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Monday, February 20, 2017

Ruben Rodriguez plans to scare you!!!

CLASSIC SCARES TO BE TURNED INTO MODERN
CINEMATIC HORROR BY HISPANIC FILMMAKER

FEBRUARY 16, 2017 – MOJOCREATIVE GROUP, LLC in association with CGO and GORE ENTERTAINMENT, LLC are producing their newest venture into horror with DEATH LIKE ME, a horror film based on Edgar Allan Poe’s classic short story “The Black Cat”. The film will be shooting in Union City, New Jersey for an early 2018 release.

DEATH LIKE ME is about an introverted home health aide, Genesis Narvaez, who is fighting a deep-seated need to kill and is seduced into giving in to her murderous desires.  Much like Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Black Cat,” DEATH LIKE ME takes a look into the mind of madness and examines how a seemingly normal person can be transformed into a vicious killer.  

“Our spin on Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat” also features a black cat, but our cat encourages our main character, Genesis, to go further down the rabbit hole of madness,” said Ruben Rodriguez the film’s director. “Our film is really a study of how desire and insanity can be one and the same. Our main character has a desire to do harm, but she fights the urge to give in to it. She just wants to be a normal girl. Unfortunately, she loses the fight when she encounters a stranger at a bar. Through that encounter, we get a very entertaining twist ending that will definitely delight and scare viewers.”

The three friends and former students of New Jersey City University media arts program — Ruben Rodriguez (director, producer), Cesar G. Orellana (producer) and Brit Barrison (producer) — are the team members behind the feature film Death of April and a series of horror shorts currently being distributed by Ruthless Studios: “Delete,” “Don’t Skimp on the Undead,” and “It Requires Sacrifice.”  Joining the DEATH LIKE ME production team are Lucio Fernandez and Michelle Velez.

DEATH LIKE ME
 has an incredible creep factor and just turns up the tension throughout,” said Cesar G. Orellana, producer. “I have worked with Ruben on all of his films and they just keep getting creepier with each attempt. Being a Hispanic filmmaker in Hollywood has proven to be tough. There are only a few well-known Hispanic horror filmmakers in the industry: Guillermo Del Toro (Crimson Peak, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark) and Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead 2013, Don’t Breathe) to name a couple. We want to help add Ruben Rodriguez’s name to that list.”

With much emphasis lately on the lack of minorities in film, in directorial roles in particular, it’s important that people get behind a project like this, devised and driven by a new and ambitious Hispanic filmmaker. Mojocreative Group’s previous film, The Death of April, earned them a number of festival awards and a distribution deal with ITN Distribution. Ruben Rodriguez and his team are seeking a modest contribution to pay for the make-up and production supplies they need to create their gory effects. The team will be putting up the remainder of the film’s budget, so there is no excuse not to back this grisly little gem!

DEATH LIKE ME boasts an outstanding cast of performers (Shevaun Kastl, Mourning Hour, Conversations with Lucifer), Jenna Kildosher (Cabin of Errors, Never to Wake Again), Lucio Fernandez (Vampire in Union City, The Death of April, Sal) and Will Fonseca (Changing Diego, Rewind, El Bandido).

Those who wish to support this exciting creative venture can visit the DEATH LIKE ME Indiegogo site, at this link: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/death-like-me-a-short-film-project-horror, or even just drop in on their Facebook page and give them a “like”:  https://www.facebook.com/deathlikeme/


The film has a distribution deal and will be released on DVD and VOD in early 2018.  

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Zacarias Ferreira & Maxima Alerta on one stage!!!

The bachata superstar Zacarias Ferreira and the best fusion musical group from Cuba, Maxima Alerta will share a stage for a night of energy and fun.  Don't miss it!!!  Get your tickets today.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Cuban Flag-raising Ceremony in Union City

(UNION CITY, NJ) – Following the death of Cuban Dictator, Fidel Castro, the City of Union City’s Mayor, Brian P. Stack and the Board of Commissioners are scheduled to hold a ceremony to raise the Cuban flag in solidarity with the millions of Cubans around the world who have suffered under the Castro regime. 

