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  • Cuban filmmaker to screen award-winning movie at ASU’s West campus

    Acclaimed Cuban filmmaker Miguel Coyula will visit Arizona State University’s West campus Monday and Tuesday to interact with students and make public presentations.A highlight of the visit will be a screening of Coyula’s award-winning film “Memories of Overdevelopment (Memorias del Desarrollo)” Tuesday. The event begins at 6 p.m. with Coyula leading a discussion focusing on “50 Years of Cuba: Looking In, Looking Back.” The discussion will explore influences and scenes from other films that have marked Coyula as a director. “Memories of Overdevelopment” will be screened at 7 p.m. The discussion and screening will be in the Kiva Lecture Hall at 4701 W. Thunderbird Road in Phoenix.The public also is invited to hear Coyula address “Digital Audiovisual Grammar: Understanding Independent Filmmaking as a One Man Crew” at 3 p.m. Monday in Second Stage West, in the lower level of the University Center Building.The events are free and open to the public. Visitor parking on campus costs $2 per hour.Coyula was born in Havana in 1977. He was part of a new wave of independent Cuban filmmakers working outside of the mainstream using digital technology on shoestring budgets. Early on, he came to the attention of the critics through his shorts which garnered many awards at various Cuban film festivals. After graduating from the prestigious International Film School of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba, in 1999, Coyula went to New York to study at the Strasberg Theater Institute and to direct his first feature, “Red Cockroaches.” The film gathered more than 20 awards.For his second feature film, Coyula embarked on the challenging job of directing “Memorias del Desarrollo,” a follow-up to the Cuban film classic “Memorias del Subdesarrollo” and also based on a new novel by Edmundo Desnoes. He received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in support of his work on the film.

  • Burns' series gives PBS a ratings milestone

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ken Burns' series "The Roosevelts" earned PBS its biggest audience in two decades, making it the documentary maker's third most popular film after "The Civil War" and "Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery." PBS said the seven, two-hour episodes that aired last month had an average audience of 9.2 million viewers. The most popular was the first night, on Sept. 14, which had 11.7 million viewers, according to the Nielsen company. "It was power, it was sex, it was death, it was betrayal," PBS chief programming executive Beth Hoppe said on Thursday. "But it was also World War I and World War II and the president of the United States and his wife. It was this epic tale but it was told in a very intimate way. It was a lot like 'Downton Abbey,' but it was real. The series gave PBS its highest weekly viewer average since 1994, when Burns' series "Baseball" aired. Although the "Lewis & Clark" documentary in 1997 had more viewers, "Baseball" was stretched across a longer period, so PBS had a larger weekly audience when the sports documentary aired. PBS went wall-to-wall with the history of Teddy, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, airing each episode twice on a given night and making them available online; full episodes were streamed more than 1.85 million times, PBS said. Streams were not included in the individual episode viewing figures. There was evidence that many people used streaming to keep up with the series as it went along, Hoppe said. After the opening episode, the fifth night — FDR's first two terms and the preparations for World War II — had the most popular episode. Each person who watched "The Roosevelts" saw an average of nearly four hours of the series, PBS said. Burns is working on a shorter documentary on cancer that will air in a few months for PBS. His next big documentary series, on the Vietnam War, is scheduled to air on PBS in 2016.

  • Accomplished organist takes stage in Sun City West

    The Sun City West Organ and Keyboard Club’s featured artist is Marco Mendez, an internationally acclaimed organist and keyboardist.Mendez is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music. He gained admission to this world-renowned conservatory at age 12. He has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious halls and venues including the Lady of Czestahova Shrine. He has toured all over the U.S., Europe, Latin America, South America, Japan and China.He will entertain starting at 7 p.m. Monday in Summit Room A of the Palm Ridge Recreation Center.The concert is $2 for members of the SCW Organ and Keyboard Club. Guests are invited and encouraged to attend for $7 per person, payable at the door. Doors open at 6:30. For information, contact Ron Aron at 623-537-9092 or organ.scwclubs.com.

Cuban filmmaker to screen award-winning movie at ASU’s West campus

Acclaimed Cuban filmmaker Miguel Coyula will visit Arizona State University’s West campus Monday and Tuesday to interact with students and make public presentations.

  • icon Posted: October 23

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