DocMiami Film Festival- June 2010

DocMiami International Film Festival
DocMiami Awards Gala - Celebration and Remembrance

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Tito Puente, Jr. and Latin Grammy Winner Olga Guillot            Doral Vice Mayor, Robert Van Name, Tito Puente, Jr., and Carlos Zambrano
Photo Credit: Sonya Moralobo,
Tito Puente, Jr., presented Olga Guillot with a special award named in honor of his father, the DocMiami, "El Rey" Tito Puente Contribution to the Arts Award. May 31st marked the passing of "El Rey" Tito Puente, and in honor and remembrance of his extraordinary life,  the City of Doral presented his son with an official proclaimation declaring May 31st "El Rey" Tito Puente Day within the City of Doral. This honor was especially significant during our Memorial Day Weekend event, as it was presented to Tito Puente, Jr., by Vietnam Verteran and Vice Mayor of the City of Doral, Robert Van Name. "El Rey" Tito Puente was not only a world renowned Latin Jazz and Mambo performer but also a World War II Verteran having  served in the Navy for three years during World War II, and being discharged with a Presidential Commendation for serving in nine battles. The GI Bill allowed him to study music at Juilliard School of Music, where he completed a formal education in conducting, orchestration and theory.
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Through The Tunnel Awarded Best Historical Documentary
Judge Durand Adams                                                             Charles Clapsaddle, Judge Durand Adams and Phil Pifer
Photo Credit: Sonya Moralobo,          Photo Credit: Doral Family Journal,
"Through the Tunnel," METV's documentary about Lincoln Memorial High School football at the onset of integration, won the Best Historical Documentary Award at the DocMiami International Film Festival. Accepting the award at the ceremony were co-producer Judge Durand Adams, METV's Charles Clapsaddle and Henry Lawrence, the former Lincoln star and Manatee High alum, who helped the Oakland Raiders win three Super Bowls. Eddie Shannon, Lincoln's iconic coach, was ill and did not make the trip. Nearly 40 Lincoln alumni were on hand for the screening at the festival, including Moody Johnson, the film's narrator.

MY RUN Wins Audience Award!

Mark Castaldo, Terry Hitchcock, Monica Rosales, Tim VandeSteeg and Ray Knight
Photo Credit: Doral Family Journal, 
"We were extremely excited to have the Florida Premiere of MY RUN at DocMiami;  a film which reminds us that the human spirit can prove to be extraordinary under the most difficult of circumstances" said Monica Rosales, Director of the DocMiami International Film Festival. The film is directed and produced by Tim VandeSteeg, produced by Mark Castaldo, and narrated by Billy Bob Thornton.  MY RUN capped Memorial Day Weekend off by winning the Audience Award for best documentary at the 2010 DocMiami International Film Festival in Doral. The enthusiastic crowd rose to their feet to give the film a standing ovation. Terry Hitchcock was in attendance and received a special achievement certificate from Parents Without Partners (national single parent support group), South Florida Regional 92 chapter, presented by chapter Vice president, Edie Spyke.

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Special Thanks to Our Volunteers

Krystal Oliva, Nick Toutoungi, Mabel Gonzalez, Vanessa Dalama, Alexandra Canas, Roberto Valdes and Monica Rosales



May 28-30, 2010 marked the launch of the DocMiami International Film Festival. The Festival, showcased three days of cutting edge documentary filmmakers and three nights of outstanding music concerts, in a celebration of documentary filmmaking within the City of Doral n addition all  concerts benefited  the non-profit, Brick by Brick for Tanzania, Inc.!  Of course, such a festival would not have been possible without the help of its many supporters, sponsors and especially our volunteers whom worked long days and nights to make it happen.  We would like to recognize these special volunteers who contributed to its success, THANK YOU to: Vanessa Dalama - Film Coordinator, Krystal Oliva - Volunteer Coordinator, Jacqueline Steiner - Festival Support, Ivan Rosales,  Ana Gomez - Miami World Cinema Center, Henry La Cruz - Film Screen Coordinator, Frank Miret - Soundbooth Corp., Eloy Guanche - Concert Coordinator, Mabel Gonzalez - Festival Support, Tom Wang -Festival Support , Emma Garcia-Mendoza - Gala Support and Laura de la Osa, Ezra Diaz, Matthew Jammel, Andrew Ramos, Jose DelValle, Paola Carvallo and Maria Schneider.  THANK YOU!
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