HBO’S 2016 Documentary Season

HBO’s 2016 Documentary Season will begin on Monday, October 3rd, with the premiere of one documentary each Monday until December 5th, concluding with the re-transmission of the successful original HBO Latin America production, Wars of Others.The 11 documentaries that will be presented by HBO this season include the Emmy Nominated Mapplethorpe and Everything is Copy.
The Documentaries

Homegrown: The Counter-Terror Dilemma (premieres on October 3rd )addresses one of today’s most serious and urgent questions, highlighting the real and evident threat of domestic Islamic extremism in the United States, with firsthand accounts from those who are on the front line of this battle.  Directed by Emmy®-winner, Greg Barker.

Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper (premieres on October 10th) shows a mother and son candidly reflecting upon their extraordinary family history, marked by tragedy as equally as success.  Directed by Oscar® nominee, Liz Garbus.

Orphans of Ebola (premieres on October 17th) follows Abu, a 12 year old boy from a village in Sierra Leon who lost eight family members during the Ebola epidemic and whose story shows the incredible bravery of the thousands of children that became orphaned by the virus and who must now reconcile their past and recreate their lives.  Directed by Ben Steele.

San Francisco 2.0 (premieres on October 17th ) visits this famous city, which for a long time was known as the counterculture capital of the United States, and that now with the race for digital gold, must reinvent itself in the face of the prosperity that sees young people from the technological elite coming to build their fortunes here.  Directed by Emmy® Award winner, Alexandra Pelosi.

Everything is Copy – Nora Ephron: Scripted & Unscripted (premieres on October 24th) is an illuminating and candid portrait of Nora Ephron, the writer and screenwriter known for her biting and intelligent humor, written and directed by her son Jacob Bernstein.  The documentary presents intimate interviews with some of those closest to her, including her three sisters, as well as Mike Nichols, Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Steven Spielberg and Meryl Streep.

Class Divide (premieres on October 31st) highlights the effects of hyper-gentrification and the growing inequality using the microcosm of New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, focusing on an intersection where an elite private school sits across the street from low-income housing projects.  Directed by Marc Levin.

Meet the Donors: Does Money Talk? (premieres on October 31st) goes into the fundraising circuit and conversation with dozens of mega donors that support the two political parties in the United States. Directed by Emmy® Award winner, Alexandra Pelosi.

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (premieres on November 14th ) presents an unflinching and unprecedented look at the controversial photos of Robert Mapplethorpe, who tore down taboos with his frank way of portraying nudity, sexuality, and fetishism.  Directed by Emmy®-winners Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, and produced by Film Manufacturers Inc.

Suited (premieres on November 21st) tells the story of Bindle & Keep, a Brooklyn tailoring company that makes custom suits for gender-nonconforming and transgender clients.  The documentary focuses on the intimate process of assuming a new identity, accepting difference, and facing this in one’s own skin.  Directed by Jason Benjamin, and produced by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner (HBO’s Girls).

Marathon: The Patriots’ Day Bombing (premieres on November 28th) recounts the dramatic story of the April 2013 terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon through the experiences of people whose lives were affected.  Directed by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg, and produced in association with the Boston Globe.

Guerras Ajenas (rebroadcast on December 5th at 21hrs*) analyzes the practice of aerial spraying in Colombia with glyphosate, an herbicide declared to be potentially carcinogenic by the World Health Organization in 2015.  The aerial spraying has been a key tool in the collaboration between Colombia and the United States in the “War on Drugs”, and specifically against the cultivation of the coca leaf.  An original production from HBO Latin America, directed by Carlos Moreno.

For more information regarding HBO’s 2016 Documentary Season visit http://www.hbomax.tv/ .

