Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman’s The Boy from Medellín is a deep-dive into the life of Colombian-born superstar J Balvin.
The Boy from Medellín gives us unprecedented access to international superstar J Balvin in the lead-up to the biggest concert of his life -- a sold-out performance in his hometown of Medellín, Colombia. This deeply immersive and character-driven film, which was made with an international crew in Colombia and New York, provides a look into the most pivotal and emotionally charged moment of one of the world's biggest stars.
"Representing my country, my city and Latin culture globally is a lifelong pursuit and I'm so proud to be a son of Medellín. I'm honored to be able to tell my story in this beautiful way and working with Matthew on this project was an incredible experience. Thank you to Amazon for making sure this story can be seen around the world", said J Balvin.
Heineman is an Academy Award®-nominated and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, known for his sophisticated and immersive style in films such as City of Ghosts, also released by Amazon Studios, for which he won a DGA Award, A Private War, which earned Heineman a nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First Time Feature Film Director from the Directors Guild of America—making Heineman and Martin Scorsese the only filmmakers ever nominated for both narrative and documentary DGA Awards, Cartel Land, which was nominated for an Academy Award® and won three Primetime Emmy Awards, and the docuseries The Trade. Heineman is currently in production on a documentary about COVID-19 and he is set to write and direct Paradise, a narrative adaptation of the true events of the 2018 Paradise Fire, to be distributed by Focus Features.
“Reggaeton's Global Ambassador" - four-time Latin Grammy winner J Balvin is now one of the top streaming music artists in the world, regardless of language, and has developed a legion of fans worldwide. Hailed by Billboard as "the biggest breakout act Latin music has seen in many years" and Pitchfork as "the face of modern Reggaeton,” Balvin is leading a second generation of Musica Urbana stars that have propelled Latin music to an unprecedented global embrace. His latest album, Colores, saw both critical acclaim and commercial success. With "Blanco,” “Morado" and “Rojo” going #1, J Balvin became the artist with the most #1-songs on the Latin Airplay charts in history, with 24 of his songs earning that spot over the course of his career. With his music and impact on the culture, Balvin has cemented himself as not only a leader of Reggaeton but as a torchbearer of the new state of Latin music by continuously expanding the limits of the genre and paving the way for "la nueva escuela”.
From Our Time Projects, producers are Heineman, Juan Camilo Cruz, Myles Estey and Joedan Okun. Executive Producers are Scooter Braun, Allison Kaye, Scott Manson and Jennifer McDaniels on behalf of SB Projects, Fabio Acosta, José Álvaro Osorio Balvín, Jenna Millman and Juan Diego Villegas.
The Boy from Medellín will make its world premiere at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival in September.
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This family-friendly film has “a strong body-positive theme that emphasizes the beauty of characters of all shapes and sizes” (Common Sense Media), and received the Dove Seal of Approval for All Ages.
This new fairy tale spoof starts as Snow White steals a pair of red shoes that transform her into a princess. Meanwhile, a witch’s curse turns seven brave princes into dwarfs, forcing them to seek out the princess, hoping for a kiss to break their spell. Together, they must face Snow White’s wicked stepmother – who will stop at nothing to get her precious shoes back – and, along the way, learn that true beauty lies within!
Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs was directed by Sung-ho Hong, and features character design and animation direction from Jin Kim, who worked on Disney’s animated classics Fantasia 2000, Frozen II, and Tangled. Music is by Primetime Emmy® award-winning composer Geoff Zanelli, whose theatrical work includes Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Voice direction is from Tony Bancroft, the director of Disney’s Mulan. It was produced by Locus Animation Studio.
Go behind the scenes of this must-own animated adventure with enchanting Blu-ray and DVD bonus features, including two “making-of” featurettes and two music videos featuring the all-new original songs!
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Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs premieres on Digital and On Demand September 18 and available to own on Blu-ray and DVD September 22.
