NEW YORK, N.Y. – On November 14, 2012, My Image Studios (MIST Harlem) will host a special screening of scenes from Sweet Dreams, the newly released documentary film by siblings Lisa and Rob Fruchtman. Sweet Dreams documents the story of Ingoma Nshya, Rwanda’s first Hutu and Tutsi female drumming troupe, which also founded Inzozi Nziza, the only locally-owned ice cream shop in Rwanda.
Founders of the award-winning Brooklyn based, organic ice cream business, Blue Marble Ice Cream, Alexis Miesen and Jennie Dundas played a major role in Inozoz Nziz. The duo made numerous trips to Rwanda to train, prepare and mentor the women on how to make ice cream and run a business. Their story is an integral part of the movie.A similar project involving coffee from Rwanda has recently been founded by Grace Hightower De Niro. Her new coffee brand, Grace Hightower & Coffees of Rwanda, is being launched in select Whole Foods later this month. These Rwandan coffees are sourced exclusively from small farmers utilizing fair trade practices.
Complimentary samples of Blue Marble ice cream and a new brand of coffee that is sourced entirely from Rwanda, called Grace Hightower and Coffees of Rwanda, will be available for screening attendees.
- Sweet Dreams film producers/directors Lisa Fruchtman (Academy Award winning film editor for Right Stuff, and nominee for The Godfather III and Apocalypse Now) and Rob Fruchtman (three time Emmy Award winner, including one for directing HBO’s Sister Helen)
- Drummers from Rwanda Drum troupe Ingoma Nshya accompanied by New York City-based all femaile drummers Akalande
- Shay Wafer, Executive Director, 651 Arts
- Roland Laird, CEO, MIST Harlem/My Image Studios LLC
Exclusive screening of scenes from Sweet Dreams, with a special performance from Rwanda Drum troupe, Ingoma Nshya.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
40 West 116th Street (between Lenox and Fifth Avenue)
New York, NY 10026
About MIST Harlem:
MIST (for “My Image Studios”) Harlem, is a $21M, 20,000 sq. ft. cultural entertainment center opening for daily business in late-November. MIST features a 130-seat restaurant (Harvist) and three (3) performance spaces presenting the best in film, live music, spoken word, comedy and more—performed by top established and emerging black & Latino artists from around the world. MIST Harlem is completely minority-owned, and resides in the Kalahari: the 250-unit, award-winning, LEED Gold-certified condo.
About My Image Studios LLC
Located in the Kalahari Condominiums on 116th Street near Lenox Avenue, MIST Harlem will host a 130 seat restaurant and three intimate theaters that will present the best film, live music, spoken word, comedy and plays from Black and Latino culture throughout the world.
Event will include live African drumming by Rwandan troupe Ingoma Nshya, Blue Marble ice cream and a new brand of coffee that is sourced entirely from Rwanda, called Grace Hightower and Coffees of Rwanda