LA GUAGUA: DOOR TO DOOR
RETURNS HOME FOR A SPECIAL SCREENING
Filmmaker Victorious Ramos is humbled by the positive reaction to his $500 movie shot in just 4 days
Providence, RI – Three months ago, first time writer and director Victorious Ramos premiered a feature-length film produced in just 4 days on a $500 budget called La Guagua: Door To Door (The Bus).
The entire romantic comedy was shot in the state of Rhode Island with local actors leading the comedic charge.
After a successful private screening to statewide media groups, La Guagua debuted as the opening film for the Providence Latin American Film Festival at the University of Rhode Island. The screening sold out the PAFF Theatre. It was the first time since the festival’s inception that a locally produced film created such a stir. An unanticipated public demand at local radio stations created an opportunity for the film to screen a second time at a larger venue. The film had its encore presentation at the historic Columbus Theatre in Providence to twice the amount of patrons and it sold out all 800 seats of the theater. It wasn’t long before the phone started ringing and La Guagua found itself on a road trip that included the historic Trail Theatre in Miami and Rutgers University in New Jersey.
The success of these screenings quickly spread and Vic Ramos was called to appear on Fox News (Providence), Centro (CBS-Boston), Un Nuevo Dia (NBC/Telemundo-NYC), Encuentro Latino (Comcast International Channel), WRHC Broadcasting (Miami) and WPMZ Poder (Providence).
The project has now been invited to multiple screenings in Puerto Rico, Los Angeles, New York, Massachusetts, Philadelphia and the Dominican Republic. Additional cities are added with every screening as audience members take to social media to praise the project. In less than four months this micro project, produced on a $500 budget, has managed to create a name for itself and audiences are jumping on board for the ride.
Sixcia Devine, author of the book Tapping Into The Hispanic Market has called the film “Authentic and Hilarious” while Carlos Muñoz, host and reporter on Latino Public Radio describes La Guagua as “the most important film production for Latinos in Providence.”
As Dominican Independence Day nears (Feb 27th), La Guagua: Door To Door has been invited to screen once again in Providence, RI, the city where it all began, as part of a number of activities celebrating Dominican Heritage. The film will be screened at the Avon Cinema, considered by many to be the mecca of independent films in Providence.
The viewing is sponsored by CTE Synergy. LLC. and will be presented to select audiences on Saturday, March 1st at 1pm / 260 Thayer Street, Providence, RI. Members of the media are invited to interact with the filmmakers and cast. The film is open for critical review.
Please contact Brenda Hernandez at Project9Films@gmail.com or 401-216-9567 for additional information/interviews. Link to trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wL_RH9hKDl8 and official website: http://www.project9films.com
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Dr. Michael Fine, Director of the RI Department of Health, to Speak at New England Institute of Technology
The New England Institute of Technology library will host an evening with the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, Dr. Michael Fine as he presents, “Real Healthcare Reform.”
As co-author with James W. Peters of the Nature of Health, A Study of Healthcare Services, Human Rights, Society, Technology, and Industry, Fine will read an excerpt entitled “Demented and Contracted” followed by a presentation as well as a question and answer period.
Fine is also the author of The Zero Calorie Diet, which examines the culture of excess through the lens of fasting.
This lecture will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2014, from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Media Presentation Theater at the college’s East Greenwich campus located at One New England Tech Blvd.
The public is invited and admission is free. For more information, contact Susan Warthman, Director of the Library and Information Commons, at email@example.com or call 401-739-5000.
New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) joins Roger Williams University (RWU) and the University of Rhode Island (URI) in a cross-institutional economic development research project through the College & University Research Collaborative (the Collaborative).
The Collaborative is funding the research project titled, “Manufacturing Capabilities in Rhode Island and the Potential for University Partnerships.” This project will bring key faculty members from these institutions of higher learning together to examine the current and future needs of the manufacturing sector in Rhode Island.
The Collaborative is funded by the Rhode Island Foundation and Commerce RI (formerly the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation).
The research team includes Dean A. Plowman, Department Chair/Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering Technology Department at NEIT; Richard Brown, Professor of Materials and Chemical Engineering at URI; Gilbert Brunnhoeffer, Associate Professor, Program Coordinator Master of Science in Construction Management, and Linda A. Riley, Professor, Program Coordinator Engineering Program both from RWU.
Their task is to collect data through phone and in-person interviews with each team member’s Professional Advisory Board, consisting of both small and large manufacturing firms. The goal is to determine those manufacturing capabilities missing from these designated companies in Rhode Island (as well as those in the immediate region contiguous to Rhode Island) and which options are the most beneficial to develop. The team’s findings will provide a database of needs and plans from the representative businesses engaged in a wide range of manufacturing and will examine the role of higher education in supporting the development of future manufacturing capabilities.
According to Plowman, “We are thrilled to be a partner in such an important economic development project for the State of Rhode Island. Many of my fellow research colleagues view New England Tech as the “Maker College” in Rhode Island. Since the maker culture encourages invention and creativity and is technology-based using new and unique applications in engineering-oriented fields such as electronics, robotics, 3-D printing, programming, and CNC tools, it is our hope that NEIT’s expertise in hands-on, technical training will help find solutions to the manufacturing issues now facing our state.”
For more information pertaining to the research grant, contact Dean Plowman at 401-739-5000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the College & University Research Collaborative
The Collaborative is a statewide public/private partnership that connects public policy and academic research via Rhode Island’s 11 higher education institutions. Its mission is to increase the use of non-partisan academic research in policymaking and to provide an evidence-based foundation for government decision-making. A panel of policy leaders appointed by Governor Lincoln D. Chafee, Speaker of the House Gordon Fox and Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed, work together to determine consensus-based research questions, which are then shared with the academic community. Visit http://collaborativeri.org for more information.
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“This grant will allow NEIT to offer scholarship opportunities for eligible students in our Associate in Science degree program in Refrigeration/Air Conditioning, Heating and Gas Technology,” said Robert R. Theroux, Vice President of Finance and Business Administration. “Because of the generosity of The Grainger Foundation, together we can assist those students who may be experiencing financial challenges in completing their college education.”
The donation was presented by Jim Crowley, Branch Manager of W.W. Grainger, Inc.’s, Warwick Rhode Island location.
Grainger has been a part of the Warwick business community for more than 30 years as the leading broad line supplier of HVAC, electrical, lighting, tools, and other products. “We recognize the important role that technical colleges like NEIT play in providing training that helps students meet the increasing technical demands of today’s workplace,” said Crowley.
The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation based in Lake Forest, Illinois, was established in 1949 by William W. Grainger, founder of W.W. Grainger, Inc.
August 2013 edition of TechNews – newsletter of New England Institute of Technology