Thursday, September 15, 2016

New Film: 'Bx3M' to Screen in the Bronx

My beautiful Puerto Rico Sun familia, you are invited to join us for a free screening of "Bx3M." I had the honor to serve as producer of this independent feature film project by Judith Escalona.

Here is the press release:

BxArts Factory in Partnership with The Bronx Filmmakers
Presents “Bx3M” directed by Judith Escalona

BxArts Factory in Partnership with The Bronx Filmmakers presents "Bx3M," a feature film written and directed by Judith Escalona, at the Lincoln Hospital Auditorium on Friday, September 23, 2016 at 6 PM. Lincoln Hospital is located at 234 East 149th Street, Bronx, NY.
Judith Escalona grew up in the Bronx, where “Bx3M” takes place, and returned home to make this
feature. The film “Bx3M” traces the lives of three teenage friends, Maria, Mona and Michael, as
they get ready for their senior year at James Monroe High School in the Bronx. Graduation is a
no ­brainer for Maria, a natural­ born nerd who is top in her class. Mona, her best friend, wants to
go to Cooper Union and that spells trouble for the aspiring photographer. Michael, Maria's
boyfriend, is flunking out. No matter, Michael is on a mission yet unknown to him ­­ call it destiny
or revenge.
“It’s an epic on a city block,” says writer and director Judith Escalona. As a child of the Bronx she
knows these characters intimately as friends, neighbors or the subjects of gossip. Genuine
experiences inform the lives of the fictional characters Escalona has created. Portraying the lives of
inner city girls sets this urban drama apart from most films of the genre. These portraits of Latina
adolescents are memorably different, yet their struggle is universal. Michael's story, too, draws on
the conventions used to represent ghetto life but with unique and unpredictable moments.
“Bx3M presents an aspect of inner city life often overlooked in pursuit of the sensational,” said
filmmaker Judith Escalona. “These kids, while identifiably Latino, are just like any other teens. They
each confront an issue that drives their individual narratives forward into a unified whole... I choose
mythology and universal resonance over modern day social pathological interpretations. Both
modalities actually coincide and function as approaches to understanding the behavior of my
characters and what Bx3M is ultimately about­­the freedom to love.”
Judith Escalona is a segment producer for CUNY­TV where she has received a number of awards
and acknowledgments including three 2012 Communicator Awards. Escalona is also the
Executive Director and Founder of Puerto Rico and the American Dream ( the
18­-year-­old, award­ winning website on the history, culture and politics of Puerto Rico and the
Puerto Rican diaspora. PRdream's office is located in Spanish Harlem, where the organization has
launched several new media initiatives, among them the PRdream Oral History Project and the
technology­ based art gallery MediaNoche ( MediaNoche showcases local
and international artists working in new media.

View the Trailer for the film at:

A short film by Bronx filmmaker Álvaro Franco will also be screened. “Isa: A Brief Portrait” is about
a queer woman of color who commutes to school while trying to conceal the fact that she is
homeless. The 2014 short was previously part of The Bronx Filmmakers Screening Series.

BxArts Factory ( is a newly created non­profit organization. Our mission is
to make art accessible to everyone in the Bronx. The Factory’s Programs support local artists and
arts projects to increase social change in the Bronx.

The Bronx Filmmakers ( is a collective of filmmakers who live and
work in the borough of The Bronx. We seek to contribute to the vibrant Bronx arts community by
inspiring our members to create new work and by supporting and promoting our members' best

This is a FREE screening but RSVP is required. Please reserve your ticket here: A Q&A with the filmmakers, cast and crew will follow the

Friday, July 15, 2016

PRSUN Project: Salsa in the Bronx with Tito Rojas

Salsa great Tito Rojas entertains a massive crowd at St. Mary's Park as part of Summer Stage on July 14.

To view more photos, go here.

Monday, June 13, 2016

PRSUN Project: PR Parade

One of my favorite times of the year in New York City is Puerto Rican Parade season. It is not just because of the parade. It is also because of the festivities that lead up to the parade. This year I attended such events as the Gracie Mansion reception that Mayor Bill di Blasio and NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito hosted, the parade's 152nd Street Festival in the Bronx, and the Abrazo Boricua reception at Maestro Caterers in the Bronx.

To view more photos, visit my PR Parade in NYC album:

Monday, October 26, 2015

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