Reggaeton icon Daddy Yankee is set to debut his first motion picture film, “Talento de Barrio”, Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at the New York International Latino Film Festival, presented by HBO from July 22 – 27, 2008.
Daddy Yankee, stars as Edgar Dinero, a misunderstood product of the slums of Puerto Rico who becomes torn between the street life of his childhood neighborhood and his ambition to become something more. Entangled within the strong ties of a violent barrio underworld, “Dinero” falls for a girl who brings positivity to his life. He decides to conceal his connection to the hood from her. Soon, Edgar has the opportunity to make a run for it, but he fears he will never be able to hide from the scores of corrupt cops or shake the full-blown turf war that consumes his crew. Dinero is asked the ultimate question: Will he succumb to the violence of the barrio, or will he listen to the beat of his heart and fulfill his goal of becoming a star in his own right? You can check out the trailer at http://www.peliculatalentodebarrio.com/.
In addition to having the leading role in the film, Daddy Yankee recorded and produced the movie’s soundtrack. The first single off of the album, entitled Pose, peaked at the #1 spot in Latin America and is currently taking the United States by storm, staying at #1 for the past five weeks on Latin Urban Top 40. You can hear Pose at[youtube 48bYpDLCSBU nolink]
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Wednesday July 23, 2008
7:00pm – 9:00pm: Movie Premiere
10:00pm – 12:00am: Red Carpet & After-Party
Daddy Yankee is an International reggaeton star who has received many accolades for his work in the music industry and as a humanitarian. His album, El Cartel: The Big Boss was the top Latin selling album of 2007 and received Billboards prestigious Album of the Year Award, selling over one million copies world wide. He was also recently awarded the Honor of the Year Award from Harvard University. In addition, Time Magazine named Daddy Yankee one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, and People En Espanol named him in their list of Most Beautiful People. He has also been working on his new fragrance to be released in the fall 2008.
About the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF): Launched in 1999, the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) is now the premier Urban Latino film event in the country. The NYILFF’s mission is to showcase the works of the hottest emerging Latino filmmaking talent in the U.S. and Latin America, offer expansive images of the Latino experience, and celebrate the diversity and spirit of the Latino community. Programming includes the flagship film festival in NYC, new music and art showcases, family and community events, scholarships for aspiring filmmakers, and a nationally recognized short film competition in partnership with HBO. The NYILFF is the only film event to have had the endorsement of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s NYC Latin Media and Entertainment Commission, since the commission’s formation in 2003. The event attracts major celebrities, such as John Leguizamo, America Ferrera, Rosie Perez and Jimmy Smits, and also brings in major brand names for sponsorship, including its presenting partner HBO, Heineken, Suzuki Auto, Turner Broadcasting, American Airlines and countless Latin and mainstream press from all over the world. The 2008 NYILFF will present over 100 movies across six theaters in New York City from July 22 – 27, 2008.