Bacardi Limited Announces Leadership Succession Plan

Mahesh Madhavan to Succeed Michael Dolan as CEO, Effective April 1, 2018

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Family-owned Bacardi Limited, the world’s largest privately held spirits company, today announced that Mahesh Madhavan, a 20-year Bacardi veteran who is currently a member of the Company’s Global Leadership Team and Regional President of Asia, Middle East & Africa, will succeed Michael J. Dolan, who will retire as Chief Executive Officer, effective April 1, 2018. In the interim, Dolan will continue as CEO, while Madhavan will transition to a new role as Regional President of Europe for much of 2017. Dolan will continue to serve on the Bacardi Limited Board of Directors until the 2019 Annual General Meeting when he will retire from the company.

Mahesh Madhavan

Mahesh Madhavan, a 20-year Bacardi veteran, will succeed Michael J. Dolan, who will retire as Chief Executive Officer, effective April 1, 2018. (Photo: Business Wire)

Facundo L. Bacardi, Chairman of the Board of Bacardi Limited, said, “On behalf of the Board, we are delighted to name Mahesh as the next CEO of Bacardi Limited. For almost three years, the Board has conducted a rigorous succession planning process to ensure an orderly transition of leadership. With a proud history that dates back 155 years, it is critical to us to advance our goals as a company in a manner consistent with our culture. As a long-time Bacardi executive, Mahesh has the ideal mix of leadership skills, commercial, operational and financial expertise, and global brands experience. Importantly, he fully embraces our culture, history, and values, and he is an exemplary leader of people. We have great confidence in Mahesh and his vision to lead Bacardi well into the future, providing continuity of leadership to build on our success during Mike’s tenure and capitalize on the momentum of our brands and the tremendous global opportunity in both developed and emerging markets.

Mike Dolan

Michael J. Dolan will retire as Chief Executive Officer of Bacardi Limited, effective April 1, 2018. In the interim, Dolan will continue as CEO, while Mahesh Madhavan, a 20-year Bacardi veteran, will transition to a new role as Regional President of Europe for much of 2017. Dolan will continue to serve on the Bacardi Limited Board of Directors until the 2019 Annual General Meeting when he will retire from the company. (Photo: Business Wire)

Dolan has worked with Bacardi since 2009, when he joined the Board of Directors and has demonstrated a deep understanding of both the business and unique values of Bacardi. During Dolan’s leadership as CEO since 2014, the Company has taken a disciplined approach to increasing operational efficiencies, reduce costs, and re-invest in its iconic portfolio of brands. Continue reading

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2015 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES IN COMPETITION AWARD WINNERS

VIRGIN MOUNTAIN, DEMOCRATS, MEN GO TO BATTLE, UNCERTAIN WIN TOP AWARDS IN JURIED WORLD COMPETITIONS; DOOR INTO THE DARK WINS THE BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® STORYSCAPES AWARD
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SWORN VIRGIN WINS THIRD ANNUAL NORA EPHRON PRIZE
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FESTIVAL AWARDS $175,000 IN CASH PRIZES

The 14th annual Tribeca Film Festival, co-founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff, and presented by AT&T, announced the winners of its competition categories at a party hosted by Michael Rapaport at TFF’s creative hub, Tribeca Film Festival at Spring Studios. This year’s Festival included 101 features, 60 short films, five immersive storytelling projects from 38 countries.

The winners of the narrative and documentary competition were awarded from the World Narrative and World Documentary sections of the official Festival lineup, which consists of 12 narrative and 12 documentary films from 19 countries. Best New Director prizes were awarded to first-time directors in the narrative and documentary categories, from a pool of 26 feature films. It was also announced that, beginning this year, the new name of the Best New Documentary Director Award going forward will be called The Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award, which was awarded at the ceremony by Philip Maysles and Sara Maysles, the beloved filmmaker’s children.

