“Maradona ’86″ ESPN 30 for 30, Soccer Documentary

April 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

The ESPN 30 for 30 Documentary Short about the Hillsborough disaster of 1989 is a must see, as well as, the one showing at the Tribeca Film Festival 2014, about soccer great, Diego Armando Maradona, entitled “Maradona ’86.”

“Maradona ’86,” directed by Sam Blair, illustrates the highs and the lows of one of history’s iconic soccer players. Fame saved Maradona from poverty, however, success was more dangerous than he bargained for, and he couldn’t go back to that life. Of the four FIFA World tournaments that Maradona played in, he lead Argentina to their 1986 victory over West Germany.

In the quarterfinal round during that same tournament in 1986, he scored both goals in a 2–1 win over England. The first goal was a questionable and controversial, unpenalized handball known as the “Hand of God”, while the second goal followed a 60 meter run past five of the players on the English team, or “The Goal of the Century”. With the recent tension between the two nations from the 1982 Falklands War, this didn’t help their pre-existing rivalry.

Maradona’s career became even more controversial when he was suspended from participating in the sport for a period of time.

Must see!

Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Tribeca Cinema Theater 1.

Article by Sharon Abella


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Kevin Spacey at the Tribeca Film Festival

April 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

Directed by Sam Mendes, “The Bridge Project” (January 3, 2009 to March 4, 2012), was a collaboration between The Old Vic and Neal Street Theaters and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. It’s goal was for American and British actors to work with one another in many of Shakespeare’s works including, “The Winter’s Tale,” “As You Like It,” “The Tempest,” and finally, “Richard III,” starring Kevin Spacey.

After performing “Richard III” at The Old Vic in 2011, the company brought the show on the road for ten months, performing the play in Greece, Naples, Italy, Istanbul, Turkey, Sydney, Australia, Doha, Qatar, Hong Kong, Beijing, and San Francisco. It is no wonder when they finally arrived at BAM in NYC for 198 performances from January 10 to March 4, 2012, that they were so incredible.

A documentary entitled, “Now: In the Wings on a World Stage” played at the Tribeca Film Festival tonight, April 21, 2014. Demonstrating how the actors prepared, collaborated with one another, and bonded together on and off the stage, the film allowed the viewer to get up close and personal with the theater company, while taking you behind the scenes of the world tour and performances of Sam’s “Richard III,” starring Kevin Spacey.

Kevin admitted that “theater is like walking on a tightrope, I love to get that much closer to the edge.” “The goal? To bring Shakespeare’s work to life, and to take a character (King Richard III), who had been born with a deformity, had heard every derogatory joke imaginable, who was born into royalty, and to turn all of those factors into strengths, and not weaknesses. I let the play take me and it always does. Our job is to bring the writers, in this case, Shakespeare’s work, to life, and in the case of “Richard III,” I wanted to bring the power struggle to life, he lacks a conscience.”

Showing the scene from the Sam Mendes directed film from 1999, “American Beauty,” where Kevin is about to have a moment with his wife (Annette Bening), when she stops and screams, “You are about to spill your drink on our $4000 Italian silk sofa!” Depressed suburban father, Lester Burnham, played by Spacey, rebuts, “This is not living, this is just stuff. It doesn’t mean anything.”

In that regard, it is evident, that he wanted more than just the theater for his company. He wanted all the actors TO LIVE LIFE, TO TRAVEL, and to spend time with one another, showing clips of them on a yacht in the south of Italy, and riding in an SUV in the middle of the desert together. However, there was mention that the distance and hotels does take a toll on their real families lives.

Actor’s thoughts:

“Kevin allowed me ownership of the text.”

“Kevin is mercurial, mysterious, and an observer.”

“We have to remember that what we are doing is playing.”