“We stand together with all Cubans in Union City, Hudson County and around the world who have been enslaved, impoverished, disenfranchised and suffered many atrocities at the hands of Fidel Castro,” said Mayor Brian P. Stack.  “It is my sincere hope that Castro’s death will lead to freedom for the Cuban people and subsequently a relationship with the United States.  When the people of Cuba are finally free, we will celebrate together.” 

Hudson County is home to the largest population of Cuban immigrants in the Northeastern United States.  Cubans in Union City and all over the world are rejoicing in death of the infamous dictator and have expressed hope that real change will come for the people of Cuba.  Repressive laws have allowed for the imprisonment and even deaths of thousands of political protesters and caused many leave their families to seek refuge in the United States.

Union City will hold the Cuban Flag Raising Ceremony at 4 PM on November 28, 2016 at 38th Street and Palisade Avenue across from City Hall.  The Mayor and Board of Commissioners invite the public to join them as they raise the Cuban flag in solidarity with Cubans all around the world. 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Official Statement from the City of Union City on the death of Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro

Official Statement

Mayor Brian P. Stack
& Board of Commissioners
City of Union City

(Union City, NJ)  Today marks an important day in history… The death of Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro.  North Hudson County, New Jersey has the largest population of Cuban immigrants in the Northeast.  The Commissioners and I stand united with the Cuban people who yearn, dream, and hope for a completely free Cuba.  As Cuban’s all over the world celebrate the death of this infamous dictator,  we pray that today’s news is a beginning to real change in the captive Island, because the people of Cuba are still not free.

A great many people have suffered and died in the hands of this brutal dictator and his cohorts.  As a City and as a Nation, we must join our fellow Cuban-American friends and demand real change and freedom for the people of Cuba.

“The Commissioners and I hope that the death of Dictator Fidel Castro is the beginning of the end of this oppressive communist regime and the birth of a democratic and free Cuba. Unfortunately, Cuba's government continues to deny free speech and freedom to its citizens.  When Cuba and its people are finally truly free, the City of Union City will hold a great celebration; a celebration where all our residents will come together and rejoice Cuba’s long overdue and hard-fought freedom.”

GOD Bless the Cuban People and GOD Bless the United States of America.

Respectfully, 
Brian P. Stack
Mayor & State Senator 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

"Bahia de Cochinos, Nuestra Perspectiva" to screen in Miami

Provocative New Film to Screen in Miami
"Bahía de Cochinos, Nuestra Perspectiva"
("Bay of Pigs, Our perspective") 

(Miami, FL)  The Miami Hispanic Cultural Arts Center will be presenting a screening of the documentary film "Bahia de Cochinos, Nuestra perspectiva" on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 6:00 PM at the Miami Hispanic Cultural Arts Center located at 111 Southwest 5th Avenue, Miami Florida.  Free Admission.  Reception at 6:00 PM followed by the screening and Q & A with the film’s director/producer, Lucio Fernandez

"Bahia de Cochinos, Nuestra perspectiva" is a documentary film about the Bay of pigs as told through the eyes of Cuban Exiles who actually participated in the invasion.  Now, many years later, they contemplate the happenings and share their individual satires and feelings with us.  That story comes at a price, a price we ask them if they would be willing to pay again.  When all is said and done, are these past invaders resentful?  Do they cast any blame?  Who lost most in the Bay of Pigs invasion?

Featured in the film is testimony by members of the 2506 Brigade: Ángel Casabona Ruiz, Isidoro López González, Ricardo Montero Duque, Raúl Puig Sánchez, and Alvin Ross Diaz; as well as Sergio Gatria, director of the Cuban Information Center.  Their stories are moving and shed light of the infamous Bay of Pigs Invasion.  The film is bound to create some serious dialogue about what truly lies behind the events leading up to the invasion and the fallout thereafter.  