Awards were also given for the best narrative, best documentary, and student visionary films in the short film competition. In addition, the Festival announced The BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Storyscapes Award, created in collaboration with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Gin, and the Nora Ephron Prize, sponsored by Coach. In addition to cash awards and in-kind services provided by sponsors including AKA, AT&T, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Gin, Citrin Cooperman, Coach, Inc., Company 3, CreativeFuture, The Walt Disney Studios, Freixenet, Paul Hastings LLP, Netflix, Shutterstock, and Soundtrack Film and Television–New York, the Festival presented the winners with original pieces of art created by eight contemporary artists: Daniel Arsham, Robert Bordo, Elizabeth Colomba, Stephen Hannock, Prune Nourry, Jean Pagliuso, Clifford Ross, and Piers Secunda.

WORLD NARRATIVE COMPETITION CATEGORIES:

The jurors for the 2015 World Narrative Competition sponsored by AKA, were Paul Attanasio, Sophie Barthes, Whoopi Goldberg, Dylan McDermott, and Burr Steers.

  • The Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature Virgin Mountain, written and directed by Dagur Kári [Iceland, Denmark]. Winner receives $25,000, sponsored by AT&T, and the art award “Ash Eroded Film Reel” by Daniel Arsham. The award was given by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal joined by Marissa Shorenstein, President, AT&T New York.
Virgin Mountain

Virgin Mountain

Director: Laura Bispuri Copyright: VIVO Film

Director: Laura Bispuri Copyright: VIVO Film

  • Jury Comment: “With its mixture of humor and pathos, this film captured our hearts. Beyond the deceptively small frame of a mismatched love story, the film deals with the issues of bigotry, loneliness, bullying, mental illness, and ultimately the triumph of the human spirit and the meaning of love.
  • Best Actor in a Narrative Feature FilmGunnar Jónsson as Fúsi in Virgin Mountain (Iceland, Denmark). Winner receives $2,500 sponsored by Citrin Cooperman. The award was given by Dylan McDermott and Arnie Hermann, lead partner, Entertainment Practice of the firm Citrin Cooperman.

    Jury Comment: “The film was aided in no small measure by a performer whose mixture of comedy and sadness evokes Chaplin and Keaton, with a complete lack of tricks, pretense, or condescension. This performer relies instead on subtlety, timing, and naked honesty, creating an indelible portrait of a man fighting to be seen in a world that judges him by his appearance.

  • Best Actress in a Narrative Feature FilmHannah Murray as Sara in Bridgend (Denmark).Winner receives $2,500 sponsored by Citrin Cooperman. The award was given by Sophie Barthes and Diana Mahiques, Business Development Manager, Citrin Cooperman.

    Jury Comment: “An actress who captured the hopelessness of a lost generation. With bravery and guilelessness, this young actress led us in a descent into a world gone mad, as well as a journey into the protagonist’s own inner darkness.”

  • Best Cinematography – Cinematography by Magnus Jønck for Bridgend (Denmark). Winner receives $5,000 sponsored by Shutterstock. The award was given by Sophie Barthes and Derick Rhodes, Footage Marketing, Shutterstock.

    Hannah Murray (Sara) & Josh O'Connor (Jamie) Photographer CREDIT: Magnus Jønck

    Hannah Murray (Sara) & Josh O’Connor (Jamie) Photographer CREDIT: Magnus Jønck

  • Jury Comment: “Soulful and searing images, a daring use of composition and light, and an evocative sense of place.”
  • Best Screenplay Virgin Mountain written by Dagur Kári (Iceland, Denmark). Winner receives $5,000 sponsored by Freixenet. The award was given by Dylan McDermott and Tom Burnet President, Freixenet USA.
    Virgin Mountain

    Virgin Mountain

    Jury Comment: “The writer of this film is also the director, and is credited as one of the editors, and also performed the music, and runs the director’s program at the National Film School of Denmark, leading us to wonder when he has time to go to the bathroom. His intricately designed, beautifully observed, and bravely conceived screenplay consistently defies expectations, avoids sentimentality, and never strikes a false note.

