“Inna De Yard” Movie about Reggae

April 30, 2019 § Leave a comment

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A musical journey with Roots, Rock, and Reggae.

Reggae music was recently added to the list of international cultural treasures by Unesco.

Spend some time on this musical reunion with Rastafarian reggae legends, Ken Boothe, Winston McAnuff, Kiddus I, Jah9, Juddy Mowatt, and Cedric Myton (Congos), in their backyard, located in the panoramic green hills high above Kingston, Jamaica.  Hang out with these veterans and novices, as they record an acoustic album, jam on brass instruments, accordion, acoustic guitar, and piano, prepare for a world tour, listen to vinyl records and smoke some ganja. From a variety of backgrounds (children of jewellery makers, fisherman, and descendants of slaves), many of them started singing in church at an early age.  Although reggae music often has a positive vibe to it, the musicians talk about the history of Jamaica, poverty, religion, dishonest record labels, political unrest, and social injustices.

Album: “Inna De Yard” came out on April 12, 2019.

Tour: “Inna De Yard” will tour Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, and Denmark this Summer 2019.

Movie: “Inna De Yard” in theaters on July 12, 2019.

Tribeca Film Festival screenings:

Wednesday, May 1 at 4:00 PM

Village East Cinema – Theater 5
Director Peter Webber in-person!

Friday, May 3 at 5:00 PM

Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11 – Theater 6

Directed by Peter Webber (The Girl with a Pearl Earring)

“Woodstock: Three Days That Defined A Generation”

April 29, 2019 § Leave a comment

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Woodstock: Three Days That Defined A Generation” is less about the actual concert performances from the classic rock era musicians, and more about what is was like to put the festival together, be a musician playing at the festival, and attend the festival as a peace and love searching concert-goer.  The film has a few more screenings at The Tribeca Film Festival 2019, will then play at the Quad Cinema in NYC starting on May 24, 2019, at Landmark’s Nuart Cinema on June 7, 2019, and will also air on PBS/WGBH in August 2019 (for the 50th Anniversary).

Transport yourself back to the late 60’s when four businessmen had the idea of putting together three days of politically conscious music on a farm in Bethel, NY.  The planning included where to hold the gathering, figuring out which amenities, and how many of each to obtain, putting up fences/gates, stage design, performers, and ticket sales.  The concert organizers were uncertain of how many people would actually show up, as many of the music lovers didn’t plan ahead, and just made the journey from all around the country just to listen to music and meet other like minded people searching for answers to questions like, “Why was the VietNam war still going on?”, the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and MLK (1968), and civil and social injustices.

The film really makes you feel as if you were in the audience and actually attending the festival, detailing the times the musicians went up on stage, the musicians that improvised for the sake of scheduling, which performers were scheduled for which dates and times, when people walked around the grounds and experienced the arts and crafts and other visitors and performers, the drugs that were taken, the times the rains came, the slip and slides in the mud, how they communicated with one another and the outside world, went skinny dipping, gave birth, first aid tents, make shift tents/hippy buses, slept, searched for food, and finally went home, unscathed.

Must experience!

Tue. 4/30, 6:45 p.m., Village East Cinema 4

Wed. 5/1, 3:15 p.m., Village East Cinema 6Sat.

5/4, 2:30 p.m., Regal Battery Park 5

“The Apollo”

April 27, 2019 § Leave a comment

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The 18th Annual Tribeca Film Festival opened up with a screening of “The Apollo,” about the legendary theater, which has been providing over 80 years of Black Entertainment, located on 125th Street between Frederick Douglass and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevards in NYC, NY.  The film captures the 1,506 seat venue, which became ‘The Apollo’ in 1938, with honesty and pride.  Amateur Night at The Apollo, founded by Ralph Cooper, is held every Wednesday evening, and offers unknown African American artists a chance to perform with the hopes of catching their big break.

The film also provides interesting facts you may or may have not have known about the following singers and performers:

Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Billy Holiday, Dinah Washington, Eartha Kitt, Etta James, Martha and the Vandellas, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Supremes, Little Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, The Isley Brothers, James Brown, Pharrell Williams, and Common,

Comedians: Redd Foxx, Richard Pryor, Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle,

Social unrest and racial discrimination: Trayvon Martin, Jamar Clark, and Eric Garner,

Politicians and activists: Malcolm X, Charles Rangel, and Barack Obama,

Businessmen: Bobby Schiffman, Percy Sutton, and the financial up’s and downs the theater has seen over the years,

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Tribute concerts to those entertainers who have passed away: James Brown (2006), Michael Jackson (2009), Whitney Houston (2012),  Prince (2016), and Aretha Franklin (2018).

Must see!

HBO

“Maiden”

April 26, 2019 § Leave a comment

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Opens June 28, 2019 in NY/LA.  Sony Picture Classics

One of my favorite films at Tribeca 2019.

The Whitbread Around the World Sailing Race (WRTWR) began in 1973, and was originally sponsored by a brewery in Britain that grew into a hotel chain.  The race is held every three years, and is now known as the Volvo Ocean Race.

When Tracy Edwards was 10 years old, her father died from a cardiac arrest.  When she was 16, she found herself escaping an alcoholic stepfather, dropping out of school, and heading to the Greek Islands.  Leaving everything behind, she found freedom in sailing. Although the all male crew was hesitant to hire a female, she landed a job as a cook on board a yacht that was competing in the Whitbread Challenge.  When she managed to get away from cooking and cleaning, she learned as much as she could above deck.

Wanting to sail around the world again, Tracy was determined to form the first all female sailing crew and compete in the 1989/90 Whitbread Race with 9 women. Her idea was met by many obstacles, however. Firstly, funding the adventure was looking bleak as no one would take the women seriously thinking women did not have the stamina that was required. Secondly, personality conflicts among the female crew were a growing concern, and lastly, repairing their extremely dilapidated boat, seemed hopeless.

Over 3 months at sea, 30 foot waves, and the dangerous Southern Ocean crossing, the film takes you through each leg of the race:

1. Southampton, England to Punta del Este, Uruguay  5,938 miles

2. Punta del Este, Uruguay to Fremantle, Australia    7,260 miles

3. Fremantle, Australia to Auckland, New Zealand   3,272 miles

4. Auckland, New Zealand to Punta del Este, Uruguay  6,255 miles

5. Punta del Este, Uruguay to Fort Lauderdale, Florida  5,475 miles

6. Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Southampton, England  3, 818 miles

Will they persevere?

Must see!

Wed May 1, 2019  6:00pm VEC-01  Village East Cinema

Thurs  May 2, 2019  6:00pm VEC-06  Village East Cinema

Saturday May 4, 2019 1:30pm  RGL-03  Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11

“Mercy”

April 25, 2019 § Leave a comment

Travel to Cameroon where 14 year old Edith seeks surgery to remove a tumor from her jaw.  Very inspirational.  Tribeca Cinema 360, Virtual Arcade at Spring Studios.

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