Nabil featured in Arts & Humanities at the Intersection

Nabil was featured at Arts & Humanities at the Intersection as part of a series called #ArtistsConnect. The program is part of Intersections International, an organization that leads people to unite across lines of difference in mutual pursuit of social justice, globally and locally. They are active at the crossroads of some of our world’s most critical conflicts, engage dissimilar communities in dialogue, service, advocacy and artistic expression. Learn more about their work Intersections.org.

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This week’s #ArtistsConnect post features Nabil Vinas, an award-winning actor and writer who was born and raised in Washington Heights, NYC. Nabil, also a former cast member of “Cadence: Home,” a TE’A production shares his reflections below:

“We’re really only allowed to express rage in sports or on stage or allowed to cry in movie theaters and funerals. Actors give us a vicarious experience that reminds us of our humanity. I’m proud to be part of that, and as a Latino man I make it my business to share vulnerabilities in my work to challenge our stereotype.

Racial equality is central to my work as a filmmaker, though I don’t necessarily write about it. Many Black/Latino films cater to what we think these groups want to see, so they’re pushed into a corner and viewed as niche. When ‘White’ filmmakers tell any type of story, the rest of us are expected to see them as “universal” or “normal”. I intend to contribute to the cannon that redefines what we call “universal” in our cinema.

I’m a co-lead actor and creative producer of the new feature film “Tomorrow Ever After,” which just premiered and won BEST FEATURE along with the AUDIENCE CHOICE Awards at Moondance International Film Festival. I am also developing my first feature film as writer and producer, adapting a novel by a well known Latino author.

Also, my short film “Come Back Hailey,” which I wrote and produced, is now available for free online: http://nabilvinas.com/comebackhailey/

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Short Plays by José Rivera

(Nabil in CHARLOTTE by José Rivera, directed by Kat Yen and featuring Ronnetta Renay)

This weekend, Poetic Theater Productions presented TAPROOT, world premiers and re-imaginations of short poetic plays that explore growth and humanity in the context of social justice.

Nabil performed in two plays written by beloved playwright, poet and Oscar-nominated screenwriter José Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries). They were directed by the always excellent Kat Yen of Spookfish Theater Company. Keep an eye out for her work at Second Stage in the coming year.

Love, Redefined


Poetic Theater Productions’ 6th annual celebration of non-commercial, non-traditional love featuring poetic and theatrical remixes, re-imaginings and riffs by more than ten incredible poets and playwrights responding to traditional sonnets and love poems.
Inspiration poems and newly developed pieces are presented side-by-side. Previous years included inspiration pieces by William Shakespeare, Pablo Neruda, Ghandi, Audre Lorde, John Donne, George Herbert, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, e. e. cummings and more.

Directed by Dontonio Demarco and Rebeca Rad,
Assistant Direction by Danielle Puretz and Katherine George.

Featuring new work by Ali Andre Ali, Anna Gothard, Catherine Weingarten, Everett Cox, Jacqueline Jones LaMon, Johnny Meyer, Jenny Pacanowski, Kate Foster, Keelay Gipson, Maurice Decaul, Nkosi Nkululeko, Nicole Goodwin, Reggie Flood, and Teniece Divya Johnson.

Cast TBA

Tickets Available Now!

Nabil Wins BEST ACTOR at Atlas Awards!

Congratulations to Nabil Viñas on winning BEST ACTOR at the ATLAS & AERIS International Film Festival!

He’s recognized for his performance as JIM, a husband eager to have children in The Cat’s Cradle, written by Tawny Sorensen and directed by David Spaltro. The film will become available online later this year – for now you can enjoy the sneak peak below.

The Inwood Film Festival Is Here!

As a native New Yorker who grew up playing baseball in Inwood and attending elementary school in what used to be the St. Jude School on 204th Street, Nabil is proud to announce that two of his films will play the inaugural INWOOD FILM FESTIVAL this coming March.

Both Come Back Hailey and On the Bench will be featured in PROGRAM B of the festival on Wednesday, March 2nd at 7:00PM. Click Here for Tickets and scroll down for more info on the films.

COME BACK HAILEY
and
ON THE BENCH

WED, MARCH 2
7:00PM

CASANDRA HALL

4020 10th Ave (btw 214 and 215th st) NYC 10024

 

C O M E   B A C K   H A I L E Y
When a jobless screw-up loses his girlfriend, he recruits his friend to help win her back.
starring NABIL VIÑAS and MATTHEW MURUMBA
directed by ELA THIER
written by NABIL VIÑAS

O N   T H E   B E N C H
When his mother calls to make him take in his aunt, the man on the bench must decide whether to turn his home and life upside down or say no.
starring MEMO
directed by NABIL VIÑAS and ALEXIS HOLLOWAY
written by MEMO

INTAR One-Minute Play Festival

(Cindy Fernandez, Ying Ying Li, Jimmy Dailey, Charles Miller,
Nabil Viñas, Jaspal Binning and Daniela Hart)

This weekend, Nabil had the opportunity to work with co-directors Kat Yen of Spookfish Theater and the renown playwright and Oscar-nominated screenwriter José Rivera (Motorcycle Diaries) on a batch of new plays for the annual One-Minute Play Festival with INTAR Theater.

A large collection of talented actors performed new works from over 20 established and emerging Latina/o playwrights reflecting the society they see around them. It made for a unique creative experience and an exciting night of theater. For more information visit INTARtheater.org and OneMinutePlayFestival.com.

Conscious Language 2015

1 “And then Came the Word” by Timothy DuWhite
(Nabil Viñas, Luciana Faulhaber and Zoë Flowers)

Poetic Theater Productions presented the 2nd annual Conscious Language: Workshops, Conversations and Performances on the Power of Language featuring a 5-day generative workshop designed for poets interested in writing poetic theater and 4 evenings of performances and conversation with leaders in the field. Curated by Craig muMs Grant and Lauren Whitehead.

This year’s Conscious Language included a special performance of:
And then Came the Word by Timothy DuWhite
Directed by LA Williams
Featuring: Luciana Faulhaber, Zoë Flowers, Vanessa Rappa and Nabil Viñas

For more info on Poetic Theater Production, visit: poetictheater.com