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An n’ Pale | A talk with up and coming actress Natalie Paul by Jessica Tong, Programs & Outreach Coordinator

04.23.15

Natalie Paul Post

Born in Brooklyn, NY and raised between NYC and Haiti, Natalie has always had an interest in acting.  With the support of her parents, she received her undergraduate degree from Yale University and an MFA from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program.

The evening started off with a screening of Everything Absolutely, a short film written, directed, and staring Natalie.  Part of her final student project at NYU, the film tells the story of a day in the life of a young woman living in Brooklyn.  It depicts the silly, neurotic thoughts and tendencies of the mind and was Natalie’s first experience as both director and actor.  Speaking on the debut of her second short film Sweet Tea at Haiti Film Fest 2015, Natalie expressed how much she enjoyed being able to take a step back and explore a career in writing and directing:  “It’s very important not to edit yourself when it comes to new opportunities. Put out what you have!”

In 2014, Natalie was offered the opportunity to play the iconic role of Juliet in Romeo & Juliet at the Classical Theater of Harlem, receiving raving reviews on her performance. The actress then nabbed a role on the HBO hit series Boardwalk Empire as Beatrice Carson, a character based on the life of Eunice Carter, the first Black female District Attorney.  “Being on HBO is incredible!” said Natalie explaining the effect of the role on her acting career.  “As an actor, these things take time to build and HBO was a dream!  After all, I grew up in the HBO era where it was the network to watch.”  Continuing the momentum, Natalie will star in the upcoming HBO series Show Me A Hero, set to debut this fall.  Based on a true story, the mini-series takes place during the late 80’s and early 90’s in Yonkers, NY where she plays Doreen Henderson, a woman whose life is affected by the housing crisis.

The actress also volunteers her time at Hope on a String, a free school focused on teaching Performing Arts in Haiti, as her way of showing gratitude to her country and countrymen.

Closing the night off with some final words, Natalie shared some advice for those looking to break into the acting scene. “Being an actor is tough, but in that first breakthrough, you realize that someone else didn’t get that role. You have to come highly recommended.”

Beautiful and talented, Natalie Paul showed utter humility considering all she has accomplished and we in turn were pleased to have her participate in our An n’ Pale. No doubt you’ll be hearing much more about this gifted artist very soon!

This An n’ Pale | Café Conversation took place Thursday, April 23rd, 2015.

Click here to view photos from the event.

 

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Thursday, May 7th: Haiti Film Fest Opening Night at DROM NYC

03.05.15

Join HCX for the Haiti Film Fest Opening Night on Thursday, May 7th at DROM NYC. Invited guests include filmmakers, industry leaders, celebrity guests and YOU! This evening will be a celebration of Haitian cinema featuring screenings of select short films and special live musical performances.

Featuring

 

Carel miniHosted by:
Carel Pedre
DJ Hard Hittin Harry copyFeatured DJ:
Hard Hittin Harry
Sanba ZaoLive Music Opener:
Sanba Zao
Ioan longMusical Headliner:
Ioan Delice

 

Opening Night Film Screenings

 

freedom_1
Freedom
by Matthew Brown
New York Premiere
La Veuve
La Veuve
by Wood-Jerry Gabriel
Ciné Institute Graduate

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Click here to purchase your tickets today!

General Admission – $50
VIP Admission – $125
Haiti Film Fest Patron Admission (includes 4 VIP tickets) – $500

 Click here to view the full
Haiti Film Fest screening schedule!

 

For Sponsorship Opportunities, please contact:
Erika Pettersen, Development Manager at erika@haiticulturalx.org

For Media & Community Partnerships, please contact:
Jessica Tong, Programs & Outreach Coordinator at programs@haiticulturalx.org

HCX | Haiti Film Fest Opening Night
DATE/TIME: Thursday, May 7th
Exclusive Pre-Event Reception | 6:00 – 7:30pm ** General Admission | 8:00pm – Midnight
LOCATION: DROM NYC | 85 Avenue A, NYC | Map
Take the F train to 2nd Ave.
(closest station to venue)

Check out Haiti Film Fest 2013 by clicking here!
Check out Haiti Film Fest 2011 by clicking here!

