Posted by: Orlick | October 13, 2009

Jackson Heights Food and Film festival 2009

I can’t find this information anywhere online, so I have to post it here. This is the email I received from the Jackson Heights Food and Film festival:

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The much anticipated 2009 Jackson Heights Film and Food Festival kicks-off with a burst of flavor with delicious and authentic appetizers from six favorite Jackson Heights’ restaurants.

Beverages will be accompanied by appetizers from Jackson Diner, Novo Restaurant and Lounge, Uncle Peter’s Bar and Grill, Rajbhog, Espresso 77 and Lety’s Pastry and Cafe.

This year’s festival offers an exciting line up of films. The main feature will be the award-winning Soy Andina, which tells the intersecting stories of two New Yorkers – a modern/hip-hop dancer raised in Queens, and a folkloric dancer from the Andes – on a dazzling odyssey through Peru in search of roots and a world of folkloric dance.

The main feature will be preceded by two wonderful short films: Grace, an eight minute short based on a true story about an undocumented immigrant mother from Colombia, who despite having everything to lose, finds hope; and Team Taliban, a fifteen minute short which explores the impact of The War on Terror in American culture through the unique lens of professional wrestling.

Collectively, the films give a platform to emerging artists and offer a window into different cultural perspectives. Beyond the quality of the work, many are selected on the basis of their ability to reflect universal themes while capturing an experience that is unique to a particular group or part of the world.

* Special*
Following the films, the audience will be treated to a Q & A session with the following guests:

Cynthia Paniagua (dancer from Soy Andina)
Julian Pimiento (actor, Grace)
Benjamin Kegan (director, Team Taliban)

The Q & A session will be moderated by Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer, Executive Director of Queens Council on the Arts.
Festival-goers (with the purchase of a ticket) will have the opportunity to digest a wonderful evening’s experiecne and mix and mingle with friends, new and old, over food, fun and drinks at the Festival After-party at Limoncello restaurant.

Visit our website for all the details!

Avoid waiting on a long line. Buy tickets online now. $20 general admission and $15 for seniors and students (with ID).

The Jackson Heights Film and Food Festival is a program of the non-profit organization, the Community Journal. Capital One bank, Queens Council on the Arts and Noah’s Ark Pet Clinic are the proud sponsors of this year’s festival.
Limited seating – please make reservations online now!
For more information visit or call the Community Journal at 718-393-7711.

Festival Itinerary

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2009
Place: Jackson Triplex Theater, 40-31 82nd Street, Jackson Heights
Appetizers: 6:30 p.m.
Films: 7:00 p.m. – 8:40 p.m.
Q & A: 8:45 p.m. – 9:20 p.m.
After-party: Limoncello restaurant, next door to theater, 40-39 82nd Street
Directions: E, F, V, R, 7 to 74th Street/Roosevelt Avenue
or 7 train to 82nd Street

See you there!
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That’s all. Last year I was involved with this festival, but not this year. It is only my responsibility as a local citizen to post this to the public. Enjoy!


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