Saturday, October 27, 2018

PANAFEST 2018 This Saturday and Sunday in Los Angeles

Returning to Los Angeles for its fourth edition,PANAFEST presented by the Panamanian International Film Festival in LA (PIFF/LA) and co-produced with Los Cortos, Inc. and NewFilmmakers LA 
(NFMLA), is a two-day event screening recent short and feature works from the Central American country and Latin America in general, as well as several U.S. Latino works. The full lineup of films, panels and cultural activities will take place on October 27 and 28, 2018 at the Lupe Ontiveros Theater at the LA Theater Center in Downtown LA.

PANAFEST's artistic director is Panamanian actor,Carlos Carrasco, who has appeared in iconic Hollywood films such as Blood In Blood Out and Speed, as well as on series such as Star Trek, C.S.I.: Las Vegas, and HBO's hit series Insecure.
"It's an honor to connect Panama and Hollywood via film, storytelling and networking," said Carrasco. 
"This year I personally worked on my first film shot in Panama so I can speak first hand to the growth of the industry and the cross cultural influences."
PANAFEST audiences can discover how Panamanian Calypso came to be with the first West Coast screening of A Night of Calypso (Una Noche de Calypso), a documentary that took home the People's Choice Award
at theInternational Film Festival in Panama (IFF Panama) this past April. Directed by Fernando Muñoz, the film is part concert, part cultural exploration with an emphasis on Panama's West Indian heritage.
A second documentary, La Mola de Lucia, directed byAna Elena Tejera, sheds new light on the artistry behind Panama's renowned "molas," the handmade textiles that form part of Guna Indian traditions. Other Panamanian selections include short films that range in subject matter from suspense to romance to quirky comedy.
Immigration is a theme that appears throughout the festival, as in the case of Luis Romero's Passengers in Transit (Pasajeros en Tránsito), which chronicles the journey of U.S.-bound refugees who 
follow a twisted trail from South America through Central America only to end up stranded in Panama. In Alteridad +, directed byMartín Proaño and Ginés Sánchez Arias, gentrification is examined from two socio-economic perspectives, including that of an indigenous Panamanian community. Drama, comedy and even horror are represented as well as in the nail- biting Out of Control (Fuera de Control), by Reynaldo Quijada, Juan Daniel Pinzón's childhood romance Shine (Brillas), and the taut suspense of Haslam Ortega's Exit
Female directors make up almost half of the festival slate exploring LGBTQ themes, political, romantic and cultural issues. Films directed by US Latinas include the work of U.S./Colombian filmmaker Natalia Hermida, whose three short films were produced in association with Dodge College at Chapman University. One such film, Sandman, utilizes animation and cutting edge technology. Ivonne Coll, known for her role as matriarch Alba Villanueva in Jane the Virgin makes her directing debut and stars in From Now On, a tender love story.Meeting Brown, directed by L.A. based Ana Lydia Monaco, examines an intercultural relationship and the strain of stereotypes.
Jesus Nebot's American Nightmare, supported by The League of 
United Latin American Citizens (L.U.L.A.C.), the nation's oldest Latinx Civil Rights group, takes the concepts of "undocumented illegals" and child/parent separation and very cleverly turns it upside down. 
PANAFEST's first night closes with El Contratista, a feature film written and directed by José Angel Henrickson. The cast is chock-full of recognizable film and television talent including Mexican-born actorsAlejandro De Hoyos, known for his work on Clear and Present Danger, and Daniel Mora who audiences will recognize from Band of Robbers and Filly Brown.
El Contratista tells the story of a group of mercenaries who join their jaded veteran leader in protecting a boy whose activist family was murdered by the cartel. The film becomes a taut exploration of right and wrong with the impressionable child's sense of morality hanging in the balance.
PANAFEST also features films from Colombia, Spain, Venezuela, Argentina, Mexico, Peru and USA.This year,Los Cortos will showcase evolving film technology by sharing films in a 360 VR format. A musical performance and free industry panels hosted by SAG-AFTRA and director/actor Danny Arroyo are also planned: SAG-AFTRA Contract Workshop and Overcoming the Challenges of the Independent Filmmaker- Presented by NALIP. 