HCX | Haiti Film Fest Advisory Committee

Arnold Antonin ·  Fritz Archer · Marc Baptiste · David Belle · Edwidge Danticat
Jonathan Demme · Guetty Felin · Henry Louis Gates Jr. · Curtis John · Jerry Lamothe
Anne Lescot · Michelle Materre · Michèle Stephenson  · Patrick Ulysse
Marc Henry Valmond · Frantz Voltaire

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February 26th: Haïti Optimiste

02.10.15

Haiti OptimisteJoin the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) and Artists Institute for a celebration of Haiti’s unique beauty and culture featuring a screening of new films, musical performance by Paul Beaubrun, and cocktail reception with Haitian cuisine by Nadege Fleurimond.

All proceeds benefit Artists Institute, Haiti’s only free college for art and technology. 

Click here to purchase tickets!

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HCX Collaboration | Raoul Peck: Après the Earthquake

01.20.15

Join Haiti Cultural Exchange next week at the Maysles Cinema as we celebrate Haitian-Born Filmmaker Raoul Peck for this very special film series, Raoul Peck: Après the Earthquake from January 22nd to January 25th.  This event is co-sponsored by Creatively Speaking Film Series and the DDPA (Durban Declaration & Programme of Action) Watch Group.

Take a look at the calendar of events!

monarch film 1 Thursday, January 22nd: Moloch Tropical | 7:30pm
Location: Maysles Institute | 342 Malcolm X Blvd (Map)
Suggested Donation: $10

Filmed in Haiti prior to the devastating earthquake, the film takes viewers behind the closed doors of a fortress perched on the top of a distant mountain.  A democratically elected President and his closest collaborators prepare for a state celebration of the 200th anniversary of the country’s independence to be attended by foreign dignitaries and heads of state.  But in the city, a popular uprising is spreading. [read more…]

This film will followed by a Q&A with Manbo Dòwòti Désir of the DDPA Watch Group and Michelle Materre.

Assistance film 2:3

 

Friday, January 23rd: Assistance Mortelle | 7:30pm
Location: Maysles Institute | 342 Malcolm X Blvd (Map)
Suggested Donation: $10

Raoul Peck takes us on a two year journey inside the challenging, contradictory and colossal rebuilding efforts in post-earthquake Haiti. Through its provocative point of view, the film dives headlong into the complexity of the reconstruction process and the practice and impact of worldwide humanitarian and development aid, revealing in the most disturbing way the extent of a general failure. [read more…]

This film is followed by a Q&A with diretor Raoul Peck and will be moderated by Michelle Materre, followed by a reception with food and live music.

 

 

Assistance film 2:3

 

Saturday, January 24th: Après the Earthquake Haiti: 5 Years Later A Public Health Forum | 4pm
Location: Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church
15 Mt Morris Park West (Map)
Suggested Donation: $10

This program will include a screening of Raoul Peck’s Fatal Assistance followed by a panel discussion/forum with Raoul Peck, Michelle Materre, and public health officials and experts on where we go from here.

This film is also followed by a special reception with food and live music at the Maysles Institute, 8pm.

profit film 4

 

Sunday, January 25th: Profit and Nothing But! | 4pm
Location: Maysles Institute | 342 Malcolm X Blvd (Map)
Suggested Donation: $10

Who said that the economy serves mankind? What is this world where the wealthiest two percent controls everything? A world where this law of the strongest and the richest is imposed on the rest of humanity? Raoul Peck confronts these questions in this well-researched documentary, and contrasts them against the devastating reality of his native land, Haiti. [read more…]

This film will be followed by a Q&A with Michelle Materre and author Darrick Hamilton.

Lumumba film 4

 

Sunday, January 25th: Lumumba: Death of a Prophet
6:30pm
Location: Maysles Institute | 342 Malcolm X Blvd (Map)
Suggested Donation: $10

Lumumba: The Death of a Prophet offers a unique opportunity to reconsider the life and legacy of one of the legendary figures of modern African history.  Like Malcolm X, Patrice Lumumba is remembered less for his lasting achievements than as an enduring symbol of the struggle for self-determination. [read more…]

This film will be followed by a Q&A with Michelle Materre and others TBA.

 

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