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John Williams to Be Honored at Bmi Film, TV and Visual Media Awards

Composer John Williams will be honored for his 60-year career by Broadcast Music Inc. (Bmi) at its 34th annual Film, TV and Visual Media Awards. The event is scheduled for May 9 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Williams will receive “a special award, bearing his name, in recognition of his incomparable status as one of the greatest film and television composers of our time,” the performance rights organization announced.

Said Bmi Vice President, Creative Doreen Ringer-Ross: “By continuing to create and add to his prolific body of work, he’s made a lasting impression on music lovers around the world, and an entire community of composers who he continues to inspire. Because of this, and for all that he has given the world of music and beyond, we felt it was appropriate to honor John with this special award.”

Williams, 86, recently received his 51st Oscar nomination, for scoring “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
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Academy Teams Up With L.A. Philharmonic For Oscar Concert

In advance of the 90th annual Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is collaborating with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the Oscar Concert on Feb. 28 at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

The organizations announced the concert schedule on Wednesday, which will include the world premiere of suites arranged from all five original score Oscar nominees: “Dunkirk” by Hans Zimmer, “Phantom Thread” by Jonny Greenwood, “The Shape of Water” by Alexandre Desplat, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” by John Williams, and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” by Carter Burwell.

Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino and Oscar-winning director Pete Docter will also present a live demonstration of the scoring process, followed by musical selections from Pixar’s “Up” and additional scores revolving around sounds of home, fear, love, courage, and the chase.

The L.A. Philharmonic will also play scores from famed composers including Tan Dun, Quincy Jones, Mica Levi, [link
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The Academy’s Celebrates The History of Film Music With Oscar Concert February 28

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and The Los Angeles Philharmonic today announced details of The Oscar Concert, a special, one-night-only celebration of film music at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at 8:00 p.m.

As part of the Oscar week celebrations for its 90th anniversary, the Academy, in partnership with the La Phil, presents an exclusive one-of-a-kind celebration of film music, including never-before-heard arrangements of this year’s five Original Score Oscar nominees.

Curated by composers and Academy Governors Michael Giacchino, Laura Karpman, and Charles Bernstein, the evening offers an insider’s look at film scoring across the decades, with select scores performed live by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by conductor Thomas Wilkins, and special guest Terence Blanchard (trumpet), with additional special guests to be announced. The Oscar Concert explores the history of film music through special arrangements of beloved scores by composers including Tan Dun,
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Academy and L.A. Philharmonic Joining Forces for Oscar Concert

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles Philharmonic are joining forces to present The Oscar Concert, a celebration of film music, on Feb. 28 at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Curated by composers of this year’s five Oscar-nominated scores and Academy music branch governors Michael Giacchino, Laura Karpman and Charles Bernstein, the evening’s program will survey film scoring across the decades, with select scores performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by conductor Thomas Wilkins, and special guest Terence Blanchard on trumpet, with additional special guests to be announced.

The Oscar Concert explores the history of...
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‘La La Land,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Among 2017 World Soundtrack Award Nominees

‘La La Land,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Among 2017 World Soundtrack Award Nominees
The World Soundtrack Academy has announced the first wave of 2017 World Soundtrack Award nominees.

Among the contenders: Academy Award winner Justin Hurwitz (“La La Land”), and Academy Award nominees Mica Levi, Nicholas Britell, Dustin O’Halloran and Jóhann Jóhannsson. As previously announced, the lifetime achievement award will be presented to composer David Shire (“The Conversation,” “All the President’s Men”) as part of the #WSAwards celebration of jazz.


Sting and Wayne Shorter Awarded Polar Music Prize; Annie Lennox, Esperanza Spalding Perform in Their Honor

Following the award ceremony, a selection of Terence Blanchard’s work (“Mo’ Better Blues,” “Malcolm X,” “25th Hour”) will be recorded and performed by Brussels Philharmonic and additional jazz soloists, conducted by Film Fest Gent’s music director Dirk Brossé.

The Academy will announce the nominees mid September for discovery of the year, best original score for a Belgian production, and the composition competition.

