Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Film Festival Opening Night

The food, place and films were exceptional.  The opening night of the festival was perfect.  During the day it rained hard, so hard I thought the films might be cancelled. But, the rains moved on and left a beautiful clear cool night.
Ten films were presented and the best ones (I think)  Gerald's Last Day, about a dog in pound.  We've got a dog population problem in Rincon Puerto Rico, and that film hijacked my feelings
 and The Gift Wrapper, a sweet film, short, romantic and beautiful.

Tonight is Fright Night at Shipwrecks:
Wednesday Evening April 29 FRIGHT NIGHT Rated (R)
Side Effect - 13 Min. - USA - Dir Liz Adams - Lauren is an attractive, over-achieving, young woman and the new babysitter for the upper-middle-class couple, The Allens. With the trusted Lauren in charge of their adorable children, the couple head out for the night. Filmmaker will be in Attendance.
Treevenge - 16 Min. - CANADA - Dir. Jason Eisener - Treevenge details the experiences and horrifying reality of the lives of Christmas trees. Clearly, for trees, Christmas isn t the exciting peace on earth that is experienced by most.
Sometimes We Hum - 7 Min. - USA - Dir. Cliff Traiman - Ex-Marine, W.A. Richards wants nothing more than to enjoy a peaceful evening at home. When his obnoxious, rude neighbor makes that impossible, Richards takes command of the situation in a most unexpected way.
Hush - 18 Min. - USA - Dir. Fernando Cordero, Haruko Kawana -
A psychological thriller about Alice, a young woman dealing with the loss of her child and the growing apathy of her husband. As Alice staggers through her days she begins to witness strange events that unravel the couple's tragic past. WORLD PREMIERE
Afterglow - 11 Min. - USA - Dir. Andres Anglade - In the aftermath of a failed alien invasion, two men from the newly formed militia are challenged with determining if the threat died with the invasion or if it lies manifest in a once familiar territory.
Filmmakers in Attendance. WORLD PREMIERE
Naco - 11 Min. - PUERTO RICO - Dir. Julio Benito Cabrera - Filmmakers/Cast will be present. - Two kids skip school to go surfing. On their way home, along comes a homeless man named Naco. Filmmakers in Attendance. WORLD PREMIERE
The Rincon Film Festival

Monday, April 27, 2009

Puerto Rico Film Festival

The Rincon Film Festival Starts Tomorrow. 
  •  Tuesday- comedy night at the Lazy Parrot
  • Wednesday- Daytime movies at the Villa Cofresi
  • Wednesday Night Shipwreck FRIGHT NIGHT  
  • Thursday Evening – April 30 - Casa Islena – Extra Terrestrial Night Casa Islena, 
  • Friday FAMILY NIGHT Rincon Beach Resort
  • Saturday  AWARDS NIGHT Lazy Parrot
  • For more Information, check out the Festival Web Site:

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Rincon Night Sounds

Your senses are reset when you visit Puerto Rico.  There is much smell, sight and sound candy.  I haven't seen (heard) anyone posting sounds, apart from music.  Villa Orleans is out in the country, and after the sun sets, a jungle rises.  These are sounds from about a midnight minute in the gardens.

Puerto Rico   Beachfront Villa Orleans

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Puerto Rico Beach Dog Adopted

This is Nick and  Chupacabra.  Nick came down on vacation to surf and found a beach dog.
Nick decided to take this dog back to New York.  But he was here for a short week so we took care of the paper work.  The Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) gave us a voucher for the dog's shots and examination.  (Yea ARF!)

It cost $199 to ship a dog without his accompanying human. ($199 + .28 per pound).  Continental is the only airline in Aguadilla that lets you ship a dog without a human.
There were 4 other dogs waiting to go to New York as well.  Thank you Nick.
Our guests were from New York, most worked for MTV.  All loved Rincon.  It was a first time visit for most.  The MTV folks work in film and some vowed to return for the Rincon Film Festival in April.  They were all concerned about stray dogs in Puerto Rico and offered to come back and work on a dog documentary. 
 I found a documentary from investigative journalist and author Jane Velez-Mitchell.  She works for CNN made this film about dogs on the island.  Check them out:

Friday, April 3, 2009

Seashore Life

There is much life on the seashore.  Hermit crabs abound in this area.  They don't grow their own shell, they adopt shells, and at times fight for each other's shells.

I try protecting these guys so humans don't take their shells.  Every spring they congregate by this huge tree between the land and sand.   I've argued with folks trying to take these small creatures for their shells.  Everyone wants a momento from their tropical vacation.  But it shouldn't be at the expense of this small crab's life. 

I've planted these plants called maguey that have these really nasty spikes and cut like razor blades. I think these crabs meet to mate. I hope they're around for my grand kids.

Rincon Puerto Rico