“Get on Up”

August 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

Lots of loss, and a whole lot of soul.

“I paid the cost to be the boss.” ~ James Brown


The James Brown biopic starts off when a 55 year old James Brown reacts negatively to a tragic event that just took place in his life and storms into an insurance meeting. It is not until the end of the film that you piece the timeline of events together to understand why and how he behaved the way he did.

Next the film turns back to 1968 with James Brown and his entourage on a military plane flying through a war zone trying to make it to a concert for the troops. Although it is dangerous, James feels that it is not yet his time to go.

Flash back to 1939, when you see him as a young boy being raised in the woods in Augusta, GA. His father is abusive towards him and his mother and, eventually she leaves. The father goes off to war, leaving James alone in the center of town. He ventures into the community church where he looks up to the eccentric minister, who is twirling around, while preaching the gospel. It is obvious, this was one of his influences.

Skip ahead to 1949 where he steals a mans suit, and is about to be punished when a band member from a group called “The Starlighters” comes to his aide. James begins to sing with them.

From there you journey on his rise to fame, his wife and family, King Records signing him, the return of his mother, his relationship with his wife, his band, his good tried and true friend, Bobby Byrd, his manager, stage performances, the infamous concert at the Boston Garden, MLK’s death, back taxes, his desire to stay on top, and finally back to the first scene in Augusta, GA in 1988.

He died on Christmas Day 2006. He was 73.

The film flips back and forth over his lifespan more than any other film I’ve ever seen, however, it is understandable and entertaining.

4 out of 5 stars.

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“Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory”

July 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

Starts on Friday, July 18, 2014 at the Landmark Sunshine Theater in New York City, and on 80 screens throughout the United States.

Producer, Regina Scully, refers to “Alive Inside” as “the little film that could.”

The film demonstrates how music connects, heals, and restores lives.

“Alive Inside” starts out with the founder of Music and Memory, Dan Cohen, interviewing a 90 year old woman sitting in a wheelchair explaining how she can’t remember anything anymore.

Dementia is a loss of brain function that affects memory, thinking, language, judgment, and behavior. People with dementia may have problems with short-term memory, keeping track of a purse or wallet, paying bills, planning and preparing meals, remembering appointments or wandering out of their neighborhood.

As people age, it is not uncommon for them to loose their independence, loose their dignity, and may even be dealing with loss of loved ones as well.

Over the course of three years, Dan visited many Nursing Homes in the NYC area including, Cobble Hill, Patterson Extended Care Nassau University, LI State Veterans Home, and North Shore University Hospital-LIJ, and placed headphones connected to nano-sized ipods downloaded with songs from their past, on those diagnosed with diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Multiple Sclerosis and Schizophrenia. As we all know music takes you back in time. When you listen to a song from a certain time in your life, you reflect back on where you were, who you were associating with, and the memories that you shared. When the elders listened to songs that they were familiar with, songs that they had grown up with, and maybe even their favorite song of all time, the results were astonishing.

Their faces lit up, they started singing and dancing along, and even became emotional. It was as if a new person was awakened. The music had meaning, and connected them to memories from the past and who they are as human beings. They were able to leave the daily routine and their illnesses behind and go into a world that they were familiar with on their own terms. By getting to know the person first, and helping people find that song, the nursing home population was able to sing and live again.

“Music and Memory” has grown from 56 nursing homes to 650 locations and has a core belief that as the population ages, they will need to do so healthily.

“It takes me back to my school days.”

“I like Cab Calloway.”

“It reminds me of riding a bike, which is how I used to earn my living.”

“Music and Memory” is a non-profit, and the nano and headphones cost approximately $50.00 each. Old ipods or financial donations are appreciated.


Article by Sharon Abella
One World Cinema


July 11, 2014 § Leave a comment

“Virunga” premiered at this years Tribeca Film Festival on April 17, 2014, in the WORLD DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION, and was graciously screened again, last night, with the generosity of Bennett Miller, the Cannes 2014 Winner for BEST DIRECTOR, for his latest film “Foxcatcher,” which will be released in November, 2014.


Bordering on Rwanda and Uganda, “Virunga” is a 7,800 square kilometre National Park in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Established in 1925, it is Africa’s first National Park, as well as, a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site since 1979.


The wildlife population, especially, the mountain gorillas (only 800 left worldwide), are under attack by illegal hunters and rebels, the LRA, Kivu, and Ituri fighting within the Congo Civil War. Not only is the park valuable from an environmental stand point, but as a mineral resource as well.