Said Film Fest Gent’s artistic director Patrick
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‘La La Land,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Among 2017 World Soundtrack Award Nominees

‘La La Land,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Among 2017 World Soundtrack Award Nominees
The World Soundtrack Academy has announced the first wave of 2017 World Soundtrack Award nominees.

Among the contenders: Academy Award winner Justin Hurwitz (“La La Land”), and Academy Award nominees Mica Levi, Nicholas Britell, Dustin O’Halloran and Jóhann Jóhannsson. As previously announced, the lifetime achievement award will be presented to composer David Shire (“The Conversation,” “All the President’s Men”) as part of the #WSAwards celebration of jazz.
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Potus + Flotus Team Up with ABC for Hour-Long 'Jazz at the White House' Special

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host "Jazz at the White House," airing on International Jazz Day, Saturday, April 30 (8-9pm Est), on ABC. The one-hour primetime television special will feature an extraordinary array of artists from around the world paying tribute to the truly American art form of jazz. The All-Star Global Concert at the White House (filming on April 29) will feature performances by Joey Alexander, Terence Blanchard, Kris Bowers, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terri Lyne Carrington, Chick Corea, Jamie Cullum, Kurt Elling, Aretha Franklin, Robert Glasper, Buddy Guy, Herbie Hancock, Zakir Hussain, Al Jarreau, Diana Krall, Lionel Loueke, Hugh...
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Quentin Tarantino, Spike Lee & David O. Russell Lean on Music to Finesse Tales

Quentin Tarantino, Spike Lee & David O. Russell Lean on Music to Finesse Tales
Scores played significant roles in determining the use of source material in the three recent films from directors long known for their adept use of pop tunes: Spike Lee, David O. Russell and Quentin Tarantino.

Before any songs were selected for Russell’s “Joy,” David Campbell and West Dylan Thordson’s score was already in place; Tarantino’s musical coup was getting Ennio Morricone to score his first Western in decades — and the first full-fledged score for a Tarantino film — and having his actors sing. And as Lee says of “Chi-Raq,” “in reality, there’s only 35 minutes of score, the least amount of score I have used while working with (composer) Terence Blanchard.” (That would be 15 films).

“We started with a lot more score and have more score than in ‘American Hustle’ and ‘Silver Linings Playbook’,” says Russell’s music supervisor on his last four films, Sue Jacobs. “Every process is different,
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Past Winners and Nominees Back in Contention: 88th Academy Awards' Best Score

'The Peanuts Movie': 2016 Best Original Score Oscar contender along with 111 other titles. Oscar 2016: Best Original Score contenders range from 'Mad Max: Fury Road' to 'The Peanuts Movie' Earlier this month (Dec. '15), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made public the list of 112 film scores eligible for the 2016 Oscar in the Best Original Score category. As found in the Academy's press release, “a Reminder List of works submitted in the Original Score category will be made available with a nominations ballot to all members of the Music Branch, who shall vote in the order of their preference for not more than five achievements. The five achievements receiving the highest number of votes will become the nominations for final voting for the award.” The release adds that “to be eligible, the original score must be a substantial body of music that serves as original dramatic underscoring, and must
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112 Film Scores Declared Eligible for Oscar

112 Film Scores Declared Eligible for Oscar
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences unveiled 112 scores from 2015 films that are in contention for original-score nominations for the 88th Academy Awards.

Among the eligible feature-film titles are the final three scores from the late James Horner: “The 33” (in photo), “Wolf Totem” and “Southpaw.” And the exec committee Ok’d the Ennio Morricone score for “Hateful Eight,” which includes about 30 minutes of new material along with several minutes of old scores written by him. Notable exclusions include “Love & Mercy” (Atticus Ross), “Crimson Peak” (Fernando Velázquez), “The Revenant” (Alva Noto and Ryûichi Sakamoto) and “Youth” (David Lang).

The eligible scores and their composers are listed below, in alphabetical order by film title:

Adult Beginners,” Marcelo Zarvos, composer

The Age of Adaline,” Rob Simonsen, composer

Altered Minds,” Edmund Choi, composer

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip,” Mark Mothersbaugh, composer

Anomalisa,” Carter Burwell, composer

Ant-Man,” Christophe Beck, composer

Beasts of No Nation,
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112 Original Scores Advance In The 88th Oscar Race

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 112 scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2015 are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 88th Academy Awards.

