Friday, August 13, 2010

La Soga Movie Premiere by Leticia Reyes

La Soga Movie Premiere

I was somewhat hesitant going into the premiere of the movie, La Soga, starring Manny Perez and Denise Quinones. The hype following the movie was incredible but I wasn't letting that sway my judgement as I arrived at the Regal Cinema on 14th Street in New York City. The Red Carpet was shining with top notch Latino acting talent including Manny and Denise, along with Paul Calderon and Juan Fernandez, who is well known and respected in the Dominican Republic. Each of the actors spoke about their excitement to not only premiere in New York but also to have a film that told a unique story. Nuestra historia. A story of the struggles, the injustices and the innocence lost that many experience not only en la republica dominicana but in so many other nations that echo its perils. I stood by as the turn out of support landed in the hundreds of movie goers. I was just as interested to see if, indeed, La Soga, would stand up to all the hype. I was lucky enough to grab a seat in the packed theater as the lights dimmed and cheers exploded as the opening credits danced on the screen. Vivid imagery and familiar rhythms flashed before my eyes as I experienced a kaleidoscope of emotions ranging from laughter to sadness, and in some cases, pure terror. The story, told through the eyes of a young boy living in Santiago, took a brave stance against government corruption. It is very risky in its portrayal of the island and the violence that plagues it. Beware to those with weak stomachs and a strong love for animals, however the movie is sprinkled with comedic moments and is predicated on the purity of young love.

The end result was that La Soga exceeded my expectations. It succeeded in taking me on a journey that touched all of my senses and left me feeling sensitive to the experiences of my brothers and sisters who have lived a similar story. I would encourage my fellow latinos to do as I did and judge for yourself. After reading some of the critics remarks, it is evident to me that unless you are rooted in the culture, you just won't get it. La Soga opens in theaters on Friday, August 13th, 2010. Be bold like the movie and check it out! You can watch my red carpet coverage of La Soga at Special thanks to my En La Escena crew and urban lifestyle media for making us a part of history. I'm Leticia Reyes reporting for En La Escena! :o)

Red Carpet La Soga - En La Escena

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Leticia Reyes and Paola Cancellieri from En La Escena were at the Red Carpet Event of "La Soga". Enjoy great Interviews with Juan Fernandez, Josh Crook, Manny Perez, Denise Quiñonez, Yenny Love.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

La Soga DQ - En La Escena

Jessica Medina our host interviewed Dennise Quinonez actress from La Soga.

La Soga MP - En La Escena

"LA SOGA" wrote, acted and produced by Manny Perez, will hit the theaters nationwide, and Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico beginning August 13th. Please check your local theaters. Jessica Medina of "En la Escena" interviews Manny Perez about his movie La Soga, prior to him getting ready for the star studded Red Carpet screening of the movie in NYC.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

La Soga - The Movie

Directed By Josh Crook

Written By, Produced and Starring Manny Perez

Also starring: Denise Quiñones, Paul Calderon, Juan Fernandez, Hemky Madera, Alfonso Rodriguez, Anais Martinez, Margo Martindale, Celines Toribo, and Michael Ángel Martinez

La Soga is an edgy, action-packed thriller set in the Dominican Republic and New York City. The film follows the personal journey of Luisito a.k.a. ‘La Soga’, the son of a butcher turned government killer, who risks everything for justice. La Soga depicts corruption, brutality and one man's struggle to find redemption.

In a poor neighborhood in the Dominican Republic where the streets are run by deported drug dealers, a modest butcher struggles to raise his sensitive 10-year old son, Luisito. When Luisito witnesses the brutal murder of his father by a vicious criminal named Rafa (Paul Calderon), his life is forever altered. Twenty years later, Luisito (Manny Perez) works for General Colon (Juan Fernandez), the head of the Dominican secret police. Colon preys on the impressionable Luisito’s desire for revenge and transforms him into a heartless killer. Into Luisito’s world enters Jenny (Denise Quiñones), a childhood sweetheart who left for New York shortly before Luisito’s family tragedy. Unaware of his occupation, Jenny falls for the seemingly innocent Luisito. As Luisito investigates the General and unearths the greatest betrayal of all, he must find

Saturday, August 7, 2010

"GUN" Movie Premiere in the New York International Latino Film Festival

"GUN" Premiered in the New York International Film Festival on July 30th , 2010.This film is action packed and very street edgy. It's about this gun runner on the rise.

GUN was written by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, in which he plays the lead character along with Val Kilmer. This movie was Directed by the very well known music video director Jessy Terrero of Terrero Films. Curtis Jackson's character is more of a man who is trying to grow in a world of illegal firearms and becomes the head go to man. Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, told En La Escena that this screenplay was written originally on how guns go from the manufacturer to point of purchase, as distributed by law abiding citizens and then unfortunately falls into the wrong hands. 50 Cent also shared with us that he will be continuing to produce music and is currently working on a new album. Some of the members of the cast were present at the premiere like Lynn Whitfield, who played the role of 50 Cent's mother in the movie GUN. Other celebrities & Actors came out to support Jessy Terrero and Curtis Jackson at the GUN premiere such as, Julissa Bermudez, Elvis Nolasco, Ephraim Benton, Sharif Atkins, Adrienne Bailon, just to name a few...

"Tropico De Sangre" Premiere in the New York International Latino Film Festival

On July 29th, Jessica Medina covered the Premiere of "Tropico de Sangre"in the NYILFF "Dominican Night" celebration for En La Escena. This event took place at Columbia University in Washington Heights, where a large majority of residents are Dominican. The evening was full of celebrities walking the red carpet and even supporting celebrity friends such as Henry from "Aventura" came to see the movie and shared with us the great news of recently becoming a dad. The French producer of this film that lives in Dominican Republic Joan Giacinti was present, along with Executive Producer/Director Juan Delancer. There were international as well as national actors such as Michelle Rodriguez & Juan Fernandez and more specifically Dominican actors residing in the U.S., such as Celines Toribio, Claudette Lali, Luchy Estevez, Sergio Carlo. The Director Juan Delancer, said: "It's a film that explores the atmosphere of a very peculiar dictatorship and in the same scenario the courage of three women and brave men who defied Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, and marked the end of a dictatorial regime."

Many are content with this film and say more films about the Dominican history and culture should be made so our youth could be educated on the history of the Dominican Republic.