"Lola" screening

Earlier tonight, the cast and crew of the short film, "Lola" had a screening today at the Bubble Lounge (228 West Broadway).

The screening was sponsored by Karlsson's Gold Vodka and produced by Monkeyscorpio Productions in association with Coco Pictures.


"Lola,” is a short film starring Francisca Vargas (Dreaming in Cuban) and Andy Señor Jr. (Rent). It tells the story of Lola, an immigrant young Latina. Caught in a web of passion and self- delusion, Lola longs for freedom to pursue her dreams and make it in NYC. But her world takes a bizarre and thrilling turn when she answers an Internet ad looking for a job and instead finds herself running for her life. The short drama inspired by true events is written and directed by up and coming Latina filmmaker Betty Marisol García.

Congrats to Betty Marisol Garcia and the cast and crew!


NYILFF Theatrical: Bella

One of our festival premires. Bella, is also getting it's turn at nationwide play!

An international soccer star (Eduardo Verástegui) is on his way to sign a multi-million dollar contract when something happens that brings his career to an abrupt end. A waitress (Tammy Blanchard), struggling to make it in New York City, discovers something about herself that she's unprepared for. In one irreversible moment, their lives are turned upside down...until an impetuous action brings them together and turns an ordinary day into an unforgettable experience. Once a famous athlete, and now a cook at his brother's Mexican restaurant, José has retreated from the world but he recognizes something in Nina, a young waitress, and reaches out to her. In the course of a single day, he not only confronts his past but shows her how the healing power of a family can help her embrace the future.

(synopsis courtesy of



Coming soon to DVD.


The Hector Lavoe bio-pic is planned to be released on DVD, October 30th.

On DVD now!


The winner of the NYILFF 2001 Best Bocumentary, is available on DVD now, throught it's website:





Winner to be featured at the 2008 New York International Latino Film Festival

BREA, Calif. – (October 15, 2007) – Suzuki Auto, widely known for its exciting and life-enthusiast-focused products, has teamed with the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) and to announce the official call for entries for its first nationwide animation contest, ¡Anímate! – La vida Suzuki, which will run from October 15, 2007 through February 29, 2008 and conclude with the winning animation being featured at the 2008 NYILFF in July.

“Suzuki is thrilled to launch its first-ever animation contest in partnership with the New York International Latino Film Festival,” said Gene Brown, vice president of marketing, Suzuki Auto. “This exciting contest is a unique opportunity to connect our company and products with the Latino creative community and with those who choose to live life instead of watch it go by.”

The online animation contest gives animators over 18 years of age, and who are U.S. residents, an opportunity to create original animated work with an urban Latino feel that reflects the Suzuki "Way of Life" brand proposition, which promises vehicles for active lifestyles, adventurers and thrill-seekers. Submissions must be no more than three minutes in length and feature Suzuki Auto branding and a Suzuki automobile, such as the dynamic XL7 crossover SUV.

The Grand Prize winner, to be announced in March, will receive an all-expense paid trip for two to the 2008 NYILFF, where the winning animation will be featured, and a grant of $5,000 to produce a series of two webisodes that will run on site in June and July. Participants should visit for complete submission guidelines and to submit the online Entry Form. Online animation video submissions will be accepted on the contest Web site starting on October 15, 2007.

“We are thrilled to have Suzuki as our official automotive partner,” said NYILFF executive director and Cinedulce CEO, Elizabeth Gardner. “We are inspired by the company’s commitment to support Latino talent, particularly in animation, a new programming addition for us. We are also honored Suzuki selected Cinedulce, our new Urban Latino digital distribution platform, as the online destination for this exciting contest.”

