Rose Mapendo – Susan Sarandon “CNN Hero” at WIFF

Rose Mapendo is the subject of the feature documentary Pushing the Elephant

The Women’s International Film & Arts Festival, (WIFF) now in its 3rd day is excited to announce the attendance of, Rose Mapendo, the subject of the feature documentary Pushing the Elephant, that will be screened on Saturday, April 2nd, 7 pm at Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center. Pushing the Elephant chronicles the life of Rose Mapendo who lost her family and home in the 1990’s to the violence that engulfed the Democratic Republic of Congo. She emerged advocating forgiveness and reconciliation.

Rose Mapendo was acknowledged by actress and human rights advocate Susan Sarandon as a “CNN Hero”.

7:00 PM  Saturday, April 2 at Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center
screens with…
Bloody Mary | Yasmina Aidi


Women’s Film Festival Workshop

Hello Icy readers. We invite you to join WIFF for the Film industry workshops on Saturday, April 2 from 9:30 am

The line-up for Saturday, April 2nd includes 3 workshops. The first by; Gregory Allen Howard, the writer of “Remember the Titans” starring Denzel Washington and “Ali” starring Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. Workshop Title:  “True Story To Screen” 9:30 am to 12:30 pm At the AMC Aventura 19501 Biscayne Blvd. Miami


JoMarie Payton from the 1990’s sitcom “Family Matters” Workshop title: Children’s Acting Workshop with JoMarie Payton Saturday, April 2, 10:45 am


Screen Actors Guild Workshop: “Everything you ever wanted to know about SAG Low Budget

Contracts” Saturday, April 2, 12:30 pm

Habana Eva: Film Screening


Hello. Icy readers we invite you to join us in screening for the first time at WIFF,  HABANA EVA Winning the Best Picture Award at the New York International Latino Film Festival, Habana Eva is about Eva, a seamstress in a sweat shop who dreams of becoming a fashion designer and own a room to marry her longtime partner Angel, an indolent yet charming Islander. Her destiny changes when she meets Jorge a handsome Venezuelan, who visits Cuba with a more ambitious project than shooting photos for a book. Eva falls for him and she will have to decide whether to continue with her Cuban boyfriend or leave with the foreigner.

8:30 PM     Fri, Apr 01
Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center




Get Real Wise Women Speak!

Hello icy readers, if you are in South Florida would like to invite you to join the Women’s International Film and Arts Festival tonight for Get Real Wise Women Speak!

7:00 PM     Thursday, Mar 31 at Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center
screens with…
UNDERESTIMATED | Michele Ervin 2009
deadbeat | Brenda Lee Lau 2010

Get Real! Wise Women Speak features extraordinary women who are using their time and talent to benefit the world. Nobel laureates, indigenous elders, artists, grandmothers, scientists, activists, and educators speak about their journey to the wise woman years and the inner fire that propels them to make the most of their wisdom and experience.


Women showcased in the feature-length documentary include: Jane Fonda, Della Reese, Marianne Williamson, former Essence Magazine editor Susan L. Taylor, poet Nikki Giovanni, oceanographer Sylvia Earle, Buddhist nun Tenzin Palmo, and Nobel Laureate Jody Williams. Also featured are Indigenous elders Agnes Baker Pilgrim and Floredemayo (both of the Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers), author Jean Shinoda Bolen, artist Martha Jackson-Jarvis, Stanford University expert on aging Laura Carstensen, anthropologist Angeles Arrien, ambassador Swanee Hunt, Linda Leitch, peacemaker Vivian Castleberry and dance teacher Roberta Pollard.


The film creates a vivid mosaic, weaving together ancient archetypes, modern-day stories, vibrant interviews, impressionistic re-enactments, elegant graphics and an original score of Celtic and world-influenced music. The film follows the journey a woman embarks upon as she transitions to the wise woman role, and considers the impact of spirituality, wisdom, feminine beauty, the grandmother’s role, intimacy, aging and loss, and the vibrant and powerful way older women are contributing to society.

The film implores women: Celebrate your wisdom and experience and use it to make the world a better place! In the words of wise woman Tenzin Palmo, “If I don’t do it, who will?”


Lunch Film Screening and Panel
12:00 PM
The Women’s International Film Festival’s mission is to
empower women’s artistic vision and to address issues that
affect women on a global level. This one hour open discussion
with experts on the subject matter will address how
widespread this global business is and what steps can be
taken to prevent and curtail it.
“Sold in America” | USA | 10 MIN
Sold In America immerses us into the world of sex trafficking
through the stories of three survivors who are today’s voices
against modern-day slavery. Maria’s is the earliest documented
case of sex trafficking in the country.
Hollywood Beach Culture & Community Center
1301 S Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL 33020
t. 954.921.3600


Women’s International Film and Arts Festival and Ahkun gift giveaway TODAY ONLY!!

Hello Icy readers. The Women’s International Film and Arts Festival (www.womensfilmfest.com) is giving today’s attendees of the Cambodian film Bare Hands Wooden Limbs a chance to win gifts from Akhun.org . 3 lucky winners will be chosen to receive gifts from Akhun. If you have tickets to watch the screening of the Cambodian film Bare Hands Wooden Limbs today, you are  automatically entered for a raffle to win prizes from Akhun.

Ahkun means ‘thank you‘ in Khmer (Cambodian). Ahkun works with entrepreneurs who have received microloans to further their skills and build better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities. They connect them to the global marketplace—creating sustainable businesses and closing the gap between microfinance lenders and borrowers, consumers and producers. By creating an online marketplace, buyers from all over the world can find a product or an entrepreneur they want to buy from and Ahkun will arrange the shipping.