In 2010, oil was discovered in Virunga. The film alleges that an international oil and gas exploration and production company, headquartered in London and listed on the London Stock Exchange, made their way into the park to search for the precious commodity, however, the oil company states that none of the films allegations are accurate. Most recently, the company has stated that they have pulled out of the park all together, a claim, which the films producers say is false, and which is only being used as a pr strategy. All parties involved are playing with forces that are very powerful and extremely dangerous.


On April 15th, 2014, two days before the films premiere, Belgian national, and the director of Virunga National Park, Emmanuel de Merode, was shot by three gunmen while driving through the park. He and park rangers appeared many times in the documentary. Director, Orlando von Einsiedel, stated the bullets missed Emmanuel’s major organs and spinal cord, and at the time of the Tribeca premiere, he was listed in stable condition. At the screening held on July 9, 2014, the film’s producer, stated Emmanuel has since made a full recovery and is back to work in the park.


Howard Buffett (Howard G. Buffett Foundation), and author of ‘Threatened Kingdom: The Story of the Mountain Gorilla,’ stated, “Virunga is one of the most beautiful and most dangerous places on Earth. This film is about choices and heros. The choice is putting our time and effort into preserving a world treasure, and a resource for so many, OR watch the mineral resources in the park get exploited. The choice is clear.”


The goal now is to raise public awareness.


Visit http://virungamovie.com/ to learn more and get involved.

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“The Beatles: A Hard Day’s Night” 50th Anniversary Release

June 28, 2014 § Leave a comment



50th Anniversary Release of “The Beatles: A Hard Day’s Night”

New 4K Restoration from the Original Camera Negative

New 5.1 Surround Mix Produced by Giles Martin

Opening in theaters on July 4, 2014 in almost 100 cities
(Scroll to the end of the article for the locations and theaters).

Courtesy of Janus Films

This is a Cheeky, Raucous, Irreverent film that will make most warm-blooded mammals laugh from the first scene, until the last! It is brilliant for a summer night out!

If you are a film or music fan, you most likely have already seen “A Hard Day’s Night” before, however, make a summertime date with the famous Fab Four, and see it again on the big screen, with the new restoration, at an art house cinema, and you really can’t go wrong.

It is necessary to give accolades to the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, because, “if it weren’t for Elvis, there would never have been any Beatles.” John Lennon had admitted, that from the moment he first learned about Elvis and saw all the attention that he was receiving, he wanted to be just like him.

So although, there is no denying that the Beatles changed music forever, it was really ELVIS who was the King of their inspiration.


For those who have not seen “A Hard Day’s Night” before, the Beatles had already been a popular recording act, with several Top 20 hits in the U.K., when they arrived in NYC to perform on the Ed Sullivan show on February 7, 1964. A record breaking 73 million viewers tuned in, and the British invasion began.

One month later, across the pond, the film was in the works. The music lover and film producer, Walter Shenson, was brought on by United Artists. Shenson, who had previously worked with Director, Richard Lester, on “The Mouse on the Moon,” mentioned the gist of the project, and Richard jumped at the opportunity.

However, to receive the final green light, the film had to be true to the way the Beatles actually lived, and scriptwriter, Alun Owen, who wrote the television play, “No Trams to Lime Street,” which depicted Liverpool, was chosen.

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The film begins with the song “A Hard Day’s Night” playing while the Fab Four are running through town trying to make it to the train station on time before their train departs. Once on board, they start a conversation with an older gentleman, who Paul comments, is his grandfather. John is cheekily trying to snort a Coke (Coca-Cola) bottle up his nose in the background, and a business man wants the train car his way demanding that the windows be closed shut. The laughs just continue from there on out, when the boys are flirting with girls, and the grandfather cunningly tells the young women that the boys are really prisoners. An acoustic version of “I Should Have Known Better” is being played on the train.

Film director, Richard Lester, “relied on improvisation rather than rehearsal, creating a freshness that was clear on-screen.” “Before we started, we knew that it would be unlikely that they could (a) learn, (b) remember, or (c) deliver with any accuracy a long speech. So the structure of the script had to be a series of one-liners,” Lester later stated, “This enabled me, in many of the scenes, to turn a camera on them and say a line to them, and they would say it back to me.”

The result, the bandmates play brilliant, clever, crafty, and smart-alicky versions of themselves.

Lester’s visual style mixed techniques from narrative films, documentary, the French New Wave, and live television to create something that felt, and was, spontaneous. “I have seen directors who write down a list of scenes for the day, and then sit back in a chair while everything is filmed according to plan. I can’t do that. I know that good films can be made this way, but it’s not for me. I have to react on the spot. There was very little structure that was planned except that we knew that we had to punctuate the film with a certain number of songs.”

