The Sun Rises on the Truth

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Gina Sosa Suarez, director of “The Sun Rises on the Truth”

In her own words: I embarked on this film journey from a promise to my mother, and my mother to my father, and my father to his Brothers and Sisters in Arms. The opportunity to one day tell their true life stories of what they and their families went through in the darkest period of Cuban History, in their generation. Much has been written, much has been said, yet those who truly fought in the mountains of La Sierra Maestra; have never really spoken their Truth.

This will be one of the many film projects we will embark on. The first must be in honor of The Constitutional Armed Forces of Cuba, the plight and exodus of so many Cubans in 1959 to the date. In their words, or their families!

To begin to heal 58 years of Cuban history, we must start with the men, women and their families who were murdered with no due process, who have been thrown in jail, who have been falsely accused and who lost everything. We will not judge, we will tell a story, to bring justice to light; for everyone deserves to tell their Story.

I Have Been Everywhere, Man – with James Gelet Tonight 8pm CST

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Co Host: Monica Valdes of DocMiami.org

The past year and half, James Gelet has been traveling solo across the United States, telecommuting for work, living in hotels, and snapping photos at film and TV set locations as he goes.

Tune in to hear more about his adventures and travels to famous film and tv sites.

UNBREAKABLE – A Story of Hope and Healing in Haiti Wednesday at 8pm CST

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Co Host Monica Rosales, Director of DocMiami.Org

Michael Macari, Director of UNBREAKABLE: Haiti, is a thirty year veteran television producer, His works have appeared on PBS, NBC, Discovery, A & E, NBC Sports and outlets worldwide.

UNBREAKABLE – A Story of Hope and Healing in Haiti

In the late afternoon of January 12, 2010, an otherwise ordinary day turned into a nightmare, forever changing the tranquil yet volatile nation of Haiti.

A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck the land that day devastating an already impoverished nation. It wiped out entire villages, and collapsed buildings including the country’s government headquarters. Hundreds of thousands lost their lives, more than one million were displaced, and tens of thousands were injured—including countless children and young people who suffered the loss of limbs.

Two American organizations stepped in. Despite corruption in the country and the threat of failure, Project Medishare set up clinics to aid the victims, and the Knights of Columbus, an international charitable organization, provided the funding necessary to ensure that prosthetic limbs would be made available for every child amputee. But this was only the beginning of the story.

A small group of earthquake victims became emboldened to defy deeply entrenched Haitian stereotypes against people with disabilities. They formed Team Zaryen, an amputee soccer team that has transformed victims into beacons of hope, creating real possibilities for those attempting to rebuild their lives from the rubble of the 2010 earthquake. Team Zaryen’s dream to give back to those whose efforts helped them get back on their feet stretches all the way to Washington, offering help and inspiration to wounded American veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

South Florida’s Rising Seas – Documentary 3/16/2015

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Rising Seas

Discussion about the rising sea levels in South Florida with Co Host: Monica Rosales Executive Director of DocMiami Film Festival

Juliet Pinto, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Department of Journalism and Broadcasting in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Florida International University. She has developed classes in environmental journalism and communication, and has taken students to the Galapagos to report on issues pertaining to resource use and management there, as well as scuba dived down 62 feet to watch NASA astronauts train at the underwater Aquarius Reef Base in the Florida Keys. Her award-winning documentary on sea level rise, “South Florida’s Rising Seas” aired in January 2014 and was repurposed by PBS NewsHour for their national newscast.

Kate MacMillin the producer of the award-winning documentary “South Florida’s Rising Seas,” has a B.A. from Boston University and a Master’s Degree in English Literature from Simmons College in Boston. She and three other SJMC colleges won the prestigious 2012-15 Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education grant to conduct community-engaged journalism about the threats of sea level rise in South Florida. MacMillin co-executive produced the HIV/AIDS documentary “Lessons from South Africa”, and the Web series “The Stigma Stops with Me.” This two-year AIDS initiative culminated in a one-hour special, “Tell Somebody: The New Face of AIDS”, which aired on WPBT, October 15, 2009.

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John Englander is an oceanographer, consultant and sea level rise expert. His broad marine science background coupled with degrees in geology and economics allows him to see the big picture on climate and look ahead to the large-scale financial and societal impacts, particularly as they relate to sea level rise.  He brings the diverse points of view of an industry scientist, entrepreneur and CEO.