  • Best Narrative Editing Bridgend edited by Oliver Bugge Coutté (Denmark). Winner receives $5,000 sponsored by Soundtrack Film and Television-New York, and $50,000 in post-production services provided by Company 3. The award was given by Sophie Barthes and Rob Cavicchio, owner Soundtrack NY.

    Jury Comment: “Impeccable rhythms and expert balancing of many divergent narratives.”

WORLD DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION CATEGORIES:

The jurors for the 2015 World Documentary Competition sponsored by Santander Bank, N.A., were Diego Bunuel, Tine Fischer, David Gelb, Joshua Rothkopf, and Gloria Steinem.

  • Best Documentary Feature Democrats, directed by Camilla Nielsson (Denmark), who received $25,000, sponsored by Netflix, and the art award “Immersion (From the Holy River Series)” by Prune Nourry. The award was given by Gloria Steinem.
    Director: Camilla Nielsson

    Director: Camilla Nielsson

    Mwonzora & Mangwana. Cinematographer: Henrik Bohn Ipsen

    Mwonzora & Mangwana. Cinematographer: Henrik Bohn Ipsen

    Jury Comments: “For its choice of an important, universal subject; for filming in conditions where simply to be present is a triumph; and for prioritizing dignity, courage, and our common struggle for humanity, we give this year’s Best Documentary Feature award to Camilla Nielsson for Democrats.”

Special Jury Mention: In Transit, directed by Albert Maysles, Nelson Walker, Lynn True, David Usui, and Ben Wu. (U.S.A)

  • Best Documentary Editing Palio, edited by Valerio Bonelli (U.K., Italy). Winner receives $5,000.  The award was given by Diego Bunuel.
    Palio, 2013

    Palio, 2013

    Director: Cosima Spender (Palio) photo CREDIT is Valerio Bonelli.

    Director: Cosima Spender (Palio) photo CREDIT is Valerio Bonelli.

    Jury Comments: “This film viscerally transported us into an event and turned life into art. For subtly placing us behind the scenes; and for general technical excellence, this year’s award for Best Editing in a Documentary goes to editor Valerio Bonelli for Palio.”

BEST NEW NARRATIVE DIRECTOR COMPETITION:

The jurors for the 2015 Best New Narrative Director Competition were Mark Boal, Minnie Driver, Don Hertzfeldt, Cobie Smulders, and Joana Vicente.

  • Best New Narrative DirectorZachary Treitz director of Men Go To Battle (U.S.A), who received $25,000 sponsored by The Walt Disney Studios, $50,000 in post-production services provided by Company 3, and the art award “Trees II” by Clifford Ross. The award was given by Don Hertzfeldt and Joana Vicente.
    Henry Mellon (Tim Morton) Photographer: Brett Jutkiewicz

    Henry Mellon (Tim Morton) Photographer: Brett Jutkiewicz

    Director: Zachary Treitz Photographer: Christian Hansen

    Director: Zachary Treitz Photographer: Christian Hansen

    Jury Comments: “Zachary Treitz presented us with a combination of approaches not all that easy to put together: a unique and sincere vision, alongside off-beat humor, alongside historical and emotional authenticity.”

Special Jury Mention: Stephen Fingleton for The Survivalist (Northern Ireland, U.K.).

BEST NEW DOCUMENTARY DIRECTOR COMPETITION:

The jurors for the 2015 Best New Documentary Director Competition were Rachel Boynton, Lola Kirke, Will Patton, Alison Pill, and Michael Rapaport.

  • Albert Maysles New Documentary Director AwardEwan McNicol and Anna Sandilands for Uncertain (U.S.A). Winner receives $25,000 sponsored by Netflix, and the art award “Athena” by Elizabeth Colomba. The award was given by Alison Pill along with Philip Maysles and Sara Maysles

    Jury Comment: “This year we recognize a beautiful character study that explores violent natures, redemption, and what it takes to tame the self. A perfect balance of simplicity and mystery, this American story examines humanity, and how it can unwittingly destroy not just landscapes but livelihoods.”

