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MNN El Barrio Firehouse to Host 2014 International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival

Events, MNN El Barrio Firehouse, News and Views By Lee Walker Helland

Save the dates!

On November 13th, 14th and 15th, the MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center will host more than a dozen movie screenings as part of the 2014 International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival (IPRHFF).

The festival, dedicated to helping artists explore issues surrounding Puerto Rican heritage and "develop their craft with direct input from their target audiences," runs throughout NYC from November 12th to 16th. The MNN El Barrio Firehouse regularly hosts events aimed at creating dialogue and relationships among activists, artists, cultural institutions, media organizations and local residents. Hosted in the George C. Stoney Community Studio, these forums foster collaboration, social service and social justice in the Harlem community and beyond.

A sponsor of IPRHFF, the MNN El Barrio Firehouse will present 16 films, exploring a wide range of themes including violence, religion, love, drugs, end of innocence and much more. ...

Up Next at the MNN El Barrio Firehouse Film Club: "Mi Puerto Rico" on Friday, November 7th

Events, MNN El Barrio Firehouse By Lee Walker Helland

On Friday, November 7th, the MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center Film Club presents Mi Puerto Rico, a moving documentary that explores the island's varied, rich cultural traditions and the role of United States colonialism on the Puerto Rican diaspora experience.

Produced by Raquel Ortiz and Sharon Simon, Mi Puerto Rico follows Ortiz as she moves back and forth between her childhood in the Bronx and Puerto Rico, where she interviews poets, abolitionists, revolutionaries, and politicians in an examination of the people and events that have shaped the island.

By illuminating the past and examining the present, the film reveals a struggle for Puerto Rico's national identity, which has in part been shaped by the island's ambiguous relationship with the United States.

Come see this beautiful film that includes music, literature, art, photos and archival film footage to offer an authentic picture of Puerto Rico's rich heritage....

Check Out These Awesome Fall Events at MNN!

Classes, Community Media, Events, MNN El Barrio Firehouse, News and Views By Lee Walker Helland

The free gatherings we hold in our 59th Street and El Barrio Firehouse studios offer a chance for community producers to network, pick up technical tips and-- of course-- have fun. We've got an absolutely stellar lineup this fall. Check out the list (and RSVP links) below!

Thursday, October 9: Design Yourself: Personal Branding

From 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Thursday, October 9 at the MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center, learn from Firehouse producer Nadia Y. Munoz how successful brands have launched and grown, and how to develop a personal brand across digital platforms. No RSVP required!

Friday, October 24: Promo Day

Back by popular demand! On Friday, October 24 from 1 pm to 10 pm at MNN's 59th Street studios, MNN will provide the studio, background, music and editing, while you provide the talent! Have a snappy 30-second video promo made just for you. They're great for sending out via social media, newsletters and more! Space is limited; RSVP by ...