CoHost: Monica Valdes, Founder and Director of DocMiami International Film Festival, The Florida Documentary Film Series and the West Miami International Film Festival now all under one big umbrella, “THE FILM FESTIVAL LADY” She has worked with Grammy Winners such as Tico Torres, Drummer for Bon Jovi. Willy Chirino; Carlos Santana and “The Queen of Bolero” Olga Guillot, with the “El Rey” Tito Puente to name a few.
Monica has curated numerous events including: Photo/Art Exhibits, Author/Film Industry Q & As and Expert Panels including hundreds of individual film screenings and has co hosted the Cubanarama Internet Radio Show from it’s inception in 2009 inviting stellar guests from Artists to Scientists and everything in between.
Guests: Jamie Catto, is the creator, producer/director of the multi-award winning global 1 Giant Leap films and albums and founding member of Faithless. He leads uniquely transformative workshops and one-on-one sessions. Jamie is the creative catalyst, producer and director behind the global philosophy and music project 1 Giant Leap, New film Becoming Nobody, and book Insanely Gifted, available now.
Lillian Perez has been a Mental Health Counselor and Clinical Supervisor for the Miami Dade Public School System for over 20 years. Her passion for Psychology led her curiosity into the study of mind. She helps patients with traumatic and stressful experiences find and live a healthy lifestyles through Mindfullness and REBT techniques. She has a Master Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.
Rich Ferguson has performed across the country and has been heard on many radio stations, including WBAI in New York City, KCRW and KPFK in Southern California, and World Radio. He has shared the stage with Patti Smith and Janet Hamill, Exene Cervenka, David Thomas of Pere Ubu, Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa, Missing Persons), Bob Holman, and many other esteemed poets and musicians. He has performed at the Redcat Theater in Disney Hall, the New York City International Fringe Festival, The Knitting Factory (NYC & LA), the South by Southwest Music Festival, the North By Northwest Music Festival, Stephen Elliott’s “The Rumpus,” the Henry Miller Library, the Miami International Documentary Film Festival, the Topanga Film Festival, the Electric Lodge (Venice, CA), and Beyond Baroque. In addition, he has performed and lectured at El Camino College, UC Irvine, UC-Santa Barbara, Cal State Northridge, the County of Orange Youth Guidance Center Probation Department, and San Pedro High School’s Docs Rock International Documentary Series. He is also a featured performer in the film, What About Me (the sequel to the double Grammy-nominated film 1 Giant Leap), featuring Michael Stipe, Michael Franti, k.d. lang, Krishna Das, and others. Ferguson has studied poetry with Allen Ginsberg and fiction writing with Aimee Bender and Sid Stebel. In addition, he has been published in the LA TIMES, spotlighted on PBS (Egg: The Art Show), and was the recent winner in Opium Magazine’s Literary Death Match, LA. He is a regular contributor and poetry editor to the online literary journal, The Nervous Breakdown, and his spoken word/music video “All The Times” was screened at the Valley Film Festival in October 2009.
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Cubanarama connects with her audience. Tonight we play music from our juke box. Yamila Guerra, Yalil Guerra, Tito Puente Jr, Dave Sasscer, Arturo Jaramillo, Terio, Jamie Catto, Jana Mashonee, Ria, MJ Kroll, Brett Mikels, Corey Koehler, Rob Anthony, Gerardo Contino,Papo Ortega Cubanoson, Sandy La Loba and More!!!! Come to our musical buffet~
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When accomplished and talented minds come together at DocMiami, amazing and splendid visions become reality. The legend lives on with our guest Tito Puente Jr. Blessed with his father’s talent and now available for your listening pleasure: Got Mambo? Now take a “1 Giant Leap” to Jamie Catto, Producer and Director of such film along with friend Duncan Bridgeman, shot and recorded in 50 locations worldwide. The 2nd TV series and CD, “What About Me?” nominated and receiving recognition to be aired on Channel 4 November 2010. John Kenworthy the Founder and Executive Director of Brick by Brick for Tanzania, an organization that builds pre schools offering young children a head start, a safe place and nurturing place to learn. Kenworthy is also the award winning author of the book “The Hand behind The Mouse” a biography about Ub Iwerks, the creator of Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse. Last but not least, the woman who has been recognized as a Marquis Who’s Who in America and Marquis Who’s Who Among America’s Women, Monica Rosales. Rosales is the Executive Director of DocMiami International Film Festival at the City of Doral.