Special Jury Mention: Erik Shirai for The Birth of Saké (U.S.A).

SHORT FILM COMPETITION CATEGORIES:

The 2015 Best Narrative Short Competition jurors were Hank Azaria, Mamie Gummer, André Holland, Arian Moayed, Sheila Nevins, and Dan Silver.

  • Best Narrative ShortListen, directed by Hamy Ramezan and Rungano Nyoni (Finland, Denmark). Winner receives $5,000 sponsored by Paul Hastings, LLP, and the art award “Caw (42)” by Robert Bordo. The award was given by Sharon Badal, Director of Short Film Programming and Initiatives Tribeca Enterprises, and Luke P. Iovine, III, Partner at Paul Hastings, LLP. 

     

  • Jury Comments: “This year’s winner for Best Narrative Short was emotionally compelling and by far the most affecting of the pieces we screened, with the filmmakers displaying a clear emotional connection with the narrative. To say that we had a healthy debate is an understatement.”

Special Jury Mention:  Statistical Analysis of Your Failing Relationship directed by Miles Jay (U.S.A, Canada). Continue reading

2015 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL® ANNOUNCES WORLD NARRATIVE AND DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION SELECTIONS, PLUS THE VIEWPOINTS TITLES

Tribeca Film Festival at Spring Studios to be new destination for festivalgoers at 14th Annual TFF, April 15-26. AT&T’s “Film for All” Friday to return with Free Festival Screenings on April 24

The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, yesterday announced the World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections, along with the films selected for the Viewpoints section, which recognizes fresh voices in international and American independent cinema. Fifty-one of the 97 feature-length titles were named as part of the film program of the Festival’s 14th edition.

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The Tribeca Film Festival helps filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enabling the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema and promote New York City as a major filmmaking center. It is well known for being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors. Founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in 2001, following the attacks on the World Trade Center, to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of the lower Manhattan district through an annual celebration of film, music, and culture, the Festival brings the industry and community together around storytelling. The Tribeca Film Festival has screened more than 1,600 films from more than 80 countries since its first edition in 2002. Since inception, it has attracted an international audience of more than 4.9 million attendees, and has generated an estimated $900 million in economic activity for New York City.

The Festival (#TFF2015, #TribecaTogether) also announced that AT&T will once again invite audiences to Festival screenings for free on Friday April 24 as part of AT&T’s “Film for All” Friday. TFF will take place from April 15 to 26 at locations throughout downtown Manhattan and will open with the documentary Live From New York!, an exploration of 40 years of American politics, tragedy, and popular culture through the comedic lens of “Saturday Night Live.”

As previously announced, the Festival will be anchored in TriBeCa with a new creative hub and gathering place at Spring Studios, which will provide a home for the Festival community to celebrate storytellers, artists and their work, and allow TFF attendees to interact and collaborate. Spring Studios will host many of the Festival’s special events, conversations, innovation events, Awards Night, and tff_min_300numerous Festival parties. The filmmaker, industry, and press lounges will be based at this creative hub in close proximity to the new press and industry screening venue, Regal Battery Park Stadium 11. Spring Passes are available for purchase and provide entry to Spring Studios, both throughout the Festival or for a given day.

The 2015 film selection includes feature films from 31 countries, including 64 World Premieres, three International Premieres, 13 North American Premieres, five U.S. Premieres, 11 New York Premieres and one restoration. A total of 119 directors will present feature works at the Festival, with 40 of these filmmakers making their feature directorial debuts. The 2015 film slate was chosen from a total of 6223 submissions.

Thirty of the Festival’s feature film directors are women –the highest percentage in the Festival’s history. Nine of these directors (as well as two screenwriters) are eligible to receive the third annual Nora Ephron Award, which recognizes a woman who embodies the spirit and vision of the legendary filmmaker and writer.

