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Film Review: INTOUCHABLES transcends lives and life

Our host, Stefanie Alleyne meets up with today’s panelists: filmmaker and web content creator, Olu Gittens; editor and author, Valerie Petersen; and on-air personality and host, Yael Read; to discuss the very funny and sincere French film, “Intouchables,” at the cool downtown-vibed Tribeca cafe, Love Peace.

Based on a true story, the film, “Intouchables,” is written and directed by the super, successful French cinematic duo, Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano. The story follows an affluent Parisian quadriplegic, played by Francois Cluzet as Phillippe, who after becoming paralyzed during a hang gliding accident, is in need of replacing his 24 hour live-in caretaker. Much to the dismay of friends, family, and associates, Continue reading

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Film Review: DRIVE exudes a super hero complex

Panelists Jamilla Alston, a producer and director; Karen Jenson, a visual artist; and Irena Lasenby, a realtor; join our host, Stefanie Alleyne, at the New York City studio and gallery space of British photographer, Benjamin Oliver, to discuss and review the stylish film, Drive.

Based on the novella of the same name by author, James Sallis, the film, Drive is directed by Swedish director, Nicolas Winding Refn. It is the story of a Hollywood stunt driver and mechanic whose moonlighting gig takes a detour down a long, dark road. The star cast includes Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks and Christina Hendricks.

More About our Fabulous Panel

Jamila Allston combines her love of education, history, activism and the arts in her work as Producer, Director and Cinematographer.  As CEO of “PanAfrican Cultural Communications,” she is committed to creating vibrant and intelligent commercial entertainment products across mediums and genres, showcasing the music, culture and stories of people of color worldwide as it develops, produces and promotes music, video, film and event productions for progressive multi-cultural audiences.

She is working on several documentary projects and is engaged in the development of several international media productions.  Most recently, she produced the short film, “The Last Assignment,” with Emmy Award nominated film director and producer, Roderick D. Giles.  The film is now in post-production and in preparation for the film festival circuit.

In addition to being a graduate of Columbia University and New York University, Jamila has a MBA in Media Management from Metropolitan College of New York, a Certificate in Cinematography from NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, and has participated in a Film and Media Practicum in Mumbai, India.

Karen Jenson is a visual artist, writer and producer of the long running, WAVE Award winning, one-woman television program “…And Karen Show.” She is the co-founder of ALF, a guerrilla arts network dedicated to creating public sculpture the public doesn’t know it needs. She has designed video for theatrical productions such as David Gonzalez’ Sleeping Beauty, Wounded Splendor; an exploration of the wound we have inflicted on the environment, and Saint-Saëns’ The Carnival of the Animals with Frederic Chiu.

Her drawings, prints and sculptures have been featured in five solo gallery shows. She is currently collaborating with new vaudevillian, Bob Berky, on Tightrope, a full length comedy of tragedies for the stage. Their project, “Joseph Sweet’s Circus of Longing,” is a series of community workshops resulting in collected vignettes for the stage and the page and had its premiere in 2008.

Irena Lasenby was born in Ethiopia. After living in six cities all over the United States, she has made her home here in New York City. She currently works as a realtor with Tungsten Property, specializing in residential and commercial lofts as well as retail spaces in the downtown Manhattan area.



To learn more about the artist, Dina White and to view her art works, click here.





To view the photography works of British photographer,  Benjamin Oliver, click here.

(Photograph courtesy of Benjamin Oliver ©2011).



To learn more about the film Drive, click here.

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