The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below, in alphabetical order by film title:

Adult Beginners,” Marcelo Zarvos, composer

The Age of Adaline,” Rob Simonsen, composer

Altered Minds,” Edmund Choi, composer

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip,” Mark Mothersbaugh, composer

Anomalisa,” Carter Burwell, composer

Ant-Man,” Christophe Beck, composer

Beasts of No Nation,” Dan Romer, composer

The Big Short,” Nicholas Britell, composer

Black Mass,” Tom Holkenborg, composer

Bridge of Spies,” Thomas Newman, composer

Brooklyn,” Michael Brook, composer

Burnt,” Rob Simonsen, composer

By the Sea,” Gabriel Yared, composer

Carol,” Carter Burwell, composer

Cartel Land,” H. Scott Salinas and Jackson Greenberg, composers

Chi-Raq,” Terence Blanchard, composer

Cinderella,” Patrick Doyle, composer

Coming Home,” Qigang Chen, composer

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Spike Lee: Ranking his films to date

There are few filmmakers out there with more of a personal touch than Spike Lee. The director is never more interesting than when a social issue has gotten his ire, with the recently released Chi-Raq being no exception. Lee can be a hit or miss artist, but he’s rarely boring, that’s for sure. With a career now featuring 25 theatrical titles (not to mention his work on television), he’s also far more prolific than folks seem to realize. As such (along with his impending honorary Oscar from the Academy), I wanted to spend a quick moment talking about him, especially since the precursor season prevented me from discussing Chi-Raq before it opened in limited release over the weekend… Chi-Raq is basically a modern day adaptation of Aristophanes’ ancient Greek play Lysistrata. Here, instead of Greece, it’s Chicago, with gang/gun violence being what inspires the women of Chicago (or,
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Kennedy Center Honors Fetes Legends with Tunes, Tears and Lasers

Kennedy Center Honors Fetes Legends with Tunes, Tears and Lasers
Washington — Unveiling a variety of touches that broke from longstanding tradition, the Kennedy Center toasted five titans of the performing arts on Sunday in the 38th annual presentation of its Kennedy Center Honors. The careers of director George Lucas, actors Cecily Tyson and Rita Moreno, conductor Seiji Ozawa and singer/songwriter Carole King were feted in a tight and fluid ceremony, which is slated to air Dec. 29 on CBS.

The first honors program under new the Kennedy Center’s new president Deborah Rutter coincided with a new production team, Tony Awards veterans Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment. The duo was tapped last May under a one-year tryout deal to succeed George Stevens Jr., who conceived the Honors program and co-produced from its inception through last year.

The gala celebration, as usual, drew a top shelf turnout of showbiz and D.C. glitterati, including President Obama, who
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Film Review: ‘Chi-Raq’

It may not take much to make Spike Lee angry, but there’s no denying he gives us his reasons and then some in “Chi-Raq,” a sprawling, blistering state-of-the-union address that presents Chicago’s South Side as a cesspool of black-on-black violence, gang warfare, gun worship and macho misogyny, ruled by unbreakable cycles of poverty and oppression. All that social outrage clearly demanded similarly outsized treatment, and Lee and co-writer Kevin Willmott (“Csa: The Confederate States of America”) have found a remarkably accommodating vessel in Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata,” whose tale of an ancient Greek heroine leading an anti-war sex strike has been updated here as an alternately soulful and scalding, playful and deadly serious 21st-century oratorio. Blunt, didactic and stronger on conceptual audacity than dramatic coherence, this is still the most vital, lived-in work in some time from a filmmaker who has never shied away from speaking his mind or irritating his ideological foes,
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Playboy Jazz Festival At Hollywood Bowl June 13-14, Schedule

Headliners include: Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and the Monk Institute Ensemble, Tower of Power, Ledisi, Terence Blanchard E-Collective, Eddie Palmieri Afro-Caribbean Jazz Band and OzomatliGeorge Lopez to host for the third year in a rowMedia Sponsor: 94.7 The WaveSummer in Los Angeles doesn’t really get underway until the Playboy Jazz Festival kicks it into high gear in early June. In L.A., June weather is still spring-like with cool, overcast mornings, warn-to-hot afternoons and downright chilly evenings. It can get downright confusing if your relying on Mother Nature to be your seasonal barometer. But for generations of Angelenos the Playboy Jazz […]
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Should you skip or repeat new albums from Alesso, The Bad Plus or Vaccines?