We were inspired by, and really admire the ambition and risk-taking of the filmmakers who are striving to capture the emotions and complexities of everyday life in this year’s submissions,” said Frederic Boyer, Artistic Director Tribeca Film Festival.

The films in competition and viewpoints come from all over the world and showcase a wide range of styles, yet have remarkable universality. They exhibit a sophistication in storytelling and a pursuit of truth that we believe will resonate with audiences,” added Festival Director, Genna Terranova.

This year, 12 narrative and 12 documentary features making their North American, International, or World Premieres will compete for cash prizes totaling $225,000, as well as artwork from the Artists Awards program, featuring donated work from contemporary artists.

The films selected for the World Narrative Competition, World Documentary Competition, and Viewpoints are:

World Narrative Feature Competition
This year’s showcase highlights a particularly diverse representation of international cinema, from Iceland and Costa Rica to South Africa and Albania. These are stories with a strong sense of location, whether it’s two brothers surviving the Civil War in rural Kentucky (Men Go To Battle), a spate of mysterious suicides in a Welsh industrial town (Bridgend), or an underworld thriller set in Greece with strong overtones of the financialcrisis (Wednesday 04:45). Yet despite their specificity of locale, an underlying commonality runs through the films making them accessible to diverse cultures and audiences: lone-wolf characters reach out for connection in The Survivalist, Franny and Virgin Mountain. In other films, families grapple with crises: a mother strives to protect her wayward son inDixieland; an estranged father and son collide in The Adderall Diaries; and a couple heals together after tragedy in Meadowland. Titles in this curated selection of 12 international stories and voices compete for the Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature, Best New Narrative Director, Best Actor and Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Editing in a Narrative, and Best Cinematography.

Stephen Elliott (James Franco) and Neil Elliott (Ed Harris) Anna Kooris

Stephen Elliott (James Franco) and Neil Elliott (Ed Harris) Anna Kooris

The Adderall Diaries, directed and written by Pamela Romanowsky. (USA) – World Premiere. Elliott (James Franco, left), a once-successful novelist inflicted with writer’s block and an Adderall addiction strives to escape his problems by delving into the world of a high-profile murder case. Amber Heard, Ed Harris, and Cynthia Nixon co-star in this adaptation of Elliott’s best-selling memoir. Continue reading

Bombay Sapphire Gin Announces Four Winners Of The Imagination Series: Film Competition

PUBLIC TO VOTE FOR A FIFTH WINNER

FOUR FILMMAKERS HAVE WON THE CHANCE TO HAVE THEIR IMAGINATION MADE INTO A FILM

THE PUBLIC GETS THE CHANCE TO VOTE FOR A FIFTH FILM BY VISITING WWW.IMAGINATIONSERIES.COM/VOTE

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE®, in association with Tribeca Film Festival®, today announced the four winners of the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series: Film competition. The competition offers budding filmmakers the chance to realize their own short film, using their imagination to interpret a short film script created by Academy Award® winner Geoffrey Fletcher.

Geoffrey Fletcher - Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series Judging

Geoffrey Fletcher – Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series Judging

Now in its second year, Bombay Sapphire and Geoffrey Fletcher assembled a cross section of imaginative heavy weights from the world of film to judge the entries, which featured Academy Award® winning actor, Adrien Brody; screenwriter and film director, Lucy Mulloy; screenwriter, Naomi Foner; actor, Peter Facinelli; and senior curator at Vimeo, Sam Morrill, who between them selected nine films for their originality and imagination. With imagination at the heart of both Bombay Sapphire and filmmaking, the competition looks to explore endless creativity and the brand’s belief in the power of imagination and that it can take you anywhere.

