The Eighth Annual Women’s International Film & Arts Festival, (WIFF) is set to kick off March 20, 2013 with a red carpet Florida Premiere presentation of the documentary film “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners,” introduced by the film’s co-Executive Producer Jada Pinkett Smith. The Red Carpet event will begin at 5:30 pm. The Opening night film will be screened at 7:30 pm at The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County in downtown Miami, one of the largest in the country.
“We are delighted to open our festival with Mrs. Pinkett Smith and such a strong film,” said Yvonne McCormack-Lyons, WIFF Founder and President. “Mrs. Pinkett Smith is a fabulous representation of our festival’s mission, and the film reflects a period in the life of one of America’s Civil Rights female icons, Angela Davis. The event epitomizes what the festival is about: showcasing and empowering women’s dreams, visions, and voices,” McCormack-Lyons
The WIFF Opening Night screening of “Free Angela” in the Knight Concert Hall of the Adrienne Arsht Center will be a rare treat for Florida audiences. It will be only its second public screening in the United States. It is the only opportunity Florida audiences can see the film in theater. The film will be playing in seven other select cities nationwide. The evening is co-hosted by Miami-Dade Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan, District One. Proceeds from the event will benefit WIFF’s “Reel Girls: Real Women” media literacy and film making program for at-risk girls.
This year’s festival runs through March 24, 2013 and will showcase a rich assortment of films, including big budget films, world cinema, innovative independent films, international documentaries, and short films that reflect the lives of women around the world. Over the course of 5 days, a diverse selection of more than 50 films will be screened from more than 20 countries including: Spain, Italy, Turkey, Canada, England, Russia, France, Brazil, Iran, Haiti, Germany, Ecuador, and throughout the United States.
In addition to the screenings, WIFF also offers film lovers five days of events including workshops, panel discussions, symposia and parties held during the festival. “We selected films and events which capture all aspects of women’s lives whether it be sexuality, politics, spirituality, love, culture, identity and beauty,” said McCormack-Lyons.
About the Film
Free Angela and All Political Prisoners is a film by Shola Lynch, presented by Realside Productions and De Films en Aiguille, in association with Direct Cinema and the participation of Direct 8, with major support from La Region Ile-de-France, Canal Plus, the Ford Foundation and Black Entertainment Television Networks. Produced by Carole Lambert, Shola Lynch, Carine Ruszniewski, Sidra Smith. Directed and written by Shola Lynch. Executive Producers Overbrook Entertainment and Roc Nation.
Hailed by the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival as “a fascinating chronicle of justice and strength,” Free Angela tells the dramatic story of how a young professor’s social justice activism implicates her in a botched kidnapping attempt that ends with a bloody shootout, four dead, and her name on the FBI’s 10 most wanted list.
In this historical vérité style documentary, marking the 40th anniversary of her acquittal on charges of murder, kidnapping, and conspiracy, Angela Davis recounts the politics ad actions that branded her a terrorist and simultaneously spurred a worldwide movement for her freedom as a political prisoner. At its core, the storywrestles with the meaning of political freedom in a democracy negotiated between the people and its government. Strong, attractive, and engaging, Angela Davis is one such person who became a symbol at the center of this still relevant power struggle.
About the Women’s International Film & Arts Festival:
In its 8th year, The Women’s International Film & Arts Festival is a non-profit organization designed to bring women together from around the world to showcase women’s visions and voices and to address women’s issues through film and art. With women only comprising 7% of directors and 25% of producers, the festival’s mission is to increase the number of women in the industry, to empower women artists internationally and become the premier international festival for women. The Women’s InternationalFilm & Arts Festival is held annually every year as a Women’s History Month celebration.
Screenings will be held throughout Miami-Dade County at local theaters and the “WIFF Warehouse.” Sponsors include: American Airlines, Miami Film Month Presented by The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, WPBT-2 (PBS), Miami-Dade County, City of Miami, New Times, South Florida Times, and The Adrienne Arsht Center.
StyleWeek Resort Miami attracts over 900 guests, July 10-14
The inaugural StyleWeek Resort Miami produced by StyleWeek LLC and presented by Alessandra Gold took off on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at the Alessandra Gold Concept Store.
It was a great success, with engaging reviews from the media and fashion enthusiasts alike. The week long event which was hosted at the newly restored, pristine Temple House featured designers like Hope Macdonald, Richard Petit, Camille Jeanay, Amanda Perna, Tess Johnson, Alessandra Gold, Jessica Abernethy, Jonathan Joseph Peters and Janeane Marie, (both from Project Runway Season 7) was well attended with over 900 guests present including fashion enthusiasts, media, press and fashion lovers who all appreciated the edge of resort wear fitting for the Miami Lifestyle.
The StyleWeek Resort Miami headliner was Alessandra Gold, who ended the show in style with Miami’s Number one dance crew who have made appearances on America’s Best Dance Crew and America’s Got Talent:”Illmatik Phlow”, Choreographed by Leo Chavez who choreographed for the movie “Rock of Ages”. The runway after party wrapped up at the unique Rokbar Miami. The week long fashion event ended with a sample sale and shopping event at The Alessandra Gold Concept Store on Saturday, July 14th from 1:00pm-10:00pm. Here, everyone picked their favorite looks from the runway and shopped with a 20% discount off!