3:00 P.M. BLOCK 1: SHORT FILMS: Relationships & Comic

Night and Fun directed by Delfina Kroeck (Panama)
Meeting Brown directed by Ana Lydia Monaco (USA) 
Ultimo Supper directed by Eddie Zapata (USA)
Brillas (Shine) directed by Juan Daniel Pinzón (Panama) 
Pura Pantalla directed by Javier Farías (Venezuela) 
Virgencita directed by Giselle Bonilla (USA) 
Tortoise directed by Stephen Cervantes (USA) 

4:30 P.M. BLOCK 2: SHORT FILMS Documentary Shorts

YumYum Chicle Tree directed by Rene Cardona III & Art Bonilla (USA) 
Lines of Communication directed by Elizabeth Lyle, Kimberly Lyle (Panama) 
La Mola de Lucía directed by Ana Elena Tejera (Panama) 
Pasajeros en Tránsito (Passengers in Transit) directed by Luis Romero (Panama) 
Aurora directed by Laura García (Mexico) 
ALTERIDAD + (HINTERLANDS) directed by Martín Proaño and Ginés Sánchez Arias (Panama) 

6:00 P.M. BLOCK 3: SHORT FILMS Relationships & Drama

Retiro (Central Station) directed by Alejandro Juan Sorin, Miguel Dianda, Nicolás Ferrando (Argentina)
Together Again directed by Antonio Darwiche (USA) 
Desde el Principio directed by Miguel Soliman (USA)
Mi Amor directed by Yeniffer Behrens (USA)
From Now On directed by Ivonne Coll (USA) 
Familia? directed by Marlene Forte and Kase Pena (USA) 
Marisol directed by Juan Escobedo (USA) 

El Contratista directed by José Angel Henrickson (USA/Mexico) 


3:00 P.M. BLOCK 5: SHORT FILM Fantasy & Animation

Silencio Siesta (Nap Silence) directed by Lucas Saporosi and Luz Marquez (Argentina) 
Sandman directed by Natalia Hermida (USA)
Mientras Duermes (While You're Sleeping) directed by Morella Moret (Peru)
Del Mar y la Luna (From the Sea to the Moon) directed by Ramiro Maldini (Argentina) 
Gamberger directed by Natalia Hermida (USA) 
Viajero Casero (The Homesick Traveler) directed by Christian Bradford Alvarez (Panama) 
ONE directed by Carlos Carrasco (USA) 

4:30 P.M. BLOCK 6: SHORT FILMS Immigration Stories

Pasajeros en Trance (Transient Passengers) directed by Natalia Hermida (USA)
To Infinity directed by Gabriel Savodivker (USA)
Uno directed by Javier Marco (Spain)
I.C.E. Cream directed by Aditya Patwardhan (USA/Panama) 
American Nightmare directed by Jesus Nebot (USA) 

6:00 P.M. BLOCK 7: SHORT FILMS Drama

Las Hormigas (The Ants) directed by Mariana Wainstein (Argentina) 
Entropía directed by Rodrigo Quintero Arauz (Panama)
Fuera de Control (Out of Control) directed by Reynaldo Quijada (Panama) 
Blood Stains directed by Blake Vaz (USA) 
Exit directed by Haslam Ortega (Panama)
Terapia (Therapy) directed by Jhonatan Tabares (USA) 


Una Noche de Calypso (A Night of Calypso) directed by Fernando Muñoz (Panama) 
Co-Presented by:

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization designed to showcase innovative works by emerging filmmakers from around the world, providing the Los Angeles community of entertainment professionals and film goers with a constant surge of monthly screening events. NFMLA provides a forum where filmmakers can be recognized for their contributions, have open audience discussions about their projects and connect with industry professionals for insight on distribution, production, acquisition and representation.

Los Cortos is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization designed to promote and discover Latino and Hispanic filmmakers creating Short Films. is a platform where filmmakers can share their work in a space dedicated solely for short films and where visitors can enjoy, comment and share quality filmmaking.With promoting, showcasing and distributing Cortos in mind, in addition, Los Cortos produces events to provide an opportunity for audiences to enjoy new short films, network and connect with other filmmakers. They are also partnering with other organizations that are involved in the art of short films or are l
ooking to promote the Hispanic talent creating them.