The winners are:

Anthony Khaseria, a screenwriter from London, for his film ‘Reflections’

Maite Fernandez, a bookseller and comedian from Spain, for her film ‘Grafitti Area’

Chris Cornwell, a screenwriter from London, for his film ‘Exit Log’

Kiara Jones, a film student from the U.S., for her film ‘The Other Side of the Game’

Academy Award winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher commented on the competitionm saying: “At a time when it’s difficult for new voices and creative visions to find funding and broad exposure, Bombay Sapphire is providing a platform and launch pad for new stories to be told on screen. We hope the films we create inspire audiences and are as resonate as they are imaginative.”

Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series: Film competition judge, Geoffrey Fletcher

Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series: Film competition judge, Geoffrey Fletcher

Academy Award winner Adrien Brody said, “The range of creativity of the entries we received to the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series Film competition this year was vast, making it extremely difficult to distil into only four winners. Regardless, I hope for many it was a motivational experience and I believe we’ve uncovered some exciting new talent who we hope will go on to make an impact within the film industry. I’m very much looking forward to seeing how we bring the winners imaginations to life through film on the big screen in April.”

Starting today, Bombay Sapphire is giving members of the general public the chance to vote for a fifth film to be made through its open vote selection. By visiting www.imaginationseries.com/vote a vote can be cast, with the winning film Bombay-Sapphire-Logo1announced on 14 November 2013.

The wild cards are:

Karen Pessina, Italy – ‘Tea Time’ is a thriller involving two men who pull over with a flat tire. When they seek help at a nearby house, an old lady offers them tea and muffins. One suddenly drops dead after eating a poisoned muffin. His partner is reunited with the old lady.

Allyson Morgan, USA – ‘Need for Speed (Dating)’ is a comedy about two friends that attend a speed dating event. They face a gaggle of unsavory guys one after the other and begin to think that all hope is gone. Fate intervenes and they each find a great match somewhat closer to home.

Giles Borg, UK – ‘The Search’ is a drama about a man who fears he’s the last man left on earth. He employs an old computer terminal, BOB, to scan CCTV footage for other signs of life. BOB finds other humans but, being lonely himself, does not tell John, who leaves, hopeless.

Effie Woods, UK – ‘Cutie Pie’ is a comedy about a man, Peter, who returns home to find he has been bought an adorable kitten by Maggie. Peter wants Maggie to return it when the kitten destroys the house. Despite their efforts to shake off the little monster, it continues to haunt them. Continue reading

12 Films Premiering in the World Narrative Competition Section of the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival

The 2013 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by American Express®, announce the films selected for the World tribeca_film_festival_logo_a_lNarrative Competition category. The 2013 film selection includes feature films from 30 different countries, including 53 World Premieres, 7 International Premieres, 15 North American Premieres, 6 U.S. Premieres and 8 New York Premieres. A total of 113 directors will present feature works at the Festival, with 35 of these filmmakers marking their feature directorial debuts. Among these directors, 26 are women. The 2013 film slate was chosen from a total of 6005 submissions.

In keeping with Tribeca’s mission of nurturing dialogue between American filmmakers and their global counterparts, our competition selections embody the quality and diversity of contemporary cinema both in this country and abroad. Themes such as love, coming of age, and reinvention are relevant in all cultures and communities as these films ably demonstrate.

These 12 features also reflect the universal power of film and storytelling that Tribeca celebrates in its competition. This year, Bluebird, written and directed by Lance Edmands and starring Amy Morton, John Slattery, Margo Martindale and Adam Driver, will have the honor of opening the 2013 World Narrative Competition.

