Sixth annual Queens World Film Festival is biggest it’s ever been
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This year’s Queens World Film Festival (QWFF), starting March 15 in Astoria, is the largest in its six-year history, featuring 144 films and representing 23 nations. “The jump in quality is exceptional,” said Katha Cato, executive director for QWFF. Cato began curating the festival six years ago with her husband and artistic director, Don Cato, from their […]

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Jamaica grants fair aims to cultivate new generation of artists

BY BROOKE SMITH State Senator James Sanders Jr. recently hosted a Southeast Queens Grants Fair for Artists at the Jamaica Arts Center for Arts and Learning. The fair featured information on how to obtain grants funding, free materials for arts projects and available space to conduct work, in an effort to encourage and promote the […]

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Duo behind Queens World Film Festival start Indiegogo campaign to raise funds
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The duo behind the Queens World Film Festival are asking for the public’s help to sustain their art programs aimed at helping children, seniors and emerging artists explore the world of film. The festival, which Katha and Don Cato began five years ago, screens between 80 to 100 films from local, national and international filmmakers at the […]

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Astoria Lego designer featured in new documentary
THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

Astoria resident Cody Wells is building his dreams one Lego piece at a time. Wells is the Lego designer behind the company C3Brix — which specializes in Lego mosaics, portraits, models and figures — and in the past year, he has seen an increase in success, including being featured in the documentary “A LEGO Brickumentary.” His […]

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Queens filmmaker wows 2015 indie movie circuit
Photos courtesy of Andrew Koss

“Zizi and Honeyboy” has just won the award for Best Biographical Drama at the Manhattan Film Festival,” writer, co-producer and star Andrew Koss announced to nearly 100 whooping and applauding friends and family members shortly before a private screening of the short movie at the North Shore Towers Cinema in late June. Based on “What […]

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