The Omni Mount Washington Resort is hosting the premiere of respected actor Luis Guzman's "The NIMBY Experience" Saturday, Feb. 23, at the resort's Grand Ballroom Doors opens at 7:30 p.m. with the screening at 8 p.m.
The NIMBY Project is a non-profit initiative which aims to help homeless shelters and renovate them in a sustainable way. "The NIMBY Experience" is a documentary about Guzman's journey living on the streets. Guzman, who is passionate about helping the homeless, wears special effects makeup to alter his appearance and experience a life of homelessness himself.
Guzmán was born in Cayey, Puerto Rico, and was raised in New York City's Greenwich Village and the surrounding Lower East Side neighborhood. His mother, Rosa, was a hospital worker, and his stepfather, Benjamin Cardona, was a TV repairman. A graduate of City College of New York, he began working as a social worker and moonlighted as an actor, eventually becoming heavily involved in street theater and independent films. Guzman's numerous movie credits include "Carlito's Way," "Welcome to Collinwood," "Stonewall," "Waiting..." and "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island." He has also appeared on the TV shows "Homicide: Life on the Street," "Frasier" and "Oz" and had a role in the video game "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City" and its prequel "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories."
Open to the public, admission to the screening is $15 per person. All ticket proceeds to benefit The Tyler Blain House and The Living Room Project. Cash bar and selections from Omni Hotels & Resort's new Simply Street Food menu available. Call the activities concierge desk at 278-8989 for more information and to purchase tickets in advance go to www.brettonwoods.com.