Author: Dick Jordan

“Cuba, Libre?” Named “Best Documentary Feature”

“Cuba, Libre?” Named “Best Documentary Feature”

Just days after receiving its fourth award from film festivals and competitions, Cuba, Libre?, the 2016 documentary produced by Tales Told From The Road publisher, Dick Jordan, has won the “Best Documentary Feature” award from the Festigious International Film Festival in Los Angeles.

Here’s the film’s trailer.

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

Production on the film began in the spring of 2015, just months after U.S. President, Barack Obama, and Cuba President, Raoul Castro, simultaneously announced the easing of restrictions on travel between the two countries.

It premiered on public access television station, MarinTV, in January of 2016 and has been shown on over 40 other such stations across the U.S.

“Cuba, Libre?” Documentary Wins More Awards

“Cuba, Libre?” Documentary Wins More Awards

Cuba, Libre?, the 2016 documentary film by Tales Told From The Road publisher, Dick Jordan, recently won two more film competition awards.

In January, the film received an Award of Recognition from the IMPACT DOCS Awards whose “goal is to discover and honor the achievements of filmmakers who produce high quality documentaries.”

The following month, Cuba, Libre? received a similar award in the the Accolade Global Film Competition.

“Established in 2003 and Currently in its 14th year, Accolade Global Film Competition is an avant-garde worldwide competition that strives to give talented directors, producers, actors, creative teams and new media creators the positive exposure they deserve. It discovers and honors the achievements of filmmakers who produce high quality films and projects across a multitude of genres.”

These two awards follow a Platinum Award which the film received in the Oregon International Film Awards Documentary Feature Competition in November of 2017.

Cuba, Libre? remains in consideration in eight additional film festivals and film awards competitions scheduled to take place between now and early 2019.

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.

Cuba, Libre? has had several public screenings and has aired on more than forty public access televisions stations across the United States.

Amtrak Service South of Seattle Stops After Derailment

Amtrak Service South of Seattle Stops After Derailment

(Updated at 9:45 a.m. PST, Thursday, December 21, 2017)

Amtrak service south from Seattle was interrupted on Monday, December 18, 2017, after one of its  “Cascades” trains derailed between Tacoma and Olympia sending train cars crashing onto vehicles in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5.

News media were reporting at least three fatalities among passengers on the train, plus numerous injuries to passengers and apparently also to some highway travelers.

In its live updates, the Seattle Times said that the number of fatalities were at least six, but later revised the number back to three. Over 100 people were sent to hospitals. The train’s engineer and conductor survived the crash.

Until Monday, Amtrak trains traveling to and from Seattle from Oregon and points south were routed along the shores of Puget Sound south of Seattle.

(Photo Courtesy of Amtrak)

The “Cascades” train derailment happened on a new route to the east of Puget Sound that opened Monday.

Amtrak Service South From Seattle

On Thursday morning, December 21st, the Amtrak Website indicated that with the exception of minor delays of 3 to 5 minutes in the departure time for some trains, southbound trains had left or were expected to leave Seattle  on-time.

At 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, the Website said that:

“Until further notice, all Cascades and Coast Starlight Service trains will detour between Olympia-Lacey -Tacoma, operating out of the original Tacoma Station located at 1001 Puyallup Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98421. Please note that customers traveling on this detour may experience a 10 to 15-minute delay.

“Beginning Dec. 20, Cascades Service from Eugene to Portland, OR will be operating with substitute equipment and limited amenities, including no food service, checked baggage service, business class or bikes. Pets will still be allowed on board. Additionally, Trains 505 and 508, which were scheduled to operate as thru service between Eugene and Seattle, will now operate only between Seattle and Portland. New Trains 515 and 510 will be introduced on the segment between Portland and Eugene and will be a cross platform connection at Portland for passengers traveling north of Portland. “

Interstate I-5 Lanes South of Tacoma Reopen

I-5 southbound lanes closed after the train derailment have now all been reopened.

The Washington State Department of Transportation Blog states that:

“As of 9:47 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, all lanes of southbound I-5 at Mounts Road (milepost 116) have reopened to traffic.

“Crews were able to complete remaining work activities in the right lane and reopen that third and final lane ahead of schedule.

“The Mounts Road on-ramp to southbound I-5 has also reopened.

“There are no remaining closures following the Monday, Dec. 18, train derailment.”