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Trinidad’s Las Cuevas Beach Receives 3rd Blue Flag Certification

For the third consecutive year, Trinidad & Tobago’s Las Cuevas Beach Facility has been recognized with Blue Flag Certification by the Blue Flag International Jury. The certification is awarded to beach and marina facilities that meet a strict criteria of water quality, environmental management, the provision of environmental education and information and the provision of safety and security services.
Blue Flag is an internationally-recognized, voluntary environmental award presented to organizations and facilities that reach the appropriate level of environmental management and education in respect of their beaches and marinas. In Trinidad & Tobago, the Blue Flag program is coordinated by Asclepius Green, a local non-governmental organization (NGO), and the Tourism Development Company Limited (TDC) in an effort to ensure sustainable development of the sector and the proper management of human impacts on the environment, while ensuring high levels of visitor satisfaction.

At Blue Flag beaches like Las Cuevas, there are dedicated management committees set up to conduct environmental audits of the site and its facilities. The committee is also responsible for ensuring that nearby habitats, such as nesting leatherbacks in Las Cuevas, are protected and managed sustainably. In addition, there is a twelve-member National Jury comprised of representatives of various organizations throughout Trinidad & Tobago. The Tourism Development Company continues to work with Asclepius Green and the 12-member National Blue Flag Jury to ensure the beach maintains its acquired status and continues to work on the establishment of other Blue Flag beaches within the dual-island nation.

Ingrid Andress named 2016 Unsigned Only Music Competition Winner

The Unsigned Only Music Competition announced its 2016 winners. Selected from almost 6,000 entries, the winners represent some of the best unsigned artists worldwide in contemporary music. Unsigned Only awards more than $150,000 in prizes split among 28 winners, including a Grand Prize package of $20,000 in cash (US) and much more in merchandise and services.

The overall Grand Prize goes to the performer and songwriter Ingrid Andress for the song “Footprints.” In addition to winning cash and prizes, Andress  will also receive one-on-one mentoring from industry executives from Atlantic, Warner Bros., RCA, Epic, Razor & Tie, Disney Music Group/Hollywood Records, Nettwerk Music Group, Black River Entertainment, and others.

Hailing from Highlands Ranch, Colarado, USA, Ingrid Andress began her music career performing in the TV industry. After touring and singing on two seasons of NBC’s “The Sing Off” as a part of the a cappella group Delilah, she attended Berklee College of Music on a vocal scholarship. She now lives in Nashville where she collaborates and performs with various country and pop artists.

Founders Candace Avery and Jim Morgan state, “Andress is a remarkable young artist who displays a great depth of talent and versatility, stretching out into the Country and Pop genres with a unique sensibility that is creative and current. The stripped down version of her winning song “Footprints” allows you to hear her raw, honest talent and undeniable gift as an artist.”

To view the full list of winners, please visit : http://www.unsignedonly.com/winners

The Taste of Tennis… Melting Pot of Tennis Stars & Top Chefs

The world’s greatest tennis players and NYC’s top chefs will showcase their culinary skills at The Taste of Tennis. In addition to amazing food, this one-of-a-kind experience features a variety of themed lounges, signature cocktails and music by popular deejays—a perfect way to kick off two weeks of tennis excitement in NYC! A portion of the proceeds benefit Wellness in the Schools. Wellness in the Schools (WITS) is a national non-profit that inspires healthy eating and fitness for kids in public schools. Through meaningful public-private partnerships, WITS is fighting the childhood obesity epidemic. The organization empowers schools to provide healthy, scratch-cooked meals, active recess periods, and fitness and nutrition education. WITS’ partnership approach drives systematic, long-term change, shifting the entire culture of schools.