Recorded at EMI Studios in Abbey Road, London, they cut “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “And I Love Her,” “I Should Have Known Better,” “Tell Me Why,” “If I Fell,” and “I’m Happy Just to Dance with You,” in only three days.

Must See!

Photos of Liverpool and Article by Sharon Abella
Editor of One World Cinema


Montgomery – Capri Theatre

Anchorage – Bear Tooth Cinema

Tucson – The Loft Cinema

Little Rock – Colonel Glenn 18

Vancouver – Pacific Cinematheque

Bakersfield – Valley Plaza
Berkeley – Rialto Elmwood
Eureka – Eureka Theater
La Mesa – Grossmont Center
Los Angeles – Cinefamily
Malibu – The Malibu Film Society
Modesto – State Theater
Monterey – Osio Cinemas
Mountain View – Century Cinemas 16
Murrieta – Reading Cinemas Cal Oaks
Oxnard – Century RiverPark
Palm Springs – Camelot Theatres
Pasadena – Laemmle Playhouse 7
Sacramento – Tower Theater
San Diego – Gaslamp
San Francisco – Castro Theatre
San Luis Obispo – Palm Theatre
San Rafael – Smith Rafael Film Center
Santa Cruz – Del Mar Theatre

Fort Collins – Lyric Cinema Cafe
Littleton – Alamo Drafthouse

Hartford – Cinestudio
Milford – Connecticut Post 14

Wilmington – Theatre N

Coral Gables – Coral Gables Art Cinema
Jacksonville – Sun-Ray Cinema
Key West – Tropic Cinema
Maitland – Enzian Theatre
Tallahassee – Tallahassee Film Festival

Athens – Ciné
Atlanta – Plaza Theater
Sandy Springs – LeFont Theaters

Honolulu – Kahala 8
Maui – Kaahumanu 6

Champaign – The Art Theater
Chicago – Music Box Theater
Downer’s Grove – Tivoli at Downer’s Grove
Normal – Normal Theater
Peoria – Landmark Cinemas

Fort Wayne – Cinema Center

Des Moines – Fleur Cinema
Iowa City – FilmScene

Lawrence – Liberty Hall

Lexington – Kentucky Theater
Louisville – Baxter 8

Baton Rouge – Cinemark Perkins Rowe
New Orleans – The Prytania Theatre

Waterville – Maine Film Festival

Baltimore – The Senator
Hanover – Cinemark Egyptian 24

Amherst – Amherst Cinema
Brookline – Coolidge Corner Theatre
Cape Cod – Cape Cinema
Danvers – Hollywood Hits
Gloucester – Cape Ann Community Cinema
Martha’s Vineyard – Martha’s Vineyard Film Center
Williamstown – Images Cinema

Ann Arbor – Michigan Theater
City of Detroit Outdoor Screenings
Detroit – Cinema Detroit
Kalamazoo – Alamo Drafthouse
Manistee – The Vogue Theatre
Traverse City – State Theatre

Duluth – Zinema 2
Minneapolis – St. Anthony Main Theatre

Columbia – Ragtag Cinema
Kansas City – Tivoli Cinemas
Springfield – Moxie Cinema
St. Louis – Chase Park Plaza

Missoula – The Roxy Theater

Kearney – The World Theatre
Lincoln – Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center
Omaha – Film Streams
Wayne – The Majestic

Sparks – Century Sparks

Concord – Red River Theatre
Wilton – Town Hall Theatre

Asbury Park – The ShowRoom
Manville – Reading Cinemas Manville

Albuquerque – The Guild Cinema

Amherst – Screening Room Cinemas
Binghamton – The Art Mission & Theater
New York City – Film Forum
Pelham – The Picture House
Pleasantville – Jacob Burns Film Center
Rochester – George Eastman House
Rosendale – Rosendale Theatre
West Hampton – Performing Arts Center

Asheville – Carolina Cinemas
Cornelius – Studio C Cinema
Raleigh – Raleigh Grande
Winston-Salem – A/perture Cinema

Akron – The Nightlight Cinema
Cleveland – Cleveland Museum of Art
Columbus – Wexner Center for the Arts
Dayton – The Neon
Toledo – Franklin Park 16

Oklahoma City – Museum of Art
Tulsa – Circle Cinema

Kingston – The Screening Room
Toronto – Cineplex Cinemas Yonge & Dundas
Waterloo – Princess Cinemas

Portland – Hollywood Theater

Bethlehem – ArtsQuest
Bryn Mawr – Bryn Mawr Film Institute
Erie – Film at the Erie Art Museum
Lewisburg – Campus Theatre
Milford – Black Bear Film Festival
Philadelphia – International House
Phoenixville – The Colonial Theatre
Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh Filmmakers