Suzuki played a starring role as the official automotive sponsor of the 8th NYILFF in New York City last summer, when the ¡Anímate! – La vida Suzuki contest was first announced, and has committed to continue its partnership with the film festival at least through 2008. For more information on NYILFF, visit

About American Suzuki
The Brea, Calif.-based Automotive Operations of American Suzuki Motor Corporation was founded in 1985 by parent company Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) and currently markets its vehicles in the United States through a network of more than 500 automotive dealerships in 49 states. Based in Hamamatsu, Japan, SMC is a diversified worldwide automobile, motorcycle and outboard motor manufacturer with sales of more than two million new automobiles annually. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, SMC has operations in 187 countries. For more information, visit

Launched in 1999, the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) is now the premier Urban Latino film event in the country. Its mission is to showcase the works of the hottest emerging Latino filmmaking talent in the U.S. and Latin America, offer expansive images of the Latino experience, and celebrate the diversity and spirit of the Latino community. Programming includes the flagship film festival in NYC, new music and art showcases, family and community events, scholarships for aspiring filmmakers, and a nationally recognized short film competition in partnership with HBO. The NYILFF is the only film event to have had the endorsement of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's NYC Latin Media and Entertainment Commission since its formation in 2003. For more information, visit

About Cinedulce
Founded in 2007 by the directors of the New York International Latino Film Festival, the nation’s premier Urban Latino film event, Cinedulce is the only filmed entertainment distribution platform created specifically for the Urban, Urban Latino and Latin audiences. For more information, visit




Shot in real time, PVC-1 is based on the true story of a woman who is turned into a human time bomb in a bizarre act of terrorism.

Check out the trailer above.

The screening at Cannes was so successful that agents descended on Stahalopoulous like Bees on honey. Then all this noise about the entire film being shot in one take.

The film has merit. Besides the incredible camerawork, it hits at the heart of the worldwide problem of terrorism and highlights the pandemic of violence that plagues Latin America.


New York International Latino Film Festival 2007 Photo Gallery

Hispaniola: On HBO on Demand & A Special Message from Freddy Vargas

Hi friends. I just wanted to let you know that my short film "Hispaniola", winner of the 2007 HBO/NYILFF Short Film Competition is playing on HBO on Demand from September 10 through October 28. After this it will go on the regular HBO rotation.

Hispaniola is an endearing story of two boys from different worlds – one Haitian, the other Dominican – who develop a strong bond through baseball.

Thank you Youssel Abreu, Karina Narpier, Francisco Valdez, Angel Muniz, Adrian Agramonte, Omar Narpier, la UASD, Greg Rhem, Denis Williams, Calixto Chinchilla, HBO, NYILFF and so many wonderful people that made the film possible in DR and in NYC. Carlos Mi Plasencia for his continuing support.

¿Que tal Amigos? Quiero darles la noticia de que mi cortometraje “Hispaniola”, ganador del concurso del 2007 del HBO/NYILFF Short Film Competition esta siendo transmitido por HBO on Demand desde el 10 de Septiembre hasta el 28 de Octubre. Luego pasara a la programación regular de HBO.
Hispaniola es una historia entrañable sobre dos chicos que pertenecen a mundos diferentes - uno haitiano y el otro dominicano - que desarrollan un sólido lazo de amistad a través del béisbol.

Gracias a Youssel Abreu, Karina Narpier, Francisco Valdez, Angel Muniz, Adrian Agramonte, Omar Narpier, la UASD, Greg Rhem, Denis Williams, Calixto Chinchilla, HBO, NYILFF y tantas personas maravillosas que hicieron este corto una realidad tanto en RD como NYC. A Carlos Ml Plasencia por su desinteresado apoyo.

Link to HBO on demand site:

Hispaniola's Link to IMDB:



Feel The Noise


(Alejandro Chomski, 2007, USA, 86 min.)

