My film premiered Saturday. In the audience were the Cuban Ambassador to the United Nations, his wife and Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA). It was amazing and we even had a standing ovation.
Sandra Levinson, from the Center for Cuban Studies in New York City came and sent me a note afterwards, part of which I wanted to share:
I wish MY daddy were alive to see this movie. It would have helped him understand ME a little better (though he would have said YOU'RE not Cuban, you're JEWISH, why aren't you doing this for ISRAEL?). Once he wrote me a letter that ended with: "My daughter, I too sit on the left side of the bench, but I fear that you are sitting so close to the edge you might fall off, and that would hurt your mother and me terribly." I suppose he wrote that after the Center was blown up by a bomb, with me in it, though he never in his lifetime referred to it directly (I never told my parents but I suppose someone might have). Max had the support of three terrific people through all those 11 bombings. Amazing. Well, you Vivien have a great family and now have made a great movie, one that will ensure that this family's experiences are not forgotten..
Here are some photos from the premiere. It's me and my dad and one with Sen. Maria Cantwell.
For more HuffPost coverage of the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival, go here.