Ahkun CONNECTS artisans and entrepreneurs to the global marketplace. They harness the power of the web to provide microloan recipients access to the global market, allowing them to sell outside of domestic markets and scale their enterprises. Ahkun goods are tangible results of life changing loans allowing individuals to continue artisan traditions and support themselves and their communities

Cambodian film Bare Hands Wooden Limbs will be screening at AMC Aventura at 7:00pm. To purchase tickets to the screening of Cambodian film Bare Hands Wooden Limbs log on to AKHUN TODAY!!

For more on Akhun log on to http://ahkun.org/


For  The Women’s Film and Arts Festival schedule please click HERE

Lucas Mejia and Pascale House of Bling Featured in BG Magazine

Hello Icy Readers!

We are excited to announce that two of ICY’s clients, Pascale House of Bling and Lucas Mejia will be featured in the March and April issue of BG Magazine, one of the hottest Spanish based editorials covering urban fashion, design and lifestyle. Both Lucas and Pascale have been rocking the fashion scene with their eye catching designs and this feature is a tribute to their talent and growing popularity in the industry.

To see the BG magazine feature, please visit http://www.bgmagazine.com.ec/home.html.

You can also stay connected with latest updates and info from  Lucas Mejia at @mejiadesigns and Pascale House of Bling @Pashouseofbling.

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6th Annual Women’s International Film and Arts Festival

The 6th Annual Women’s International Film and Arts Festival will take place in Hollywood and Miami, Florida from Wednesday, March 30th to Sunday, April 3rd. Our client is working on bringing you prominent and relevant guest speakers, a celebrities line-up Red-Carpet event, and the most unforgettable films created by, or addressing the issues that affect women today regardless of geography, language, and cultural backgrounds.

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A Perfect Date Night with Gabriela Montero at Gusaman Center- Miami

ICY PR is an avid supporter of the Arts. If you are in Miami, we invite you to join us in supporting Risë Kern as she presents internationally renowned pianist Gabriela Montero at the beautiful Gusman Center for the Performing Arts. 174 E. Flagler Street. Miami, FL. SAVE THE DATE: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2011 8pm

CLICK HERE TO e-meet Gabriela


As an attendee of the event you get some perks- Park for only $3 downtown Miami and Seat for dinner for 20% off your meal.

A perfect date night

Discounted Parking with Your Show Ticket
For discounted parking at just $3.00, visit the College Station Garage (Garage 3).
College Station Garage (Garage 3)
190 NE 3rd Street
Miami, FL 33132
To locate the garage, visit this link www.miamiparking.com/en/ParkingLocator.aspx

Dining Discount with Your Show Ticket
La Loggia Restaurant is offering a 20% discount on dining before the performance! Show them your ticket to receive the discount.
La Loggia
68 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33130

Join Wiff for Champagne in the Garden NOV.17 -MIAMI

Join us once again in the Garden of the News Lounge on November 17th for a fabulous evening of networking and entertainment by some of South Florida’s most noted female artists.

  • Free glass of champagne to all guests
  • Live music by Colombian Sensation Ria singing songs from her new CD,
  • Live Art be the fabulous Anastasia,
  • Headline DJ music by Galaxy Girl
  • Fall Fashion showcase
  • Holiday Shopping and more!

Tickets on sale now!   $15 for members. $20 in advance.  $25 at the door.   Tickets can purchased at  http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1002276837 –   or rsvp at info@wiffonline.org.  Men are always welcome.

The News Lounge is located at 5580 NE 4th Court  (off of Biscayne Blvd., beside Soykas).  Street parking free; parking lot $2.  Call 305-653-9700 for more information.


And Don’t Forget to Save the The Date For the 6th Annual Women’s International Film & Arts Festival –

March 30-April 3, 2011

Stephanie Okereke will not be at the rising choreos play in Malawi tomorrow Nov. 6






LAGOS, NIGERIA — Nollywood A-list actress Stephanie Okereke was originally scheduled be a part of the production of Footsteps of the First lady produced by Malawi Theater group Rising Choreos.

Due to circumstances on the hand of the production company Rising Choreos, Stephanie will not be participating in the play. Marketing collateral which includes a promotional video for the play, images and documents on Stephanie have been used to promote the event. Stephanie however will not be in attendance and she wants her fans to know that.

“It’s unfortunate I will not be participating in the play in Malawi. I cannot begin to describe my disappointment in this incident, but I trust other opportunities to visit Malawi will arise. ” – Stephanie Okereke


Stephanie Okereke came into the Nollywood scene in 1997 as a student at the University of Calabar. After

graduating, her thirst for an acting career propelled her into Nollywood full-time. Stephanie made her mark with the

movie Emotional Crack which premiered at the African Film festival in April 2004. With Over 90 films to her name,

Stephanie Okereke is continually building her brand in the movie industry. A graduate of the New York Film Academy, Stephanie has expanded her title to include Director, producer and writer with the introduction of her latest movie: Through the Glass which premiered at the Silver Screen Theater of the Pacific Design Center on October 18th 2008 in Hollywood, California, and premiered across theaters in Nigeria on September 16th 2009 to record topping viewings and was also at the Cannes Festival in the summer of  2010.

For more information on Stephanie, press materials can be requested at info@icypr.com . For more information on Stephanie Okereke please visit www.stephanieokereke.NET .


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Claudia Schulz, hat designer, releases her 2011 collection

Claudia Schulz, the hat conneseuir, has launched the official 2011 collection featuring equisitely crafted head gears that are fun, unique, contemporary and the perfect accessory to complete any fashion piece. To view the collection and learn more about the designer please visit, http://www.claudiaschulz.com/

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