Article by Sharon Abella


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“Keep on Keepin’ On”

April 20, 2014 § Leave a comment

The jazz performance at the end of “Keep on Keepin’ On” held exclusively for Amex card members on Saturday night, April 19, 2014, may have been in the top 10, if not the #1 event, from the highlights of the Tribeca Film Festival since it’s inception. Five beautiful jazz songs were performed by a myriad of artists, one of whom being, a student of Clark Terry’s, Justin Kauflin, on piano.

First time film director from Australia, Alan Hicks, and ‘his mate’ Adam Hart, started documenting “Keep on Keepin’ On” five years go, and the great Quincy Jones came on as a producer.

Clark Terry is a jazz musician (trumpeter) with a career spanning over seventy years. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and wanted to play the trumpet so badly, that he made one himself out of a lead pipe (mouthpiece), and a funnel (bell). His neighbors couldn’t stand the noise that the makeshift horn made, so they collected $12.50 and bought one from the pawn shop. His first big break was when he was hired by Count Basie, and then as the first black staff musician at NBC. He went on to play with and/or teach some of the jazz greats, including Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Dizzie Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, and Quincy Jones. In fact, Quincy Jones was Clark Terry’s first student, and Clark left the Duke Ellington band to join Quincy Jones eleven years later. He has been inducted into the Jazz at Lincoln Center Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame, and rewarded with the 2010 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He has two Grammy certificates, and three Grammy nominations.

Clark or (C.T.), believes in mentoring and giving back to the community. He stated, “my dreams of playing the horn came true, and now it is my turn to make others’ dreams come true.” C.T. has taken countless students under his wing, one of whom, mentioned earlier, is Justin Kauflin.

Justin lost his vision from exudative retinopathy when he was in the sixth grade. Knowing he was unable to play video games or basketball anymore, he sat down at the piano and fell in love with it. While practicing to be a jazz pianist, he said to his mother, ‘I wish something bad would happen to me so I could play the piano like the famous jazz musicians.’ His mom would hesitantly say, ‘Honey, you just lost your sight, isn’t that bad enough.’ and Justin replied, ‘Naw, what these guys went through is much worse.’

C.T. has had diabetes for over 60 years, and as a result, has been losing his vision too. Justin and Clark could relate to one another in that regard.

Clark Terry’s advice,

“You have to have a desire to excel.”

“You have to want to play better than everybody else.”

“Other students don’t study themselves. You have to know your shortcomings and work on them.”

“Whatever you are doing, do it well.”

“Find your own voice.”

“Don’t copy.”

“If someone believes in you, it makes you believe in yourself more.”

Article by Sharon Abella


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“Super Duper Alice Cooper” Spotlight at Tribeca Film Festival 2014

April 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

In the 80′s, if you wanted to attend a concert, you would either have to dial up on rotary phones to countless busy signals, OR else wait in line OVERNIGHT at the ticket outlet for a chance to see U2, Rush, Bruce Springsteen, Van Halen, or Bon Jovi. There was no point and click on ticketmaster or stubhub.com, and show up with a print out from your home computer option.

The “Godfather of Shock Rock,” ALICE COOPER, who rumor had it, “bit the heads off of live chickens, cut up plastic baby dolls, and wore boa constrictors around his neck, was a parents worst nightmare.

“Super Duper Alice Cooper” breaks down just what was so bad or so good about Alice Cooper. Under all that make up, is a pussy cat. Born in Detroit, MI, Vincent Damon Furnier (Alice Cooper), nearly died when his appendix burst at age 11. Thankfully, he lived, and he learned that life is a miracle. His family moved to Phoenix, Arizona, as they wanted their children to grow up in a healthier environment.

Later, Alice formed a band called “The Spiders,” and they gave L.A. a try. With all of LA’s distractions like “Whiskey a Go-Go,” the bar where “The Doors” used to play, Alice knew the band had to be outrageous. Their music just wasn’t that good, and they needed a gimmick.

