Loath as I am to let the real world intervene in this little oasis of semi-relevance (and as uncomfortable as I am about pimping my commercial activities here), I feel bound to let you know about a couple of important entertainment options I have a role in.
Firstly, my company, Miracle Pictures, is producing the 6th Latin American Film Festival which gets under way with a Gala Opening Night at the Embassy Theatre on Wednesday night (18 April, 7.30pm). There are a limited number of tickets available to the public and they will go on sale on Monday morning from the Embassy Box Office. Sales will be made on a first-come, first-served basis and will be cash only (due to the Embassy not wanting to mix my money with theirs for complex accounting reasons). Tickets are $20 and for that you’ll get to partake of some sponsors product (Corona Extra and caiparinhas courtesy of Scorpion Distribution) plus wine from Argentina and Chile and food from the region courtesy of the Latin American Embassies in Wellington.
Oh, and there will be a film screening as well: The Sacred Family (La Sagrada familia) from Chile. The film is rated R16 (Drug use, sex scenes and offensive language) which bodes well for a successful night, I’m sure you will agree.
This year’s festival features 8 award-winning feature films from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Peru (plus two prestigious shorts). The official festival site is here and there you will find details of all the films and screenings in each centre: Wellington, Auckland, Hamilton and Christchurch.
I also want to let y’all know that registrations are now open for this year’s “V” 48 Hours, officially New Zealand’s largest film competition. I am managing the Wellington end for the fourth straight year.
Following that, the finalists from each participating city (plus the Peter Jackson-selected wildcards) go head-to-head “live” on C4 on Friday June 22.
All the information you need to take part can be found here. We have space for a few more teams than last year but when they’re gone, they’re gone.