DAY 1 
Saturday October 27, 2018

Doors Open: 12:30 P.M.
Panels: 1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Film Blocks:3:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M.
Media Check-in: 5:30 P.M.
Red Carpet: 6:30 P.M.
Feature Film Screening: 
8:00 P.M. El Contratista (The Contractor)

Day 2
Sunday October 28, 2018

Programming Begins: 3:00 P.M.
Feature Film Screening:
8:00 P.M. A Night Of Calypso (Una Noche de Calypso)
The Lupe Ontiveros Theater at the L.A. Theater Center
Downtown Los Angeles

Friday, August 31, 2018

Mexican Rodeo JARIPEO SIN FRONTERAS with PEPE AGUILAR and Christian Nodal this Saturday!

Nine-time Grammy winner Pepe Aguilar & his family along with special guest
Christian Nodal bring JARIPEO SIN FRONTERAS to Anaheim, a revival of the
legendary Aguilar family’s touring tradition of jaripeo, a music and equestrian extravaganza combined with rodeo.

The Aguilar Family will not only revive
the jaripeo, but also the musical fusion that Pepe has created and that
makes it immediately recognizable; that is why Jaripeo Sin Fronteras will be
an update of the tradition combining today's technology with traditional jaripeo.

Jaripeo Sin Fronteras features performances by Pepe Aguilar, Leonardo and
Angela Aguilar, Christian Nodal, 12 mariachis, 20 band musicians, 7 musicians,
15 horses and more than a dozen bulls and other livestock. One of the most
spectacular shows of the year, joins Pepe Aguilar and family, along with
Christian Nodal, to perform on September 1 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA.

Saturday, September 1, 2018
8:00 pm

Honda Center
2695 E Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92806

Wednesday, August 29, 2018


This past Sunday at the Fashion Island Hotel of Newport Beach, YaoDun USA held a press conference that not only included information about its new coming projects and events, but also provided fine entertainment to all special guests and media. The attending public enjoyed a great Opera singer, Martial Arts exhibition, modern dancers and a fashion show.

Great entertainment performances at YaoDun USA press conference
Representatives of the Office of  Los Angeles County Supervisor, Orange County and Mayors of several California cities presented Achievement and Recognition Awards to the YaoDun China Chairman Mr. Yao Ming Wen and Ms. Sun Xiao Lei Chairwoman. Also present among others, were Director Adam Marino, DP Olesia Saveleva and Producer Anita Li. 

 Chairman Mr. Yao Ming Wen and Ms. Sun Xiao Lei Chairwoman of YaoDun receiving award


YaoDun USA Holdings Group was established in California, USA in 2017. Its mission is to promote global environmental protection through film and TV, charitable foundation, ecological technology, financial investment and blockchain technology. Its largest capital support is YaoDun Group in China. YaoDun USA aims to drive the global ecochain with its own industrial chain, from cultural influence to charitable foundations, from ecological technology to blockchain technology, all for the protection of the environment.

Excellent Opera singer captivated the audience at YaoDun´s press conference
YaoDun USA Holdings Group maintains a traditional corporate organization structure, with shareholders’ meetings, board of supervisors, directors, chairman, president, vice president, and executive team. The daily management is delegated to finance, legal, product and cultural development departments. Each department is staffed with director, deputy director, and full complement of support staff. The enterprise structure is organized for the successful development of projects, enterprises, and to drive the global eco-chain.

Ms. Sun Xiao Lei Chairwoman receiving award recognition in behalf of YaoDun USA
YaoDun USA Holdings Group will invest in film and TV, e-sports and other entertainment projects, cutting edge technology, especially those that relate to video industry, blockchain-based applications to protect the global ecosystem. These investments are currently focused in the U.S., U.K, and Thailand, but will expand
globally, including Japan and South Korea, in the near future. YaoDun also has a special interest in harnessing ideas and businesses that originate from universities and other academic institutions. A recent partnership was established with University College London in England to promote business, learning, and research. The Thai
subsidiary company operates satellite TV and will serve to broadcast content created by YaoDun USA Holdings Group. YaoDun Group itself is planning on launching a network of satellites, initially for surveying agricultural lands with spectral sensing technology, but may expand into communications, natural disaster warning system and other environmental protection applications.

