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“Hands To The Sky”

There will be a showing this Saturday night on April 14 at 9:30 PM, of HANDS TO THE SKY at Dixon Place, NYC’s Laboratory for Performance. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. For those of you who enjoy the Sundae Sermon parties with DJ Stormin’ Norman and a variety of guest DJ’s, you will definitely enjoy this film.

My House Rocs presents Hands to The Sky. Domingo Canate – Executive Producer; Angelo Boyke – Director/Editor; JP Noel – Co-Director/Producer; Wendy Arimah – Literary Supervisor/Associate Producer; Kervyn Mark – Music Supervisor/Co-Producer. Hands to The Sky is documentary that focuses on the House Music outdoor movement. It removes the dance experience from the confines of the box and plants it in the park, lays it on the beach and sets it in unexpected and exciting places. The adroit camera crew captures the passionate connection between the dancers and the DJ’s, as they explore the themes of love and unity that emanates from the speakers. It calls souls to a common heartbeat and reveals a mystical, musical revolution on the strength of radical peace and a powerful reflection of freedom.

Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street (btwn rivington & delancy)
New York, NY 10002

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Help kickstart the ‘Changing Face of Harlem’


HarlemGal for HarlemCondoLife
A few years ago a good friend of mine, who is a documentary filmmaker in New York City, wanted me to meet fellow filmmaker Shawn Batey. My good friend knew I was interested in all things positive about Harlem so she said to me “come see a film rough cut about Harlem. There is this filmmaker I want you to meet, who is literally documenting the changes of Harlem. I think you should come.” And so I did. I’m excited to tell you about this documentary about Harlem!

Trailer- Changing Face of Harlem

The rough cut I saw was titled the Changing Face of Harlem. It’s been in the works for more than ten years. The Changing Face of Harlem is a film told from the voices of longtime residents, business owners, politicians, developers, and clergy about the dreams and struggles of a neighborhood. This film explains Harlem’s intricate history and how Harlem is undergoing a huge rebirth and revival just like many other urban communities of color. Changing Face of Harlem takes a critical look at how Harlem has undergone its present transformation.

When a filmmaker sets out to create a documentary especially about Harlem, it takes a lot of hard work-to say the least. That hard work leads to hundreds of hours of footage that needs to be edited. Shawn, the women behind the Changing Face of Harlem, is ready to go into the editing booth to complete her documentary on Harlem. You and I can help her get into the editing booth soon to complete her film. How? By going to Kickstarter.com. Go to Kickstarter to make a donation at various levels. It can be $15 or $1500. Shawn’s goal is to raise $5k this summer so that she can hire an editor.

I made a donation to help Shawn get into the editing booth. I hope you will join me in helping to kickstart and complete the documentary titled the Changing Face of Harlem.

To learn more about the film, go to www.changingfaceofharlem.com

See The Faces Behind Madame Alexander Dolls in Spanish Harlem

By HarlemGal for HarlemCondoLife
This week the 12th Annual Havana Film Festival New York kicks off in the City and runs from April 7-15. This year they have carved out a new prize called the Havana Prize for Best Documentary. Seven films are in competition and one of the seven is The Faces Behind Madame Alexander Dolls, a documentary that pays tribute to the Dominican and Latin American workers who have worked in the famous doll factory, located in Harlem at 615 West 131st Street, dedicating their lives to creating beautiful dolls that have delighted children and adults around the world since the early 1920s. These dolls have been collected by queens, business women, actresses, and world leaders.

The Faces Behind Madame Alexander Dolls is screening this Wednesday, April 6 at El Museo del Barrio in Spanish Harlem. The event is FREE, starts at 6:30 PM and includes a post-show Q&A with director Freddy Vargas and cast members.

Details:
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
El Teatro, El Museo del Barrio
1230 Fifth Avenue (At East 104th Street)
Admission: Free

See ‘True Crime New York’ films at Maysles Cinema in Harlem

I have never seen Inside Job or Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Elliot Spitzer. I have been wanting to see these two documentaries for sometime. Now is my chance to see these films right here in Harlem!  According to Maysles Cinema, they are showing these two films this weekend under their “True Crime New York” series.

Client 9 shows tonight, March 26 at 7:30 PM. “This film is an in-depth look at what Spitzer himself refers to as greek tragedy.” And Inside Job, an Academy Award winner for 2010 Best Documentary, will show tomorrow, March 27 at 7:30 PM. This film “provides a comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, which at a cost over $20 trillion, caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression, and nearly resulted in a global financial collapse.” Order tickets here!

So if you want to see films on “true crime in the rotten apple” – particularly these two films, which is the last chance – head on over to Maysles Cinema in Harlem located at 343 Lenox Avenue, between 127th and 128th Streets. I plan to see one or probably both films this weekend. Lookout on foursquare!