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Should you skip or repeat new albums from Alesso, The Bad Plus or Vaccines?
Welcome to a new week of Skip Or Repeat, capsule reviews of the week's newest albums. This week, we turn focus on May 26 drops: Alesso, "Forever" The Bad Plus Joshua Redman, "The Bad Plus Joshua Redman" The Vaccines, "English Graffiti" Various Artists, “Remembering Mountains: Unheard Songs By Karen Dalton” If none of those rock your boat, check out fresh music from pianist/composer Rachel Grimes, jazz troupe Gary Peacock Trio, French electronic label comp "Kitsune America 4" and the ever-awesome Nola mainstay Terence Blanchard (this time with his new quintet the E-Collective).
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Jason Moran Tips Hat to Tradition While Transcending the Jazz Idiom

Jason Moran Tips Hat to Tradition While Transcending the Jazz Idiom
Norah Jones might have resuscitated Blue Note Records with her adult contemporary balladry, but pianist-composer Jason Moran might be the jazz label’s poster boy for the future.

“What’s important is that people move the music forward,” says Don Was, Blue Note president and veteran producer-musician. “One of the things that makes Jason so deep is that his roots and knowledge of tradition are impeccable. He’s learned all styles and totally assimilated the musical history. And with all that in his arsenal he’s able to do something completely new with it.”

Even for the ever-prolific Moran, a MacArthur Fellow who’s the artistic director for jazz at the Kennedy Center, it’s been a remarkable year. His album “All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller” was nominated for a Grammy. He’s been playing live nonstop in various configurations, including three appearances at the Monterey Jazz Festival,
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Directors & Their Troops: Ava DuVernay on Her ‘Selma’ Collaborators

Directors & Their Troops: Ava DuVernay on Her ‘Selma’ Collaborators
Ava DuVernay is full of admiration and gratitude for her artisan team, enthusing over their contributions ranging from shirt collars to a lectern. Everybody on the team, she says, went the extra mile for the ambitious $20 million film about Martin Luther King Jr.’s march in Alabama in 1965.

Cinematography, Bradford Young

“In our first conversation, I told him I’d seen these old Kodachrome photos by photographer Paul Fusco, who’d shot Rfk’s funeral procession. It was an open train that went from one state to another, and Americans lined up along the tracks in multiple places to pay tribute. These photos showed the country in the 1960s. Kodachrome did something beautiful: It had sharp contrast, yet the edges fell off into something gentle and beautiful — it’s hazy on the edges but with a sharp center. Bradford really responded to those photos, which started our conversation in a lot of directions.
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LatinoBuzz: Shipwrecked! The Urbanworld Film Festival

As the summer has wound down things got even hotter over at Urban Film Festival, which kicks off Sept 17-21st with this year seeing its strongest presence of Latino content to fill the void the New York International Latino Film Festival behind two years ago. So we decided to show the short filmmakers that feature Latino talent in their films some love in a new edition of ‘LatinoBuzz: Shipwrecked’ to see what they cannot live without! They are given a choice of a Film, Book, Companion from a film and an Album to be stranded with (we’ll deal with logistics another time).

Janine Salinas Schoenberg – "Jenny & Lalo"

Film: ‘Amelie’ - Because it's all I ever want to see when I'm having a bad day.

Book: ‘The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao’ because few books have ever made me both laugh out loud and sob hysterically.

Album: A mix of my husband Adam Schoenberg's music because it both moves and inspires me. Perfect for island solitude!

Companion: Maria Elena from ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’ because she would be fun, spontaneous, and crazy enough to help us survive!