With new costumes, and Frank Zappa as a mentor, they kept at it, however, concert promoter, Bill Graham, said they “should either be actors or musicians, but they can’t do both at the same time on stage. This is not theater.”

Alice Cooper left LA with his tail between his legs, however, did not give up. He refused to go back to being Vince, so they tried even more wilder gimmicks until it worked. Fire, blood, vaudeville, panties falling from the ceiling on to the crowd, chickens, dolls, boas, gothic appearances. Nothing was too crazy for them.

This documentary did, however, clear up the whole biting the head off of live chickens thing. It turns out, that Alice didn’t really bite the head off of a live chicken. They threw a live chicken into an audience full of hippies, and when they threw it back on stage, it was dead.

Interviewed live at the Tribeca Film Festival,

THE Alice Cooper shared with me,

“My whole life has been a doc op. ‘Super Duper Alice Cooper’ is a very theatrical documentary. It goes just beyond documentary. It’s as theatrical as the character I play. What shocks ME, Alice Cooper? How anemic rock is right now. There needs to be more rock and roll out there.”

Article by Sharon Abella


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“Super Duper Alice Cooper” is playing tonight,

4/19 at 10:00 pm AMC Loews Village 7
4/20 at 9:30PM, Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 9-6

“Human Capital”/”Il Capitale Umano” at The Tribeca Film Festival

April 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

“Human Capital,” in Italian with English subtitles, is set in Italy and France, stars two of Italy’s finest actresses, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (Carla), and Valeria Golino (Roberta Morelli), and is part of the World Narrative Competition.

Divided into four chapters, all the shots are reshot from a different characters perspective, their lives intersect, they all know one another, and they are all in crisis; exploring feelings of loneliness, being a social outcast, losing wealth, gaining wealth, failure, relationships, cover up’s, extortion, and integrity.

It begins with an average middle class man (Dino), who owns a real estate agency, and would like to buy into (Giovanni) a wealthy tennis partners’ hedge fund. Dino signs away 700,000 Euros that he doesn’t have, with the intentions of making a 30-40% profit, meanwhile, his significant other (Roberta), tells him that she is pregnant.

Six months later, Dino and Roberta are at a gala, where Dino’s daughter’s boyfriend, Massimiliano, is competing for an award. Massimiliano is also the hedge fund owner’s son. Roberta is expecting twins, and begins to have contractions at the dinner table and needs to leave for the hospital asap. Roberta’s car keys are handed off to Serena (the real estate agent’s grown daughter), who was instructed to drive Roberta’s car home. Massimiliano loses the competition, and goes out partying afterwards to drown his sorrows in alcohol, meanwhile, a bicyclist gets hit by a car on the road and is found severely injured in a ditch. Now it becomes a whodunnit, as many of them were out on the road at that time for different reasons.

How much are human lives from different classes worth?

Very interesting. Very well done, and EXTREMELY well acted.

So far, the best Narrative I have seen.

“Human Capital” is playing THREE more times.

4/21 at 10pm
4/22 at 6pm
4/27 at 2:30pm

Article by Sharon Abella
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Tribeca Film Festival 2014

April 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

The Festival began last night, Wednesday, April 16, with one film about, Nas (a hip hop artist), called “Time is Illmatic.”

Thursday, April 17, however, was a movie lovers candy store. In ONE DAY, the topics ranged from rock stars/”Super Duper Alice Cooper,” fashion/”Dior and I,” drug deals/the Spike Lee executively produced, “Manos Sucias,” hot dogs/”Famous Nathan,” Montana/”Fishtail,” and sports/”When the Garden Was Eden.”

Visit http://tribecafilm.com/festival/ for tickets and locations of screenings.


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MTV Music Awards 2014! WINNER of Best Film, “CATCHING FIRE”

April 14, 2014 § Leave a comment

Thank you MTV!!!! Bless you for existing and changing the Rock and Roll world forever! Cheers to the rock stars of the acting world!

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