For over 30 years, he has been a leader in both the private sector and the non-profit arena, serving as CEO for such noteworthy organizations as The Cousteau Society and The International SeaKeepers Society.  As the Founder of the Rising Seas Group, he works with businesses, government agencies, and communities helping them understand the financial risks of sea level rise. His best selling book, High Tide On Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisisclearly explains the science behind sea level rise, the impending devastating economic impacts and the “intelligent adaptation” that all businesses and coastal communities must consider today.  Mr. Englander is a sought after keynote speaker. His recent media appearances include MSNBC, Fox Business Channel, Al Jazeera America, ABC, CCTV (China), National Public Radio (NPR), and SkyNews TV-UK.  He has been featured in USA Today, Huffington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Publisher’s Weekly.

In Love With Bolero with Eloy Cepero Thu, Aug 21th 6PM CST

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Co Hosting: Monica Rosales, Executive Director of DocMiami.org

Eloy Cepero is an avid music collector, historian, and TV and radio show host.  His top rated “Grandes Leyendas Musicales” (Great Musical Legends) has aired nerly 200 shows on three different local tv stations.  For the past 5 years, he has been hosting a radio show by the same name on WWFE, La Poderosa, Saturdays from 12 to 1 PM which, to date, has aired over 250 radio shows.

Since 2008, at the University of Miami Institute of Cuban and Cuban American Studies (ICCAS), Eloy heads a living history project, also  named “Grandes Leyendas Musicales”, where once a month he interviews important figures of Cuban music before a live audience, about their lives, experiences and contribution to music.   These interviews are preserved both at ICCAS and the Cuban Heritage Collection of the University of Miami for future use by anyone wanting to research the music, musicians and times.

His first published book, “Cuba 1902 – 1962, a Journey Through Postcards” was a best seller and was followed by “Cuba 1898 – 1915, a Journey Through Postcards”.  His latest book “Tales of a Cuban Family from Bahia Honda to Iceland, Memories of a Pedro Pan,” has been well received and he recently collaborated with 30 other Cuban exiled writers, on “Cuba, an Epic Journey” depicting the rise of the Castro regime and the last 50 years of the Cuban exile in the U.S.

We’ll be discussing his latest work, “In Love With Bolero”

CUBA’S BLACK SPRING WITH PRODUCER JORDAN ALLOTT 5/29/2014

 

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Jordan Allott is Founder and Executive Producer for In Altum Productions, a Washington D.C based film and video production company. Through In Altum Productions, Mr. Allott has produced documentary projects with themes ranging from Catholic spirituality and religious freedom to Cuban and American politics. IAP has worked with organizations including: The George W. Bush Institute, USAID, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Pan-American Development Foundation and International Relief and Development, among many others. In 2010 Mr. Allott and In Altum Productions released Oscar’s Cuba, a 60-minute documentary about imprisoned Cuban human rights advocate and 2011 Nobel Peace Prize finalist Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet. The acclaimed documentary has been screened across Europe, the United States and South America, including during a 25-stop university tour. Members of Congress, ambassadors and mayors of U.S. and European cities hosted additional screenings. Mr. Allott’s work has been seen globally on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), CNN International, Telemundo and Univision and has been featured by media outlets globally, including the G. Gordon Liddy Radio Show.
Mr. Allott has also written opinion pieces for National Review, the Washington Times, the American Spectator and Catholic World Report. Additionally, Mr. Allott’s work has screened at several film festivals across the United States and Canada, including the Washington, D.C. Independent Film Festival. Mr. Allott is a 2012 National Review Institute Washington D.C. Fellow. Mr. Allott was born in Reading, England, received a B.A. in Political Science, Philosophy and Film from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and resides in McLean, Virginia.

 

Music provided by SugarCane Rush

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Through The Lens with Jose Luis Martinez and Andres LaBrada 4/5/2014

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Co Host: Monica Rosales of DocMiami

Special guests: Born in Brooklyn, New York, Andres LaBrada, after being handed a Nikon F SLR camera from his parents as a child, began a lifelong journey in the medium of photography and film. After mastering cinematography at the University of Miami’s Cosford cinematography and film studies, Andy went on to direct and produce productions featured at film festivals across the United States & United Kingdom. With his lifelong passion in Photography and years of working in the film medium, Mr. LaBrada now uses the techniques of film/video production in his photography collection.

Jose Luis Martinez began his career in the Miami talent industry as a booking agent. In Los Angeles, he worked on a motion picture production desk at International Creative Management (ICM), where he had the opportunity to support several Academy Award winning clients. Upon returning to Miami, Jose Luis worked with the Miami International Film Festival to help plan and execute its 25th edition; an eleven-day event that featured world premieres and A-list stars. Upon returning to Miami, Mr. Martinez worked with the Miami International Film Festival to help plan and execute its 25th edition; an eleven-day event that featured world premieres and A-list stars. Jose Luis also works to help shed light to human rights issues in Cuba.