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(The Outfield) and Kade Wise (Empire). It also features Danny Trejo (Machete), Soledad St. Hilaire (Beatriz at Dinner), Kurt Caceres (Better Call Saul, Dexter) and Rolando Molina (American Dad!, Next Friday).
Murder in the Woods is centered on a group of college friends who plan a getaway to celebrate a birthday party at a desolate cabin in the woods. Against his grandmother’s (Soledad St. Hilaire) demands, Jesse (José Julián), a loner-type decides to go on a trip with his friends. He is immediately smitten with Fernanda (Jeanette Samano), a sweet girl from Chicago whom he hasn’t seen in years. She is in town visiting her loudmouth cousin, Chelsea (Chelsea Rendon), who is ready to celebrate her birthday and plans to let loose with her boyfriend Gabe (Jordan Diambrini). Tagging along at the last second are Jule (Kade Wise), the class clown pothead, and the very out-of-his-league Celeste (Catherine Toribio). Soon after arriving to the mysterious cabin in the woods, the group of teens discover the dark secret it holds, which forces them to fight for their lives.
“I realized that this type of film had never been done in English for a mainstream audience, where Latinos and people of color are the leads and they are not portrayed in stereotypical ways,” says Director Luis Iga Garza. “This is why, while developing this indie feature, we were very conscious of making sure that there would be a diverse cast in lead roles.”
The film opened in drive-ins and theaters nationwide in August and is still playing in select cities. Murder in the Woods is available for in-home viewing on Digital and Video on Demand platforms September 18, 2020.
Here's an exclusive clip and the trailer.
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Ya no me siento a llorar como lo hacía
Ya no espero en depresión a que pasen los días
Decidí no hace mucho tiempo
Usar toda la energía
En cuidarme mi cuerpo
Hablarle aquella niña que vivía en mi
Le dediqué amor, ¿y sabes lo que descubrí?
Que soy extraordinaria como soy
Y que pensar en el pasado es olvidarse de hoy
Vivo en el presente
Poco a poco voy controlando mi mente
Tengo pensamientos oscuros
Eso no lo niego, pues lo llevo en la sangre
Pero me pregunto:
¿Dónde está el respeto?
¿Dónde está el amor?
Necesitamos cuidar nuestro corazón
La gente y su opinión
Te quieren controlar
Te dicen hasta de quién te debes enamorar
Tira tu negatividad a un lado
Subtitled and filled with heart and laughter. This film calls for a family night with popcorn and favorite snacks to prevent you from stepping away even just for a second. Here's the scoop.
with $15.9 million at the box office. Its success has spurred a recent hit sequel, Padre No Hay Más Que Uno 2, which has become Spain’s highest grossing film of the year with over $11.7 million in box office earnings to date.
Padre No Hay Más Que Uno (Father There is Only One) is available to buy or rent today.
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What It Feels Like
How is it that today
In this day and age
Men still feel the freedom to attack me?
Get home from work and there they are, ready to devour me
All I know I can control is the hiding of my body
As I try hard not to show an inch that attracts or objectifies me
But it doesn't matter
No matter how much I hide, your imagination survives
Loud and clear through the lust in your eyes
Sometimes I jog with the middle fingers up
Laugh it off, I know it’s funny
But I get some satisfaction from it
I guess it’s simply the acknowledgment,
I see you
The way you look at me
I bet your daughter's think you’re a saint
Perhaps your wife deems you worthy
But all I see is a man who objectifies me
Who wishes he’d undress me
With every step you’re in me
You disgust me
But I do nothing else because I fear you
Because I know you’re stronger
Despite the advancements the law still serves you
I wish I could just curse you
I get angry when I feel your looks
When you speak your mind and still, I fear to speak mine
How is it that today
In this day and age
After all the marches
All the fight
Some of us are still in fear for our lives?
I ache because as I age I feel more afraid
My sister’s growing up, and this is what’s ahead?
What the hell are we fighting for?
Why aren’t more men?
The ones who still respect?
They don’t understand how it feels
Walking outside with fear
A stronger, bigger, louder creature
Why? Just why?
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Think of the painted lady.