courtesy of: The Morning News
By Rosalie Klein
Award winning singer, songwriter, actor and producer Marc Anthony will headline the Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) Concert Series on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at the AIFF Concert Plaza. The 3rd annual festival takes place June 22-28. The announcement was made today by AIFF Founder and executive producer Jonathan Vieira.
The AIFF Concert Series, a new component of the Film Festival, will also showcase the talented international music superstar DJ/Artist/Producer Chuckie who will be performing on the evening of Sunday, June 24th with his world touring brand Dirty Dutch, featuring many international performing DJs. The event will mark the first performance to be held on the beautiful AIFF Concert Plaza, located along the Oranjestad Harbor.
Marc Anthony has sold over 11 million albums worldwide and is considered one of the most influential artists of his time; a true ambassador of Latin music and culture. He has earned countless Standard gold and platinum certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The list of Grammy accolades began with a 1998 Grammy for Best Latin/Tropical Performance for “Contra La Corriente,” followed with a 1999 Grammy for Song of the Year for “Dimelo.”
Driven in part by the crossover success of his smash single “I Need to Know (Dimelo),” “Marc Anthony,” his English language debut album, helped usher in 1999's Latin pop explosion, and went on to achieve triple platinum status in the U.S. In 2005, Anthony went home double fisted with a Grammy for Best Latin Pop Album of the Year for “Amar Sin Mentiras” and another Grammy for Best Tropical Album of the Year for “Valio la Pena.” He has won a total of 18 “Premio lo Nuestro” Awards throughout his career, the most won by any artist. His influence was significantly recognized when he was included in the Top 10 List of influential New Yorkers compiled by New York Magazine.
Anthony has also established a highly credible acting résumé and may be seen in Academy Award® winning director Martin Scorsese's “Bringing Out the Dead” (1999); opposite Selma Hayak in the Showtime original film, “In the Time of the Butterflies” (2001); and appears with Academy Award® winning actors Denzel Washington and Christopher Walken in director Tony Scott's “Man On Fire” (2004). Anthony also appeared in the 1997 Paul Simon musical, “The Capeman.” Anthony starred as the Puerto Rican salsa pioneer Héctor Lavoe, with Jennifer Lopez as Puchi, in the biopic, “El Cantante,” directed by Leon Ichaso. Anthony also appeared on the small screen as Nick Renata on TNT’s “Hawthorne” TV series with Jada Pinkett Smith.
The Miami Dolphins minority owner was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in Washington D.C. in September 2009.
In May 2010, Anthony released his production titled “Iconos” (Icons), an all ballad Spanish album produced by Anthony himself and Julio Reyes including eight titles of his favorite balladeers and two original songs both written by Julio Reyes and Anthony.
In late 2011, Anthony and ex-wife Jennifer Lopez worked with director-choreographer Jamie King to produce Latin talent series created by Simon Fuller, called “Q’Viva!-The Chosen.” The series follows superstars Anthony and Lopez as they travel throughout Latin America, along with King, to discover the most authentic, genuine and talented entertainers and recruit them for their Las Vegas production of "the greatest Latin show ever.”
Outside of music and film, Anthony ventured into the fashion industry when he unveiled the Marc Anthony Collection, a clothing line sold exclusively at Kohl’s, in September 2011.
Aruba’s Minister of Tourism, Transport & Labor, Otmar Oduber, was present to relay his whole-hearted support of this expansion of the AIFF events. “This will be the most exciting AIFF yet, with a broad appeal to many ages and interests. I commend Jonathan Viera on his innovative thinking and energy in attracting such artists as Marc Anthony and Juanes to perform on Aruba and enhance the AIFF.”
Tickets for AIFF 2012 will be available in a variety of price ranges, from a simple movie ticket to packages of multi–event attendance. Tickets for the AIFF Concert Series are currently on sale and can be purchased at these locations:
Cas di Cultura,
Paseo Herencia Mall in Palm Beach-AIFF Kiosk
CD * More
The first 2000 general admission tickets sold for the concert will go at a special discounted price of 100 Aruban florins, ($55).
For VIP seating, including open premium bar, contact AIFF at the Cas di Cultura, telephone 582-1010 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org