Author: Dick Jordan

“Cuba, Libre?” Documentary Vies for Another Film Award

“Cuba, Libre?” Documentary Vies for Another Film Award

Cuba, Libre?” has been selected to compete in the Impact DOCS Awards.

The documentary was released in January of 2016. Here’s the film’s trailer:

“Cuba, Libre?” Trailer from Dick Jordan on Vimeo.

The film’s opening title tag line, “Will Americans Ever Again Travel Freely to Cuba?,” makes the documentary even more relevant to viewers now that the Trump Administration has followed through on its promise made last summer to retreat from the steps taken by President Obama to have a closer relationship between the U.S. and Cuba, including barring Americans from traveling to the island nation as individuals not part of a group tour.

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“Cuba, Libre?” Wins Film Award, Nominated for Best Documentary

“Cuba, Libre?” Wins Film Award, Nominated for Best Documentary

Cuba, Libre?, the Tales Told From The Road feature-length documentary about travel to Cuba by Americans from the early decades of the 20th century to the present day, has just received a Platinum Award in the 2017 Oregon International Film Awards Documentary Feature Competition.

Work on the film began in May of 2015 and was completed in January of 2016. Since then it has aired on over thirty public access television stations in the U.S. and has had several public and private screenings in the San Francisco Bay Area and Eugene, Oregon.

The first half of the film, “Voices of The Past,” is comprised of archival film footage showing what a glamorous tropical tourist destination Cuba was prior to the revolution led by Fidel Castro which deposed the president who had a favorable relationship with the United States and installed a Communist government allied with the U.S. Cold War nemesis, the Soviet Union.

The second half of the film, “Voices of The Present,” looks at Cuba of the post-Soviet era when the island nation turned to tourism to to bolster its economy of the collapse of its benefactor, the U.S.S.R.

Cuba, Libre? was shown at the Visual Radio Network Festival held in Oakland, California in April of 2016.

Cuba, Libre? received an Honorable Mention at the 2016 SaMo Indie Fest film festival in Santa Monica, California.

It has also just been named an Official Selection of the Barcelona Planet Film Festival and nominated for Best Documentary Feature Film.

Here’s the film’s trailer.

 

(Tales Told From The Road publisher, Dick Jordan, has produced over twenty films for public access stations since 2013.)

Putting Your “Wine Country” Trip Back on the Front Burner

Putting Your “Wine Country” Trip Back on the Front Burner

(Updated November 5, 2017, 12:00 p.m. PST)

California’s “Wine Country” (Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino counties) near San Francisco has long been a “hot” tourist destination, especially at this time of year.

(FlippinYank Flickr Photo)

But last month it was “too hot to handle” for both visitors and locals as fires have burned across the region destroying wineries, vineyards, homes, and business with no end to the conflagrations in sight.

That’s why I had urged those who were planning a trip to the area to put their plans “on the back burner.” But the situation has now changed, and Travel+Leisure is recommending that its readers not cancel trips to the region.

As of October 31st all fires burning in Northern California “Wine Country” were reported as being contained. Air quality is now ” considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk.” Cooler, more seasonable high temperatures in the low 60s, with a mix of sun, rain, and showers are forecast during the coming week. All roads that were closed in Sonoma and Napa Counties during the fires have no re-opened.

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