ALI BLUE EYES - From left to right: Stefano + Nader  - STEFANO RABATTI + NADER SARHAN

ALI BLUE EYES – From left to right: Stefano + Nader – STEFANO RABATTI + NADER SARHAN

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ALI BLUE EYES – Nader – NADER SARHAN

ALI BLUE EYES - From left to right: Brigitte + Nader  - BRIGITTE APRUZZESI + NADER SARHAN

ALI BLUE EYES – From left to right: Brigitte + Nader – BRIGITTE APRUZZESI + NADER SARHAN

Alì Blue Eyes (Alì ha gli occhi azzurri)

Directed by Claudio Giovannesi, written by Filippo Gravino and Claudio Giovannesi
(Italy) – International Premiere

Claudio Giovannesi’s award-winning second dramatic feature captures one week in the life of sixteen-year-old troublemaker Nader, who, despite his mother’s threats and family’s insistence that he respect his Muslim roots, fights, steals and pursues an Italian girlfriend. A stunning example of contemporary Italian neo-realism, Alì Blue Eyes is an engrossing coming-of-age story about an immigrant who will stop at nothing to fit in. In Italian with subtitles. Continue reading

12th Annual Tribeca Film Festival Returns to Downtown New York City

The 12th Annual Tribeca Film Festival, presented by American Express, the founding sponsor of the Festival, will take place in Lower Manhattan from April 17 – April 28, 2013. The Festival features a diverse spectrum of filmmaking; and bridges the gap between the filmmakers, the film industry, and the audience.

The Tribeca Film Festival helps filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enabling the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema and promote New York City as a major filmmaking center. It is well known for being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors.

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While creating dialogue, and making film more accessible, Tribeca Film Festival  films screen in 6 sections: World Narrative Competition, World Documentary Competition, Spotlight, Viewpoints, Midnight, and a new section Storyscapes which recognizes transmedia creators who employ an interactive, web-based, and/or cross-platform approach to story creation; and include galas and special screenings. More than just films, Tribeca features a series of conversations ranging from industry panels to discussions with high profile filmmakers. Tribeca also includes a three day Tribeca Drive-in at the World Financial Center Plaza where movies screen on the Hudson, a family street fair in Tribeca. Continue reading

DEWAR’S® Launches New DEWAR’S Highlander Honey

New Innovation – DEWAR’S Blended Scotch Whisky Infused with Natural Flavors; Perfect for “The Drinking Man”

The House of DEWAR’S® has the spirits industry buzzing with the U.S. launch of DEWAR’S Highlander HoneyDEWAR’S

The House of DEWAR'S(R) has the spirits industry buzzing with the U.S. launch of DEWAR'S Highlander Honey-DEWAR'S Blended Scotch whisky infused with natural flavors.  This unique innovation is crafted by the infusion of hand-selected Scottish honey along with natural flavors into the original DEWAR'S WHITE LABEL(R) blend, the #1 selling premium Blended Scotch whisky in the United States. DEWAR'S Highlander Honey will be available nationwide in April 2013 at fine wine and spirits retailers with a suggested retail price of $23.99 per 750 mL bottle. More information is available via www.Dewars.com.  (PRNewsFoto/DEWAR'S)

The House of DEWAR’S(R) has the spirits industry buzzing with the U.S. launch of DEWAR’S Highlander Honey-DEWAR’S Blended Scotch whisky infused with natural flavors. DEWAR’S Highlander Honey will be available nationwide in April 2013 at fine wine and spirits retailers with a suggested retail price of $23.99 per 750 mL bottle. More information is available via http://www.Dewars.com. (PRNewsFoto/DEWAR’S)

Blended Scotch Whisky infused with natural flavors.  This unique innovation is crafted by the infusion of hand-selected Scottish honey along with natural flavors into the original DEWAR’S WHITE LABEL® blend, the #1 selling premium Blended Scotch whisky in the United States(1). DEWAR’S Highlander Honey brings delectable sweetness with a pleasing bite to a new, urban and modern consumer and  is the first offering in a strikingly modern and new “Highlander” range of products that will include unique expressions of DEWAR’S Blended Scotch whisky infused with natural flavors and include innovations showcasing traditional and indigenous Scottish ingredients. From the eyes to the nose to the palate, consumers will find a captivating blend of sweetness and bite with DEWAR’S Highlander Honey.