Following her participation in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Venus Williams celebrated at Taste of Tennis at New York City's W Hotel. Sponsored by the Jamaica Tourist Board and Palace Resorts, Taste of Tennis brings together the world's greatest tennis athletes, celebrities and top chefs.
Following her participation in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Venus Williams celebrated at Taste of Tennis at New York City’s W Hotel. Sponsored by the Jamaica Tourist Board and Palace Resorts, Taste of Tennis brings together the world’s greatest tennis athletes, celebrities and top chefs.
Former Bachelorette, Andi Dorfman, was seen nibbling and mingling at Taste of Tennis' Jamaica Lounge where she enjoyed authentic bites prepared by leading chefs including Moon Palace Jamaica Grande's Executive Chef Dennis McIntosh.
Former Bachelorette, Andi Dorfman, was seen nibbling and mingling at Taste of Tennis’ Jamaica Lounge where she enjoyed authentic bites prepared by leading chefs including Moon Palace Jamaica Grande’s Executive Chef Dennis McIntosh.
This year's Taste of Tennis featured mouthwatering bites from leading tastemakers and buzzworthy chefs such as Marcus Samuelsson of Harlem's Red Rooster, Dennis McIntosh, Executive Chef of Moon Palace Jamaica Grande, and Adam Schop, the talented mind behind NYC's Caribbean hotspot, Miss Lily's.
This year’s Taste of Tennis featured mouthwatering bites from leading tastemakers and buzzworthy chefs such as Marcus Samuelsson of Harlem’s Red Rooster, Dennis McIntosh, Executive Chef of Moon Palace Jamaica Grande, and Adam Schop, the talented mind behind NYC’s Caribbean hotspot, Miss Lily’s.

Introducing… Ronée Boyce

Ronée Boyce will perform her piano recital here in Jamaica on September 11, 2016 at the Northern Caribbean University and we are delighted to have this award winning pianist on our island. Her fluid technique and outstanding performances make her a musical force to reckon with! It’s our pleasure to introduce to you this pianist of great magnitude.

Described as an “inspirational musician” (Le Progrès, France) and as possessing “great depth of musical interpretation” (The Daily Herald), Canadian pianist Ronée Boyce is quickly establishing herself as an artist of intense musical sensibility. A recipient of numerous national and international prizes, she was chosen as a winner of the 2006 International Piano Competition in New York and has subsequently appeared as a recitalist across Canada, the USA, Western Europe, and the Caribbean. A strong advocate of the Slavic repertoire, Boyce has maintained a keen interest in performing Russian works and lesser – known music repertoire, often introducing such works to her listening audiences in concert. Upon hearing her performance of solo piano works by Sergei Prokofiev, the great Russian pianist Lazar Berman declared: “Somewhere, very deep inside of you, you are Russian.”

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Dre Vilar Photography

Ronée Boyce has also established herself as a reputable chamber music performer, having collaborated with such artists as Ashley Sandor Sidon, Liza McLellan (Quartetto Gelato) Gwendeline Lumaret (Quattuor Prima Vista) and with cello prodigy Sujari Britt. In recent seasons, Boyce has been heard at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts, The Burlington Arts Centre, MacCarthy Arts Center in Vermont, Yukon Arts Centre, Hôtel de Coulanges, Maison de L’Europe, Théâtre de Bourg, at L’Oasis Musicale in Montréal and as part of the L’heure Musicale series in France. Ms. Boyce has been interviewed by CBC Radio Canada and has had her concert productions broadcasted in Toronto by Classical 96.3FM. The pianist’s festival appearances include the Block Island Music Festival, Music In The Summer International Festival, Scotia Chamber Music Festival in Halifax N.S., Braine Music Festival in Bruxelles, Belgium, and the International Music Festival in Orlando, Florida.

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LightOut Photography

Highlights of the 2016-2017 concert season include solo concert appearances in Armenia, Czech Republic, France, and Russia and the Caribbean. Ronée will make solo and North American solo and chamber music appearances in New York, Ontario, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania.

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Dre Vilar Photography

A native of Toronto, Canada, Ronée maintains a versatile career as a piano soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue. She serves as artistic director of Canada’s Neapolitan Connection Concert Series and is co-founder with French cellist Gwendeline Lumaret of the duo ensemble, Duo Primo. Ronée is fluent in English, French and Spanish, speaks basic Italian, Romanian and Czech, and is currently learning Russian.

Connect with her online at www.ronee.ca and https://www.facebook.com/roneepiano/ and be sure to check out our exclusive interview in the upcoming Autumn issue of PANACHE.