Filmmaker to Debut Independent Movie “Smoke & Mirrors” at
Historic Cunneen-Hackett Theatre with Proceeds to be Donated to Local Mentoring
Program for Girls

Released on = November 14, 2004, 10:51 pm

Press Release Author = LA Public Relations, LLC

Industry = Non Profit

Press Release Summary = Raul Maldonado, NJ poet, filmmaker, director, producer donates entire proceeds of independent film release of Smoke & Mirrors to local NY mentoring program. The film will screen at historic Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, in
NY. Strong turnout needed to ensure generous donation to the program. Movie debuts Saturday, December 4th at 8 PM.

Press Release Body = Poughkeepsie, NY - Independent filmmaker, producer and director
Raul Maldonado presents his film “Smoke & Mirrors” at a screening on Saturday, December 4th at 8:00 pm, at the historic Cunneen-Hackett Theater & Cultural Arts Center located at 9 Vassar Street in Poughkeepsie, NY. Tickets are $10 available at
the door; call the theatre to confirm times and for directions (845) 486-4571.

With a cast and crew of over 20 including Hudson Valley, NY resident Fabian Stone playing Mirrors as the male lead and Jennifer Pinto portraying Smoke, the female lead, “Smoke & Mirrors” is a story of a decent man driven to violence by a hostile
environment, a family living with the reality of an addict father, and a young boy struggling against the temptation of the fast life of the street. The completion and fruition of the film is a dream come true for Maldonado, a former US Marine and Mercy College, NY alumnus. “All of my life experiences, the obstacles I’ve overcome, and even living with my disability have prepared me and led up to the realization of this dream”, says Maldonado.

The film which was written, produced, directed and edited by Maldonado will screen in Poughkeepsie’s Cunneen-Hackett Cultural Arts Center and Theatre located at 9 Vassar Street in Poughkeepsie, NY; a beautiful 100 year old Victorian building in which “Smoke & Mirrors” will be the first screening since it's renovation. For more information on the film or to reach Maldonado, call (973) 818-9965.

Maldonado, who is a firm believer in giving back to the community, will be generously donating the proceeds of the Cuneen-Hackett screening to a local
Poughkeepsie non-profit, grassroots organization, GIRLS EMPOWERMENT CLUB, a mentoring program for girls ages 9-15, boasting 50 members strong, where they are taught self-esteem, given homework help, taught leadership and self-empowerment
through sports, namely basketball. The head organizer, Allison Miller, created the group after surviving 9/11, and deciding to take her second chance to make a difference and give back to her community. For more information on GIRLS EMPOWERMENT CLUB call (914) 204-5858. It is Maldonado’s and Miller’s hopes that the community at large will turnout for a most worthy cause, and enjoy an evening at the movies as well.

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Contact Details = 5 Passaic Ave., Passaic, NJ 07055; 973.818.9965;


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