Montreal – Cinema Cineplex Forum

Newport – Jane Pickens
Providence – Cable Car Cinema

Charleston – Terrace Theater

Sioux Falls – Century East at Dawley Farm

Memphis – indieMemphis
Nashville – Belcourt Theatre

Austin – Alamo Drafthouse
Dallas – Angelika Film Center
El Paso – Plaza Classic Film Festival
Fort Worth – Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Houston – Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
New Braunfels – Alamo Marketplace
Plano – Angelika Plano
San Antonio – Alamo Westlake

Salt Lake City – Tower Cinema

Ashburn – Alamo One Loudoun
Fairfax – Angelika Mosaic
Norfolk – Naro Cinema
Williamsburg – Kimball Theatre
Winchester – Alamo Drafthouse

Bellevue – Lincoln Square Cinemas
Bellingham – Pickford Film Center
Camas – Liberty Theater
Langley – The Clyde Theatre
Olympia – Capitol Theater
Port Townsend – Rose Theatre
Seattle – SIFF Cinema
Tacoma – Grand Cinema
Spokane – Bing Crosby Cinema>
Vancouver – Kiggins Theatre

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Human Rights Film Festival June 12-22, 2014

May 28, 2014 § Leave a comment


Held at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and IFC.

The annual Human Rights Film Festival goes where so many fear to tread by devoting attention to people and issues that are so often ignored and neglected. Travel to distant countries, and observe how different cultures and societies are run.


“Evaporating Borders: A Story in 5 Parts” directed by Iva Radivojevic, is a 73 minute film about migrants who travel from Syria to the island off the coast of Syria and Lebanon, Cyprus.

Sharing the viewpoints from many perspectives; the migrant, the case worker, the locals, and the government, the film makes a powerful impact.

Screening on:

June 15, 2014 at 7pm at IFC, and on

June 17, 2014 at 9:15pm at Film Society of Lincoln Center

Screening followed by discussion with filmmaker Iva Radivojevic

Presented with: Independent Filmmaker Project, http://www.ifp.org

Part 1: An Island in the Sun

The viewer is reminded how migrants risk their lives on a daily basis, traveling by boat from countries in turmoil with the hopes of settling in a nation in the EU. Many travel from Tunisia to Croatia and Italy, or from Syria to Cyprus, as Cyprus is considered one of the easiest ports of entry. All too often, the outcome is unsuccessful.

Cyprus, a multicultural island with a Greek Cypriot majority and a Turkish Cypriot minority, consists of a population comprised of 25% immigrants from Sri Lanka and the Phillipines, Russians, Christian Orthodox, Eastern Europeans who fled the Balkan Wars, Romanians, Bulgarians, and Bangladeshi, Chinese, and African college students.

The Capital of Cyprus, Nicosia, is the only military divided city in Europe. In 1974, Greek Cypriot nationalists attempted a coup d’etat, Turkey invaded Cyprus, turning many Cypriots into refugees.

Part 2: The Visitors.

Many refugees make their way from Syria, Iran, Sudan, Afghanistan, Palestinians from Iraq, and Egypt, and register as asylum seekers at the immigration center. As can be imagined, they come searching for stability and a better future for their children. In Syria, many of their families have either been threatened, disappeared, or killed.

A 5o year old Palestinian professor and Physics researcher, who was born in Baghdad, Iraq, and left Syria with his wife and son to escape the suffering, traveled into Cyprus using fake Algerian passports. He shares his heart wrenching story of the discrimination he has faced.

Part 3: Fear’s Invention

Listen to the case workers side of the story, and their conundrum of where the migrants are supposed to live and work in the small nation of only 800,000 people.

The migrants will often lie about their religious beliefs, and health status, in order to be eligible for benefit pay. Resentment builds from the locals who work for low wages, as they see the refugees receive pay for doing nothing.

The Anti-Fascist parties also share their negative feelings towards the migrants, and believe they bring problems to the country, such as, unemployment.

Part 4: Imagined Identity

The harsh reality; tent cities, benefits being taken away, long hours, low wages, missing children, hunger strikes and suicide, plagues the area.

Part 5: Evaporating Borders

Migrants are starting to believe that they are criminals who have overstayed their welcome, meanwhile, the EU has offered financial assistance to the Cyprus Government in order to cover Asylum seekers’ benefits.

The laws the migrants are entitled to are also discussed.

