GOLIATH is this week!

 

This week Poetic Theater Productions is hosting POETIC LICENSE, a festival of theater and performance that will be featuring Goliath by Takeo Rivera.

Goliath is a choreopoem in a style not very different from For Colored Girls… by Ntozake Shange. It centers on a young soldier DAVID (Nabil) coming to terms with his actions in Iraq.

All performances will be at WILD PROJECT
195 E 3rd Street between Avenues A & B

Wednesday January 4 @ 7:00pm
Saturday January 7 @ 7:00pm
Sunday January 8 @ 7:00pm

You can purchase your tickets at a discount by using code: Goliath10
For more info on the show, the rest of the festival and the exciting company, you can visit: PoeticTheater.com

David King and Friend

Nabil was the first guest of David King’s new series “David King and Friend”. David will be documenting walks around New York City with a “friend” and sharing the experience at DKandF. He creates the entire thing by himself on a FLIPcam. The above is a short promo.

Nabil cast to play DAVID in GOLIATH


Nabil will be playing DAVID in the revival of GOLIATH, a choreopoem based on true events. It is being presented on two nights as part of “POETIC LICENSE”, a festival of Poetic Theatre. He is excited to join the team over at Poetic Theatre Productions and hopes to share some of the experience with you guys right here on the website.

About Goliath:

In the wake of Osama Bin Laden’s death… as the troops are coming home… who is taking responsibility for our actions abroad?

A spoken-word choreopoem written and produced in the midst of the Iraq War, the first production of Goliath was met with both acclaim and controversy.

Today, as the American military is coming out of Iraq and we as a society are trying to comprehend what sort of a footprint we’ve left there, Goliath provides a way to look deeper into what we do during times of war, what becomes excusable and what’s not, and what the basis is for understanding what it means to love when violence is part of the norm.

Workshop with Ela Thier

Nabil has been accepted into the film acting workshop over at The Independent Film School. It’s instructed by prolific writer and independent filmmaker Ela Thier. The group includes an incredibly talented and diverse pool of writers, directors and actors. You can learn more about the artist and the school at their websites: TheIndependentFilmSchool.com and ElaThier.com. Above is Ela’s Reel, and the following is her compelling Mission Statement:

MISSION STATEMENT

I’m a filmmaker because I have two long-range goals: My first long-term goal is to do my part in transitioning our society from one that is centered around profits, to one that is centered around human needs. My second goal is to enjoy my life. Making films brings me closer to both of these goals.

When I began to teach, I realized that I’m not alone in having these goals. Although it continues to be my role to support artists in whatever goals and visions they have for themselves and their work, I am also inspired by the prospect of being just one member of an entire cadre of filmmakers whose work is aimed to better the world, and to enjoy it.

Big-money studios have no choice but to churn out films that they think might profit, rather than films that they find meaningful. What studio heads don’t understand is that honest and uplifting films are the most commercially viable ones, because audiences are hungry for a reminder of what’s truly possible in life.

Mean-spirited stories, scary films that discourage us, images that exploit and disrespect women, all these are marketed as sexy.

I believe that real human caring and empowerment is the new sexy. My mission is to become just one part of an entire wave of filmmakers and artists who share this vision.

“Birthday Books” Video

Here is the video Nabil shot for “Birthday Books” Storytelling Series. The series leads to an event on August 26th, and you can visit the Event Page for more information on how to donate books.

The first collection will be sent to Books for Africa, the world’s largest shipper of donated books to the African continent. Books are heavy and cost a lot to ship, so you can also help by making a monetary donation to keep “Birthday Books” alive and growing RIGHT HERE.

Nabil reading for “Birthday Books”


At Pier 54 in downtown Manhattan, Nabil recorded a segment for “Birthday Books Storytelling Series”, a project to encourage literacy in the inner city. BBSS involves the donation of books and will culminate in a showcase on Friday, August 26th.

The brainchild of actress, artist and singer Hjordy’s Matos, it is made to coincide with her 25th birthday and release of her first children’s book. She is looking to start a non-profit around the concept and you can learn more details about it at the Event Page on facebook, and more about the woman herself at HjordysMatos.com.

Nabil’s segment has him reading a passage from “Down These Mean Streets” by Piri Thomas, a well known memoir that influenced him growing up. All videos for BBSS are being beautifully captured by professional photographer Christine Jean Chambers, and can be viewed on Vimeo as they are being developed.

“Portraits” in W Magazine


W Magazine has done an article on David Michalek’s “Portraits in Dramatic Time”. It features a candid shot of Oscar nominated actress Catalina Sandino Moreno and Nabil Viñas on set. Check it out at W Magazine.

“Portraits” Opening Night

David Michalek’s “Portraits in Dramatic Time” had it’s opening night reception at Lincoln Center last night.

In this experimental visual installation, what at first appears to be a still snapshot of an actor on stage unfolds, gesture by barely perceptible gesture, into massively amplified theatrical nuance. David Michalek has photographed actors of all genres at 3,000 frames per second in ultra-high definition; these images have been slowed to a glacial pace—5–12 seconds play out over 8 minutes or more.

The stunning moving images are projected onto a mammoth, 85-by-45-foot screen hung before the facade of the David H. Koch Theater. You can catch the visual art from now through Sunday, July 31, nightly from 8:45pm to 11:45pm (Except Monday, July 11).

MORE INFO on “Portraits” and The Lincoln Center Festival

“The Re-Up” Video

Nabil has directed a guerilla style music video for the Bronx MC Tsi LaBrev.  Shot entirely in Puerto Rico on a small FujiFilm FinePix J10, it includes shots of Tsi in places like Luquillo, El Yunque, Old San Juan, Isla Verde and Ponce. The rugged visuals are for “The Re-Up” produced by Chris Maestro which is featured in the album Civilization and Its Discontents.  Nabil is credited under the moniker GB9.