Film Screening of "Piñero"
Wed, April 20, 2011 • 5:30 PM • Blanton Auditorium (Edgar A. Smith Building)
Followed by a Q&A with its director León Ichaso
Ichaso's highly acclaimed biographical feature Piñero (2001) tells the life of the polemical Puerto Rican/New York "Loisaida" (Lower East Side) poet Miguel Piñero, co-founder with Miguel Algarín of the Nuyorican Poets Café and author of the poetry collection "La Bogeda Sold Dreams" and the play "Short Eyes," winner of the Obie and New York Critics Circle awards.
Born in Cuba in 1948 into a family of well-known artists and writers, León Ichaso is one of the most successful Latino film directors working today. He is best known for the visual and sonic energy and lyricism and the stylish urban realism of his movies. In 2006, Ichaso directed Mark Anthony and Jennifer López in El Cantante, a bio-pic about the charismatic Puerto Rican salsa singer Héctor Lavoe. In addition to his work in feature films, he has directed many made-for-TV movies and series episodes for Showtime, A&E, Fox, and other networks.