You are all invited to see and listen how “through the lense” these artists bring reality into full view.

Huber Matos-The struggle continues, long live a free Cuba 3/13/2014

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Huber Matos (26 November 1918 – 27 February 2014) was a Cuban dissident activist and writer. Previously, he had been a revolutionary who assisted Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and other members of the 26th of July Movement (M-26-7) in successfully overthrowing the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista as part of the Cuban Revolution. Matos had opposed Batista since the general’s effective coup in 1952, which he regarded as unconstitutional, but became increasingly critical of the movement’s shift towards Marxist principles, and closening ties with leaders of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC). Convicted of “treason and sedition” by the new Castro regime, he would spend 20 years in prison (1959–1979) before being released in 1979.

Celebrating Life in Union, narrated by Andy Garcia is a one-hour documentary about a group of cuban former political prisoners who fought with Fidel Castro, and later after Huber Matos, the third high ranking officer of the Fidel Castro revolution resigned, these men fought against Fidel Castro and were jailed, abuse and tortured. 

Producer of Celebrating Life in Union, Gladys Bensimon shares the similarities of what occured in Cuba 1959 and the atrocieties the Venezuelan people are undergoing right now.



David Hakim & the 1970 Alcatraz Takeover 12/17/2013

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David Hakim the 1970 Alcatraz Takeover

My Co Host: Bay Area actor and writer Don Schwartz has been seen in a number of film roles during the last six years. He is a writer for CineSource magazine (and previously wrote for now-defunct Film/Tape World) on various topics of import to the local film community, including advocacy and personal profiles. Don has also been published in a variety of publications since 1977. Previously the director of The Trager Institute for 21 years, Don holds multiple degrees, including a PhD in psychology and counseling.

Special Guest: David Hakim who ran a one-man operation covering a lot of ground as a producer, writer, director, assistant director and publicist. With more than 20 years of experience in publicity and PR, Hakim has worked extensively in entertainment promotion, creating marketing packages and campaigns for features, prime-time TV shows, and TV series in domestic and foreign syndication, for various clients (Warner Bros, J Walter Thompson, 20th Century-Fox, MTM Productions, Universal Studios, and Columbia Pictures. For years, Hakim participated in the development and implementation of campaigns for a number of public events, film festivals, entertainment conventions and awards programs, including the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences ‘Student Film Awards’ and the Oscars. Hakim has also consulted on a number of locally-produced films (including Sumerki (Twilight), Soledad Forever, Come Fly with Me Nude, and Ambassador’s Day), and  served as lead publicist on the locally-funded and locally-produced feature Her Best Move.  He currently acts as a consultant to independent producers in need of promotion and publicity.  

In the early morning hours of November 20, 1969, 79 American Indians, including students, married couples and six children, set out to occupy Alcatraz Island. A partially successful Coast Guard blockade prevented most of them from landing, but fourteen protesters landed on the island to begin their occupation.

HALLOWEEN FUN WITH SYFY FACEOFF FINALIST DEREK GARCIA 10/29/2013

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Halloween Fun with SYFY FACEOFF FINALIST Derek Garcia

Special Guest: Co Host, Monica Rosales of DocMiami.org

Derek Garcia and his twin brother Eric grew up loving Halloween and as kids they were influenced by their father and his stories of how he would make his own Halloween costumes. Also Their first trip to Universal Studios  Orlando was a major influence and seeing the live “Horror Makeup Show”  which explained a lot on the Special FX makeup industry. The show had a big impact on them and help them further grow their interest in movie FX makeup. From then on they  grew up making monster makeup creations every Halloween.

With expertise in airbrushing, painting, sculpting and concept design, Derek and Eric have worked alongside each other on numerous projects, including seasonal work at Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights, Grinchmas and Beetlejuice Graveyard Review, a live stage show in Orlando Florida.

Derek went on to also work at Horror Nights at Europa Park in Germany, and working on Commercials and TV shows filmed in Miami like “Burn Notice”, “The Glades”, and “Graceland”. Eric has also worked 3 years as a seasonal makeup artist at Halloween Bash at Ocean Park in Hong Kong.

Derek And Eric Garcia were also contestants in the SyFy channel’s hit reality Makeup FX competition series “Face Off” season 3.