News – Dominican Films Showcase
Full House at the Dominican Film Showcase in Miami, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale!
September 10, 2019
GFDD/Funglode, in collaboration with several organizations including the City of Miami Dade, Latinos United, the General Consulate of Spain in Miami, the Dominican Republic Film Commission (DGCINE), among others, hosted the Dominican Film Showcase in Florida, from September 6 to 8, 2019. The showcase included special screenings of the Dominican film “Lo que siento por […]
Special Presentation of First Feature Film Directed by Waddys Jaquez in New York’s Lincoln Center
July 30, 2018
An enthusiastic audience packed Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theatre last Wednesday, July 25, 2018, to view the special presentation of the Dominican film “La Barbería,” Dominican film maker Waddys Jaquez’ first feature film. At the end of the presentation, the audience gave a prolonged standing ovation to the film. This is the third special presentation that the Dominican Film Showcase (GFDD initiative) and the Dominican Global Film Festival present at the prestigious Lincoln
Costa Ricans Enjoyed Dominican Films
February 23, 2018
For the first time ever, the Dominican Film Showcase went to Costa Rica. Every Tuesday from January 23 to February 20th, Costa Ricans enjoyed an interesting variety of some of the best Dominican films, including: Dólares de Arena, Death by a Thousand Cuts, La Familia Reyna, La Lucha de Ana and Cristo Rey, as well as the presence of special guests such as Yvette Marichal, Director of
the DR Film Commission (DGCine) Laura Amelia Guzmán, Dominican filmmaker, and Danilo Reynoso, Dominican actor and film producer.
“Sol Caribe” and Carlos Alfredo Fatule Brough some Heat to Washington, DC!
February 21, 2018
On Tuesday, February 20th, 2018, GFDD hosted a special screening of the documentary “Sol Caribe” (Caribbean Sun) with the presence of Dominican artist Carlos Alfredo Fatule. This event, part of GFDD’s Dominican Film Showcase and Dominican Get-Togethers initiatives, was celebrated to commemorate the Dominican Republic’s independence by rejoicing in the best of its music and culture.
Pura Vida Aplatanada: Dominican Films Go to Costa Rica!
January 8, 2018
Every Tuesday from January 23rd to February 20th, Costa Ricans and the Dominican diaspora living in San José will be able to enjoy some of the best Dominican films, including: Dólares de Arena, Death by a Thousand Cuts, La Familia Reyna, La Lucha de Ana and Cristo Rey.
Dominican Films “Jeffrey” and “Site of Sites” Presented at GALA Theatre
December 2, 2017
Two Dominican films, Jeffrey and Site of Sites, were part of the 6th Annual ‘REEL Time at GALA Film Festival’ in Washington, DC, presented in collaboration with Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD). On November 30th and December 2nd, Washingtonians enjoyed these movies and post-screening panel discussions with experts, including Hugo Pagan, Dominican film critic and marketer, blogger and distributor; curator Carlos
Gutierrez; and María Victoria Abreu, GFDD’s International Affairs and Socioeconomic Program Manager and Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF)’s programming director.
Getting Inspired to Reach Higher Heights!
October 20, 2017
The Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) hosted a screening of the Dominican film La Montaña (The Mountain) yesterday evening in its DC office for a special edition of the Dominican Film Showcase in the U.S. capital.
GFDD Presents Los Fabulosos Ma’ Mejores in Camden
October 6, 2017
In its latest rendition of the Dominican Film Showcase, the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) presented school children along with their parents at McGraw Mastery School in Camden, NJ to Carlos Manuel Plasencia’s Los Fabulosos Ma’ Mejores (2015).
“María Montez”, the Story of the First Dominican Woman in Hollywood, captures the heart of Washingtonians
September 21, 2017
Before the screening, Maria Victoria Abreu, GFDD’s International Affairs and Socioeconomic Development Program Manager, gave the welcoming remarks and prefaced a video-message from Yvette Marichal, Director, Dominican Republic Film Commission (DGCINE). In her statement, Marichal spoke of the current strength of the Dominican film industry thanks to Law 108-10 (Law for the Promotion of Cinematographic Activities in the Dominican Republic).