Chairman Mr. Yao Ming Wen greeting the audience at Fashion Island Hotel in Newport Beach, CA

YaoDun International Foundation is a non-profit, charitable fund established to promote environmental protection through charitable giving and grants to grass root projects. Its aim is to lend a helping hand to environmentalists with grassroots ideas that need funding, and to promote the YaoDun brand through giving.

Tony Franco Los Angeles newscaster and radio producer congratulating Chairman Yao Ming Wen
Blockchain technology constitutes an important part of YaoDun USA Holdings Group’s development.      The Blockchain revolution to replace centralized ledger system is an exciting prospect. YaoDun USA Holdings Group is building a blockchain R&D and application team, combining foundational blockchain intellectual property and expertise with YaoDun's ecological technology to create exciting applications, including ones that will facilitate storage and processing of data from YaoDun satellites. The new paradigm will improve the quality of life for many as it provides a healthier environment and creates bountiful jobs.

 Ms. Sun Xiao Lei Chairwoman, Mr. Yao Ming Wen Chariman of YaoDun and Tim Shaw
With the accelerated growth and perfection of YaoDun USA Holdings Group, boundaries between organizations and countries will crumble, and global commerce will thrive to the benefit of mankind. YaoDun USA Holdings Group is an indispensable strategic partner in the global eco-chain, fighting for global environmental protection.

Anita Li Producer and DP Olesia Saveleva at YaoDun press conference

Thursday, August 16, 2018


Upon completion today, of one more anniversary of his death we remember the "King of Rock" with a concert to the delight of all his fans around the world RADIO SENSACIÓN DIGITAL and TONY FRANCO RADIO SHOW  bring you this special program with anecdotes and a concert featuring  ELVIS PRESLEY  best songs...(see link at the end of this article)

Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King".

Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, and relocated to Memphis, Tennessee, with his family when he was 13 years old. His music career began there in 1954, recording at Sun Records with producer Sam Phillips, who wanted to bring the sound of African-American music to a wider audience. Accompanied by guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, Presley was a pioneer of Rockabilly, an uptempo, backbeat-driven fusion of country music and rhythm and blues.

In 1955, drummer D. J. Fontana joined to complete the lineup of Presley's classic quartet and RCA Victor acquired his contract in a deal arranged by Colonel Tom Parker, who would manage the singer for more than two decades. Presley's first RCA single, "Heartbreak Hotel", was released in January 1956 and became a number one hit in the United States. With a series of successful network television appearances and chart-topping records, he became the leading figure of the newly popular sound of rock and roll. His energized interpretations of songs and sexually provocative performance style, combined with a singularly potent mix of influences across color lines during a transformative era in race relations, made him enormously popular—and controversial.

In November 1956, Presley made his film debut in Love Me Tender. Drafted into military service in 1958, Presley relaunched his recording career two years later with some of his most commercially successful work. He held few concerts however, and guided by Parker, proceeded to devote much of the 1960s to making Hollywood movies and soundtrack albums, most of them critically derided. In 1968, following a seven-year break from live performances, he returned to the stage in the acclaimed television comeback special Elvis, which led to an extended Las Vegas concert residency and a string of highly profitable tours. In 1973, Presley gave the first concert by a solo artist to be broadcast around the world, Aloha from Hawaii. Years of prescription drug abuse severely compromised his health, and he died suddenly in 1977 at his Graceland estate at the age of 42.

Presley is one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th century. Commercially successful in many genres, including pop, country, blues, and gospel, he is the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music. He won three competitive Grammys, received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36, and was  inducted into multiple music halls of fame.

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Saturday, August 4, 2018


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After a successful run in Europe earlier this summer, Shakira kicked off the U.S. leg of her El Dorado Tour at the United Center in Chicago on Friday (Aug. 3). The tour was rescheduled from January after the singer/songwriter had to postpone her international trek due to strained vocal chords. 

