In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and the anniversary of Columbus’ discovery on October 12, 1492, The Dominican Ministry of Tourism launched on the West Coast “Closer Than You Think,” a campaign to promote the island; it was announced by Isabella Wall, California Representative of the Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic.
The Dominican Republic Film Commissioner, Ellis Pérez, made a special appearance on the silver screen in a filmed presentation Wednesday night at a gala held at L.A.LIVE by the Dominican Ministry of Tourism and the Dominican Republic Global Film Festival (DRGFF),
“The Dominican Republic ‘Has It All’ and we are ‘Closer Than You Think’ from Los Angeles, with 56 weekly flights from LAX to Florida and less than 500 miles from Miami. The DR has received the Conde Nast Readers Choice Award and is recognized as a #1 Golf Destination, best value destination and a top location for weddings and honeymoons. It’s a favorite paradise for celebrities, couples and families alike. Today we are proud to join efforts in Hollywood with the Consulate General of the Dominican Republic along with the DR Global Film Festival and the DR Film Commission to show Hollywood the value of the DR as a superb location for all forms of production,” said Wall.
In his filmed address Wednesday night, Commissioner Pérez announced the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has had accepted the Dominican film, “THE LOVE CHILD,” to participate in the foreign film category for the 2012 Oscars. “We had not participated in the Oscars since 1995. So this marks a new era of opportunities in Dominican cinema because we have a new law that creates very interesting incentives for producers and investors,” he said.
Pérez will be attending the American Film Market in Santa Monica, California next month to meet with entertainment industry executives interested in learning more about the DR’s new tax incentives and why the Dominican Republic is quickly becoming known as Hollywood of the Caribbean.
A video of Commissioner Ellis Pérez’s speech is available on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luraWTodniU
Following the film commissioner’s speech, Ms. Wall gave a non-traditional presentation of the destination that featured arts and culture of the Caribbean nation, along with a first-time West Coast screening of the “Closer Than You Think” commercials and an exclusive screening of “DEL FONDO DE LA NOCHE” (from deep in the night) an award-winning feature film produced by Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE). The film relates the story of the Mirabal sisters, the Dominican heroines who were the victims of Dictator Trujillo for their political views and their fight against domestic violence. Their disappearance is said to have sparked the plot for his assassination on May 30, 1961.
The DRGFF, the most important film event in the Caribbean, will be held November 15-20, 2011. Featuring such award-winning actors as Geraldine Chaplin and Danny Glover, the 5th Edition of the festival will present 50 feature films and documentaries, and over 30 professional panels over six days. The proceeds from ticket sales will benefit homeless shelters in the northern city of Santiago.
About the DR Global Film Festival:
“Global Issues, Personal Stories,” is the festival’s mission. DRGFF will present a selection of the best international, dramatic and documentary films to enrich the country’s film culture and to bring the seventh art into all sectors of Dominican society. The festival contributes to raising awareness and understanding of global issues through stories about events and people that have left a mark on our lives. It uses film as a way to promote and encourage discussion about social issues, politics and economics. The DRGFF offers discussions on relevant world issues and topics ranging from the environment, the world’s oceans, worldwide nuclear non-proliferation movement, art as a transformer of life, the consequences of slavery in the Americas and the integration of individuals with handicaps to society.
About the dominican republic:
Dominican Republic’s first tourist, Christopher Columbus landed in Hispaniola October 12th in 1492. Called “cultural cradle of the Americas”, the DR is a diverse destination offering both Dominican and European flavors to more than one million U.S. visitors each year. The Dominican Republic boasts a rich history and beautiful warm people in addition to vast production possibilities to films like “THE GODFATHER II,” “PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL” and “THE GOOD SHEPARD,” among many others. The Dominican Republic Has It All and it’s Closer Than You Think.