GFDD Facilitates Exchange at DFFNY 2017
July 31, 2017
During the “Film Production with a Caribbean Identity: a Master Class” workshop, Dominican producer Elsa Turull sat down with Eusebio to discuss her experiences since her entry into the Dominican film industry at Larimar Films SRL in 2010. Her entry coinciding with the passing of Law 108-10, which provided incentives for the promotion of local film activity, Turull has been behind the production of award-winning films and local box office hits. During the discussion, Turull
underlined that Larimar Films has managed to produce seven films in the past six years.
GFDD Participates in the 6th Annual Dominican Film Festival in New York
July 14, 2017
GFDD is proud to partner with the Dominican Film Festival in New York to support and raise awareness of Dominican films in the United States. Featuring 67 films and their creators, the event has a comprehensive program including workshops, seminars, Q&A sessions, and family activities. With such a variety of activities, the 6th annual Dominican Film Festival clearly offers something for everyone. Also, featuring an impressive array of presenters, the Festival looks to pique the
interests of those looking to learn about or involve themselves in the area of filmmaking.
New York Applauds the US Premiere of Director Archie Lopez “Luis”
May 16, 2017
The most recent production by Dominican film director Archie López, Luis, had its premiere in the United States on May 15 in the Walter Reade Theater at The Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York before a packed auditorium. The premiere included the presence of GFDD/Funglode president, Dr. Leonel Fernández, and Dr. Margarita Cedeño de Fernández, vice president of the Dominican Republic, as well as businessman Manuel Corripio, Dominican producer and director
Archie López, producer Desiré Reyes and part of the premiered movie’s cast.
Dominican Productions Woodpeckers and Jeffrey, Award Winners at the Havana Film Festival in New York
April 9, 2017
The Dominican films Woodpeckers (Carpinteros) and Jeffrey received awards in the eighteenth edition of the New York Havana Film Festival, an internationally recognized competition that celebrates Latin American film. Thanks to the support of GFDD/Funglode’s Dominican Film Showcase and the Dominican Republic’s General Directorate of Film (DGCINE) both productions were screened in New York between March 30 and April 7, accompanied by their
respective directors, José María Cabral and Yanillis Pérez.
Dominican Productions “Woodpeckers” and “Jeffrey” at the Havana Film Festival, in collaboration with the DFS and the DR Film Commission
April 2, 2017
The Dominican films Woodpeckers and Jeffrey are part of the program of the eighteenth edition of the Havana Film Festival, an internationally recognized film festival that celebrates Latin American cinema. Thanks to the support of the Dominican Film Showcase of GFDD and the Dominican Republic Film Commission (DGCine), both productions are premiering in New York accompanied by José María Cabral and Yanillis Pérez, the directors
of the productions, respectively.
Salomé Ureña School Hosts the Screening of Nana to Celebrate Dominican Month
February 13, 2017
In its mission to promote the knowledge and appreciation of Dominican culture as well as to inspire the enrichment of the film culture of the Dominican Republic and bring its unique brand of cinema to a wider audience, Gloal Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) partners with diverse institutions.
Sweet! The Life Story of a Dominican Pitcher Screens at the DR Embassy
December 9, 2016
The last GFDD’s Dominican Film Showcase Embassy Edition of 2016 screened the film ‘Sugar’, a sports drama directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, that follows the story of Miguel Santos, a. k. a. Sugar, a Dominican pitcher from San Pedro de Macorís, struggling to make it to the big leagues and pull himself and his family out of poverty.
