Kingdom of Shadows Drug War Documentary Opens November 20 in NY & LA and on Video on Demand

October 8, 2015 at 10:15 AM ET [American Entertainment Marketing] – Kingdom of Shadows takes an unflinching look at the human cost of the U.S.-Mexico drug war through the perspectives of three unlikely individuals.

Sister Consuelo Morales, based in the devastated city of Monterrey, prods government officials to take action against the drug cartels on behalf of grieving families whose loved ones have gone missing.

Texan rancher Don Henry Ford Jr. offers historical context for the evolution to the hyper-violent state of drug trafficking today. He recounts his career as a smuggler during the 1980sbefore he served time for importing marijuana.

Undercover agent-turned-senior Homeland Security officer Oscar Hagelsieb recounts his own remarkable journey and offers a unique perspective on the U.S.’ role in the drug war. As the child of undocumented parents, Oscar grew up in an impoverished neighborhood where of his many peers gave in to the temptations of the drug economy.

Kingdom Of Shadows is written and directed by Bernardo Ruiz and produced by Katia Maguire and Ruiz. Executive producers are Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann, and Boiling Pot’s Jimena Martí Haikand Carlos GómezAndonaegui. Directors of photography are Antonio Cisneros, Juan Hernández and Claudio Rocha. Editor is Carla Gutierrez. Original music is by T. Griffin.

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Francisca Valenzuela Nominada a la 16a Entrega Anual del Latin Grammy en la categoría, “Mejor Diseño De Empaque” por su álbum, ‘Tajo Abierto’

September 24, 2015 at 7:30 AM ET [Digital Girl] – Esta mañana La Academia Latina de la Grabación anunció a los nominados a la 16a Entrega Anual del Latin GRAMMY en vivo a través de sus plataformas digitales y www.LatinGRAMMY.com. La cantuatora Chilena-Americana, Francisca Valenzuela recibió su primera nominación al Latin GRAMMY en la categoría, “Mejor Diseño De Empaque” por su álbum, Tajo Abierto. El empaque fue diseñado por la artista junto a Pablo González.

Francisca ha logrado consolidar una carrera como pocos artistas latinos lo han alcanzado, siendo reconocida y aclamada en Chile, realizando giras por España y viajando constantemente con su música en mercados tan competitivos como el mexicano y el mundo indie en Estados Unidos.

Su tercer disco de estudio, Tajo Abierto fue editado por su propio sello discográfico Frantastic Records. Su primer sencillo, “Prenderemos Fuego Al Cielo”, ya ha recibido más de 1.2 millones de vistas en YouTube. Su tercer sencillo, “Insulto”, demuestra su influencia musical y ha derribado fronteras con un claro mensaje antidiscriminación. La producción del video de este sencillo contó con el respaldo de la fundación Todo Mejora -filial de It Gets Better en Chile- encargada de apoyar a la comunidad LGBT en ese país, mientras que en Estados Unidos recibió el apoyo de GLAAD (Alianza Gay y Lésbica Contra la Difamación).

Tajo Abierto se ha convertido en uno de los lanzamientos más elogiados y aplaudidos del año gracias a una fantástica mezcla de sonidos y letras originales, maduras y equilibradas, que ya son el sello personal de Francisca. Un excelso grupo de productores se unieron a la chilena en la creación de este último trabajo, como los ganadores del Latin Grammy Vicente Sanfuentes y Áureo Baqueiro, además de Jesse Rogg, Dave Sitek y la misma Francisca en la coproducción.

Este es un disco que ya ha logrado varios reconocimientos y ha llevado a la cantante a realizar una serie de presentaciones determinantes en diferentes rincones del planeta como el Festival La Mar de Músicas (Cartagena, España), el Lunario del Auditorio Nacional (México) y festivales de Lollapalooza en Estados Unidos, Chile y Brasil, además de un muy emotivo show en el legendario Festival Viña del Mar en Chile. Además, Francisca ha sido reconocida en los Premios 40 América (Buenos Aires, Argentina) como la Mejor Artista de Chile, y en los Premios de la Música Independiente (Madrid, España), donde fue galardonada como la Mejor Artista Internacional.

La 16a Entrega Anual del Latin GRAMMY tomará lugar el 19 de noviembre en el MGM Grand Garden Arena en Las Vegas, Nevada y será transmitido en vivo por Univision.