Each designers collection highlighted fabrics that ranged from satin lame, to lace to recycled plastic soda bottles , sequence, linen, silk and more. The contemporary yet colorful appeal of each piece on the runway was an ideal representation of resort wear Miami Style.
StyleWeek LLC. would like to thank everyone and members of the media who attended StyleWeek Resort Miami. Also a special gratitude to Swarovski, Showroom 305, Jeffrey Lubin Productions, Presidente Beer, Nuvo, Alessandra Gold, Alex & Ani Beauty, TONY MAJOR events, Brilliance New York (created all the makeup and hair looks seen on the runway.), Sergio Zelcer, RokBar, The Temple House and ICY PR all it sponsors for making this inaugural event a success.
“StyleWeek Resort was an unbelievable event – showcasing brilliant, young designers – flawlessly executed, beautifully wrapped and delivered. The audience ate it up. A must see event. And of course, Temple House was a great fit as the new spectacular venue that just hit the scene. Thank you for the opportunity.”- Daniel Davidson, The Temple House
Studio D’Maxsi announces the premiere launch of her new collection at the Africa Fashion Week New York. Afua Sam of Studio D-Maxsi will present her collection at Africa Fashion Week New York, Saturday, July 14th, 2012 at 7 pm. The show will take place at the 41, Broad Street Ballroom in New York’s Financial District. Afua Sam is excited about the opportunity, she says
“This is so special in the history of Studio D’Maxsi; it is our first appearance at the AFWNY and a great honor to launch the latest collection there. This new collection is eclectic; my fabrics are a mixture of western and have a touch of AFRICA. My colors are bold and bright, blue, gold, black, white and purple. I chose those colors because it represents my Country GHANA and AFRICA. I’m excited”.
Celebrated as an innovative, sophisticated and edgy women’s wear line for the modern woman, Studio D-Maxsi’s unique designs are for the sexy, classy, funky, chic and confident woman. Born to a family of six, remarkably self-taught Afua draws her creative artistic inspiration from her rich Ghanaian culture. “Over the years, Afua’s sense of strength and purpose has grown tremendously allowing her to broaden her horizons and use her experience to create an empire; a legacy that her children could inherit. Her vision and focus led to Studio D-MAXSI”. Hard work, determination, and self-sacrifice kept Afua motivated and needless to say, eventually landed Studio D’Maxsi as the lead designer at the forthcoming AFWNY 2012. For more information about Studio D’Maxsi’s feature at AFWNY 2012, please visitwww.afwny.com/designers/studio-d-maxsi
DJ Bally is the emerging winner of TolumiDE’s ‘For Me’ Remix Contest with 30% of the votes. Close Runner-Up with 29% of the votes was Screechpawa.
After a very competitive and public voting response to the 30 submissions hosted on the popular music and entertainment site – notjustok.com, DJ Bally takes home the gold!
Notjustok.com’s Mola OG says about the remix contest:
“ I have to admit, when this song was chosen as the song to remix, I was a bit skeptical that any producer could make this a club or dance track….I should have known better. You will be amazed to hear what these producers did to the original track which had a slow tempo”.
So what exactly does Dj Bally take home?
DJ Bally gets Beats™ by Dr. Dre™ Wireless On-Ear Headphones, an exclusively designed CD single cover design with hisname/logo and never before used images of TolumiDE on the Cover, winning track will get rotation on various onlineand radio media and will be promoted via social media and to TolumiDE fans worldwide. It will also be available for sale on iTunes, amazon and all digital distribution outlets.
Top Ten Mixes:
E39 True Love
Son Of Wonder (S.O.W).
“It was truly amazing to hear mega creative talents take ‘For me’ to another level with a diverse range of re-mixes. The different creative skills sincerely made me appreciate this industry even more. It was a challenge picking the top 10, so I am glad we left it up to the fans to vote; and they picked DJ Bally. Congratulations to DJ Bally. I can’t wait for this track to make the world rotation for spring and summer”- TolumiDE, Singer/Songwriter.
To listen to the different mixes of the top 10 dj’s and producers, visit –
BravoModa introduces a stylish menswear/summer wear that are uniquely designed and fits the body with matching accessories with cost just ranging from $30-$185.
The website will also feature a new fitness and style blog by fitness expert owner, Seun Ola— creator and brand owner.
“My passion for fitness inspired me to launch this brand and I enjoy the idea of creating clothes that fit the body as it grows. With every piece designed, innovation and style are paramount, so anyone wearing any of our pieces would be showcasing style and class thereby making a fashion statement“–Ola
BravoModa brings an edginess fused with uniqueness and style catering to individuals that are fashion forward, trendy, confident, and polished. Every piece designed, innovation and style is paramount, so anyone wearing any of our pieces would be showcasing style and class therefore “making a fashion statement”.
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