New York Welcomes Profound and Revealing Nana Documentary During GFDD’s Dominican Film Showcase
November 18, 2016
In the second event in this year’s Dominican Film Showcase, a Big Apple audience enjoyed the documentary feature Nana and a discussion with its director Tatiana Fernández Geara, who traveled from the Dominican Republic to share her thoughts and impressions on this deep and revealing documentary on the emotional links between nannies and the children they care for.
Los Fabulosos Má Mejores: Laughter, Tenderness, Baseball, Magic…a Brilliant Story in the Heart of Washington DC
November 5, 2016
In closing its successful series, the Dominican Film Showcase in Washington DC chose “Los Fabulosos Má Mejores” a children’s comedy that not only makes us laugh but also transmits a valuable message of hope and perseverance for adults while encouraging reflection. As part of its premiere in Washington DC on November 4th at the Art Museum of the Americas (AMA), the film’s director Carlos Manuel Plasencia and its producer Celinés Toribio were in attendance at the
excellent event. The movie played to a full house of people of all ages who share an avid interest in seeing the best and latest Dominican productions made available in the nation’s capital.
Simple, Profound, with a Message of Hope: La familia Reyna Arrives to Washington DC Loaded with Emotion
November 4, 2016
A simple story with a deep – and inspiring – message. La familia Reyna is any family and every family. That’s why everyone (or nearly everyone) who attended last night’s screening of the film in the Art Museum of the Americas (AMA) felt moved by it, in one way or another. The screening, part of GFDD’s Dominican Film Showcase, was attended by one of the protagonists, Danilo Reynoso, who is also the film’s producer.
A Cry for Freedom, Love and Justice: “Flor de Azúcar” Wins Over Audience in Washington DC at it US Premiere
November 3, 2016
It was truly a night to remember. The US premiere of veteran film director Fernando Báez’s Flor de Azúcar (Sugar Fields) at the opening night of the Dominican Film Showcase in Washington DC turned into a tribute to Dominican film, Dominican women and one of the best Dominican writers of all time, Juan Bosch…and of course, Fernando Báez himself. In addition, other pleasant news emerged: Flor de Azúcar has been shortlisted as a nominee for Best
Foreign Film at this year’s Academy Awards, a milestone in Dominican and Latin American film history.
New York Welcomes Once Again the Dominican Film Showcase with the Comedy Todos los hombres son iguales and the Documentary Nana
October 31, 2016
The city of New York welcomes, for the third consecutive year the Dominican Film Showcase, a Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) initiative, with a comedy and a documentary: Todos los hombres son iguales by Manuel Gómez Pereira, and Nana by Tatiana Fernández Geara.
Washington D.C. Welcomes the Dominican Film Showcase, a Treat to the Dominican Diaspora and Film Lovers
October 18, 2016
Once more, Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) is getting ready to celebrate the Dominican Film Showcase in the nation’s capital from November 2 to 4. Washington, D.C. will host a selection of some of the best and most recent Dominican movies: Flor de Azúcar, La familia Reyna and Los fabulosos ma’ mejores.
Everybody Loves Salsa!
May 11, 2016
Before a packed auditorium, the Dominican documentary Yo Soy la Salsa was screened at the Ibero-American Film Showcase in Washington, DC. This event was organized by the Ibero-American Cultural Attaches Network in the nation’s capital, with the purpose of promoting the culture and heritage of the region.
GFDD’s Dominican Film Showcase Brings Laughter in its Embassy Edition
March 1, 2016
GFDD’s Dominican Film Showcase will be screening a wonderful selection of Dominican films in collaboration with the Dominican Republic Embassy in the United States. The quarterly program of the Dominican Film Showcase Embassy Edition, started with the first screening on March 1, 2016 in Washington, DC, with the film ‘No hay más remedio’ screened to a wonderful audience that attended the invitation and enjoyed the movie.
Dominican Film Showcase Presents Quarterly Program in Collaboration with DR Embassy in Washington, DC
January 20, 2016
The Dominican Film Showcase in Washington, D.C. presents this year a new initiative with the support of the Dominican Republic Embassy. During 2016, GFDD’s Dominican Film Showcase will be screening a wonderful selection of Dominican films in collaboration with the Dominican Republic Embassy in the United States. The quarterly program will start with the first screening on March 1, 2016, with the film No hay más remedio.
