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HCX announces Haiti Film Fest 2015! Submit your film today


hcx hff 2013 logo colorJoin HCX for our 3rd Haiti Film Festival, to be held May 8 – 15 , 2015.
Please submit any films by January 16th, 2015. Good Luck to those who apply!


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Archive : Selebrasyon! New York’s Celebration of Haitian Art & Culture


Selebrasyon program coverConsisting of forty days worth of Haitian arts & culture, this large-scale Haitian arts festival was the first of its kind in New York City. With 22 events presenting the works of artists residing in New York, Haiti, and other parts of the Diaspora Haiti Cultural Exchange brought together over 100 modern and traditional artists, a majority of whom were emerging or unknown and whose work represents their extreme talent and innovation.

Kicking off with Selebrasyon! Opening Night and the Haitian Flag Day Selebrasyon! all the way to the No Passport Party finale, the festival gave artists a platform to present what’s cutting edge in Haitian art and offered nearly 4,000 participants an opportunity to experience their craft and engage with our community. Selebrasyon! could not have been possible without YOU! HCX extends our thanks to all of the artists, attendees and institutions that helped create the memorable moments that made Selebrasyon! a dynamic showcase of Haitian heritage.

To view a full list of the Selebrasyon! Community & Media Partners, Sponsors, and to learn more about Selebrasyon! CLICK HERE!

See what Caribbean Life had to say about Selebrasyon!
To view the full Selebrasyon! program, CLICK HERE!
To see photos from Selebrasyon!, CLICK HERE!
For videos of the festival,CLICK HERE!


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Selebrasyon! :: Film


La Rèn Solèy | U.S. Film Premiere & Live Musical Tribute to Martha Jean-Claude, Toto Bissainthe and Lumane Casimir

ren soley womenThe premiere screening of La Rèn Solèy, a film by Frantz Voltaire & Nitze Mathelier will include a post-screening discussion and live tribute performance with special female guest vocalists Riva Nyri Precil and Melanie J-B Charles accompanied by Buyu Ambroise & the Blues in Red Band.

La Rèn Solèy follows the history of legendary Haitian female musicians such as Lina Mathon Blanchet, Lumane Casimir, Emerante de Pradines, Martha Jean-Claude, and Toto Bissainthe.

Frantz Voltaire is the director of CIDIHCA, and information and documentation center for the Haitian, Caribbean, and Afro-Caribbean communities. He is also a historian and political scientist. Voltaire has worked on the realization of many documentaries including Pòtoprens Se Pam (1999) on the bicentennial of Port-au-Prince.

Riva PrecilAbout Riva Nyri Precil
Born in Brooklyn and raised in Haiti, Riva was exposed to traditional Haitian music and culture, which greatly influenced her eclectic music and fashion palette. A singer, songwriter, dancer, jeweler, and artist, Riva has performed in various Haitian art and music events. She is currently working on her debut solo album which will be a fusion of traditional Haitian songs, soul, R&B and jazz elements.

Melanie Candid Live shotAbout Melanie J-B Charles
Melanie J-B Charles is one of the most dynamic young voices of our time. A Haitian-American, Brooklyn native, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, arranger & producer. Melanie is known widely for her jazz skill; her take on Haitian Rasin (Roots) sound has made her a tour-de-force at performances all over the world.

Buyu AmbroiseAbout Buyu Ambroise & the Blues in Red Band
Jazz saxophonist Buyu Ambroise imports the infectious rhythms of konpa with the iconic American jazz of John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter. The band’s improvisational spin on traditional Haitian polyrhythms weaves an exhilarating blend of experimental jazz harmonies and earworm solos on the bass, keyboard and drums.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, May 31st, 2014 / 7 – 10pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)
LOCATION: ShapeShifter Lab, 15 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn, NY 11215 Map
ADMISSION: Tickets are $15 in advance.


Vizaj Nou | U.S. Film Premiere

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Following the select screenings and discussion with filmmaker Gessica Généus, Sarah Dupuy will perform her take on folk, rock, and roots accompanied by her eclectic band which features the kora, Haitian percussion, and bass.

Vizaj Nou is a documentary series created by actor & producer Gessica Généus featuring Anthony Pascal (Konpè Filo), Viviane Gauthier, Odette Roy Fombrun and Frankétienne. Watch the trailer here and check out the archive of our past An n’ Pale with Gessica about her career and Vizaj Nou.

About Gessica Généus
Gessica Généus is best known for her on-screen performances in I Love You, Anne and Le Président a-t-il le SIDA? She also starred in Raoul Peck’s Moloch Tropical. Recently, she decided to get behind the camera. Vizaj Nou is one of her first directing and producing endeavors.

sarah dupuyAbout Sarah Dupuy
Sarah Dupuy is a first generation Haitian-American based in New York. Working with various traditional roots, rock and jazz bands, Sarah has gained a following on the Port-au-Prince music scene as well as in New York. Dupuy’s original compositions, written for voice and guitar, work to fuse the old with the new for a fresh take on Haitian troubadour.

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 / 6 – 10pm
LOCATION: Kombit Bar & Restaurant, 279 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217 Map

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Selebrasyon! :: About New York’s Celebration of Haitian Art & Culture


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Selebrasyon! will be the first of its kind in New York. This festival will bring Haitian, Caribbean, and wider New York communities together to experience Haitian film, dance, music, literary and visual art in venues across the city!

Beginning on Haitian Flag Day on May 18th during Haitian Heritage Month, and running until the end of June which is Caribbean-American Heritage Month, this festival will present events hosted in collaboration with different organizations, institutions and artists.

Seeking to highlight the dynamic presence of Haitians in New York as well as in Haiti and other parts of the Diaspora, Selebrasyon! will provide opportunities for artists, especially those who are emerging, to share their work and build new audiences.


Selebrasyon! Advisory Committee

Buyu Ambroise • Alice Backer • Sabine Blaizin • Manolia Charlotin • Edwidge Danticat Jeffrey Dessources •  Joel Dreyfuss • Ayinde Jean-Baptiste • Carine Jocelyn Lorraine Mangones • Michèle Voltaire Marcelin • Jerry Philogene • Anthonine Pierre Sam Pierre • Barbara Prezeau • Rose Pierre-Louis • Elsie Saint-Louis Jessica St. Vil-Ulysse • Etienne Télémaque • Frantz Voltaire

Selebrasyon! Community Partners

651 Arts | Ann Pale Kreyol | Artists for Peace & Justice | BelTiFi Belle Vue ToursCenter for Traditional Music & Dance | City Lore Cornbread & Cremasse | CUMBE | FiveMyles Gallery | Haiti Cherie Haitian American Caucus | Haitian Recipes  | The Haitian Roundtable  Jaz Enterprise | Konbit Mizik Kiskeácity | Konbit MizikMoCADA My Haiti Travels | National Association of Haitian Professionals New York Women in Television & Film | PEN American Center Thornton Global Strategies |

Selebrasyon! Sponsors

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William Talbott Hillman Foundation
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Selebrasyon! Media Partners

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 Caribbean American Weekly logo Caribbean Life    CARTER magazine diaspora radio logo
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