Film

VOTE FOR ME!

Prior to serving in the New York State Assembly, Denis directed TV commercials and several short films, and wrote eight feature length screenplays.

Denis received a Walter P. Kaitz Cable TV Fellowship, the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship for his film Hound Dog, and a New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Fellowship for his screenplay Lenny’s Prayer.

He also wrote and directed the feature Vote For Me! which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Vote For Me!  also won the Best Picture Award at the 2009 Staten Island Film Festival, and a Best Feature Film Award at the 2009 Orlando Hispanic Film Festival.

Vote For Me "The Movie"

Starring Malik Yoba (New York Undercover, Soul Food, Kingpin; Cool Runnings); Chi Chi Salazar (Scarface, Carlito’s Way); Ricardo Barber (The Feast of the Goat); Vote For Me!  is a comedy about a 75-year old Puerto Rican building super who runs for U.S. Congress.

The film was based on Denis’s own experiences in East Harlem.

Many East Harlem residents, musicians, and even local politicians appeared in the film, which “blurred the line between reality and fiction to capture the spectacle of New York politics.” (New York Times)

Vote For Me! screened in over a dozen film festivals in New York, Los Angeles, Boston and Puerto Rico, and was well-received by the press.

Vote For Me "The Movie"The New York Times declared it “reminiscent of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing, but with a lighter touch.”

The Boston Globe found it “ebullient... politically charged…mixes quirkiness and cultural poignancy.”

The Daily News called it “a media sensation.”

WNYC Radio announced it as “Hilarious! Very funny, very real…a sobering lesson in American politics.”

Fox TV News appreciated the racial nuances, declaring “Al Sharpton disguised as a female…what a story!”

Vote For Me! also received national coverage from Fox News Channel, National Public Radio, Univision, Telemundo, Hoy, WSKQ-FM, MEGA-FM, WADO-AM, WNYC, VIVA Magazine, El Diario/La Prensa, El Nuevo Dia, Siempre, and other  news outlets.

Vote For Me! was also invited to Harvard University, Brown University, the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, the JFK School of Government, Hunter College, the NYU Graduate School of Journalism, Hampton University, City University of New York (CUNY) Center for Puerto Rican Studies, and the Newark Film Commission.

You may view all of the following…

A trailer of the film:

www.voteforme-themovie.com

Reviews of the film:

http://voteforme-themovie.com/articles/nytimes.pdf

http://voteforme-themovie.com/articles/dailynews.pdf

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/living/articles/2003/10/21/political_themes_abound_in_latino_film_fest/

http://www.voteforme-themovie.com/articles/eldiario.pdf

Cast and crew credits:

www.imdb.com/title/tt0304912/fullcredits

Author

WAR AGAINST ALL PUERTO RICANS

In April 2015, Nation Books will publish Denis’s War Against All Puerto Ricans, a study of the Nationalist revolution of 1950 in Puerto Rico. The book uses previously classified FBI documents, archival and university research, and over thirty years of personal interviews to document this little-known chapter in American history.

The book also details the greatest gunfight in Secret Service history, the attempted assassination of President Harry Truman, the arrest of 3,000 Puerto Ricans, and the bombing of two towns (Jayuya and Utuado) by the US government — the only time in history that the US ever bombed its own citizens.

EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

"El Diario/La Prensa"El Diario/La Prensa is the largest and oldest Spanish-language daily newspaper in New York, and the oldest Spanish-language daily in the United States

As its editorial director, Denis published over 300 editorials covering local, national and international news, as well as politics, business and technology, health, entertainment, and human interest stories.

"National Association of Hispanic Journalist" Denis’s work was recognized by the National Association of  Hispanic Journalists with multiple awards for “Best Editorial Writing,” political and cultural reporting, and feature writing.

In addition, Denis published feature articles, book and film reviews, and cover stories in the Harvard Political Review, New York Daily News, New York Newsday, andthe New York Sun.

SCREENWRITER

 Denis received the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship for his film Hound Dog, and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Fellowship for his screenplay Lenny’s Prayer.

Vote For Me "The Movie"

He also wrote and directed the feature film comedy Vote For Me! which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and screened at over a dozen others throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

The film was well received: 

The New York Times declared it “reminiscent of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing, but with a lighter touch.”

The Boston Globe found it “ebullient…politically charged…mixes quirkiness and cultural poignancy.”

The New York DailyNews called it “a media sensation.”

PLAYWRIGHT

Denis’s Radio Box premiered at the Theatre For a New City, and had an extended run at  the Chelsea Theatre Center in New York (now known as the Westside Theatre).

Denis’s courtroom drama Every Man For Himself was produced by the Theatre Off Park in New York City, and moved to the Little Theatre Off Broadway.

His one-act plays Doorkeeper and El Alcalde Machuchal were produced at the Trumbull Theatre at Yale University.

Denis was a member of the playwright’s unit at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, the INTAR Theatre, and a playwright-in-residence at the Shaman Repertory Theatre.

TEACHER

"Writers Guild Of America east"Denis has passed on his writing experience to students at the Writers Guild of America East (WGAE), the NYU Graduate Film School, Touro College, the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, Shaman Repertory Theatre, Grosvenor Neighborhood House, Teachers and Writers Collaborative, and Poets in the Public Service.

SELECTED EDITORIALS

Lift the Cap on Charters; New York Daily News (4/5/2010)

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/lift-cap-charters-article-1.174607

Albany’s Political Club; New York Sun (12/21/06)

http://www.nysun.com/opinion/albanys-political-club/45540/

Late blooming woes to plague on-time budget; New York Daily News (4/12/05

http://finance.tc-library.org/Content.asp?uid=1048 

Reforming Albany takes more than talk; New York Newsday (1/22/07)

http://www.newsday.com/opinion/reforming-albany-takes-more-than-talk-1.573232

Los legisladores aprobaron un McBudget; El Diario La Prensa(5/12/05)

History still Roils Puerto Rico; New York Daily News (9/23/99)

La Crisis de Vivienda Publica; El Diario La Prensa (12/14/95)

Justicia para Julia de Burgos; El Diario La Prensa (10/8/95)

Silver screen tarnished for Latinos; New York Daily News(5/26/95)

Beware Primrose Pathmark; New York Daily News (4/24/95)

NELSON A. DENIS

"Nelson Denis"Nelson Antonio Denis is a writer, film director, and former New York State Assemblyman. His award-winning films premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and screened throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

His editorials for the New York Daily News and El Diario (over 300 of them) won awards from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

He is the writer of eight feature-length screenplays, writer/director of the feature film Vote For Me!, and author of the book War Against All Puerto Ricans.

Vote For Me "The Movie"

 

He represented El Barrio/East Harlem in the New York State Assembly (1996-2000) and developed a leadership initiative with the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation.

Denis recently completed the novel JUAN BOBO, and has a lifelong interest in the history, culture and folklore of Puerto Rico.

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