Portland Film Festival 2022: Thomas Mignone wins Best Director for The Latin From Manhattan

The original Latin From Manhattan movie poster by Shepard Fairey

The Portland Film Festival has announced director Thomas Mignone as the winner in the Best Director category for his new feature The Latin From Manhattan, the festival's opening film.

The Portland Film Festival has announced director Thomas Mignone as the winner in the Best Director category for his new feature The Latin From Manhattan, the festival’s opening film.

PORTLAND, OREGON, UNITED STATES, Oct. 27, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Portland Film Festival has announced director Thomas Mignone as the winner in the Best Director category for his new feature film The Latin From Manhattan, the opening film of the festival. Mignone is known for his highly original film On The Doll and his intense concept visions for MTV award-winning musical artists such as Mudvayne, Slipknot and System Of A Down.

The Latin From Manhattan: The Vanessa Del Rio Story follows the crazy and uplifting life of legendary adult film icon Vanessa Del Rio, set against the backdrop of organized crime-controlled Times Square in the 70s and 80s.

“I love working with original stories and finding a way to present them in a light that stays true to their spirit and is successfully embraced by a very wide audience. Even though Vanessa was an adult star, she didn’t never allowed to be victimized or belittled for her choices. I feel audiences today will resonate with her determination to proudly stand up for who she was and not allow herself to be treated in a misogynistic way,” said director Mignone.

The Latin From Manhattan stars Drea de Matteo (The Sopranos), Taryn Manning (Orange Is The New Black), Esai Morales (Mission: Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part 1 & 2), Jesse Metcalfe (John Tucker Must Die), David Proval (Mean Streets), Shane West (A Walk To Remember), Elizabeth Rodriguez (Logan), Dita Von Teese (Don’t Worry Darling) and Isla Farris as young Vanessa.

“Director Thomas Mignone’s storytelling talent is no secret in Hollywood. ‘The Latin From Manhattan’ brings the provocative and important life of Vanessa Del Rio to cinemas.” said Josh Leake – executive director and founder of the Portland Film Festival

Celebrating its 10th anniversary and named “one of the coolest film festivals in the world” by MovieMaker Magazine, the 2022 Portland Film Festival presented by Comcast is taking place in person at Lloyd Center Mall from October 11-23 and virtually from October 11 to November 27, 2022.

This year’s festival was filled with film marathons, panels with mental health professionals and criminal detectives, hundreds of independent film screenings, discussions with directors, networking events as well as workshops and educational panels. The Portland Film Festival is accessible from around the world online at portlandfilm.org, and Comcast subscribers with an X1 Voice Remote or Flex Casting device will have easy, free access to a collection of films.

The 2022 Portland Film Festival featured stories by and about women, the Asian community, the Black community, the Indigenous community, the Latino community, the LGBQTIA+ community, the Muslim community, people with disabilities, veterans and athletes, among many other important and gripping stories.

Comcast subscribers across the country will have free access to a collection of films by simply saying “Portland Film Festival” into their X1 or Flex voice remote during the festival.

About Presenting Sponsor Comcast Corporation

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that connects people in the moments that matter. We are primarily focused on broadband, aggregation and streaming, with over 56 million customer relationships in the US and Europe. We provide broadband, wireless and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business and Sky brands; create, distribute and broadcast premier entertainment, sports and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, Peacock, NBC News, NBC Sports, Sky News and Sky Sports ; and deliver memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia.

About the Portland Film Festival

Founded in 2012, the Portland Film Festival is one of Oregon’s biggest film festivals and was named “one of the coolest film festivals in the world” by MovieMaker Magazine. It is a non-profit, year-round organization dedicated to nurturing filmmakers and audiences by
celebrate the power of a good story. The Festival focuses on the people, ideas, technology, skills and artistry behind filmmaking and provides both entertaining and educational opportunities for audiences.

Supporting sponsors in addition to main Festival sponsor Comcast include Lloyd Center, Koerner Camera Systems, Gearhead Production Rentals, Oregon Governor’s Office of Film & Television, City of Portland Film Office, Boys & Girls Club of Portland, Ryan Artists, SAG-AFTRA, Portland Mortgage and Pepsi, among others.

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