Adel L. Morales – "Missing Grandma"

Album: ‘Paid In Full’ by Eric B. & Rakim. I remember running to Moody’s Record Shop on White Plains Road in the Boogie Down the day after I heard Marly Marl drop it on Wbls for the first time. I picked up the 12-inch single of “Eric B. Is President” (the album didn’t drop right away) and was immediately blown away by the art on the label: a giant brown hand coming down from the skies to drop off pyramids on a nearly deserted earth. I knew from the jump that Rakim was bringing a higher level of thought to the hip-hop game. His conversion to the Nations of God’s and Earths gave him a preacher-like authority, as he stood for my positive energy than anyone before him. The man was a pioneer and a lyrical genius. He was using internal rhymes in his songs while cats were still struggling with end rhymes. Eric B’s beats were dope & got insanely better on their follow-up album, “Follow the Leader.” After I ran home and played that track a bunch, I flipped it over to listen to the B-side, which was “My Melody” and I damn near had a heart attack. I couldn’t believe my ears! Did this Mc and DJ, with the hottest track in the streets, put an even hotter track on the B-side? It was like finding a gold nugget in a riverbed. The greatest rap duo ever in my book.

Book: ‘Random Family’ by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc is a fascinating true story of two couples set in the Bronx during the mid-1980’s to late-1990’s. Despite the accurate portrayal of the lives and the cycle of poor choices made by uneducated people, there is a tiny glimmer of hope for the next generation. It makes me hope that someone’s child will eventually figure a way out of the messes created by inner city issues, like the high school drop out rate, teen pregnancy, and drug dealing. It describes in great exactness the time period in which I grew up in the Bronx and allows me to appreciate the courses I travelled to navigate those dangerous waters.

Companion : Sancho Panza from ‘Don Quixote.’ He’s not afraid to get his hands dirty literally or figuratively. He is often the voice of truth when his partner would rather hear anything but. But, it is the ability to keep his master safe from enemies, as well as from himself that seals the deal for me.

Film: ‘Adrift in Tokyo’ by Satoshi Miki is one of my favorite films of all time. I would chose this one to take with me if I was stranded on an island because it encompasses some of the things that I find essential to enjoying life on this planet. Miki is able to do this in both dramatic and comedic ways. It is about making connections with the world around us and with the people in it. Spending time getting to know someone often feels like a lost art in today’s faster-paced world. Characters learn to express emotion and not hide behind “manliness.” They atone for sins they’ve committed and attempt to right the wrongs of their past. This film reminds me that happiness can be found in the tiniest moments of pleasure and this film delivers tons of them as the laughs are frequent and come from the silliest places at the weirdest times.

Jess Dela Merced – "Hypebeasts"

Album: ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ had a lot of influence on me growing up and even more so today. I fall into many daydreams listening to it, imagining scenes to match or pretending some of the songs were soundtracks to my life. All her lyrics are starting to ring true as I grow older and the messages are always getting clearer with each listen. It's one of those albums that you can only fully comprehend once you're old and wrinkly.

Book: ‘Catcher in the Rye’ will always be my favorite book. I identify with Holden so much, not sure if that's a good thing, but if I could make any movie in the world, it would be an adaptation of that book. One day I will find the loophole to get to the rights!

Film: ‘Coming to America’ because I need to stay happy on that island and would probably reenact it word for word to keep myself entertained. Also so I can listen to Sexual Chocolate and Soul Glo repeatedly.

Companion: Any character Robin Williams has played. I guess Genie for obvious reasons.

Daniel Pfeffer – "Milk & Honey"

Album: If I was stranded, I'd bring Coltrane's ‘A Love Supreme’ for it's timeless effect, so whenever I was losing hope of rescue, I'd put that on to calm my nerves, and let me know it all doesn't matter in the end, because the beauty is within and all around you.

Book: My book would have to be ‘Drown’ by Junot Diaz, because it would let me remember where I'm from, the metro area, and what it feels like to have immigrant parents.

Film: I love so many films, but I think one that is just poetry in motion for me would be Spike Lee's ‘He Got Game’. Whenever I was feeling homesick I'd just watch that. Plus the soundtrack is so good on it from the classical to the hip hop, I could be forever entertained!

Companion: No matter where I am in the world, I'd have to ask Shailene Woodley to come along so we could plan a film together, in case we were ever rescued and brought back to civilization.

Cristina Kotz Cornejo – "Hermanas"

Film: I think it would need to be a good comedy, either "Dr. Strangelove," The Pink Panther" or maybe "Brazil" by Terry Gilliam - something absurd to keep me laughing – oh wait, I guess if I have to choose one then it’s The Pink Panther can’t get enough of Peter Sellers!