The film is directed by renowned Cuban directors, Lucio Fernandez and Ricardo Bacallao; and produced by MeLu Films and The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc.; Megan Fernandez, Executive Producer.  

(Please note:  this film is presented in Spanish, but informational materials in English will be handed out prior to the screening; and all discussions will be conducted in both English & Spanish.)





Pelicula Provocativa se Presentara en Miami
"Bahía de Cochinos, Nuestra Perspectiva"
("Bay of Pigs, Our perspective") 

(Miami, FL)  El Miami Hispanic Cultural Arts Center presenta el documental "Bahía de Cochinos, Nuestra perspectiva" el Miercoles, 16 de noviembre 2016 a las 6:00 PM en el Miami Hispanic Cultural Arts Center localizado en el 111 Southwest 5th Avenue, Miami Florida. La entrada es gratuita.  Recepción a las 6:00 PM seguido por la proyección y la Q & A con el director y productor de la película, Lucio Fernández.

"Bahía de Cochinos, Nuestra perspectiva" es una película documental sobre la Bahía de Cochinos representada a través de los ojos de exiliados cubanos que participaron en la invasión. Ahora, muchos años después, contemplan los acontecimientos y comparten sus historias y sentimientos individuales. Esa historia tiene un precio, un precio que les preguntamos si estarían dispuestos a pagar de nuevo. Cuando todo está dicho y hecho, ¿están estos últimos invasores resentidos? ¿Le echan la culpa a alguien? ¿Quién perdió más en la invasión de Bahía de Cochinos, los exiliados, los cubanos revolucionarios, o el pueblo de Cuba?  Esta es una nueva narración de esta historia, y se recuenta con profunda emoción.

La película cuenta con el testimonio de los miembros de la Brigada 2506: Ángel Casabona, Isidoro López, Ricardo M. Montero, Raúl Puig, y Alvin Ross; así como con Sergio Gatria, director del Cuban Information Center. Sus historias son conmovedoras y arrojan luz sobre la infame invasión de Bahía de Cochinos. La película posiblemente creará un diálogo serio sobre lo que realmente sucedió detrás de los acontecimientos que condujeron a la invasión y sus consecuencias posteriores.

"Bahía de Cochinos, Nuestra perspectiva" está dirigida por el reconocido director cubano, Ricardo Bacallao y Lucio Fernandez; producida por MeLu Films y The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc.; Megan Fernandez, Productora Ejecutiva. 

(Nota: esta película se presenta en español, pero se entregarán materiales informativos en inglés antes de la proyección; y todos los debates se realizarán en ambos inglés y español.)

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Bahia de Cochinos, Nuestra Perspectiva

Now available on DVD
“Bahia de Cochinos, Nuestra perspectiva"

“Bahia de Cochinos, Nuestra perspectiva" is a documentary film about the Bay of pigs as told through the eyes of Cuban Exiles who actually participated in the invasion.  Now, many years later, they contemplate the happenings and share their individual satires and feelings with us.  That story comes at a price, a price we ask them if they would be willing to pay again.  When all is said and done, are these past invaders resentful?  Do they cast any blame?  Who lost most in the Bay of Pigs invasion?

Featured in the film is testimony by members of the 2506 Brigade: Ángel Casabona Ruiz, Isidoro López González, Ricardo Montero Duque, Raúl Puig Sánchez, and Alvin Ross Diaz; as well as Sergio Gatria, director of the Cuban Information Center.  Their stories are moving and shed light of the infamous Bay of Pigs Invasion.  The film is bound to create some serious dialogue about what truly lies behind the events leading up to the invasion and the fallout thereafter.  

The film is directed by renowned Cuban director, Ricardo Bacallao and Lucio Fernandez; and produced by MeLu Films and The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc.; Megan Fernandez, Executive Producer.

(Please note, this film is completely in Spanish.)

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