Using Scottish honey harvested near the DEWAR’S distillery in Aberfeldy, Scotland, DEWAR’S Master Blender Stephanie Macleod has taken a uniquely local approach to crafting the first expression of the “Highlander” range.  The composition and taste of honey is terroir-driven. Macleod uses honey from local bees, which draw their honey profile from the rugged terrain of the Scottish Highlands and the warm, silky texture of Scottish plants. Scottish honey gives DEWAR’S Highlander Honey a unique smooth, buttery composition.

To create the taste of DEWAR’S Highlander Honey, Macleod places Scottish honey into a mesh pouch then infuses it with other natural flavors into DEWAR’S WHITE LABEL.  The blend is then filtered through oak cask wood chips. Beyond enhancing the treasured characteristics of DEWAR’S WHITE LABEL, the DEWAR’S Highlander Honey infusion process also maintains the desired 40% alcohol by volume.

DEWAR’S Highlander Honey delivers fantastic notes of honey, but still retains the treasured characteristics of the original blend, which is renowned for its complex taste profile and its unparalleled smoothness,” says Macleod. “By using DEWAR’S WHITE LABEL as the core for DEWAR’S Highlander Honey, the infusion process builds on the already present honey aromas found in the blend and creates an exceptionally well-rounded and harmonious taste profile that “The Drinking Man”  has come to expect from DEWAR’S.

The launch of DEWAR’S Highlander Honey and the new DEWAR’S “Highlander” range of products also demonstrate DEWAR’S pioneering innovation and its commitment to raising the standard within the industry. The House of DEWAR’S has established a wide range of historic accolades.  DEWAR’S is the most awarded blended Scotch whisky in the world and was one of the first distilleries to double-barrel age, also known as “marrying,” its Scotch whisky blends. This process first created by Master Blender AJ Cameron and still followed today, involves placing newly created blends back into vintage oak casks for a second period of maturation, creating remarkable smoothness and depth of character.

DEWAR’S WHITE LABEL has been stung by Scottish honey bees near Aberfeldy, Scotland, and the result is alluringly smooth, revealing a velvety, mellow character with influences of juicy citrus fruits. 

DEWAR’S Highlander Honey is a welcome addition to The Drinking Man’s portfolio and continues DEWAR’S long history of pioneering innovation within the spirits industry,” says Arvind Krishnan, VP Brand Managing Director for the DEWAR’S brand.Consumers are turning to brown spirits for their fullness of flavor and the rich taste they deliver. DEWAR’S Highlander Honey appeals to these consumers who seek new varieties and tastes and the DEWAR’S name assures them of quality.”

DEWAR’S Highlander Honey is perfect on the rocks, in a chilled shot drink to enhance the Scottish honey notes, or in a cocktail. A DEWAR’S Highlander Honey & Cola showcases the perfectly mixable nuances of the blend.

DEWAR’S Highlander Honey will be available nationwide in April 2013 at fine wine and spirits retailers with a suggested retail price of $23.99 per 750 mL bottle. More information is available via www.Dewars.com.

Founded in 1846 by John Dewar, DEWAR’S has grown from a small wine and spirits merchant shop in Scotland, to one of the largest Scotch whisky brands in the world.  Best known for its iconic DEWAR’S WHITE LABEL, it has expanded its family to create a portfolio of premium and super premium whiskies including DEWAR’S 12 Year Old, DEWAR’S 18 Year Old and the exclusive DEWAR’S SIGNATURE. These whiskies are crafted using the DEWAR’S double barrel ageing process. Pioneered by DEWAR’S in 1899, it involves returning the hand-crafted blend to vintage oak casks for further maturation. The result is a smoother taste with a long, lingering finish; a taste that wins medals and applause, making DEWAR’S the world’s most awarded Blended Scotch.

In 2012, DEWAR’S launched a new advertising campaign called “The Drinking Man’s Scotch” aimed at connecting with a modern man.  The campaign has intelligence and wit and uses an alluring and mysterious Scottish woman to deliver advice on living life and on drinking Scotch.  The campaign has television, print and digital extensions. Continue reading