Book: 1984 by George Orwell to remind me of what the world I left behind is becoming and to make me appreciate the absence of “big brother,” the internet and all the noise of everyday life.

Album: It’s not easy to choose an album but if I had to choose one it would be one of my favorites from childhood, That’s the Way of the World by Earth Wind and Fire. It will keep me busy dancing and singing the nights away in paradise.

Companion: Ellen Ripley from Alien because with her there I would be sure to eventually get off the island although 1984 will make me want to stay put, oh the dichotomy of life!

Javier Melero De Luca – "Silencio Chino"

Ok, the question puts me in survival mode, not in a curatorial one. I am going to need entertainment to cope with solitude on an island!!

Film: ‘The Shawshank Redemption.’ So many IMDb people could not be wrong. It would remind me that a lot of men dream of being on an island anyway. ("The Lives of Others" if the previous was not available).

Companion: Someone hot and resourceful like Lara Croft, I could try and hit on her, maybe even have an offspring.

Book: No doubt, The Lord of the Flies. Deep, insightful, metaphorical and well written. Useful on the island too.

Album: Tough call but I would go for Gently Disturbed by Avishai Cohen. They’re Venezuelan folk music meets Israeli jazz. Just mind-bending. P.S. Can't i just grab mi iPad before crashing on the island???

Geoffrey Guerrero – "J-1"

Album: If I was stranded on a deserted island I would need to have the Buenavista Social club album because their rich Latin rhythms and passionate songs of romance and love would make life more enjoyable and welcoming. And, being stranded in said island, anything with some latin beats and conga drums goes a long way in making life a little easier.

Companion: If I had to choose a companion from the movies it would have to be two companions: Eva Mendez and Gina Rodriguez. After a long day of cutting wood and preparing dinner, there's no other people I would rather have at my side than these 2 gorgeous young ladies. Who knows, maybe I'll get a back massage if I'm lucky.

Book: The one book I must have on this island is Daniel Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe," because if I'm gonna be stuck on an island I need to know there's a chance I'll survive. Some people say life is all about survival of the fittest and this book is a powerful story of a man stranded on an island for many years and by some miracle he survives and escapes the island in one piece. Which I think we'd all agree would be the ideal situation if stranded on such an island.

Film: "Amores Perros" or "Rabia."

Dennis Shinners – "Barrio Boy"

Film: "Stand By Me", "Titanic", "The Empire Strikes Back" (original release) or the "Alien" box set, just keeping the first two films. They are all about friendship and survival.

Album: I'd love to cram a ton of music onto an iPod, but if not allowed, it would be Prince's "Purple Rain". Why? Well, it's Prince's "Purple Rain"! Probably my favorite album of all time, though it's really tough to narrow down a favorite, let alone a fave Prince record. I'd try to sneak The Cure's "Disintegration", U2's "The Joshua Tree", Biggie's "Ready to Die" and a Jobim record (for sunset listening) by customs too.

Book: I've got way more music than books so I might trade this for a Nirvana, Velvet Underground, Peter Gabriel or Smashing Pumpkins album, but at the risk of sounding cliche or obvious, "The Catcher In the Rye". This way I'll always have a piece of New York City with me.

Companion: Samwise Gamgee from "Lord of the Rings". He's beyond loyal and cooks too, which will come in handy.

Albert Espinosa – "Pitahaya"

Album: ‘Great Escape’ by Blur because each song is incredible.

Film: ‘Good Will Hunting’. The Death of Robin Williams deeply affected me profoundly.

Book: ‘Tuesdays with Morrie.’ This book changed my life.

Companion : Leo of the series ‘Red Band Society’. Red band society, Fox's series is like my life as a child. It’s my autobiography. I am very happy for the coincidence between the release of the series and the festival.

Laila Petrone Peynado – "Your Love"

Album: Anita Baker – ‘Giving You the Best that I Got.’ I love her voice and each song on this album has accompanied me through different stages of my life. If I had been a singer, I would have been honored to have had her voice and career.