Yo Soy la Salsa Encore Screening Success at Dominican Embassy!
December 8, 2015
GFDD, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in the United States, screened Yo Soy la Salsa on December 8th. The film, which was successfully screened at the second day of the GFDD’s Dominican Film Showcase on November 20th, had an encore showing at the Embassy in DC. The documentary follows the beginnings of the salsa music genre and includes interviews with music legend Johnny Pacheco and other influential individuals. Salsa became a cultural
movement that emerged at a time where strengthening Latin culture was greatly needed, and still gets people out onto the dance floor even 50 years later.
Pedro Urrutia’s First Film Código Paz Closes Dominican Film Showcase in D.C. with Great Success
November 22, 2015
The audience lauded the first Dominican-made action film and was also delighted by the presence of the young director at the Art Museum of the Americas. Código Paz has been a great success in the Dominican Republic and is now enjoying worldwide attention. It is the first Dominican film, made under the Film Law, to open simultaneously in all theaters around the country to record audiences and to be showing for a record 19 consecutive weeks in local theaters.
The Dominican Film Showcase in D.C. Pays Homage to Musician Johnny Pacheco with “Yo Soy la Salsa”
November 21, 2015
The second day of the GFDD’s Dominican Film Showcase came with an abundance of rhythm provided by Latin music legend Johnny Pacheco. The documentary “Yo Soy la Salsa,” directed by Manuel Villalona and produced by Andrés Van der Horst, is an homage to the maestro of Salsa, as told through his own testimonies as well as his friends and colleagues, including Rubén Blades, Ismael Miranda, Isidro Infante, Eddie Montalvo, Marc Anthony, Oscar de León and Milly
Night of Laughs with “Los paracaidistas” and Cheddy García at the Opening of the Dominican Film Showcase in D.C.
November 20, 2015
This year the Dominican Film Showcase in Washington, DC could not have had a better opening night. A hundred minutes of pure laughter followed by a pleasant conversation with one of the most famous Dominican comedians and a cocktail reception for new and old friends of the GFDD. The film was “Los paracaidistas,” directed by Archie López, starring the charismatic, award-winning actress Cheddy García, straight from the Dominican Republic for the occasion.
New York Welcomes a New Edition of the Dominican Film Showcase with an Exciting Action Film
November 6, 2015
The Dominican Film Showcase, an initiative of Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD), returned to New York City last night, and it did so with the action film Código Paz, by filmmaker Pedro Urrutia. One of the stars, Héctor Aníbal, traveled from the Dominican Republic to share the evening with the public and the staff of GFDD at the Symphony Space on Broadway in New York.
Comedies, Action, Special Guests and More at Upcoming Dominican Film Showcase
November 3, 2015
In Los paracaidistas, directed by Archie López, a group of friends decide to break the record of going to a hundred parties uninvited…as party crashers. In the process, without realizing it, they risk their jobs, their friendships, and even love. Yo soy la salsa follows the life of Johnny Pacheco, whom we know as one of the great musical legacies responsible for the salsa genre.
The Dominican Production Código Paz to be Screened in NYC as Part of the Dominican Film Showcase Program
October 22, 2015
The upcoming Dominican Film Showcase (DFS) will feature a screening of Código Paz on Friday, November 6th, 2015 at 6 p.m. at the Symphony Space on Broadway in New York. Código Paz,an action film by Pedro Urrutia, follows Pedro Ruiz, a Dominican real estate broker by day and a savvy but out-of-luck thief by night. Desperate to look for respect climbing the money ladder the easy way, he finds himself in the wrong mansion at the wrong time. The
screening will be followed by a Q&A session for the audience with Héctor Aníbal, one of the film’s key actors.