Francisca Valenzuela sitio oficial: http://www.franciscavalenzuela.com/

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HBO Latino Award Winning Music Film “The Poet of Havana” based on Singer-Songwriter Carlos Varela Airs October 23

September 24, 2015 at 7:20 AM ET [The Brand Phoenix] – The Poet of Havana pulls back the curtain on internationally renowned Cuban singer, songwriter, and lyricist Carlos Varela as he celebrates his 30th anniversary as an artist. Filmed in Havana, this moving documentary reveals how Varela was influenced by his country, politics and people, and how he has influenced them in return through his music.

The concert special is directed and produced by Ron Chapman. Producer, director and entrepreneur, Ron Chapman began his career as a musician, and went on to manage musical artists and produce albums. His legendary Toronto music club “The Edge” provided a scene for some of the most exciting international artists of the day, and he promoted concerts in the city’s premier venues. He established a film production company, produced and directed rock videos, and for decades has produced and directed television commercials for some of the world’s leading brands. Chapman founded the successful Canadian advertising agency Brandworks International.

Featuring exclusive access and backstage moments during a variety of concerts, the film includes interviews with Jackson Browne, Benicio del Toro, Ivan Lins, Luis Enrique, and more as they discuss one of the most beloved artists of our time – some even joining him on stage. Also featured throughout the special are many of his emotionally-charged performances and songs.

Having endured many censorship battles with the Cuban government, Varela’s music is personal, poignant, and poetic; he has even been called “Cuba’s Bob Dylan” and a voice of his generation. That voice has loudly struggled for the individual freedoms of his homeland and has gone through great effort to build bridges between Cuba, the US, disenfranchised Cubans and the people of the world. Discover the musical, cultural, political and social significance that is Carlos Varela in The Poet of Havana airing on October 23, 2015 at 8PM ET/7PM CT on HBO Latino. You can also catch the special on HBO on Demand, HBO GO and HBO Now.

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Legendary Mexican Rock Band Café Tacvba to receive the 2015 LA Musa Icon Award at the Annual Induction Gala of the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame

September 18, 2015 at 12:48 AM ET [The Connection Hall] – Legendary Mexican rock band Café Tacvba will be honored with the 2015 ‘LA MUSA ICON AWARD’ during the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame 3rd Annual induction Gala, LA MUSA AWARDS, to be held this October 15th in Miami Beach presented by WorldArts (WorldArts.com). The rockers will also be performing during this star studded gala event.

Their last album, “El Objecto Antes Llamado Disco” was nominated for a Latin Grammy and was named by iTunes as the best Latin Album of 2012, The notable, worldwide music app describe the album as “a masterpiece with 45 minutes of pure musical ecstasy.” This album was also included in the lists of the Best Albums of 2012 by NPR (National Public Radio) and LA Times.

Band members Ruben Albarran (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), Emmanuel del Real (keyboards and vocals), Joselo Rangel (guitar) and Quique Rangel (bass) are known for combining several genres of music within one song; such as rock, hip hop, electronica and folk music. With a musical career spanning over 25 years, Café Tacvba is considered one of the most important and influential rock bands not only in the Hispanic American community but also worldwide. Among their award accolades include a Grammy, a Latin Grammy and also the MTV Legend Award presented to them by Steven Patrick Morrissey. Newsweek hailed the band by stating “Mexico City’s Café Tacvba breathes new life into rock music, reaffirming faith in form while pushing it forward more aggressively and artfully then anyone since the Beatles“.

The band recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of their album ‘Re’, which became one of the albums that defined Latin American rock and was named by Rolling Stone magazine as the “Greatest Latin Rock Album of All Time.”

During their prolific career, Café Tacvba has made a few films: “Seguir Siendo”, directed by Ernesto Contreras, was launched in 2010 and covers the experiences of the band on tour through countries like Japan, the United States, Argentina as well as Mexico. The second cinematographic piece is named after their latest album, “El Objecto Antes Llamado Disco”, a documentary filmed during the recording of this album. The unique feature of this movie is based on how it was filmed – in public – and in cities such as Buenos Aires, Santiago, Mexico City and Los Angeles; showing the most intimate part of the production process from the band, working alongside producer Gustavo Santaolalla who is being inducted this year into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame during LA MUSA 2015 awards.

Quincy Jones, Rita Moreno, Gloria Estefan, Dionne Warwick, Paul Williams, Alejandra Guzman, Beto Cuevas, Cristian de la Fuente, Omar Alfanno, Lena Burke, Beatriz Luengo, Fantine, Yotuel, as well as exciting new artists Isabela Moner and Anthony De La Torre will be on stage at this year’s Latin Songwriters Hall Of Fame 2015 LA MUSA AWARDS Induction Ceremony Directed by Richard Jay-Alexander and Conducted by Maestro Eduardo Marturet of the Miami Symphony Orchestra.

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