Book - Paulo Coelho – ‘Eleven Minutes.’ You're right there with the protagonist. The storyline, the way it is written, compels you to imagine it visually.

Film : ‘Mo' Better Blues.’ It's a movie I can watch over and over again, it makes me laugh, it makes me cry, and the soundtrack by the amazing Branford Marsalis Quartet and Terence Blanchard is just wonderful.

Companion : Marcello Mastroianni. Marcello was one-of-a-kind actor and I could spend hours talking to him about his experiences working with some of the most influential directors and movies of our time.

Wu Tsang - "You're Dead to Me"

Album : I'm not into albums much, but I'd have several of my favorite underground DJ's, like DJ Total Freedom, Nguzunguzu and Juliana Huxtable create an original mix for me. My island soundtrack would feature lots of traditional Banda music, which I love. I've shot several of my films in Mexico, and Banda always brings me back, like a snapshot of a moment in time. Maybe I could have my mix delivered to the island by drone.

Book: A written retrospective on Rainer Werner Fassbinder would be ideal. I figure if I can't watch movies at least I can read about them and visualize them in my mind, on a loop. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul is my favorite. It's considered to be Fassbinder's masterpiece, but I'm always drawn to characters who let their hearts rule their heads. It's that blend of realism and romanticism, loneliness and love that would inspire and buoy me with no other constant but the waves lashing the shore.

Companion: My favorite character is always changing. But this week it's Sarah Linden from ‘The Killing.’ I guess I can relate to her troubled lonely existence. She's super flawed but also so powerful and talented, and deep down has a lot of heart and passion buried under that tough facade. I think we'd enjoy coping with our existentialism and creating our own mythology together on that island.

Jonathon Dillon – "Celluloid Dreams"

Album: Without a doubt, Louis Armstrong "The Definite Collection". I can say without a doubt Louis Armstrong is one of my favorite musicians of all time. When I hear that deep raspy voice I can't help but let all my worries fade away and transport to what life must have been like in the '30s.

Film: People laugh when I say this, but the film I define as one of the most perfectly executed pieces of cinema created is "Back to the Future." Head to tails, frame by frame, everything has purpose and continually pushes the story. Although Zemeckis has gone on to do other projects that he has received more acclaim for (i.e. "Forrest Gump"), I feel like I always watch "Back to the Future" and see something else he did that I didn't catch before that makes me stop and marvel at the film as a whole.

Book: Would graphic novels count? I grew up looking at comic books before I could even read, the visual imagery said it all, and the artwork would be just spell binding. I actually wanted to be a comic book artist as a kid, but then realized I couldn't sketch to save my life. I would lean towards Frank Miller's "Wolverine" or even Alan Moore's "Watchmen." If it had to be a book I'd probably want something on "How to Survive on an Island"....

Character: This is tough, and maybe I'm cheating, but the first feature I did the lead female protagonist was Katherine Parker (played by Rebecca Welsh). She was strong, independent, and above all, a survivor. I've always loved films with strong female characters, hence probably why I fell in love with this one from the moment of reading her on the page. And as they say, you are only as strong as the woman next to you. Honorable mention would obviously go to Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen in "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark"), and just about any of James Cameron's heroines.

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Written by Juan Caceres , LatinoBuzz is a weekly feature on SydneysBuzz that highlights Latino indie talent and upcoming trends in Latino film with the specific objective of presenting a broad range of Latino voices. Follow [At]LatinoBuzz on Twitter and Facebook
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25th Hour and He Got Game – The Blu Review: The Spike Lee Joint Collection Volume 1

With his 2002 film 25th Hour, Spike Lee proved, as he did in Summer Of Sam three years earlier, that he wasn’t limited to making films about the black experience. Lee could do provocative very well and he could do “issues” very well, but with 25th Hour, he had a hard time making a film that sustained its 2 hours and 10 minutes. That was a real shame since I started out liking this film when I saw it when it was new, but it ran out of steam about the halfway point. I have a lot of respect for Edward Norton who played Monty Brogan, a convicted New York drug dealer who spends the film reevaluating his life in the before facing a seven-year jail term on drug charges, but felt the actor was miscast. Norton comes off too bookish and safe to play a convincing dealer. I thought the “F— You” monologue,
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