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“Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me”

June 13, 2014
9:30 PM / IFC Center
Screening followed by discussion with filmmaker Khalo Matabane
Presented with: African Film Festival, Inc., http://www.africanfilmny.org

June 14, 2014
6:30 PM / Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater
Screening followed by discussion with filmmaker Khalo Matabane
Presented with: African Film Festival, Inc., http://www.africanfilmny.org

Apartheid, Yearning for Freedom, Reconciliation, Forgiveness, and Transition to Democracy.

The writer and director of “Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me,” Khalo Matabane, begins his film with him typing and narrating a letter to South African, anti-apartheid revolutionary, and former President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, Nelson Mandela, or “Madiba”. The letter begins with Khalo confessing that he was just 7 years old when he had first heard about Nelson Mandela, and states, “My mother was very hopeful that you would free South Africa from apartheid.” Khalo continues to reflect back on his own life, drawing parallels of the impact that Nelson Mandela made in history with his upbringing, as he lived through this historical time.

Khalo recalls going to the store with his grandparents in the 1980’s and the humiliation they felt when they had to buy goods from the window, while the whites were allowed to shop from inside.

At Grand Parade, Cape Town, on the 11th of February, 1990, when Nelson Mandela was released after serving 27 years in prison, he humbly greeted the crowd stating, “I stand here before you, not as a person, but as a humble servant for you, the people.”

Activists, leaders, and photo journalists, Greg Marinovich (photojournalist), Zubeida Jaffer (journalist and activist), Ronald Kasrils (Minister of Intelligence 2004-2008), His Holiness the Dalai Lama (Retired Political Leader in Exile), Binyavanga Wainaina (Writer), Elia Suleiman (Filmmaker), General Colin Powell, Selina Williams (Activist), Albie Sachs, John Carlin (Writer and Journalist), Professor Adam Habib, Nkwame Cedile (Activist), pay their respects to Mandela and discuss his “magnetism,” “leadership qualities,” “charm,” “anger,” “forgiving,” characteristics.

“There are no miracles. People fought for freedom and paid a huge price.”

“During my lifetime, I have dedicated my life to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against White domination, I have fought agains Black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for, and to see realized. But my lord, if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013)

Article by Sharon Abella
One World Cinema


Master of Science in Global Studies and International Relations

May 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

Thank you to those who wrote a letter of recommendation for me back in January 2014. I have been accepted to three top ranked Universities specializing in Global Studies and International Relations. Now, which one to choose?



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“The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir”

April 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

“The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir” opens with old footage of Jerry turning to Bobby and saying, “I guess it’s you and me, Bob.”

Cut to Bob Weir, in modern day, driving his car across the Golden Gate Bridge from Sausalito to San Fran, explaining to the camera, “I’ve stood on stage more than any other, at least for the 3000 ‘Grateful Dead’ shows.”

Mike Gordon from ‘Phish’ shared this comment about Bob:

“If you don’t have an ego, you can be #2 on the planet, and that’s what makes Bob so special.”

Born in San Francisco on October 16, 1947, co-founder, vocalist, and rhythm guitarist of “The Grateful Dead,” wild child, Bob Weir, was kicked out of play school, and suffered from dyslexia, however, it was never diagnosed. His adopted parents worried about him, especially when he chose to be a musician. Bob met banjo player, Jerry Garcia, on New Year’s Eve of 1963-64 in Palo Alto, California at ‘Dana Morgan’s Music Store,’ and they instantly hit it off, formed a jug band, then a rock and roll band, and set off from Palo Alto, to San Fran, to the world.

On October 1, 1965 began the psychedelics, having taken one hit every Saturday for one year, riding along in the bus with Ken Kesey, the Merry Pranksters, and Neal Cassidy, going to Kool-Aid parties, and having a difficult time playing the guitar when the neck was turning into a ‘snake like critter’. Bobby explained that it was ‘permissive bedlam’. The once red, now purple, 710 Ashbury Street, where Neal Cassidy was his roommate. Bobby was considered the best looking and the heart throb of the band. He recalled his first real adventure with songwriting, “The Other One,” was a story trying to be told.

Once they realized that they could get paid to perform, they hit the road and didn’t look back.

The doc goes on to discuss the whole subculture, when they realized that the faces in the front row were the faces from the front row from a different city the night before, how Jerry was like a big brother to Bobby, the Dead’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, and how Jerry felt the R&R Hall of Fame was just a cult of personality, Jerry’s reverence for American Musical Tradition, his coma, their popularity through MTV music videos with 1987’s “In the Dark”/’Touch of Gray’, the drugs, the yoga, diving trips in Kauai and Pahoa, Hawaii, rehab, Jerry’s death on August 13, 1995, the obligation Bob felt to carry on for the fans, settling down and having 2 girls at age 50, wanting to find his biological parents, making sense of the endless depth to life, and searching for timelessness.



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