Shakira fans waited long enough to see the Colombian superstar touring and back onstage in the United States. “It’s so good to see you,” Shakira said after singing her first couple of songs, including “Estoy Aquí,” “She Wolf” and “Si Te Vas.”

“It’s been way too long," she continued. "I’ve been dreaming about this moment. There were times when all of this seemed impossible, but miracles do exist. You made this happen! Thank you for all your support, especially in these last few months." Shakira sing her heart out -- in English and Spanish -- for nearly two hours and delivered classics like “Inevitable,” “Tú” and “Antología” and her most recent hits such as “Me Enamoré” and “Chantaje,” she also danced all night long. Even as mother of two, those hips still don’t lie. 

Shakira worked the stage from left to right walking along a runway that stretched to the center of the venue, the hypnotizing and infectious hip moves came when the chart-topping artist sang tracks like “Perro Fiel,” “Dare (La La La),” “Waka Waka” and “Loca.” 
Of course, the sexy, upbeat tracks called for a change in wardrobe and for those, Shakira appeared onstage with her staple belly dancing wraps covered with beads and coins that really accentuated her hip-swiveling moves. 
Two special guests spotted in the crowd were Shakira’s sons: Milan and Sasha. The two almost stole the show when they were ushered to their front row seats where they would see their mamá in all her glory. From the stage and throughout the show, she blew kisses their way. 
Shakira also appeared on the other side of the venue wearing a long, gold dress to sing “Toneladas” and right after, made her way back to the main stage walking in the middle of the crowd and stopping to snap a few selfies and greet fans who threw themselves at her as she passed by. 
The grand finale was a succession of hits, including “Rabiosa,” “Hips Don’t Lie,” “La Tortura” and “La Bicicleta.” It reminded us of how vast Shakira's catalog is, and how enduring the hits are, even after a seven-year wait. 
“First night in the U.S., incredible,” she wrote on social media immediately after the concert. “Thank you, Chicago”  (Billboard).
Sat, AUG 04 Little Ceasars Detroit, MI
Tue, AUG 07 Air Canada Centre Toronto, Canada
Wed, AUG 08 Bell Centre Montreal, Canada
Fri, AUG 10 Madison Square Garden New York, NY
Sat, AUG 11 Verizon Centre Washington, DC
Tue, AUG 14 Amway Center Orlando, FL
Wed, AUG 15 BB&T Sunrise, FL
Fri, AUG 17 American Airlines Arena Miami, FL
Sat, AUG 18 AmericanAirlines Arena Miami, FL
Tue, AUG 21 American Airlines Center Dallas, TX
Wed, AUG 22 Toyota Center Houston, TX
Fri, AUG 24 AT&T Center San Antonio, TX
Sun, AUG 26 Talking Stick Resort Arena Phoenix, AZ
Tue, AUG 28 The Forum Los Angeles, CA
Wed, AUG 29 Forum Los Angeles, CA

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

 Josef Martinez, a top scorer from Atlanta,  shone in the MLS All-Star game against Italian champion Juventus , which ended in a 1-1 draw so the game was decided on penalty shoot-outs with victory for the Italians who scored all of their 5 penalty shots, while MLS failed one through Bradley Wright-Phillips of the New York Red Bulls , who crashed the fifth shot in the left post.  
The Juventus secured the win before 72,317 spectators who gathered to see a great match. Mattia De Sciglio beat goalkeeper from Columbus, Zack Steffen, to make the score 5-4 in penalty kicks.
It was the second year in a row that the All-Star Game ends with a 1-1 draw and is decided on penalties. In 2017, Real Madrid won the MLS 4-2 at Soldier Field in Chicago.
The game this year was played at Atlanta United's home, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium , at a cost of $ 1,500 million dollars, it has received record attendances since the team joined the MLS in 2017. The team averages nearly 52,000 spectators per match and this campaign already has the five biggest attendance in the history of the League, all over 70,000 fans.
Juventus, who is on a four-game tour in the United States, did not have his prized acquisition, the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo who left the ranks of Real Madrid to join the Italian champion.