on expanding the popular notions of the kinds of art produced and created by those within the Dominican diaspora.

“We are more than merengue and bachata,” said Guareno in reference to the music most commonly associated with the Dominican Republic. “We are also cinema.”

Guareno serves as Executive Director of the Dominican Film Festival, which is set to returning for its sixth straight year.

This year’s festival, which runs from July 25 to 30, will present 70 films at seven different venues.

It will debut with José María Cabral’s Carpinteros, the first film from the Dominican Republic to screen at the Sundance Film Festival.

The film is focused on the love story between Julian and Yanelly as set within the Najayo prison, and how they master the elaborate sign language known as woodpecking to communicate.

“Raw, intriguing and energetic,” is how The Hollywood Reporter described the 108-minute film; on the review website RottenTomatoes.com, it received an 83% audience approval score.

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City Expands Services as More Become Homeless, Even With a Job | NY Times

By NIKITA STEWART

Kyle Stefano, a program director for the Center for Urban Community Services, and Eric Wilson, a case manager, checking on homeless people this month under an overpass in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan. The center will lead a consortium to help reduce the number of people living on the streets. (Photo: Kevin Hagen | NY Times)

Kyle Stefano, a program director for the Center for Urban Community Services, and Eric Wilson, a case manager, checking on homeless people this month under an overpass in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan. The center will lead a consortium to help reduce the number of people living on the streets. (Photo: Kevin Hagen | NY Times)

Between intermittent drizzle and drenching downpours, social workers climbed an embankment just off what they called the “zigzag” — an entanglement of roads and exits from the Henry Hudson Parkway and Riverside Drive in northern Manhattan.

They were looking for a crudely built wooden loft bed wedged into concrete so that it was suspended above the ground and three feet or so beneath Riverside Drive.

Kyle Stefano, one of the workers, shined a flashlight and woke the man who had slept through the rumbling traffic above him. He said that his name was Javier and that he didn’t want help. “Wait, wait,” he shouted from the darkness on Friday morning. “What time is it? I have to go to work.”

Read more: City Expands Services as More Become Homeless, Even With a Job | NY Times

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Spread Love: The 6th Annual Dominican Film Festival In New York – July 25 – 30

Lovers of Dominican cinema are about to get their fix on. This year’s festival is bigger than ever featuring over 70 films in various venues throughout Manhattan but mostly Uptown. The festival kicks off on July 25 at the venerable United Palace with the critically acclaimed film Carpinteros/Woodpeckers.

In addition to the plethora of awesome Dominican films on tap the festival will also include panels, workshops and Q&As. The Dominican film industry has been growing by leaps and bounds and has been releasing outstanding films at a rapid clip. The Dominican Film Festival In New York has become the official pipeline for that prodigious output. Simply stated, if you enjoy Dominican films then it doesn’t get better than the Dominican Film Festival In New York. The festival also doesn’t shy away from controversy highlighting several films that deal with the crisis facing Dominicans of Haitian descent. Please see below for a sampling of some of the films we are looking forward to checking out. Get your tickets ASAP before they are all gone.

Check out: http://dominicanfilmfestival.com/

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The Fix: French Montana Ft. The Weeknd & Max B – A Lie

While The Fix column is usually devoted to local artists we had to show love to French Montana for highlighting Uptown in the video for his latest song A Lie. The song features The Weeknd as well as a cameo appearance by the still imprisoned Max B. A Lie is the first single off the Jungle Rules album, which is out now.

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A Toast To Fort Tryon 2017 – The Recap

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Toast to Fort Tryon 2017- Emmanuel Abreu (25)

A little drizzle could not put a damper on the festivities. The annual Toast To Fort Tryon benefit bash did not, as usual, disappoint. Event goers were treated to fine wines, delectable food and craft beers courtesy of the Dyckman Beer Company. By the way, you have to try their latest offering; the Suave IPA. The Live Latin Jazz set by Ran Kan Kan was the perfect soundtrack for a truly special gathering dedicated to sustaining the majestic Fort Tryon Park. This year’s honorees were Marcela Xavier, Liz Ritter, P. Ricardo Brown, and Lourdes Rodríguez. Neighborhood stalwart and American treasure, Dr. Ruth, also joined in on the celebration. Funds raised will help maintain this Uptown treasure, underwriting horticulture staff, free environmental, cultural and fitness programs, and targeted capital improvements in the park. Great food, great libations and a great cause, it really doesn’t get better than that.

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