After a run-in with local thugs, aspiring Harlem rapper Rob (Omarion Grandberry) flees to a place and father (Giancarlo Esposito) he never knew, and finds his salvation in Reggaeton, a spicy blend of hip-hop, reggae and Latin beats. Puerto Rico, the spiritual home of Reggaeton, inspires Rob and his half-brother Javi (Victor Rasuk, RAISING VICTOR VARGAS) to pursue their dream of becoming Reggaeton stars. Together with a dancer named C.C., they learn what it means to stay true to themselves
and each other, while overcoming obstacles in love, greed and pride, all culminating in an explosive performance at New York's Puerto Rican Day Parade. From producer Jennifer Lopez and Alejandro Chomski, the Argentinean director of HOY Y MANANA.



Cinedulce is Para Film Lovers. Cinedulce is para ti. Cinedulce is your home for the best in Urban Latino, Urban and Latin cinema. Watch videos and movies, connect with your fellow film lovers, share your own creativity and be a part of the first web site totally dedicated to our uniquely cross-cultural voice. Just like with the New York International Latino Film Festival, we're bringing together passionate, underserved audiences with films they can relate to and the gifted filmmakers who made them. We want to reflect the diversity and richness of our community. This is our culture and these are our stories. So, go ahead, have a taste now, but get ready for something even sweeter in 2008.


Not As Seen On TV

This saturday, October 6th there will be a screening of the documentary "Not As Seen On TV", which was produced by four young talented filmmakers: Pro-TV's Sade Falebita and Suprena Levy and Charitable Film Network's Briceshanay Gresham and Rodneka Shelbia.


In the summer of 2006, two young women from PRO-TV traveled to New
Orleans to collaborate with two young women from the Charitable Film Network to tell
the story of Hurricane Katrina and the devastation caused by the storm,
the government and the media.
The film also illustrates life after Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans residents unite through the arts to overcome all of their trials and tribulations after the storm.

A Q&A will follow the thirty minute screening to discuss this topic that
continues to affect our nation and to speak with youth who have been
directly affected by the storm and who continue to live, celebrate and
work towards the re-building of New Orleans.

This event will be taped by a DCTV documentary crew.

Location: DCTV
Address: 87 Lafayette Street, 3rd Floor Studio
Time: Promptly 6:00pm
Direction: N, Q, R, J, W, Z, 6 to Canal Street
Cross street: White and Walker
212-966-4510 ext 244

Visit for more info.


NYILFF Theatrical: Trade

Our opening night movie, "Trade" is also being screened nationwide!

Adriana (Paulina Gaitan) is a 13-year-old girl from Mexico City whose kidnapping by sex traffickers sets in motion a desperate mission by her 17-year-old brother, Jorge (Cesar Ramos), to save her.
Trapped and terrified by an underground network of international thugs who earn millions exploiting their human cargo, Adriana's only friend and protector throughout her ordeal is Veronica (Alicja Bachleda), a young Polish woman tricked into the trade by the same criminal gang.
As Jorge dodges immigration officers and incredible obstacles to track the girls' abductors, he meets Ray (Kevin Kline), a Texas cop. Ray becomes an ally in the boy's quest.
Fighting with courage and hard-tested faith, the characters of Trade negotiate their way through the unspeakable terrain of the sex trade "tunnels" between Mexico and the United States.
(Synopsis couresy of:



NYILFF Theatrical: Adrift In Manhattan

One of the films we premired at the festival has gotten a national release! Nice!

"Adrift In Manhattan" the newest movie from director Alfredo DeVilla ("Washington Heights", "Yellow") is NOW showing in theatres nation wide!

The movie tells us the stories about a beautiful and mysterious doctor (Heather Graham), a young photographer (Victor Rasuk) who becomes infatuated with her, and her patient (Dominic Chianese), a painter going blind.
A sexy and suspenseful ride through the city — Adrift in Manhattan is an intricately woven, award winning film that critics have been raving about!

Check out the trailer:

*NOTE: Movie description was not written by me; taken from


NYILFF Behind-The-Scenes: Programming

Take a look at the process of organizing and programming the festival:


SIDE NOTE: If any filmmakers, writers, actors, directors, or anybody in Latino entertainment or media have any upcoming events or news they would like to share, please e-mail me at: